Sexual and reproductive health

Family planning: a global handbook for providers

2011 Update

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health/Center for Communication Programs and World Health Organization

Front cover

Publication details

Number of pages: 388
Publication date: 2011
Languages: Arabic, Chichewa, English, Farsi, French, Hindi, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Tajik
ISBN: 978 0 9788563 7 3


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  • Wall chart
    The new wall chart contains method specific information from the handbook that providers can display for their clients.
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    A limited number of copies can be ordered free of charge by health care providers in developing countries.

This new handbook is an essential resource for health-care professionals providing contraceptive methods. The handbook is the successor to The Essentials of Contraceptive Technology, first published in 1997 by the Center for Communication Programs at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Experts from around the world have contributed to the development of the handbook, and many major international organizations and professional organizations working in family planning have endorsed and adopted this guidance. It is one of WHO’s “Family Planning Cornerstones”, a companion to the Medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use, the Selected practice recommendations for contraceptive use and the Decision-making tool for family planning clients and providers.