Universal & Adaptable Information, Education & Communication (IEC) Templates on Family Planning

From May to August 2011, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) ...

From May to August 2011, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Women’s Refugee Commission conducted several studies to document knowledge of family planning, beliefs and practices of refugees, as well as the state of service provision in select refugee settings. Specifically, the studies were conducted in Ali Addeh in Djibouti, Amman in Jordan, Eastleigh (Nairobi) in Kenya, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and Nakivale settlement in Uganda. The goal of the baseline studies was to support program planning and service delivery, and subsequently increase family planning uptake among women, men and adolescents.

One key finding was that many of the health facilities and community health workers lacked information, education and communications (IEC) materials to share with refugees on the benefits of family planning services and what methods are available for their use.

Based on the Women’s Refugee Commission’s previous work on behalf of the Reproductive Health Response in Crises (RHRC) Consortium to develop “universal” IEC materials on other reproductive health topics, the Women’s Refugee Commission designed six (A-F) templates on family planning to aid service providers in serving clients:

Template A: Obtain family planning information, counseling and contraceptives from a health provider

Template B: Family planning contributes to healthy families

Template C: Explanation of family planning methods

Template D: How to use a male condom

Template E: How to use the lactational ammenorhea method (LAM)

Template F: When to use emergency contraception

Templates are available in English, Arabic, BurmeseSomali, and Swahili texts. Each template includes a space for you to include your agency logo and/or map of where community members can access your family planning services.

PDFs with Templates A-F can be found here:

Variation 1

Variation 2

Variation 3

Variation 4

Universal Version

All images are based on a literature review of existing family planning-related IEC materials, many from development contexts. The materials have been reviewed by adolescents and community members representing several displacement settings, and practitioners of family planning.

References are provided for all the templates.

For MISP-related IEC materials, please click here.

Click here to download the baseline study reports

For questions, please contact info@wrcommission.org