Paula Baraitser highlights the importance of online learning to increase access to contraception for women worldwide

Posted 26 Sep 2017

Date: 26 Sep 2017

Author: Paula Baraister

On World Contraception Day, Dr Paula Baraitser, chair of FSRH’s International Affairs Committee (IAC), reflects on unmet contraception needs globally and the potential for online courses to fill the gap in service provision

According to the United Nations report on “Trends in Contraceptive Use Worldwide” at least one in ten married or in-union women in most regions of the world has an unmet need for family planning; that is, they would like to stop or delay childbearing, but are not using any method of contraception. The number of women in this group using contraception is expected to increase by 20 million to 778 million by 2030, with the increase mainly in the regions of Sub-Saharan Africa and Oceania.

Despite this increase, unmet need will remain high. Delivery of more contraceptive services will require more trained contraceptive providers. Online training can provide a low cost and accessible strategy to build this workforce without compromising service provision by withdrawing health professionals from their clinical practice.

FSRH is developing an online course to provide free and accessible training on contraceptive. The course, is being developed by the International Affairs Committee (IAC) of the FSRH, and jointly funded by the Faculty and the European Society of Contraception (ESC) and will pilot in 2018. By building essential skills required to support women to make informed choices about their contraception, we anticipate that it will help to increase access to contraception for women worldwide.

More information on the course will be made available via our website and membership e-newsletters. You can sign up to receive an invitation to register for this free course when it is launched by clicking here.