Materials in Print and Forthcoming Titles – May 9, 1997 PRIME Project

New Global Materials | Other New Materials | Videos | Electronic | Country Specific Materials

New Global Materials

  • Reproductive Health Training for Primary Providers: A SourceBook for Curriculum Development
    The SourceBook is a unique, modular trainers’ resource that models how to integrate family planning and reproductive health services in training curricula. It is based on principles of performance-based training for results: the knowledge and skills the trainee needs for quality performance on the job. It is being developed by the PRIME project and led by INTRAH with contributions from ACNM, IPAS and PATH. Distribution of the printed curriculum sourcebook will be limited. It will be made available electronically for ease of adaptation. The English print edition is expected to be issued in late June. Other language editions will follow.
    The eight SourceBook modules cover the following topics:
    Module 1 Counseling clients for family planning/reproductive health services
    Module 2 Educating clients and groups about family planning/reproductive health
    Module 3 Providing family planning services
    Module 4 Providing basic maternal/newborn care services
    Module 5 Providing postabortion care services
    Module 6 Providing selected reproductive health services
    Module 7 Working in collaboration with other community-based workers
    Module 8 Organizing and managing a family planning/reproductive health clinic for maximizing access to and quality of care (MAQ)
  • Recommendations for Updating Selected Practices in Contraceptive Use: Volume II
    (Technical Guidance/Competence Working Group)
    This document offers guidance (based on current clinical and epidemiologic evidence) on field relevant questions for use of contraceptive methods. Volume II will be a supplement to Volume I. The intended audience is persons and organizations who are developing or updating FP/RH procedural and service guidelines. Volume I covered questions surrounding administration of combined oral contraceptives, progestin-only injectables, NORPLANT¿ Implants and copper-bearing IUDs. Volume II will address LAM, natural family planning, barrier methods, voluntary sterilization, combined (monthly) injectable contraceptives, progestin-only pills, IUDs, emergency contraceptive pills and questions on Volume I methods not addressed in the first edition. USAID, many Cooperating Agencies and technical resource persons are contributing to the document, with INTRAH organizing its development. It will be published in English and French by INTRAH and in Spanish and Portuguese by JHPIEGO. Publication of the English edition is planned for late Summer 1997 with other language editions following.
  • Guidelines for Clinical Procedures in Family Planning
    This trainers’ reference provides guidelines which summarize the basic step-by-step clinical procedures for providing family planning services, including all modern childspacing methods, voluntary surgical contraception (counseling only), subfertility/infertility services, and infection prevention guidelines. Selected chapters and appendices are being updated to reflect the latest WHO and other international guidelines. The chapter on progestin-only injectables and appendix on infection prevention were updated in English in 1996; French and Spanish versions are near completion and will be distributed in the Summer of 1997. Chapters on IUDs, COCs and POPs will also be updated in 1997.
  • The Menstrual Cycle and Its Relation to Contraceptive Methods: A Reference for Family Planning Trainers This trainers’ reference covers the changes that take place during the menstrual cycle and the ways in which contraceptive methods interrelate with the cyclic changes. It also contains 21 sample client cases demonstrating how knowledge about the changes in the menstrual cycle can be applied to management of FP clients’ concerns, including postpartum FP. The English edition will be published in June 1997. French and Spanish editions will follow.
  • Obstetric First Aid in the Community: Partners in Safe Motherhood; A Concept
    This PRIME Perspective (formerly Technical Information Memo) describes a new strategy to prevent maternal deaths that will be piloted by the PRIME project. This innovative, community-oriented strategy targets women and families, and also TBAs, through two complementary, mutually-reinforcing, performance-based training interventions. The goal, training objectives and expected outcomes of the interventions are described. Available in English. To be distributed globally in June 1997.
  • Performance Technology
    This PRIME Perspective (formerly Technical Information Memo) describes a results-oriented approach to improving the performance of individual workers and organizations. A strategy to be piloted through the PRIME project, performance technology provides a systemic and systematic methodology of tools to achieving organizational improvements in human performance. Training Resources Group, Inc. and INTRAH have collaborated on this Perspective. Available in English in June 1997.
  • Annotated Bibliographies of Key Reproductive Health and Training Resources A series of annotated bibliographies will be developed and disseminated in print and online via the INTRAH Web site for increased and rapid access to quality, up-to-date resources on RH topics (to complement the PRIME SourceBook) and various training approaches. IPAS, ACNM, PATH, TRG and INTRAH will contribute to the series.
  • PRIME Guidelines for Materials Development and Evaluation
    These Guidelines, targeted to trainers, materials developers and health educators have been developed, with reviews by all PRIME collaborators, and fieldtested in the development of several PRIME materials projects. A new section was added on the basis of fieldtests. The Guidelines will be finalized and disseminated with other materials development resources during 1997.
  • Health Materials for Low Literates: A Guide The Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), with PRIME support, will adapt and translate the 1996 revised edition of Health Materials for application in Latin America/Caribbean and Francophone Africa.
  • Handbook of Performance Evaluation Development of a handbook on performance evaluation targeted to FP/RH training managers, supervisors and trainers was begun in January 1997. A draft is expected by late 1997.

