Training & Program Management
The successful management of any health program requires a vast amount of knowledge and organization.
Many cadres of health professionals, including nurses, auxiliary nurse-midwives, physicians, pharmacists, and community health workers, can be trained to provide oral contraceptives. A successful training workshop for contraceptive providers requires careful planning and preparation. It is important that the planners and facilitators of the training understand the learning needs of the participants and adapt the training materials and methods accordingly. Initial training sessions should be followed up with supportive supervision to ensure quality service provision.
The Program Management section of the Oral Contraceptives Toolkit contains tools to help program managers:
- Understand and implement key elements of family planning programming that lead to success
- Design innovative new family planning programs
- Train and support diverse cadres of health professionals
- Assess, and strengthen existing family planning program models
- Set realistic goals for national, district, and facility-level family planning programming
- Expand contraceptive access and improve the quality of family planning services