The Integrated Family Health Program, a partnership between Pathfinder and John Snow, Inc., was asked to train health extension workers in Implanon insertion in eight woredas (districts) of the Amhara, Oromia, SNNP, and Tigray regions using a service-delivery based training model developed by Pathfinder in 2004 for use with nurses, health officers, and physicians. By training health extension workers in Implanon insertion, the program provides quality long-acting family planning services at the community level to thousands of women who previously would not have had access to these services.
This paper details Pathfinder’s work in community-based service delivery training of Implanon services in Ethiopia. By training health extension workers to insert contraceptive implants, Pathfinder provided over 3,500 women with family planning. In just the first two months of implementation, the health extension workers reached an additional 4,500 women with services.