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Empirical evidence obtained from research conducted over the years shows that the major obstacles to accessing care especially in the rural areas are linked to the paucity of good quality family planning services. The lack of staff competence is largely related to the absence of organized in-service training programs for the providers. Existing trainings are infrequent and fragmented.

The main thrust of FALAH Project was at “Repositioning of Family Planning/Births Spacing as a Key Health Intervention”. A multipronged approach was adopted to achieve this goal. A central component of this approach was to prepare a cadre of providers within the public health system who are technically competent and are proactive to provide high quality client centered family planning services.

To achieve this goal, the Population Council, in collaboration with Jhpiego and the Implementing Partners organize the following trainings under FALAH project:
 
  1. Strengthening District Population & Health Systems through Effective Leadership and Client Centered Services

  2. Client Centered Family Planning Services – Basic

  3. Client Centered Family Planning Services – Advance

  4. Competency Based IUCD

  5. Minilap Training

  6. Non-Scalpel Vasectomy Training

  7. Client Centered Family Planning Services and Group Methodology for LHWs

Strengthening District Population & Health Systems through Effective Leadership and Client Centered Services

 
This training was specifically designed for district managers of the Health and Population Welfare Departments and allied Departments such as Education, Revenue and Finance and Community development, elected representatives and members of local Non-Governmental Organizations working in the social sectors. The main focus of this nine day training was to create an enabling environment for the provision of family planning and birth spacing services at the district level. The training emphasizeds the transformational model of leadership development whereby participants are imparted skills to hone in their latent potential and transform themselves from being managers into leaders who are visionaries and catalysts of change.
 
Client Centered Family Planning Services - Basic
 

The six day basic training was designed for male providers of the health department that include medical officers, dispensers, medical technicians, and male FWAs of the Population Welfare Department. The rational for this training was that due to a lack of proper orientation, male providers especially of the Health Department were not actively participating in the promotion of family planning services. It was important that they are not only trained in providing birth spacing services,  but proactively help in meeting the reproductive health needs of the clients.

 

A Trainer’s Guide was developed along with a participant’s manual, wall charts, transparencies and other training materials that include case studies, role play instructions. Specimens such as, cycle beads, Medical Eligibility Criteria Wheel of WHO, Counseling Reference Desk Guide were provided for use by the trainers. The manual for National Standards for Family Planning and participant’s handbook was also being provided to the participants for ready reference.

Client Centered Family Planning Services Basic Trainer's Manual Client Centered Family Planning Services Basic Trainer's Manual.
  Client Centered Family Planning Services Basic Participants Manual Client Centered Family Planning Services Basic Participants Manual.

Client Centered Approach_Booklet Client Centered Approach Booklet.

Pakistan Nationals Standards for Family Planning  Pakistan Nationals Standards for Family Planning

Sahar Poster Sahar Poster.

Counselling Refrence Desk Counselling Refrence Desk

 
Basic/MEC Wheel, CCA-CD and SDM Brochure Basic/MEC Wheel, CCA-CD and SDM Brochure.
 
Client Centered Family Planning Services - Advance
 

The six days advanced training was designed specifically for female providers of the Health and Population Welfare Departments. This training put additional emphasis on the knowledge of contraceptive technology and management of side effects from the perspective of service provision. CCFPS advance workshop had almost the same composition as of CCFPS basic except that the training was more focused and more detailed information was provided on the management of problems and side effects related to the use of different contraceptive methods. Training sites for the CCFPS (Advance) step down trainings were in selected RTIs (Regional Training Institutes) of the MoPW.

 

A Trainer’s Guide was developed along with a participant’s manual, wall charts, transparencies and other training materials that include case studies, role play instructions. Specimens such as, cycle beads, Medical Eligibility Criteria Wheel of WHO, Counseling Reference Desk Guide were provided for use by the trainers. The manual for National Standards for Family Planning and participant’s handbook was also provided to the participants for ready reference.

 

In both the basic and advance trainings, a detailed session on Islam and birth spacing was included to help providers in briefing their clients on this aspect.

 
Client Centered Family Planning Services Basic Trainer's Manual Client Centered Family Planning Services Basic Trainer's Manual.

 Client Centered Family Planning Services Basic Participants Manual Client Centered Family Planning Services Basic Participants Manual.

Client Centered Approach_Booklet Client Centered Approach Booklet.
Pakistan Nationals Standards for Family Planning Pakistan Nationals Standards for Family Planning

Sahar Poster Sahar Poster.

Counselling Refrence Desk Counselling Refrence Desk

 
 Basic/MEC Wheel, CCA-CD and SDM Brochure Basic/MEC Wheel, CCA-CD and SDM Brochure.
Competency Based IUCD
 

The six days training on competency based IUCD training was provided to Female doctors, LHVs, FHTs, Midwives and nurses (if service providers) working in BHUs, RHCs, THQs and DHQs who had already under gone the CCFPS advance training. The focus of this training was on skill development in IUCD insertion and removal techniques. The training will be conducted in the selected RTIs and the RHS-A centers of the MoPW.

 

Trainer’s notebook with knowledge and skill assessment tools, Participant’s handbook, case studies and skill learning guides and Reference manual with essential clinical information were given to the participants.  Audiovisual materials, such as infection prevention and procedure videos and Anatomic models to assist with skill acquisition were provided to the selected RHSA’s Center.

 
Client Centered Family Planning Services Basic Trainer's Manual  Cempetency Based Clinical Skills for IUCD Trainers Notebook
 Client Centered Family Planning Services Basic Participants Manual Cempetency Based Clinical Skills for IUCD Participants Manual

Competency Based Clinical Skills for IUCS Reference Notebook Competency Based Clinical Skills for IUCD Reference Notebook. Client Centered Approach_Booklet Counselling Refrence Desk

Hand Washing Poster Hand Washing Poster Basic/MEC Wheel, CCA-CD and SDM Brochure Basic/MEC Wheel, CCA-CD and SDM Brochure.