New Materials

  • Postpartum and Newborn Care: A Self-Study Manual to Update Trainers of Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) and Other Community-based Maternal and Child (MCH) Workers
    This self-study distance manual updates trainers and technical supervisors of TBAs and other community-based MCH workers on the major aspects of postpartum and newborn care during the weeks after delivery. It also discusses postabortion care. The manual can serve as a reference during the development and organization of training for TBAs and MCH workers. Its eight units cover content on community assessment; postpartum assessment and care; nutrition and breastfeeding; postpartum blues and depression; postpartum family planning; postabortion care; newborn assessment and care; and management of common newborn health problems. Publication in English is planned for Summer 1997.


  • Life-saving Skills videos:
    Under the leadership of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) and PRIME support, skill areas are being selected to support training in life-saving skills for various levels of primary providers. The videos will complement the print edition of ACNM’s LSS manual.
  • Postabortion Care video:
    An IPAS-produced and PRIME-supported video addressing postabortion care, and complementing PAC integration into RH training, is in the planning stage.


  • Reproductive Health Training for Primary Providers: A SourceBook for Curriculum Development
    An electronic version of the new curriculum development SourceBook will be developed to increase its usability for adapting and developing new RH curricula for primary providers. CD-ROM, diskettes and Internet access are being explored.
  • PRIME Graphics Database
    A database is being developed to make the best of PRIME illustrations, graphics and photographs available for electronic and print publishing of RH training and reference materials. ACNM, INTRAH, IPAS and PATH are contributing to the project.
  • RH Materials Development Package
    Electronic versions (CD-ROM and worldwide web) of some key resources for RH training and client materials development will be produced (3 languages). To be included are:
    – PRIME Guidelines for Materials Development and Evaluation
    – PRIME Graphics Database
    – PATH’s Health Materials for Low Literates: A Guide
    – Potentially, INTRAH’s Teaching and Learning with Visual Aids
    – Annotated bibliography of key materials development references

PRIME Country-Specific Materials

  • Brazil
    In collaboration with FEBRASCO, the Brazilian professional association of obstetrics and gynecologists, PRIME has provided RH articles to their professional journal as part of a continuing RH education series.
  • Ghana
    National policy, standards, and procedures documents integrating FP and selected RH topics have been completed, sanctioned by the Ministry of Health, and formally disseminated during a national seminar. Fieldtesting of the FP/RH protocols began in the spring of 1997. In collaboration with the GRMA (midwifery professional organization), PRIME adapted a training curriculum for community-based workers and drafted supervision protocols for use by CBD supervisors. Life-saving skills and postabortion care will be integrated into the midwifery training curriculum.
  • India
    Curriculum materials have been completed for training Indigenous Systems of Medicine practitioners in provision of non-clinical methods of family planning, referral for other methods, and counseling in STD/HIV prevention. Homestudy distance modules for training in non-clinical methods for private practitioners through the India Medical Association were updated. A training curriculum and materials for TBA trainers are planned for 1997. Materials supporting training in the new WACH project (women and child health) are TBD.
  • Indonesia
    An essential Maternal Care curriculum is planned for midwives, adapting and fieldtesting Sections of Reproductive Health Training for Primary Providers: A SourceBook for Curriculum Development.
  • Kenya
    Reproductive Health Client Management Guidelines was expanded to include RH services and was updated with the Family Planning Association of Kenya (FPAK) for clinicians and service providers, including: FP services, safe pregnancy services (prenatal care, intrapartum care and life-saving skills, postpartum care), postabortion care, STD prevention, FGM and gender issues. Regional dissemination in collaboration with IPPF is under discussion.
  • Mali
    National policy and standards documents integrating FP and MCH have been completed, sanctioned by the MOPH, and formally disseminated during a national seminar. A national procedures manual was fieldtested at the regional level.
  • Nicaragua
    A clinician’s reference manual including sections on family planning methods available from PROFAMILIA, postpartum and postabortion FP, interpersonal communications and counseling information, and infection prevention in clinics was developed and delivered to PROFAMILIA for further adaptation and use.
  • Oman
    Materials (brochures, flip chart, IEC manual, methods booklet, discussion guide) in English and Arabic for client counseling and group education in birth spacing methods were supported by PRIME funding with technical assistance from PCS.
  • South Africa
    Open/distance learning curricula and materials (6 modules) that integrate RH, FP and maternal health into primary health care training for trainers (who will train primary providers in rural hospitals, clinics and in communities) have been developed in collaboration with BASICS. The first three modules, prepared with PRIME technical leadership, were pretested and results presented to BASICS and South African colleagues in the EQUITY project, with which INTRAH will continue to provide training technical assistance.
  • Tanzania
    Preparation of training materials for group, distance training and on-the-job support for MOH Health Attendants is underway. They are being piloted in the Kigoma region of Tanzania. Materials include a curriculum, handbook and audiocassette for training in client/provider interaction and counseling skills, family planning services, and selected safe motherhood and newborn care services. Results of the pilot training approach and materials will be disseminated later in 1997.
  • Yemen
    An eighteen-month, pre-service curriculum for community midwives and a three-month training-of-trainers curriculum for midwifery faculty were developed in the latter part of 1996. Trainers were trained using the TOT curriculum and use of the 18-month curriculum began in 1997. Wider dissemination of these Arabic-language curricula is planned for 1997.