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.
Module - 1: What is Family Planning and HIV Service Integration?
Module - 2: A Health Systems Approach to FP/HIV Integration
Module - 3: FP Counselling & Method Provision for People Living with HIV (PLHIV)
Module - 4: Safer Pregnancy and Conception for People Living with HIV
Module - 5: Special Considerations for Key Populations & Young People Affected by HIV
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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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.
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.
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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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