Family Planning 101

Source - © 2011 JHUCCP, Courtesy of Photoshare. Description - A couple in Uttar Pradesh, India, receives family planning counseling from RESPOND Project staff.

More than 200 million women in the developing world will enter their reproductive years during the next decade. In the future, as in the past, family planning (FP) will help save the lives of countless women and children, and will help alleviate poverty, reduce stress on the environment, and ensure that families are better able to feed, clothe, and educate their children.

This course will provide the basic "need-to-know" information relevant to voluntary FP programs and services today.


By the end of the course, learners will be able to:

  • Describe the benefits of FP
  • Define the unmet need for FP
  • Discuss the importance of voluntary choice in FP programs and services
  • Describe key attributes of FP methods
  • Describe the FP guidance provided by the World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Describe most common short-acting methods of FP
  • Describe most common long-acting and permanent methods of FP
  • Discuss quality of, and access to, FP services
  • Describe several key FP service delivery tools
  • Discuss key elements of contraceptive security
  • Describe FP considerations that are unique to the client with HIV, the postpartum client, the postabortion care (PAC) client, and the client who needs emergency contraception


The authors would like to thank the following individuals who provided support during the development of this course:

  • Holly Blanchard, ACNM/ACCESS-FP
  • Douglas Huber, Management Sciences for Health
  • Patricia MacDonald, USAID
  • Judy Manning, USAID
  • Catherine McKaig, JHPIEGO/ACCESS-FP
  • Kevin Pilz, USAID
  • Roberto Rivera, Independent Consultant
  • Lois Schaefer, USAID
  • Patricia Stephenson, USAID