CASE STUDY: Advocating for Global Guidelines on Family Planning Task-Sharing

Originally written in July 2013

In December 2012 the World Health Organization (WHO) issued guidance on task-sharing for the provision of maternal and newborn health services, including family planning. It was the first comprehensive, global guidance on how to distribute tasks and responsibilities among cadres of health workers providing family planning services. In the guidance, WHO recommended that, with targeted monitoring and evaluation, lay health workers could provide contraceptive injections—a major strategy for reducing unmet need for family planning.

The guidance provides needed evidence to convince government health ministries to broaden task-sharing policies for family planning. It is a boon for advocates—but getting family planning into the guidance required a coordinated advocacy effort in itself.

Beginning in early-to-mid 2012, a working group of advocates within the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC), including Advance Family Planning (AFP) partners, led a highly consultative process and coordinated advocacy efforts to ensure that family planning was included in the guidance.1,2

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