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This poster was presented by Kristen Devlin at the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) in Kigali, Rwanda in November 2018.
Since 2012, the Advancing Partners & Communities (APC) project has supported community health programs globally, with a focus on family planning. APC develops practical tools and approaches to help global and national level stakeholders identify knowledge and programming gaps to harmonize and scale community health programs. For decades, community health workers (CHWs) have been critical to reaching last-mile communities with family planning (FP) interventions. Information on the types of FP methods CHWs can provide, is often fragmented across country policies and strategies. To fill this gap, APC launched the Community Health Systems Catalog in 2014 as a one-stop 'shop' for key information on FP and community health policies and programs across 25 countries. This catalog identifies guidance on: 1) The number and type of CHW cadres that can provide FP interventions by country, 2) Which FP interventions CHWs can provide, 3) Gaps in FP policy guidance.
This resource on community-based FP policies advances global knowledge and can be used to: Compary community-based FP interventions, inform dialog on FP task-sharing and -shifting, identify policy areas where clearer more comprehensive guidance is needed.