Population & Health Materials Working Group New Materials and Works in Progress – November 6, 1996

Institute for Reproductive Health

Materials in Print| Forthcoming Titles

Materials in Print

  • Breastfeeding Saves Lives: The Impact of Breastfeeding on Infant Survival, Second Edition (English, French, Spanish-1996)US$3.50 A policy-oriented booklet that illustrates breastfeeding’s profound impact on infant deaths. Updated with new graphs and photos.
  • Taking the First Steps: The Lactational Amenorrhea Method for Family Planning. Video-June 1996-(26 minutes-English) US$20.00 Booklet-Early 1997
    This 26-minute documentary-style video highlights several organizations and their experiences in taking the initial steps to integrate the Lactational Amenorrhea Method into their services, programs and policies. A booklet by the same name will describe the spectrum of LAM projects more in depth, focusing on the six-step process of implementing a successful program.

Works in Progress

  • Breastfeeding, Lactational Amenorrhea Method, and Natural Family Planning Interface Training Guide. December 1996
    This booklet will be targeted at Natural Family Planning providers who are responsible for training other trainers on how to integrate LAM into their counseling procedures for couples needing advice during the breastfeeding period.
  • Birth Control for the Breastfeeding Mom: The Lactational Amenorrhea Method. January 1997
    Designed as a prototype, this pamphlet targets potential LAM users. Using black and white photographs and simple language, the pamphlet gives directions for using LAM, when LAM is no longer reliable, healthy breastfeeding habits, and family planning options for the breastfeeding woman.
  • Counseling Boards for LAM January 1997
    Created by CEMOPLAF in Ecuador, this counseling tool is to be used with pre-literate clients to describe how to use LAM. The board comes in two versions: the back side of one explains family planning methods for the breastfeeding woman, or the other version covers optimal breastfeeding behaviors. Instructions for the counselor on how to use the boards are also included.

For additional information, please contact:

Institute for Reproductive Health, Georgetown University
2115 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Suite 602, Washington, DC 20007
Voice: 202-687-1392; fax: 202-687-6846


