Supporting public sector providers in Mozambique


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Supporting public sector providers in Mozambique to offer a wide range of voluntary family planning methods through a mobile, high-volume, on-the-job training model.

Training clinical providers is an essential component of voluntary family planning (FP) programs. However, training approaches must be tailored to the settings in which FP providers operate. In Mozambique, Population Services International (PSI), alongside the Ministry of Health (MOH), identified a gap in the clinical skills development of public maternal and child health (MCH) nurses: while most were trained in voluntary FP provision, they did not have sufficient practice with counselling for, nor insertion and removal of, voluntary long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) methods. To address this gap, the USAID-funded Support for International Family Planning and Health Organizations 2 (SIFPO2) project piloted an approach that leveraged the high volume of clients at mobile outreach days to facilitate supervised, on-the-job refresher trainings for MCH nurses, while also meeting clients’ need for voluntary FP. This brief outlines experiences with the training model, including lessons learned and future directions.