Tasksharing

Strategies for increasing contraceptive access optimize the skills and competencies health workers

The Call to Action

This Call to Action was developed by U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Health Organization, Abt Associates, EngenderHealth, FHI 360, Ibis Reproductive Health, International Planned Parenthood Federation, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Marie Stopes International, Pathfinder International, Population Council, and Population Services International to urge global health and development partners to adopt task sharing as a key solution for increasing access to contraception. This call to action is in support of Family Planning 2020 goals. 

Its development also benefitted from extensive inputs from partner organizations.

Task Sharing to Increase Access to Contraception: A Proven Strategy that Makes a Difference

Task sharing is the systematic delegation of tasks to a broader set of health professionals to more equitably allocate and maximize the efficient use of human resources. Task sharing strategies for increasing contraceptive access optimize the skills and competencies health workers at all levels bring to contraception and women’s health. We all have a role to play in this effort.

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Research Planning Framework for Task-Sharing Family Planning Services

This tool was developed for country-level policy makers, implementers, and researchers to assist in determining whether task-sharing family planning research might be appropriate for their respective context. The purpose of the tool is to help stakeholders evaluate the need to generate task sharing evidence, hence facilitating more effective, efficient and appropriate use of resources. This tool was designed primarily for country-level use, though may be helpful in generating evidence to influence regional or global level task-sharing guidance. In the latter case, it is suggested World Health Organisation (WHO) inclusion criteria be considered for study design.

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Task sharing to improve access to Family Planning/Contraception, Summary brief

The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes task sharing as a promising strategy for addressing the critical lack of health care workers to provide reproductive, maternal and newborn care in low-income countries. Task sharing is envisioned to create a more rational distribution of tasks and responsibilities among cadres of health workers to improve access and cost-effectiveness. This brief summarizes the WHO family planning task sharing guidance.

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The Task Sharing Technical Working Group Indicators

The Task Sharing Technical Working Group (TSTWG) developed a list of standard indicators to be used in routine monitoring and evaluation (M&E) for task sharing programs and research studies in family planning (FP). These indicators were drawn from several implementers with experience piloting task sharing programs and research. All partners conducting task sharing programs or research can use these quality, tested indicators to ensure that the most important information is collected to inform program implementation. By using these standardized indicators, program implementers and managers can ensure that measures have been independently validated, which makes cross-country comparisons possible.

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Why Task Sharing? Why Now?

Endorsing Organizations

Peace Foundation
Norsom Health
My Age Zimbave
MPR
MFCS
 London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Ibis Reproductive health
Hennet
Health Right International
Advancing Partners and communities
Abt
USAID
PSI
PC
Pathfinder
MSH
Marie Stopes
JSI
IPPF
Intra Health
FHI
E2A
Engender HEalth
Johns Hopkins
AFP

Task Sharing Research

Explore Family Planning Task Sharing Research Activities

Find task sharing research activities by health care provider and family planning method since 2013 through the maps below. This data is collected and compiled by the Task Sharing Technical Working Group* and is being shared to help identify opportunities for research utilization and areas for potential collaboration around these studies. The maps highlight countries where studies are taking place, with the details on each study described in the tables below. 

Please complete this short survey if your organization is conducting task-sharing research and would like to be listed on the map.

To get more information regarding any of these studies, please email Leigh Wynne at LWynne@fhi360.org.

*The Task Sharing Technical Working Group advisory committee includes representatives from: U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Health Organization, Abt Associates, EngenderHealth, FHI 360, Ibis Reproductive Health, International Planned Parenthood Federation, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Marie Stopes International, Pathfinder International, Population Council, and Population Services International. 

Research by Country, Health Care Worker, and Method

 

What Can You Do?

Endorse the Statement

  • Complete this form to endorse the statement and show your support

Be Informed

  • Learn more about the current policies and initiatives addressing task sharing in your country.
  • Identify opportunities in which task sharing can contribute to expanding contraceptive access and can better utilize the skills and competencies of a range of health care providers.
  • Participate in, support or organize an educational tour of a country or program where task sharing is happening.
  • Find out how task sharing can help meet the demand for contraception in your community by using tools such as the Task Sharing Impact Model (http://mariestopes.org/impact-task-sharing).

Educate Others

  • Engage stakeholders, including clients, on how task sharing can improve access to and the quality of contraceptive services.
  • Develop clear and concise messages with recommended actions stakeholders can implement or advocate.
  • Address concerns and fears about task sharing with research evidence, and share experiences from other countries and communities.

Make it Happen

  • Fund, organize or participate in a task sharing demonstration or project.
  • Document task sharing research and implementation well to increase the usability of recommendations and lessons learned for replication and scale-up.
  • Support policy change to ensure that a broader range of health care providers can use their skills to improve contraceptive access and choice.
  • Share your task sharing experience with others.
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