Number of health providers trained in long acting and permanent services

 

In a defined time period (e.g. one year), number of doctors, nurses and auxiliary staff who receive pre-service or in-service training in the provision of long-acting and permanent methods (LA/PMs) of family planning (FP), altogether and broken down by kind of service provider and kind of method.  “Training” can refer to any type of LA/PM training event, regardless of its duration or location.  It involves a trainee getting a thorough understanding of the essential knowledge required to perform the job and progressing from either lacking skills or having minimal skills to being proficient.


 

Number of service providers trained in LAPM, disaggregated by sex, type of provider, method(s) trained in, and type of training (pre-service or in-service).

If targeting and/or linking to inequity, classify trainees by areas served (poor/not poor) and disaggregate by area served.


Training institutions for pre-service trainings; training attendance rosters from project records; public and private facility records of in-service trainings


This indicator determines a key component of the extent to which the health system is able to provide the full range of FP methods to clients.


Simply having trained staff is not sufficient to ensure access to LAPMs, but must be looked at in combination with other supply-oriented measures. Also, counting “number trained” alone does not capture the quality of the training or the knowledge obtained. It is important that this indicator is complimented with an indicator that assesses competency or mastery of knowledge and/or skills. An example would be, “Number of service providers trained in LAPM who have mastered relevant knowledge.”


training, long-acting/permanent methods (LAPM), family planning

 

There may be gender implications both in terms of who has access to training (do male or female providers get differential access to certain kinds of training?) and whether male or female methods are more likely to be covered in the training, thereby impacting people’s reproductive choice.

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