The Implant Removal Task Force is excited to partner with Knowledge SUCCESS to bring you this curated collection of resources for contraceptive implant removal, highlighting a critical, yet often-overlooked, component of contraceptive implant scale-up.
In recent years, the popularity of contraceptive implants as a method of choice for family planning (FP) has taken off. As the scale-up of contraceptive implants continues globally, increased attention is needed to ensure that FP users have access to quality implant removal when and where they desire, for any reason. Availability and access to client-centered implant removal services is a critical component of contraceptive implant scale-up. It is essential for ensuring high-quality services and continuity of care so that FP users have the ability to use their method of choice and to also stop using it when they desire. To fulfill the potential of this method in meeting client needs and reaching FP2030 goals, FP programs must be proactive in planning and implementing client-centered implant removal services.
The Global Implant Removal Task Force was established in 2015 with a mandate to identify tools, approaches, and resources for use by national FP programs and the broader global FP community to support access to and availability of high-quality implant removal services. To aid FP program managers and advisors in proactively planning and implementing client-centered implant removal services, the task force has curated the 20 Essential Resources: Contraceptive Implant Removal collection. Using the eight client-centered conditions for quality implant removal as a roadmap, this collection provides a comprehensive snapshot of the critical resources for contraceptive implant removal. Included in the eight client-centered conditions are:
To curate this set of resources, members of the task force—representing researchers, implementing partners, the donor community, and others—reviewed lessons and guidance from field experiences and research initiatives on optimal ways to address gaps in service availability and delivery and prioritized the materials they’d found most useful. The resources reviewed included those in the K4Health Toolkit on Implant Removal as well as many others referenced in peer-reviewed and grey literature. Taskforce members then generated a shortlist for proposed inclusion.
In this review process, the task force utilized the following criteria for selection:
Taskforce members also shared resource gaps they’d identified—several new resources were developed to fill these. For example, the indicator reference sheet and removal modeling guidance were created upon the members’ suggestion to have more measurement resources.
This curated list of the 20 most essential resources for supporting the delivery of high-quality, client-centered implant removal services has been created from the compendium of taskforce materials developed to date.
This collection of 20 essential resources on contraceptive implant removal includes a mix of learning resources, publications, service delivery, and measurement tools. They were selected from a wide range of insertion and removal resources for contraceptive implants. Specific implant removal resources developed by the Global Implant Removal Task Force were included in addition to other resources from family planning implementing partners. The resources are categorized into four areas that include:
Each resource includes a summary description of the resource and why it is considered essential to contraceptive implant removal. We hope you will find these resources useful and look forward to receiving your feedback.