• Repositioning family planning: Guidelines for advocacy action

    This toolkit aims to help those working in family planning across Africa to effectively advocate for renewed emphasis on family planning to enhance the visibility, availability, and quality of family planning services for increased contraceptive use and healthy timing and spacing of births, ultimately, improved quality of life across the region. Download


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  • Barriers to Family Planning Use in Malawi: Opportunities for Social and Behavior Change Communication

    The study was conducted to generate evidence to inform the development of effective social and behavior change communication (SBCC) strategies and interventions to improve sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and the uptake of modern FP methods in Malawi. The study findings highlight that while progress in FP knowledge and use has been made in study communities, there are several opportunities for SBCC interventions and other FP programs to improve FP acceptance and use. Download


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  • FACT SHEET: Standard Days Method using CycleBeads

    This handout can be given to faith leaders, community health workers, clinics, or women and families to provide information on using CycleBeads and the Standard Days Method to prevent or produce pregnancy. Download


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  • Community-based Family Planning Best Practices Manual (2011)

    A practical implementation guide for community-based FP programs in Uganda. It is designed to help program implementers, such as faith leaders, “understand the key concepts for implementing a community-based FP program” and “identify sample tools that can be adapted for program implementation.” It includes sections on program design and management, engaging partners and stakeholders, sustaining programs, monitoring and evaluating, and program resources. Download


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  • Love, Children, and Family Planning (2013)

    This Bible discussion guide is designed to be used with Christian audiences to inspire discussion on FP and provide accurate information about each method. Development of the guide was a cooperative effort of Christian health workers, pastors, church leaders, youth, and members of churches in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, and the United States. Download


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  • Muslim Religious Leaders as Partners in Fostering Positive Reproductive Health and Family Planning Behaviors in Yemen: A Best Practice

    The paper shows how the Extending Service Delivery (ESD) Project partnered with the Basic Health Services (BHS) Project in Yemen to engage Muslim religious leaders as champions of reproductive health and family planning, and partners in fostering social change and development. Download


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  • Family Planning and Contraception in Islamic Countries: A Critical Review of the Literature

    JPMA (Journal Of Pakistan Medical Association) The paper is a review of secondary data accessed through PubMed and Google Scholar. It provides an overview of Islamic countries' policies on, and support for FP and modern contraception. For this purpose, literature from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Turkey was included. There are significant internal social and economic reasons to focus on FP in the Muslim world. Thus, arguments by religious scholars who see FP as an external western conspiracy aimed at curtailing the growth and strength of the Islamic world appear to be uninformed of both the socio-political and demographic realities in many Muslim countries, as well as the historical permissibility of contraception within the Islamic legacy. In fact, it can be argued that given the profound socio-economic and political difficulties in various parts of the Muslim world, a lack of FP and increasing populations would weaken and curtail the pace of overall development. Download


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