This article from a webinar I attended highlights the crucial role of Community Health Workers (CHWs) in increasing access to family planning services, particularly injectable contraceptives like DMPA-SC and self-injection.

The discussion from the Webinar focused on several key points, increased access and convenience CHWs bring family planning services closer to communities, especially those residing in remote areas with limited access to healthcare facilities. This reduces travel time and cost for clients seeking these services.

Improved self-management CHWs play a vital role in supporting women in self-injecting DMPA-SC, empowering them to manage their reproductive health choices independently. CHWs equipped with digital tools can efficiently collect and report data on service delivery, facilitating improved monitoring and evaluation of family planning programs.

CHWs contribute to a more robust healthcare system by providing essential services like health education, counseling, and referrals, ultimately improving maternal health outcomes.

Not all countries authorize CHWs to support self-injection, and establishing clear policies and regulations is crucial for safe and effective implementation.CHWs require proper training and ongoing support to ensure they possess the necessary knowledge and skills to deliver family planning services effectively.

Recognizing and rewarding CHWs for their contributions can enhance motivation and commitment to continue serving their communities.Public-private partnerships between governments, NGOs, and private sectors can leverage resources and expertise for effective CHW programs.

Utilizing data collected by CHWs can inform evidence-based policy decisions and program improvements.Recognizing the value CHWs bring, investing in their training, resources, and well-being is essential for sustained program success.

The discussion concluded by emphasizing the potential of CHWs to bridge the gap in family planning access, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. By addressing existing challenges and fostering a supportive environment, CHWs can be empowered to play a more significant role in achieving universal access to family planning and improving reproductive health outcomes for all.

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