Training Resource Package for Family Planning

Important Note, September 2015:

The WHO has released the full revision to its Medical Eligibility Criteria, and expects to release revisions to the Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use in 2016. Several TRP modules will be updated to reflect those changes once the Selected Practice Recommendations are available. You may still use the existing TRP resources, but in the meantime, please consult the MEC Executive Summary, the revised MEC Wheel, or the full Medical Eligibility Criteria for important changes.

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The Training Resource Package for Family Planning (TRP) is a comprehensive set of materials designed to support up-to-date training on family planning and reproductive health. The TRP was developed using evidence-based technical information from World Health Organization (WHO) publications:  Family Planning: A Global Handbook for Providers; the latest WHO Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use; and Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use. The TRP contains curriculum components and tools needed to design, implement, and evaluate training.  It provides organizations with the essential resource for family planning (FP) and reproductive health trainers, supervisors, and program managers. The materials are appropriate for pre-service and in-service training and applicable in both the public and private sectors.

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The development of the TRP has been by led by USAID, WHO, and UNFPA, with full participation from technical and training experts representing multiple agencies and organizations including Centers for Disease Control (CDC), International Planned Parenthood Foundation (IPPF), and USAID implementing partners EngenderHealth, FHI 360, the Institute for Reproductive Health, IntraHealth, Jhpiego, The Johns Hopkins University, Management Sciences for Health, and Pathfinder International. Pathfinder International serves as the current secretariat.

Structure and Content

The TRP is structured as a set of tools that can be used by facilitators and curriculum developers to implement high-quality training and education. Its content can be customized to meet the needs of specific training audiences. It will be updated regularly to both incorporate new materials and comply with the latest changes to technical guidance. The TRP includes content in the following areas:

  • Guidance on how to design and implement training interventions
  • Guidance on how to use the TRP, including how to adapt the materials in the package
  • Modules to facilitate acquisition of core FP knowledge and skills
  • Modules on each contraceptive method for health care providers

Each training module is organized into sections containing:

  • Illustrative session plan and training schedule
  • Facilitator's guide
  • Presentation slide sets
  • Interactive group and self-study learning activities, games, and case studies
  • Job aids, learning guides, knowledge assessments, and skills evaluations
  • References