These curriculums were developed and used to help ensure the availability and further improve the quality of family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) services delivered to Egyptian youth.
The private sector physician training curriculum is designed for as a 5-day training course which provides up-to-date information on various FP/RH topics that are especially important for young people such as pre-marital counseling, postponing first births and birth spacing. It addresses certain topics that aren’t covered during traditional trainings for private sector physicians such as counselling, infection control and how to address myths regarding FP/RH that are rampant in Egyptian communities. The methods available in the private sector are detailed in this curriculum as well as a practical how-to guide for one-day field visits to clinics which takes place on Day 4 of the curriculum.
The private sector pharmacist training curriculum is designed for a 1-day training course for private sector pharmacists. It addresses the importance of family planning, available methods, instructions on use, the myths related to FP methods, and potential side effects with a special focus on side effects that require medical attention. It is especially effective to train private sector pharmacists as there is often an established rapport between pharmacists and their clients who often ask for information FP methods.
Nurses represent the first and sometimes sole point of contact at facilities providing reproductive health and family planning services in Egypt. The nurse training curriculum is designed for a 4-day training course and improves family planning and reproductive health counselling skills for private sector nurses. The core of the curriculum is family planning counselling including guidance on how to counsel clients on the importance of family planning, available methods, instructions on use, the myths related to FP methods, and potential side effects with a special focus on side effects that require medical attention. The curriculum also addresses the health needs of young people, including the importance of proper nutrition and hygiene; hazards of harmful practices in society such as FGM and gender-based violence; the importance of premarital counselling and examination; and infection control.
The peer educator training curriculum is designed for a 3-day training course for young people aged 18 to 34 years. It addresses several public health topics such as nutrition, personal hygiene, hazards of smoking and addiction with a special focus on family planning and reproductive health. It also provides development aids for communication skills using interactive techniques. A livelihood manual is also provided at this training which provides information on different livelihood skills like how to write a CV, present yourself in an interview and how to start an online business. The integration of both FP/RH as well as livelihood components in the training package attracted a large number of youth seeking employment opportunities.
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