Management Sciences for Health Joins More Than 125 Organizations to Endorse Practical Resource for Health-Care Providers

Access to safe and effective family planning is essential for achieving gender equality, eliminating extreme poverty, and reducing maternal and child deaths. Critical to the success of family planning efforts worldwide is a strong health system, supported by a well-educated and trained health workforce. A new edition of Family Planning: A Global Handbook for Providers, commonly known as the Global Handbook, will be released on February 15 in New Delhi, India, at the 2018 Regional Consortium Meeting of the Implementing Best Practices (IBP) Initiative.

“Ensuring universal access to family planning services, information, and education is essential to building a better future for young people and adults,” said Catharine Taylor, Vice President of MSH’s Health Programs Group. “MSH is proud to contribute to the global family planning knowledge base through our decades of experience building capacity at the local and national levels in support of the health and wellbeing of women, children, and adolescents.”

Written in plain terms and organized for quick review, the Global Handbook has served as the world’s standard reference on family planning methods and related topics since its first publication in 2006. To date, more than 500,000 copies have been distributed in 13 languages. The third edition is published jointly by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the World Health Organization (WHO), with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and its Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project.

As a founding member of the IBP Initiative, an implementing partner on K4Health, host of the International Consortium on Emergency Contraception, and as a member of the Technical Advisory Group for High-Impact Practices in Family Planning, the FP2020 Expert Advisory Committee, and the leadership group of the Advance Family Planning Initiative, MSH advocates for supportive policies and guidelines, and encourages the adoption and replication of high-impact family-planning practices.

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