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New Approaches to Improving Reproductive Health

In 2007-2009, the Health and Development Foundation developed and implemented a reproductive health (RH) program in the Ivanovo and Orenburg regions.
The program was titled “New Approaches to Improving Reproductive Health,” and was aimed at increasing the use of modern contraceptive methods among women 18-45. It focused on building knowledge of contraceptive methods and counseling/ interpersonal skills among health care providers and pharmacists, in order to improve advice given to women.
HDF developed training courses for gynecologists and for pharmacists. Leading medical professionals from the Kulakov Federal Center for Obstetrics, Gynecology and Perinatology took part in designing the course. 

HDF also developed a set of educational materials: 

  • Booklet for medical specialists “Hormonal Contraception: Questions and Answers” 
  • Booklet for pharmacists “Hormonal Contraception: Questions and Answers” 
  • Booklet for women “Straight Talk About Some Important Issues” 
  • Manual “Development of Communication Skills” 
  • Manual for trainers “Training for gynecologists and pharmacists: New approaches to RH quality improvement” 
  • Manuals for participants “Training for gynecologists and pharmacists: New approaches to RH quality improvement” 

Through this program, a pool of qualified medical professionals (obstetricians, gynecologists, and pharmacists) in the Ivanovo and Orenburg regions were trained in the latest information about contraceptive methods and communication skills necessary to effectively counsel women. These medical professionals went on to independently train more of their colleagues, for a total of 618 specialists.

HDF also held special community events aimed at promoting reproductive health as part of the program, in collaboration with the regional administrations.