TOT Learning on LARC FP Methods For PACFaH by SFH


The TOT training on LARC commenced by 9 a.m. at the SFH Learning Centre with the recap of activities from day 1.

Today’s training session was attended by all 25 master trainers and the program director for SSDO, the CEO WACHEF, CEO RAHI with members of the dRPC team.

Objectives of the training included:

  • To improve knowledge and skills in delivering child spacing education and counselling.
  • To explain how CPs and PPMVs can provide some child spacing services to communities at the appropriate time and at affordable prices.
  • To describe how CPs and PPMVs can safely dispense some child spacing commodities within their scope and refer clients requiring other services to the appropriate health facilities.

The first session started with a talk on FP for CPs and PPMVs where the participants were enlightened on the various FP commodities the CPs and PPMVs can deliver. This session also took an in-depth look at the various methods. A LARC video presentation was done on the various methods to show how the various methods can be administered. The session was then opened for an interactive session with the participants

Pharm Emeka Okafor was the available to take a session on Roles and Responsibilities of CPs and PPMVs. Pharmacist Emeka Okafor (the project director for IntegratE ) differentiated explicitly the difference between CPs and PPMVs, with the later described as one having no formal training in pharmacy but sells orthodox drugs for profit. He then highlighted the different tiers according to the Government’s classification. The trainer then proceeded to highlight the different roles and responsibilities of both cadre and how the trainers can support them in the delivery of Family planning services within the legal confines.

The next session highlighted the roles and responsibilities of CPs and PPMVs as health educators, limitations of CPs and PPMVs, roles as counsellors and roles as a referral point.

The session ended at 11 a.m. for Tea break.

The next session focused on myths and misconceptions on FP with focus on gender inequalities and barriers to women accessing FP services. This was an expansive and interactive session with most of the participants given the opportunity to comment on pertinent issues on the topic area.

Dr Peter took the next session on the Balance counselling strategies.  This session taught participants on the appropriate methods of counselling for the various FP services. The session was divided into counselling at the pre choice phase, counselling for the method choice phase and counselling at the post choice phase. This session lasted till 3p.m. then lunch.

The final session was a practical session for role playing on the balanced counselling strategies. This session helped reveal the lapses in communication by the different participants and how they can better themselves as communicators. Practice sessions also allowed the participants watch how some of the methods can be used effectively.

The day ended with a summary of activities done for the day and an interactive session on what was learnt, answering any questions, queries participants had.

The activities for tomorrow includes: a recap of day 2 activities, video session on LARC, infection prevention, practical session on the methods, M&E and data reporting and methods of cascading down the trainings received to CPs and PPMVs in their various states. The sessions ended at 5p.m.



Day 2 activities built on day 1 activities, the participants got the opportunity to role play and practice what they had learnt in the sessions. The facilitator provided audio visual aid which livened the teaching sessions. The participants in the training session were very interactive with the trainers asking questions and commenting on experiences they’ve had in the past.

Day 2 was a success as the training sessions went hitch free. The participants were very involved in the sessions and this was evidenced by the trainings exhausting their time slots but participants still desiring to further engage in the discussion.

Day 3 will crescendo all the activities and we are optimistic that by the end of the training, the recipient should be able to transfer their training in their states.

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