Non-Scalpel Vasectomy and Minilap Trainings

 

FALAH helped the public sector to develop at least one vasectomy and minilap center in each of the project district. Training was designed on need assessment results so as to fill the gaps in skills to improve the capacity of the staff providing VSC based services.

 

One lady doctor and one male doctor from each FALAH district with previous surgical experience working in health or Population Welfare Department were trained at the Master Training Centers of Minilap and Vasectomy respectively.

 

Client Centered Family Planning Services and Group Methodology for LHWs

 

This six days training on for Client Centered Family Planning Services and Group Methodology for Lady Health Workers was conducted in 15 FALAH project districts. They are trained on the client centered approach updating contraceptive technology and conducting women group meeting using IEC material prepared by FALAH.

 

The FALAH project aimeds to utilize the Lady Health Workers to expand the coverage of family planning services within their catchment area through their regular home visits and women group meetings. For this purpose, the client centered approach training was replicated in 15 project districts. The training was imparted to the LHWs at their routine training sites that include BHUs, RHCs, THQs, where the LHWs are posted.

 
Client Centered Approach_Booklet Client Centered Approach Booklet.
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Basic Minimum Family Planning / Birth Spacing Content Package for Medical,LHV, Midwifes and Nursing Schools

 

FALAH, through its consortium partner worked to include family planning within the reproductive health curriculum for doctors, nurses, midwives and Lady Health Workers (LHWs). The aim ws to sustain the Birth Spacing paradigm that FALAH introduced within the health system by ensuring that future providers are well equipped with the knowledge and skills to better guide clients.

 
Lady Health Visitor Student’s Handbook  Lady Health Visitor Student’s Handbook

 Lady Health Visitor Tutor’s Guide Lady Health Visitor Tutor’s Guide

Midwifery Student’s Handbook Midwifery Student’s Handbook  Midwifery Tutor’s Guide Midwifery Tutor’s Guide

Nursing Student’s Handbook Nursing Student’s Handbook Nursing Tutor’s Guide Nursing Tutor’s Guide

Hand Washing Poster Midwifery Student’s Handbook (Urdu)    
 

Orientation Workshop on Basic Minimum Family Planning / Birth Spacing Content Package for Medical Colleges

 

The FALAH project provided orientation on the new curriculum to faculties in most of the medical universities in Pakistan, like University of Health Sciences, Khyber Medical University, Shaheed Mohtarma Banazir Bhutto Medical University, Larkana, DOW University of Health Sciences, Karachi and Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences, Jamshoro. Skills lab were also established in four of the medical colleges (QMC, CMC, LUMHS and DOW) and four of such labs were established in the nursing schools located at Jhelum, DG Khan, Mardan and Thatta. Comprehensive trainings of the faculty members were conducted on the basic minimal family planning content package. The faculty has reported having better understanding of concepts and enhanced comfort levels in teaching family planning concepts. The students also reported improvement in learning due to the availability of labs and opportunities for skill development using models. A focus on counseling skills, previously not part of medical education, was also widely appreciated.

 
Client Centered Family Planning Services Basic Trainer's Manual  Acquiring Skills in Family Planning Service Delivery for Medical Studentsudentsudents  Client Centered Family Planning Services Basic Participants Manual Basic Infection Prevention Practices (Hand Washing)

Competency Based Clinical Skills for IUCS Reference Notebook Developing Problem Solving in Family Planning Service Provision (Students Notebook) Client Centered Approach_Booklet Module on Normal Physiology of Menstrual Cycle (Students Notebook)

Hand Washing Poster IUCD Practical Skills of IUCD Insertion/Removal Instruments Processing (Students Notebook) /images/Basic MEC Wheel, CCA-CD and SDM Brochure Overview of Minilap Procedure (Students Notebook)ebook)

/images/Hand Washing Poster Islam and Family Planning (Students Notebook)ebook)ebook) Pharmacology of Hormonal Contraceptives (Students Notebook)
 

Training on Supportive Supervision for LHSs

 

The LHWs are the key community health workers at the grass root level who bridge the gap between the health facility and the community. Many places they are the sole providers of family planning and primary health care. To improve their knowledge and skills, a 6 days training of trainers on client centered family planning services and group methodology was imparted. A total of about 14,300 LHWs have been trained but as we all know that one time training is not sufficient to bring about a sustained change. For the sustained change, regular and continues education and reinforcement is needed. The LHW program has a very good infrastructure of supervision and a LHS supervises about 25 – 30 LHWs on a regular basis and also holds a monthly meeting with LHWs where continues education is provided. Hence, it is important that LHSs are not only trained in CCFPS but also imparted training on supportive supervision. Keeping this in view, Population Council under FALAH project has designed a 5 days training on supportive supervision. Training has been provided to about 500 LHSs in 15 districts.

The objectives of the training were;

  • Explain the concept of Supportive Supervision, its components and practical applications

  • Discuss the process and steps involved in supervision

  • Apply/use the principles of SAHR in supervising the LHWs on the basis of their ability to identify and meet the needs of their clients instead of meeting predefined targets

  • Improve their skills to observe and identify problems, assist, guide and support their supervisee in order to improve their performance.

/images/Supportive Supervision A guide for human resource management Trainer (English)  Supportive Supervision A guide for human resource management Trainer (English)glish)  /images/Supportive Supervision A guide for human resource management Trainer (Urdu) Supportive Supervision A guide for human resource management Trainer (Urdu)

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