Reports, Manuals and Other Resources from FBOs

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.

Available Languages

Luganda and Lusoga (spoken in Uganda)
Kikuyu, Kisa, Meru and Swahili (spoken in Kenya)

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.

Concept Note for Ethics Review
Focus Group Consent Form (We recommend translating this into the language being tested.)
In-Depth Interview Consent Form (We recommend translating this into the language being tested.)
Consent Form Record Form (We recommend translating this into the language being tested.)
Moderator Guide (We recommend translating this into the language being tested.)

Webinar on Developing Low-Literacy Tools

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. 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. See case studies for Year 1 of the project from the Christian Health Association of Kenya and the Churches Health Association of Zambia.

III. 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.

Module 1

Module 2

Module 3

IV.  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.

V. 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.

VI. 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.

VII. Africa Christian Health Associations Platform (ACHAP) Biennial Meeting, Family Planning Preconference Session ReportCCIH (through the Advancing Partners & Communities Project), the USAID-funded Evidence to Action Project (E2A), and Georgetown University’s Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) joined to co-host a pre-conference session on family planning at ACHAP’s biennial meeting, on February 23, 2015, that sought to empower participating organizations to improve the health of families in their communities through high-quality, accessible FP services.