MSH Introduces Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancy Training Tool

The Extending Service Delivery Project (ESD), introduces a valuable tool – "How to Educate Clients about the Benefits of Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancy." The tool is for training primary level providers and community health workers to identify opportunities to counsel clients on Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancy (HTSP) and the benefits of family planning use.

The USAID-funded ESD Project is managed and directed by Pathfinder International in partnership with IntraHealth International, MSH, and Meridian Group International, Inc. ESD addresses the need for quality, community-based reproductive health and family planning services and information for poor, hard-to-reach, and under-served populations.

This tool, an interactive training DVD, is appropriate for advocating and training on family planning (FP) and maternal, neonatal, and child health (MNCH), targeting primary and secondary facility level providers and trainers, as well as for community health workers. The purpose of this DVD program is to show how to make the evidenced-based HTSP messages meaningful to clients of different ages and cultural backgrounds, in different life situations, and in various health care settings.

HTSP is an approach that helps women and couples achieve the healthiest pregnancy outcomes. Discussing HTSP with clients is a valuable entry point for initiating family planning counseling and access to services, especially for underserved populations.

There are three sections to the DVD:

Section 1: An explanation of HTSP and its foundation in scientific research, and an overview of the counseling scenarios that follow.

Section 2: Three fictional counseling scenes focusing on clients at different stages of their reproductive lives; a young pregnant woman, a 32-year-old woman who has had a miscarriage, and an adolescent thinking about her future.

Section 3: Frequently Asked Questions about Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancy.

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