The Community-Based Access to Injectable Contraceptives Toolkit

The Community-Based Access to Injectable Contraceptives Toolkit is a platform for strengthening the capacity of agencies and organizations to plan, implement, evaluate, promote, and scale up community-based access to injectables (CBA2I) programs and to advocate for changes to national policy and service delivery guidelines.

Information on the Global Evidence to support the practice; Country Experiences with CBA2I; Advocacy for gaining buy-in and changing policy; Piloting, Implementing, and Scaling Up programs; and the organizations who are Global Leaders in CBA2I is listed under the main thematic navigation tabs above. Browse the topics by clicking on the tabs. Click on the full-text resources to open or download them to your computer. Many items in the Community-Based Access to Injectable Contraceptives Toolkit can be adapted or revised for use in specific country contexts and unique program circumstances. Users with limited internet access can order the toolkit on a flash drive by contacting K4Health.

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Why Community-Based Access to Injectable Contraceptives?

Community-based family planning programs typically offer condoms, oral contraceptives, and, increasingly, standard days method, and refer people to clinics for other contraceptive methods. Programs in a number of countries, however, have demonstrated that appropriately-trained community health workers (CHWs) can safely and effectively provide injectable contraceptives. Training and authorizing a wider range of providers to give injections can expand access to a woman’s preferred method, reduce unmet need for family planning in hard-to-reach areas, and address the critical health workforce shortage faced by many countries.

CHWs have provided injectable contraceptives such as Depo-Provera (DMPA) in more than a dozen countries. Injectables appeal to the many women who seek a family planning method that is effective and long-acting and can be used privately. Mobilizing a range of providers to offer injectables, including CHWs, can help family planning programs meet their long-term development goals.

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