Sexual and reproductive health

Task shifting to improve access to contraceptive methods

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Number of pages: 4
Publication date: 2013
Languages: English, French, Russian
WHO reference number: WHO/RHR/13.20

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Ministries of health and other decision makers working to improve access to family planning services.

This document summarizes the WHO recommendations on the cadres ranging from lay health workers to mid-level providers that may be trained and supported to provide the following contraceptive methods safely: tubal ligation, vasectomy, intrauterine device (IUD), implants, injectables, as well as promotional activities. The process of enabling additional cadres to provide a specific health intervention is referred to here as ‘task shifting’ but is also widely known as ‘task sharing’.

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