I. How Family Planning Methods Work | A tool for low-literacy populations. This brief and easy-to-read booklet was adapted from a method mix tool originally designed by the Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University. It was developed to meet the needs of people with low literacy and explains various family planning methods and how they work, and includes biblical scripture demonstrating how family planning is consistent with Christian values.
The books can be produced in any language. If you are interested in producing the book in another language, please visit the Bloom page to download the software and customize the book.
Guidance for Developing Your Own Low-Literacy Guides: We encourage you to use the English version as a starting point and work with professionals to have it translated into languages that are important in your communities. Please use the materials developed by FHI360 under the Advancing Partners & Communities Project to test translated materials via Focus Groups and In-Depth-Interviews. All documents below can be personalized to your context. Before you test, be sure to obtain ethics approval.
To encourage uptake of voluntary family planning services, communities need to understand their options and what is being offered. This webinar, held July 24, 2019, explored practical tools to inform communities in language they can understand of the variety of choices they have to time and space pregnancies and how you can use these tools in your community-based programs or develop your own for the areas where you work. Panelists talked about how to develop, test, and translate tools that work for communities. On the panel were Elizabeth Creel of JSI Research & Training Institute, Melanie Lopez of World Vision US, Paul Frank of SIL LEAD, and Irene Nakiriggya of the Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau (UPMB).
II. Increasing Family Planning Access in Kenya Through Engagement of Faith-Based Health Facilities, Religious Leaders, and Community Health Volunteers | Global Health: Science and Practice Journal | September 2019 | The article explores how the Christian Health Association of Kenya (CHAK) engaged religious leaders to reach 700,000 people with family planning messages and referred 87,000 clients to health facilities. See the article
III. Endline Report of the Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau Community-Based Family Planning Project | October 2019 | In December 2017, the Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau (UPMB) was awarded a one-year cooperative funding agreement from USAID through Advancing Partners and Communities (APC) to implement a project to integrate community-based family planning (FP) into the Anglican Church of Uganda’s health structures and health facilities. Based on available data, there is convincing evidence that the project successfully increased FP uptake at the project health facilities, with the largest increases seen at the rural sites. See the Endline Report of the Project
IV. Christian Journal for Global Health Special Issue on Family Planning | July 2017, Vol 4 No 2 | Through support from the USAID-funded Advancing Partners and Communities, CCIH worked with the Christian Journal for Global Health (CJGH) to produce a special issue on family planning from a faith perspective. The issue included articles by CCIH members and others focused on both operational and ethical approaches to healthy timing and spacing of pregnancy, and included several other articles on faith-based partnerships, issues such as commodity stockouts, the expanding role of Christian Health Associations, and leveraging community health workers and lay leaders. See the issue
V. Case Studies from the Christian Advocacy for Family Planning in Africa Project | The Christian Advocacy for Family Planning in Africa (CAFPA) project is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and administered by CCIH, the Christian Health Association of Kenya and the Churches Health Association of Zambia. The goal of the project is to engage religious leaders in family planning advocacy with their congregations, communities and national and county governments. Religious leaders are well respected and influential in communities, making them ideal advocates on health issues.
VI. Church of Uganda Wise Choices for Life Training Modules | 2015 | The Church of Uganda Health Department partnered with Wise Choices for Life to scale up reproductive health in Uganda through the Church’s structure. The Church adopted the training modules for three trainings that help people understand how family planning and other healthy behaviors will improve their lives.
VII. Church of Uganda Training Guide for Religious Leaders | 2013 | The Church of Uganda developed a Training Handbook for Religious Leaders and Church Institutions which presents a Christian-based approach to Sexual and Reproductive Health, Family Planning, HIV/AIDS, and Sexual and Gender-based Violence.
VIII.Engaging Faith Leaders in Family Planning | World Vision | 2014 | This resource was developed by Adrienne Allison and Elizabeth Foulkes of World Vision US to provide a review of the available literature about the work of faith-based organizations to engage faith leaders in family planning education and advocacy.
IX. Faith Plus Youth Training Manual | Jesus Care Ministries | This training manual was developed to train youth in churches and mosques in Malawi to guide young people to lead a good life, be happy and to get the best out of life. This publication intends to promote better communication between young people and their parents, faith leaders, peers and the world at large. It has chapters on sexual and reproductive health, including discussions of abstinence, consequences of sex and unprotected intercourse and includes specific examples and role play to help youth learn how to handle situations they may encounter.