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Webinar on Digital Training Approaches for Family Planning Providers

As new and lesser-used contraceptives – including the hormonal IUD – are introduced in more countries, innovative approaches to train family planning (FP) providers can help expand access and choice. Digital trainings, which are considered part of the High Impact Practice for digital health, can improve provider knowledge and skills and may offer cost-efficient opportunities to ensure providers are well-prepared to counsel and offer FP methods, even when in-person gatherings are restricted such as during the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar above took place on Thurs, June 2 and reviewed emerging evidence and resources for digital training approaches for family planning providers, including:

  • An overview of the need for digital training solutions for FP providers - Dr. Kayode Afolabi, Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria

  • Results from a recent study evaluating the feasibility and acceptability of a hybrid digital approach to train providers on the hormonal IUD in Nigeria - Dr. Ezechukwu Nwokoma, Society for Family Health and Dr. Helen Anyasi , FHI 360

  • An overview of other online training resources for FP providers with a focus on resources to support hormonal IUD introduction to expand contraceptive choice. This will include an overview of the Training Resource Package for Family Planning, as well as updates from Bayer and Medicines360.

This event highlighted research funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Research for Scalable Solutions (R4S) project and by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation through the LEAP project.