Universal & Adaptable Information, Education & Communication (IEC) Templates on Family Planning

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In 2011, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Women’s Refugee Commission conducted several studies to document knowledge of family planning, beliefs and practices of refugees, as well as the state of service provision in select refugee settings. The goal of the baseline studies was to support program planning and service delivery, and subsequently increase family planning uptake among women, men and adolescents. One key finding was that many of the health facilities and community health workers lacked communication materials to share with refugees on the benefits of family planning services and what methods are available for their use. Based on the Women’s Refugee Commission’s previous work on behalf of the Reproductive Health Response in Crises (RHRC) Consortium to develop "universal" communication materials on other reproductive health topics, the Women’s Refugee Commission designed six templates on family planning to aid service providers in serving clients. The templates are: 1. Obtain family planning information, counseling and contraceptives from a health provider, 2. Family planning contributes to healthy families, 3. Explanation of family planning methods, 4. How to use a male condom, 5. How to use the lactational ammenorhea method (LAM), and 6. When to use emergency contraception. Each template page has both Word documents and PDFs, with text and without text.

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