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Preventing Fistula : Through Family Planning :

Resources & Tools

Curricula and Training Modules

Counseling for Effective Use of Family Planning
This curriculum, developed through the ACQUIRE Project, builds on EngenderHealth's previous work in counseling. At the same time, it responds to the identified gap in existing materials and fills the needs expressed by those in the field. The intended audiences for this curriculum are health care providers, their supervisors, and the managers of the programs in which they work. The counseling skills addressed here are expected to be relevant to the provision of both preventive and curative health services through the workshop participants' national health systems. Finally, the curriculum's participatory approach to defining terms and to generating profiles of potential clients is designed to assist trainees in addressing the realities and exploring the reproductive health priorities of their communities in a culturally appropriate manner.
File: English (PDF, 6.8MB)

Evaluation and Research Studies

Family Planning-Integrated Fistula Care Evaluation and Case Study
The prevention component of the Fistula Care project has included family planning (FP) as an important measure for helping women and couples affected by fistula. Fistula Care’s approach to integrating FP services involves a five-step process that is adaptable to each facility’s capacity for integration. This report includes an in-depth case study of the Fistula Care Nigeria program’s efforts to integrate FP with fistula services. The Nigeria case study includes results from: interviews with key informants about the integration process; observations of patient-provider counseling sessions; focus group discussions; and provider self-assessments. Results of other countries’ experiences using the FP integration framework are also presented. The report also reviews the trends from Fistula Care quarterly reporting from supported sites on FP counseling and the numbers of FP acceptors, by method.
Files: English (PDF, 3.0MB) and French (PDF, 562KB)


The Fundamentals of Care: Ensuring Quality in Facility-Based Services—A Resource Package
This tool was developed through the ACQUIRE Project and serves as a resource package to assist program planners, managers, supervisors, and providers in implementing and evaluating facility-based services according to these fundamentals of care.
Files: English (PDF, 209KB)

Family Planning for Women and Couples Following Fistula Care
This booklet provides clients with information about family planning methods for couples following a woman's fistula repair.
Files: English (PDF, 1.0MB) and French (PDF, 1.2MB)

Client-Centered Reproductive Health Counseling Following Fistula Repair
This poster provides service providers with basic guidance on counseling women and couples following fistula surgery.
Files: English (PDF, 164KB), French (PDF, 169KB), and Bangla (PDF, 203KB)

Quick Reference Chart for Contraceptive Methods
This poster lists basic information about family planning methods for the service provider's reference.
Files: English (PDF, 162KB), French (PDF, 167KB), and Bangla (PDF, 372KB)


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This resource was made possible by the generous support of the American people through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), under the terms of the cooperative agreement GHS-A-00-07-00021-00. The information provided on this resource is not official U.S. Government information and does not represent the views or positions of the USAID or the U.S. Government.