USAID’s Accelerating Universal Access to Family Planning (AUAFP) / Shukhi Jibon Project
Family planning is a skills-based field that requires competent providers who are well trained in family planning service provision. According to the findings of the training needs assessment conducted in July 2019 by the USAID Accelerating Universal Access to Family Planning Project, also known as Shukhi Jibon, most public sector family planning trainings are classroom based, use didactic presentations, and include limited practicum and/or refresher trainings. Those findings suggest that further attention and support is required for trainers, so they are equipped to employ more effective approaches to engaging and supporting learners, including through improved practicums and participatory training approaches.
In response to these needs, Shukhi Jibon developed this learner-centered, competency-based training (CBT) manual, which is grounded in adult learning principles, to build the capacities of trainers at NIPORT, DGFP, Directorate General of Nursing and Midwifery (DGNM), and DGHS. It is expected that the trainers who are trained in CBT will utilize their training skills to build FP service providers’ capacities to provide high-quality services. A high-level technical committee including members from NIPORT, DGFP, and DGHS guided the finalization of this manual, while IntraHealth International led the development of content and methodologies presented here, in collaboration with Pathfinder International.
Our hope is that this manual will serve as an important tool for strengthening FP training systems in Bangladesh in order to produce more competent, prepared, and motivated FP trainers and providers who can ensure quality FP service provision to women and families.
About Shukhi Jibon
Pathfinder International, in partnership with IntraHealth International, and with strategic support from the Obstetrics-Gynecology Society of Bangladesh (OGSB), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the University of Dhaka is implementing the Accelerating Universal Access to Family Planning (AUAFP) project, also known as “Shukhi Jibon,” in Bangladesh. This 5-year project contributes to the health and wellbeing of Bangladeshis and to accelerating family planning (FP) utilization by strengthening the capacity of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW), particularly the Directorate General of Family Planning (DGFP), the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), and the National Institute of Population Research and Training (NIPORT). The project supports the development and deployment of skilled, responsive, and respectful FP providers; strengthens the delivery of quality FP services, especially for adolescents, youth, and postpartum women; and works with communities to transform norms related to FP information and services.