New Materials | Works in Progress

New Materials

  • Bolivia campaign materials 1996
    Brochures and stickers in Spanish for young men, women and couples on decision making, family planning, contraceptive methods
  • IEC Field Reports
    • The Nigeria Family Planning Facility Census (IEC Field Report #1).
      This paper presents the results of a nationwide review of Nigeria’s 41,243 health service sites, focusing particularly on findings about the 33,366 sites that provide family planning supplies, services, and/or counseling.
    • Family Planning and Reproductive Health in Zambia Today (IEC Field Report #2). As part of formative research, this paper reviews the current status of family planning services, reproductive health care, and problems (including HIV/AIDS) that will inform future policy-making and program design.
    • Involving Men in Family Planning: The Zimbabwe Male Motivation & Family Planning Method Expansion Project, 1993-1994 (IEC Field Report #3).
      This paper reports on the many coordinated activities in this second-round IEC campaign and presents the campaign’s results as assessed by several different analytic methods.
    • Reproductive Health Is in Your Hands: Impact of the Bolivia National Reproductive Health Program Campaign (IEC Field Report #4).
      This paper describes the efforts and effect of the first-ever nationwide reproductive health IEC campaign in Bolivia. Changes in audience awareness, knowledge, and behavior are presented as well as recommendations for follow-on projects. The paper was released as a bilingual Spanish/English edition.
    • Promoting Family Planning Through Mass Media in Nigeria: Campaigns Using Public Service Announcements and a National Logo (IEC Field Report #5). Results of this multi-faceted family planning promotion program implemented in three phases is the subject of this paper. The analysis indicates that programs can better reach audiences with health messages by combining entertaining music, public service announcements, and a national logo on mass-media.
    • In Their Own Words: A Qualitative Study of Family Planning in Jordan (IEC Field Report #6). Twenty-four focus groups were undertaken in Jordan in 1995 to assess the barriers to contraceptive use. This report features over 80 focus group quotes in both English and Arabic, intended for policy-makers and program designers. Interpretation of the findings as well as their implications for policy, program, and research are reviewed.
  • Life story 1996
    20 min. video drama for young couples. The story of a couple who plan to get married. They discuss the problem of having sex without using birth control and decide that they will examine the options together and come to a joint decision. In Russian or Ukranian.
  • M/MC Bibliographies
    Bibliographies which highligh certain materials in the Media/Materials Clearinghouse collection. You can also request a bibliography on a topic of interest to you. Recent bibliographies include “AIDS Television Spots,” “Materials on Adolescent Pregnancy.” “Materials on Female Genital Mutilation” and “Materials on Safe Motherhood”
  • M/MC Ideabooks 1996
    A series of books to help design messages and illustrations for family planning and reproductive health campaign materials. Topics completed to date include “Illustrations of condoms,” “Messages for HIV/AIDS prevention,” “Messages for male motivation” and “Messages for youth”.
  • M/MC Infoshare: Organizations Which Produce FP/RH Videos
    A list of over 25 organizations which produce & distribute family planning and reproductive health videos and films. Includes telephone & fax numbers, e-mail addresses and web site locations.
  • M/MC Resource Center Checklist 1996
    A list of basic steps for planning, staffing and maintaining a resource center.
  • Night saxophone 1996
    20 min. video drama for adolescents. An episode of “Night Saxophone”, a daily radio advice & hotline program. The show discusses sexual responsibility, relationships, contraceptive use and peer pressure. In Russian or Ukranian.
  • Population Reports in English. 1996
    • Helping the News Media Cover Family Planning. Series J, Number 42 by Bryant Robey and Paula Stauffer. Designed to help family planning and other reproductive health programs work effectively with journalists, this issue shows how to build a news media relations program, develop a strategy, present family planning issues in newsworthy ways, and develop materials and plan events that interest journalists.
    • Meeting the Needs of Young Adults. Series J, Number 41 by Anne McCauley and Cynthia Salter. Explores the tasks that programs face in addressing the important needs of this age group. Includes two supplements: “Reaching Young Adults Through Entertainment” and “Female Genital Mutilation: A Reproductive Health Concern”.
    • IUDs An Update Series B, Number 6 by Katherine Treiman, Laurie Liskin, Adrienne Kols, and Ward Rinehart. An update of IUDs A New Look, Series B, No. 5, March 1989.
    • Reproductive Health Care for Urban Migrants (Population Reports, mini-edition) by Robert W. Gardner. A special four-page issue for the Habitat II conference held in Istanbul, Turkey from June 3-14, 1996. A preview chapter from a larger report on reproductive health care for migrants, including refugees, to be published in 1997
    • Meeting Unmet Need: New Strategies Series J, Number 43. Examines the concept of unmet need, the reasons for it, the characteristics of women with unmet need, and the steps that programs can take to understand and address it better.
  • Population Reports in Russian
    (edited, updated, and adapted to NIS Region) now available on IUDs, female sterilization, and injectables.
  • Videoshare/Compartiendo Videos/Partager des Videos August 1996
    An annotated list of over 45 reproductive health-related videos in English, French and Spanish distributed by the Media/Materials Clearinghouse.
  • What’s New: Population and the Environment August 1996
    Third issue of newsletter on new IEC materials. Features over 20 videos, newsletters, posters, reports, flipcharts, cue cards and teaching aids on population and environment. To be published in French and Spanish in 1997.

