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The ACQUIRE Training Model
As part of the overall ACQUIRE Program Model for FP/RH service delivery, the ACQUIRE Model for RH/FP Training is applicable to national, regional, and district-level RH/FP programs, and entails a focus on the centrally important fundamentals of care, informed choice, medical safety, and continuous quality improvement. The programming for Training in RH/FP Model depicts the dynamics of the inputs and activities that contribute to the desired program outputs of stronger training systems and more providers performing to standard, which in turn contribute to achievement of the larger program outcome (goal), increased availability of quality RH/FP services. (2008)
Available as a PDF: download (154KB)

Programming for Training: A Resource Package for Trainers, Program Managers, and Supervisors of Reproductive Health and Family Planning Programs
Training is an essential component of service delivery; it can close gaps in knowledge, skills, and attitudes of reproductive health/family planning providers and can help to increase the availability of services. However, while training is often needed to increase the availability and quality of services, it usually cannot accomplish this alone, nor does training by itself necessarily produce more motivated and active service providers. This resource package provides an overall approach to programming for training, as well as information, methods, and tools for designing,developing, planning, implementing, and evaluating training. It also provides tools and information for strengthening training systems. (2008)
Available as a PDF: download (2.6MB)

Facilitative Supervision for Quality Improvement
The concept of facilitative supervision is based on widely accepted quality management principles. It is an approach to supervision that emphasizes mentoring, joint problem solving, and two-way communication between a supervisor and those being supervised. Evidence demonstrates that continuous implementation of facilitative, or supportive, supervision generates sustained performance improvement. This curriculum was developed in response to an expressed need from the field for training materials to develop skills in the facilitative approach to supervision. It is designed to focus on the fundamentals of quality health care services, specifically on medical quality to assure clinical safety and on informed and voluntary decision making. (2008)
The Trainer's Manual and Participant Handbook are available in modular format. Please visit the ACQUIRE Project's web site for more information.

Postpartum IUD Curriculum
This curriculum is a clinical course designed to train doctors who will perform postpartum IUD (PPIUD) insertions at their home institutions. This course emphasizes the information needed to provide safe and effective PPIUD services and provides for extensive practice time. It assumes that the participants will bring skills, knowledge, and self-motivation to the training. The curriculum has been designed to be used by trainers who are skilled, experienced PPIUD providers and who have previously conducted skills training. While this curriculum contains information to guide the training during a workshop and to assist the trainer in making decisions that will enhance the learning experience, it is assumed that the trainer understands adult learning concepts, a variety of training methodologies and approaches, and knows how to adapt the materials to meet the participants' needs. (2008)
Available as a PDF: Trainer's Manual (9.9MB) Participant Handbook (9.9MB)

No-Scalpel Vasectomy Curriculum: a Training Course for Providers and Assistants, 2nd. edition.
The curriculum has been revised and updated to reflect the latest research findings on no-scalpel vasectomy (NSV), as well as global expert opinion and field experience from many countries. This clinical training course presents all of the information that both trained vasectomists and their assistants need to be able to provide safe and effective NSV services. The curriculum Trainer's Manual contains information to guide the trainer during a workshop and to assist him or her in making decisions that will enhance the trainees learning experience. The Participant Handbook contains information on all topics that need to be covered in NSV training. It is meant to be used throughout the training course to assist participants in learning the content of the course, and after the course can be used by the trainee as a review guide. The handbook also contains diagrams, charts, and other graphic materials that can be adapted for use with clients. (2007)
Available as a PDF: Trainer's Manual (1.2KB)  Participant Handbook (1.1KB)

Note: The No-Scalpel Vasectomy Curriculum should be used in conjunction with No-Scalpel Vasectomy: An Illustrated Guide for Surgeons, 3rd Edition. This book, which is the basis for the surgical skills training in the course, also serves as a helpful reference after completion of NSV training. Besides being a step-by-step guide to the NSV procedure, the illustrated guide reviews basic medical and surgical practices that are essential to ensuring the safety and effectiveness of any vasectomy procedure. (2003)
Available as a PDF: download (807KB)

Hormonal Implants: New, Improved, and Popular When Available
This technical summary provides an overview of hormonal implants, including method-specific characteristics and considerations, as well as programmatic considerations. (2008) 
Available as a PDF: download (512KB)

