Collaborative group, including E2A, launches new training tool for full range of family planning services, providers
To fill the imminent need for a comprehensive, evidence-based tool that can be used to train health professionals in the safe and effective delivery of family planning services, the Evidence to Action Project—led by Pathfinder International—and a large group of like-minded organizations has finalized a groundbreaking new tool: the Training Resource Package for Family Planning (TRPFP).
With backing from the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the online tool serves as the only “one stop shop” for up-to-date and evidence-based training materials on delivering the full range of family planning services. Along with USAID, the World Health Organization and the United Nations Population Fund have played lead roles in the TRPFP’s development.
A versatile tool based on World Health Organization standards, the TRPFP can be used to train the spectrum of health professionals, from community health workers to physicians, including those that are already on the job and those new to their fields. Trainers themselves can reference the tool for guidance on how to design, implement, and evaluate training programs. Specifically, the TRPFP includes content in the following areas:
• Guidance on how to design and implement training interventions
• Guidance on how to use the TRPFP, including how to adapt the materials in the package
• Modules to facilitate acquisition of core knowledge and skills in family planning
• Modules on each contraceptive method for health care providers
Because the TRPFP is online, more modules will be added and information will be regularly updated to reflect evidence-based practice. Pathfinder International is currently serving as the TRPFP Secretariat.