All doctors, including general practitioners, can perform minilaparotomy for female sterilization and vasectomy for male sterilization, provided that they have been properly trained in the techniques. Under certain conditions, other health personnel can also be trained to perform these procedures if a country’s laws and regulations permit.

Training is closely tied with actual service delivery—that is, training must address the knowledge, skills, and techniques that providers need to apply on the job when they are interacting with and providing services to clients. For example, training often provides guidance on how to use job aids that providers will use during service delivery, such as screening checklists and counseling tools. For access to these types of job aids and tools, please see the Service Delivery section of this Toolkit. 

In this section of the Permanent Methods Toolkit, program managers and service providers can access information on:

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