Training course in family planning 2018

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Training course in family planning 2018

Course coordinator

Mario Festin (Department of Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization)

Objectives of the course

The training and education of health care workers in developing countries on public health and programmatic approaches for family planning. The training will emphasize on the importance of informed reproductive choices, with the aim of improving the health of women and their families. The course would also include basic knowledge on counselling and informed decision making to highlight the importance of providing appropriate information and ensuring proper choices are made.

Family planning services are usually good entry points for women’s health services, but these are also important components of other services such as antenatal and post-partum care, and even child care, even at the primary health care level in developing countries so as to reach all those in need with equity and efficiency.

The participants, after completion of the course would be expected to act as providers and possible trainers to further health care providers on family planning.

Learning objectives

  1. To define the basic principles of population demographics
  2. To list and define basic indicators related to population and family planning
  3. To list the basic steps on counseling in reproductive health, focusing on family planning counseling
  4. To identify the need and requirements for an informed decision making process on contraceptive choice
  5. To characterize the following contraceptive methods based on mechanism of action, indicators of effectiveness, side effects, non-contraceptive benefits, eligibility criteria and interventions for certain problems during use:
    1. Combined oral contraceptives
    2. Progestin only pills
    3. Injectable contraceptives
    4. Hormonal implants
    5. Tubal ligation and vasectomy
    6. IUD (copper bearing and levonorgestrel IUS)
    7. Fertility awareness methods
    8. Barrier methods
    9. Emergency contraception
    10. New contraceptive technology
    11. Lactational amenorrhea method
  6. To characterize the principles of reproductive rights and gender issues related to family planning
  7. To list and use the common guidance documents and tools in family planning, such as the MEC, SPR, DMT and Global Handbook, among others
  8. To identify sources of training tools and materials on family planning counseling and methods

Topics to be covered in the course

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Week 8

Teaching-learning methods to be used in course

On each of the topic, the following items will be posted:

  • A set of slides with accompanying talking points
  • Reference documents
  • Other audio-visual materials

What is required of you?

For each module, participants must:

  • Study the slides and talking points.
  • Read all accompanying documents.
  • Answer to the multiple choice questions and complete the short assignment, after going through the slide set and documents.

A personal coach will be assigned to each participant, whose role is to facilitate the course and serve as tutor.

Course validation and certificate

In order to validate the course and obtain the certificate, participants are required to successfully answer to the multiple choice questions and complete an assignment that provides information on the overall situation of Family Planning in their countries in terms of prevalence, relevant health services data, current country strategies, care services and existing barriers and challenges.

The assignment should be based on a literature search and, if relevant, professional experiences of the course participant. We will provide specific guide and instructions for paperwork assignment.

Course duration

8 weeks

Course fee

USD 250

Important dates

Start date: 5 November 2018

End date: 28 December 2018

Application deadline: 7 October 2018

Payment deadline: 29 October 2018


To apply for the course, you should submit the completed application form and send the required enclosures by email to the course email address.

Application form


Please send the following documents by email to the course email address.

  • A curriculum vitae, including sections on current and previous positions
  • A certified copy of diploma(s)
  • A letter of motivation stating clearly your interests and reasons for applying to the Course (1-2 page maximum).

Course email:

You are encouraged to join other courses offered in the same year to benefit from a discount.

Special offer

CourseCourse feeDiscountTotal course fee
One course in a yearUSD 250FixedUSD 250
Two courses in a year1st course USD 250
2nd course USD 200
USD 450
Three courses in a year1st course USD 250
2nd course USD 200
3rd course USD 200
USD 650
All four courses in a year1st course USD 125
2nd course USD 125
3rd course USD 125
4th course USD 125
USD 500

Terms and conditions:

  • To benefit from discount, participants must take the courses in the same year.
  • Discount applies to only the following four courses: Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive health, Research methodology and research protocol development, Sexually transmitted infections, HIV/AIDS and Family planning.
  • The course fee should be settled one week before the start date of the first course.
  • The course fee is non-refundable and non-deferrable.


Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research
150, route de Ferney
1211 Geneva 2 – Switzerland

Skype: coordinatorgfmer