Webinar: Task Sharing: Expanding Access in Family Planning

Family planning is an inexpensive and cost-effective intervention but health workforce shortages and restrictive policies on the roles of mid- and lower-level cadres limit access to effective contraceptive methods in many settings. Expanding the provision of contraceptive methods to other health worker cadres can significantly improve access to contraception for all individuals and couples. Many countries have already enabled mid- and lower-level cadres of health workers to deliver a range of contraceptive methods, utilizing these cadres either alone or as part of teams within communities and/or health care facilities.

The WHO recognizes task sharing as a promising strategy for addressing the critical lack of health care workers to provide maternal and newborn care in low-income countries. Task sharing is envisioned to create a more rational distribution of tasks and responsibilities among cadres of health workers to improve access and cost-effectiveness.

Participants will learn about: WHO guidelines on task sharing for contraception; identifying monitoring & evaluation indicators for task sharing of contraceptives by lower level providers; understand task sharing programs for LARCs as demonstrated in countries; understand programmatic experiences with task sharing of LARCs; learn about country experience in Pakistan on challenges and way forward and challenges

Webinar Objectives:

  • To promote the WHO guidelines on task sharing for contraception
  • To identify monitoring & evaluation indicators for task sharing of contraceptives by lower level providers
  • To describe lessons learned from task sharing programs as demonstrated in Pakistan
  • To identify successful advocacy and policy approaches as shown in country experiences of task sharing in Pakistan

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Webinar ID: 871-877-731

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James Kiarie (chair)
Coordinator, Human Reproduction, WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research
Dr James N. Kiarie is the coordinator for the WHO, Human Reproduction Team.  Dr Kiarie qualified as an obstetrician gynecologist in 1992. Prior to joining WHO in December 2014, he was an Associate Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Nairobi, and a Consultant Obstetrician Gynecologist in Kenyatta National Hospital. Dr Kiarie has over 20 years of experience in teaching, clinical practice and research in the field of reproductive health, focusing on HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections and family planning.

Mario Philip Festin
Medical Officer, WHO Department of Reproductive Health & Research
Dr. Mario P.R. Festin is a Medical Officer at the Human Reproduction team at the Department of Reproductive Health and Research at WHO Headquarters. He is an obstetrician gynaecologist, with graduate degrees in health professions education and clinical epidemiology. His main area of work is on research and guidelines on family planning /contraception.

Jill Peterson
Research Associate, FHI 360
Jill M. Peterson is a research associate with FHI 360 and has 15 years of experience in research, program evaluation, and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) on a variety of topics including family planning and HIV services. Jill is currently leading a project to help define "targeted monitoring and evaluation" as recommended by WHO for lay health worker provision of injectable contraception.   Jill lives and works in Lilongwe, Malawi.  She has a master's degree in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota.

Ashley Jackson
Technical Advisor, Population Services International - PSI
Ashley has nine years of experience working on family planning and HIV/AIDS projects. As technical advisor for reproductive health at PSI, Ashley provides staff and partners with technical assistance to bring quality contraceptive services closer to clients. Ashley has a master's in public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is currently based in Seattle, Washington.

Rehana Ahmed
Senior Health Advisor and Board Member, Population Services International - PSI
Rehana Ahmed is a medical doctor. Her career has focused on primary health, maternal and child health, with a concentration in family planning.  She has experience from working in Pakistan, United Kingdom and several countries of Africa and Asia. In addition she was CEO of Greenstar Social Marketing and is currently on its Board of Directors along with serving on the Boards of PSI Global and PSI Tanzania. She is also a WHO advisor for the Department of Reproductive Health and Research.

family planning, health workforce shortages, access to contraception, contraceptive methods, health workers, contraception, health care facilities, task sharing, WHO guidelines, LARCs, long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs), monitoring and evaluation (M&E)