Works in Progress

  • Adolescent video
    Filmed in Russia and now being edited. Available by end of January, 1997.
  • Communication and Advocacy unit for a distance learning curriculum aimed at doctors and mid-level health care providers. The unit is one of 24 designed for a Sexually Transmitted Infection curriculum. All in collaboration with the Kenya National AIDS and STI Control project (funded by Government of Belgium). To be completed in February, 1997.
  • Contraceptive Technology Handbook: The Essentials of Contraceptive Technology. This pocket-sized handbook of contraceptive technology will offer front-line family planning providers uniform, scientifically based, easily accessible information about each major family planning method. The book will incorporate the new eligibility criteria devised by a WHO scientific working group in Spring 1994 and Spring 1995 and will help programs avoid unnecessary, arbitrary, or outdated requirements that impede access to family planning and undermine good quality care. JHU/PIP is preparing the handbook in collaboration with Dr. Robert A. Hatcher of the Emory University School of Medicine. The book is in design.
  • Family Planning Communication: Lessons for Public Health (working title).
    A book which reflects more than a decade’s experience of the JHU/PCS/PIP staff in providing technical guidance and financial support for family planning and related health information, education, and communication (IEC) projects in developing countries.
  • Haki Yako! A Client-Provider IEC Project in Kenya (IEC Field Report). A radio drama, print materials, and provider training were united by the Kiswahili campaign slogan, “Haki Yako!” meaning “It’s Your Right!” This paper presents the results and provides recommendations to improve the quality of family planning care in Kenya.
  • The 1994 Kenya National IEC Situation Survey (IEC Field Report). Implemented by the National Council for Population and Development (NCPD) and JHU/PCS, the results reported serve a three-fold purpose. First, to set a baseline for follow-on initiatives; second, to assess the impact of ongoing activities; and third, to provide data on media patterns that will supplement the 1993 Kenya Demographic and Health Surveys.
  • Perceptions of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Issues: A Qualitative Study in Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan (IEC Field Report). This document is among the first studies in this region to provide qualitative data about family planning and reproductive health attitudes. Recent Demographic and Health Surveys in two Central Asian Republics is included to support the focus group findings. Future directions for health programs are discussed.
  • Population Reports in English.
    • Saving Women’s Lives: New Directions in Emergency Care Series L, Number 10. This report discusses the reasons that half a million women die each year from the complications of pregnancy, childbirth, and unsafe abortions, although almost all hese deaths are preventable.
    • Counseling Guide (Second Edition) Series J, Number 44
      This report will be a revision of the popular Population Reports Family Planning Counseling Guide published in 1987.
    • Reproductive Health Care for Migrants Series J, Number 45
      This report will cover the reproductive health needs of internal migrants, immigrants, and refugees in the developing world.
    • Improving Quality in Family Planning Programs Series J, Number 46
      This issue of Population Reports will describe the evolution of the concern for quality, differences in perspective on what quality is, approaches to assessing and improving quality, and lessons learned from projects worldwide that have attempted to improve quality.
  • Postabortion Family Planning Counseling Training Package
    Produced in collaboration with PATH for health care workers in sub-Saharan Africa. The primary goal of the package is to prevent repeat unsafe abortions. The video was filmed in Zambia with local actors and crew. A skill-building workshop was conducted for the crew from Zambia Information Services before the filming. The video has been pretested in Zambia and four other African countries. The English version is now undergoing final revisions and will be available in early 1997. The French version, produced with support from Packard Foundation, is forthcoming in spring 1997. The package includes:

    • 30-minute video entitled Put Yourself in Her Shoes
    • video discussion guide
    • counseling review sheet
    • prototype client brochure.
  • Promoting Reproductive Health in Uganda: Evaluation of a National IEC Program (IEC Field Report). This report presents the findings of two complementary household surveys. First, the Uganda Family Planning Promotion Project follow-up survey and second, a formative baseline survey conducted for the Delivery for Improved Health Services Project.
  • Russian single-method brochures to be published in December, 1996. On condoms (for adolescents), OCs, IUDs, and injectables.
  • Ukraine all-method brochures for young people and women. Available both in Russian and Ukrainian.
  • Understanding Unmet Need. (Working Paper Series).
    This working paper will document an analysis of reasons for unmet need based on Demographic and Heath Surveys data.
  • Writing Pro-Social Radio Drama (working title).
    This book will take the reader step-by-step through the process of writing radio serial dramas that promote the adoption of healthful behavior. The intended readers are radio scriptwriters working in the developing world.
  • Zimbabwe Youth Counseling Manual