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The balanced counseling strategy plus : a toolkit for family planning service providers working in high HIV/STI prevalence settings

POPULATION COUNCIL
2011

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"This "is an interactive, client-friendly approach for improving counseling on family planning and prevention, detection, and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV. The BCS+ was adapted from the Balanced Counseling Strategy, an evidence-based and well-researched tool for improving counseling on contraceptive methods. The BCS+ toolkit, developed and tested in Kenya and South Africa, provides the information and materials needed for health care facility providers to provide complete and high-quality family planning counseling to clients who live in areas with high rates of HIV and STIs.The BCS+ tools are generic and can be revised according to national and/or regional guidelines and different contexts
This second edition toolkit includes the following: * BCS+ Trainer’s Guide: Supervisors and others can use this to train health care facility directors and service providers on how to use the BCS+ for counseling family planning clients. * BCS+ User’s Guide: This guide focuses on how to implement the Balanced Counseling Strategy Plus. It can be distributed during training or used on its own with the BCS+ job aids. * BCS+ job aids comprising: - BCS+ algorithm that summarizes the 19 steps needed to implement the BCS+ during a family planning counseling session. These steps are organized into four stages: pre-choice, method choice, post-choice, and STI/HIV counseling. - BCS+ counseling cards that the provider uses during a counseling session. There are 26 counseling cards, the first of which contains six questions that the service provider asks to rule out the possibility a client is pregnant. Each of the next 16 cards contains information about a different family planning method. The next 3 cards provide advice on pregnancy and the postpartum period. The last 6 cards provide essential information for counseling on preventing, detecting, and treating STIs and HIV. - BCS+ method brochures on each of the 16 methods represented by the counseling cards. The brochures provide counseling to clients on the method they have chosen and then are given to clients for later reference. This means clients do not have to rely on their recollection of what was discussed with the provider. - WHO Medical Eligibility Criteria Wheel (offsite link) guides providers through medical conditions and medications that may be contraindications to use of particular contraceptive methods. The BCS+ tools are generic and can be revised according to national and/or regional guidelines and different contexts"
A video describing use of the BCS+ toolkit in South Africa also is available. To obtain Microsoft Word versions of BCS+ files to modify or revise according to your local setting, please contact the publisher

A report card on maternal mortality

UNITED NATIONS CHILDREN'S FUND (UNICEF)
2008

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‘Progress for Children’ is a series that monitors progress towards the Millennium Development Goals. This edition focuses on maternal health and, in particular, maternal mortality. It considers general progress and then examines particular regions. The report card acknowledges progress in improving maternal health, but argues that it is not sufficient to meet the MDG target of reducing maternal mortality by three quarters between 1990 and 2015

Sexual health for people with intellectual disability

EASTGATE, Gillian
2008

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This article explores how people with intellectual disability often experience difficulties meeting their sexual needs and desires due to poor education and social isolation. However, the article highlights that people with intellectual disability are capable of safe, constructive sexual expression and healthy relationships with appropriate education and good social support. It emphasises that providing this support is an essential part of supporting people with intellectual disability
Salud Publica Mex, 50 suppl 2

Women and HIV : questions answered

RICHEY, Catherine
SHETTY, Vidya
August 2007

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Questions and answers are grouped into 4 sections: basic facts about HIV; family planning and HIV; health of mother and infant; and mother-to-child transmission of HIV

Expanding contraceptive options and access for youth

SCHOLL, Ed
FINGER, William
March 2004

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In a time when young people are increasingly at risk of unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, the role of contraception in preventing these is crucial. This issue of YouthLens looks at how education, services and products can help protect youth against unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. It stresses that young people should be targeted with appropriate messages

Financial resource flows for population activities in 2002

UNITED NATIONS POPULATION FUND (UNFPA)
2002

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Population activities range from family planning programmes, to demographic and contraceptive research and the formulation of family polices. In 2002 primary funds for population assistance reached almost $USD2.9 billion. Crucially, a conspicuous amount of donor expenditures went to STD/HIV/AIDS programmes. The report illustrates in detail the flow of financial resources for population activities in 2002, and shows the extent to which developing countries rely heavily on international aid and loans to finance their programmes

Reproductive health in refugee situations : an inter-agency field manual

UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES (UNHCR)
et al
1999

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A guide for field staff involved in introducing and strengthening reproductive health (RH) interventions in refugee situations. May be useful in decision-making around planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating RH activities. Advocates for a multi-sectoral approach to meeting the reproductive health needs of refugees and fosters co-ordination among all partners

Postpartum care of the mother and newborn : a practical guide

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO). Division of Reproductive Health (Technical Support). Maternal and Newbron Health/Safe Motherhood Unit
1998

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"This document reports the outcomes of a technical consultation on the full range of issues relevant to the postpartum period for the mother and the newborn. The report takes a comprehensive view of maternal and newborn needs at a time which is decisive for the life and health both of the mother and her newborn. Taking women's own perceptions of their own needs during this period as its point of departure, the text examines the major maternal and neonatal health challenges, nutrition and breastfeeding, birth spacing, immunization and HIV/AIDS before concluding with a discussion of the crucial elements of care and service provision in the postpartum. The text ends with a series of recommendations for this critical but under-researched and under-served period of the life of the woman and her newborn, together with a classification of common practices in the postpartum into four categories: those which are useful, those which are harmful, those for which insufficient evidence exists and those which are frequently used inappropriately."

Resources for HIV/AIDS & sexual and reproductive health integration

CENTER FOR COMMUNICATION PROGRAMS, JOHNS HOPKINS BLOOMBERG SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH

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This website provides a comprehensive knowledge base for health professionals working to integrate the prevention and treatment of HIV & AIDS with sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services. Users can access the latest research and evidence-based approaches to integrating prevention and treatment of HIV & AIDS with SRH services, as well as materials documenting field programme experiences, practical tools for integrated service delivery, news , and conference materials

Youthlens|on reproductive health and HIV/AIDS

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YouthLens is a series of research briefs that summarize the latest information on key issues regarding reproductive health and HIV prevention among youth ages 10 to 24
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Sexuality and reproductive health

CENTER FOR RESEARCH ON WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES (CROWD)

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The mission of the Center for Research on Women with Disabilities is to promote, develop, and disseminate information to improve the health and expand the life choices of women with disabilities. This section addresses issues for sexuality and reproductive health for women with disabilities by providing useful information and related resources for specific thematics

Comprehensive reproductive health and family planning training curriculum

PATHFINDER INTERNATIONAL

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These training modules have been designed for the training of physicians, nurses, and midwives by clinical trainers who do not have an extensive training background. Training sessions include simulation skills practice, case studies, role plays, discussions, clinical practices, on-site observation, specific measurable objectives, knowledge, attitudes, skills checklists, and exercises for the development of action plans. Module contents available online: 1. Introduction/Overview 2. Infection Prevention 3. Counselling 4. Combined oral contraceptives and progestin-only pills 5. Emergency Contraceptive Pills (ECPs) 6. DMPA 7. IUDs 8. Lactational Amenorrhea and Breast Feeding Support 9. Condoms and spermicides 11. MVA for treatment of incomplete abortion 12. Reproductive tract infections 13. Postpartum/Postabortion Contraception 14. Training of Trainers 16. Reproductive Health Services for Adolescents

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