Project Example

Cue Cards for Counseling Adults on Contraception

The set of cue cards is designed to help a range of community- and facility-based providers to counsel adults on their contraceptive options. The cue cards address: Implants, Male Sterilization, Female Sterilization, Intrauterine Device (IUD), Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM), DMPA (injectables), Combined Oral Contraceptives (COCs), Progestin-Only Pills (POPs), Standard Days Method (SDM), Male Condom, Female Condom, and Emergency Contraceptive Pills (ECPs).

One side of the card serves to remind the provider of important information about the contraceptive method, such as the effectiveness, advantages, and disadvantages. The provider should use this information to educate a client about the full range of available methods and support the client in choosing a method that is right for her/him. After the client chooses a method, the provider can turn to the other side of the card to give the client specific instructions on her/his method of choice. This side of the card includes information that the provider should tell the client about how to use the method, possible side effects, and reasons to return to the provider.

The technical information in the cue cards is drawn from the Medical Elligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use (WHO, 2010) and from Family Planning: A Global Handbook for Providers (JHU-CCP/WHO, 2011).

The cue cards were extensively tested in Pathfinder International programs throughout sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Attempts have been made to keep the language simple and straightforward, for ease of use with a range of providers, and the intuitive layout of each card is intended to lead the user through the counseling process. Illustrations of methods can aid the provider in explaining each method to the client.

Source: Pathfinder International

Date of Publication: March 25, 2019