Men's Reproductive Health Curriculum: Section I - Introduction to Men's Reproductive Health Services (REVISED)
This text is designed to provide health care workers with the skills and sensitivity needed to work with male clients and provide men's reproductive health services. It contains information that health care workers may use when initiating, providing, or expanding a men's reproductive health services program. After introducing some general concepts about the delivery of men's reproductive health services, the text explains male sexual and reproductive anatomy and physiology, sexuality, contraception, STIs, and managing a men's reproductive health services program. In addition to information, the text contains diagrams, charts, and other graphic materials that may be adapted for use at a facility that offers men's reproductive health services. (2008)
Available as a PDF: download (1.2MB)

The trainer's resource book is designed to accompany the text Introduction to Men's Reproductive Health Services for use in a training workshop aimed at developing or strengthening the capacity of health care staff to deliver quality reproductive health services to men. The course emphasizes the information needed to encourage men to use reproductive health services and to help providers work effectively with men on issues related to reproductive health and sexuality, including women's reproductive health issues and gender concerns. The course can be adapted for use with those who need only reinforcement or updating of previous trainings related to this topic. (2008)
Available as a PDF: download (1.3MB)

Engaging Men and Boys in Gender Transformation: The Group Education Manual
This 11-chapter manual will offer trainers an array of participatory experiential exercises to reach men (and their partners), exploring gender socialization and its impact on HIV prevention and care. Piloted in Ethiopia, Namibia, South Africa and Tanzania, the manual is designed to assist master trainers in developing curricula to work with men and boys on gender, HIV and AIDS issues. After a short background discussing the scientific rationale, chapter topics include: Gender and Power, Sexuality, Men and Health, Substance Use, Healthy Relationships, STI and HIV prevention, Living with HIV, Fatherhood, Violence and Making Change-Taking action. (2008)
Available as  PDF: English (1.4MB)  French (2.0MB)

Engaging Men in HIV and AIDS at the Service Delivery Level
Designed for trainers of health workers, this manual offers skills-building sessions on developing more male-friendly health services. Utilizing participatory and experiential activities, the manual examines attitudinal and structure barriers that inhibit men from seeking HIV and AIDS services (both from the client and providers perspectives), as well as strategies for overcoming such barriers.The manual is designed for all workers in a health care system, from frontline staff, clinicians, administrative, operational and outreach workers. (2008)
Available as a PDF: download (1.7MB)

Engaging Men in HIV and AIDS at the Community Level
This interactive manual offers master trainers approaches for working with community-based health outreach workers and gender activists a means to mobilize community members to take action related to HIV, AIDS and gender. Following a brief section defining male gender norms linkage to negative health outcomes, the manual offers numerous strategies for community engagement for change, such as conducting a needs assessment, conducing marches and rallies, engaging theatre practitioners, among others. Utilizing an ecological model linked to the formation of community action teams (CATs), the manual offers strategies to reach various community members for actual and sustain change specific to HIV, AIDS and men. (2008)
Available as a PDF: download (696KB)

Counseling for Effective Use of Family Planning
The curriculum builds on EngenderHealth's previous work in counseling, including Comprehensive Counseling for Reproductive Health: An Integrated Curriculum. At the same time, it responds to the identified gap in existing materials and fills the needs expressed by those in the field. The intended audiences for this curriculum are health care providers, their supervisors, and the managers of the programs in which they work. The counseling skills addressed here are expected to be relevant to the provision of both preventive and curative health services through the workshop participants' national health systems. Finally, the curriculum's participatory approach to defining terms and to generating profiles of potential clients is designed to assist trainees in addressing the realities and exploring the reproductive health priorities of their communities in a culturally appropriate manner. (2008)
Available as a PDF:
Trainer's Manual -  Part I  (387KB)  Part II (743KB)   Part III (754KB)   Appendixes  (30.8MB)
Participant Handbook  - Text (9.3MB)  Appendixes (9.3MB)  

Family Planning and Integrated Antiretroviral Therapy: A Curriculum
As HIV prevention, care, and treatment services increase people's access to antiretroviral therapy (ART), many more persons living with HIV (PLHIV) are living longer, higher quality lives. As a result, the unmet need for family planning (FP) and reproductive health (RH) services among people living with HIV is growing, yet until recently, these needs have largely been overlooked. Health personnel often lack the knowledge and skills needed to help men and women to make free and informed decisions regarding their reproductive and contraceptive options, and they may be less equipped to support women receiving ART. This curriculum presents a systems approach to integrating FP services with HIV care and treatment services. It examines levels of
integration of FP into HIV services, and prepares facility-based and community outreach service-delivery cadres to offer integrated FP-HIV services. (2009)
Available as a PDF: download (2.85MB)