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Family Planning and HIV Service Integration


Global Health eLearning Center


Family Planning and HIV Service Integration




This course will explain the benefits of integrating family planning (FP) into HIV services and provide guidance on how to establish and sustain the delivery of integrated FP/HIV services.

Selected studies of HIV-infected women suggest alarmingly high levels of unintended pregnancies: between 51% and 91%. In low and middle income countries, less than 30% of HIV-positive women have access to the antiretroviral therapy they need to prevent transmission to their babies. Health care providers have the opportunity to change this, by showing HIV-positive women about their options. This course has been adapted from Global Health eLearning (GHeL) Center under a creative commons licence and modified according to prevailing trends in the Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs).

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Articulate the benefits of integrating FP into HIV services;
  • Identify interventions or modifications that need to be introduced throughout the health system to support the integration of FP and HIV services;
  • Discuss special considerations for FP use among PLHIV and key populations; and
  • Understand how to help clients of HIV services, including key populations, make informed and voluntary reproductive health decisions and access appropriate services.

Getting Started
This course will explain the benefits of integrating family planning (FP) into HIV services and provide guidance on how to establish and sustain the delivery of integrated FP/HIV services. The course addresses FP/HIV integration from a health systems perspective, covers contraceptive methods for people living with HIV, and describes how HIV care providers can help their clients make informed reproductive health decisions and access appropriate care, including both voluntary family planning and safer pregnancy/conception services. Finally, the course includes special considerations for addressing the family planning needs of key populations affected by HIV, including adolescent girls.
Module - 1: What is Family Planning and HIV Service Integration?
This section presents an introduction to the family planning and hiv service integration, and the global policy support and guiding principles for FP/HIV integration. This module also covers the benefits of FP/HIV integration, delivery platforms for FP/HIV integration, prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT), HIV care and treatment, services for key populations, family planning, and promising practices per service delivery platform.
Module - 2: A Health Systems Approach to FP/HIV Integration
This module covers the importance of pursuing context-appropriate FP/HIV integration, models of integration, and strategies to support and sustain FP/HIV integration.
Module - 3: FP Counselling & Method Provision for People Living with HIV (PLHIV)
This part provides an overview to the FP counselling & method provision for people living with HIV.
Module - 4: Safer Pregnancy and Conception for People Living with HIV
Module 4 is concerned with safer pregnancy and conception for people living with HIV and also covers the right to have children, as well as safer pregnancy and conception counselling messages.
Module - 5: Special Considerations for Key Populations & Young People Affected by HIV
As the name indicates, module 5 provides an introduction to the special considerations for key populations and young people affected by HIV also covers challenges faced by key populations, sensitisation and training of health providers, reducing barriers to integrated FP/HIV services, and effective youth-friendly FP/HIV integrated services.
Module - 6: Family Planning in the Pacific Island Countries

This section gives students insight about family planning services’ availability, progress and statistics in the Pacific Islands region. It highlights the prevalence and choices of contraception as well as over-reliance on a single method and its reasons. Fertility rate, Sexual and reproductive health, sexually transmitted infections and efforts to eliminate STIs in Fiji are also discussed. This module also covers the statistics and objectives of the Multi-country Western Pacific Integrated HIV/TB Programme.

Final Assessment Exam

This section contains the final exam, which is mandatory in order to achieve the certificate.

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Course Questions & Answers

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Yes, this course has recommended and additional readings. These can all be easily accessed on Moodle.
There is no time limit for completing this course. POLHN recommends spending about 4 hours per week over the period of 6 weeks.
Once you enrol yourself into this course on Moodle you will have access to all the lectures and assignments.
Once you successfully complete your course by completing all the modules and passing all the assessment, your certificate will be automatically generated and sent to your email. You can also access all your certificates through our online certificate verification system here: If you are having any problems accessing your certificate, simply email us at and we will help you.

Study Material

This self-paced course has been designed in a manner that enhances understanding of the core concepts and provides easy to access learning materials. The course uses a range of study material such as pre-recorded videos, lecture slides, quizzes and assignments, and is developed by a team of dedicated health education experts.

Getting Help

Connect with other students through the discussion forum, where you can easily discuss the course or debate the ideas. Need more help? Your instructors are also available online to answer any questions you might have.

Extend Your Career with a Verified Certificate

POLHN self-paced courses are recognised by Pacific Ministries of Health. Once you have successfully completed the course, you will receive an official certificate. This certificate can be used for credit to gain CPD points.

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This course explains the benefits of integrating family planning into HIV services and describes how HIV care providers can help their clients make informed reproductive health decisions.

Family Planning and HIV Service Integration

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