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Family Planning Global Handbook Updated

The 2018 edition of “Family Planning: A Global Handbook for Providers” is now available. The handbook provides up-to-date family planning guidance for health care professionals working in low- and middle-income countries. The Global Handbook is a collaboration of the World Health Organization (WHO) and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health’s Center for Communication Programs, with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development.

The new (third) edition includes:

  • Information on all family planning methods, including underutilized methods (e.g. the LNG-IUD and implants) and new methods, like the progesterone-releasing vaginal ring for breast-feeding women

  • Updates on the potential for self-injection of subcutaneous depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA-SC)

  • WHO recommendations on the topics of intimate partner violence, task-sharing, and serving clients with disabilities

  • A new section on how family planning providers should respect, protect, and fulfil the human rights of their clients.

  • New job aids on whether to use the pregnancy checklist or a pregnancy test and on counselling women who want progestin-only injectables where HIV risk is high.

To order a copy of the 2018 handbook, along with a “Do You Know Your Family Planning Choices?” wall chart that summarizes all methods, click here.



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