In January 2017, UNESCO published terms of reference to identify a consultant(s) to update, edit and revise all relevant sections of the International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education (ITGSE) based on recommendations made during the evidence review and consultation report and on inputs from the advisory group. The ITGSE aims to assist education, health and other relevant authorities in developing and implementing school-based sexuality education materials and programmes. The ITGSE comprises two volumes: Volume I, which focuses on the rationale for sexuality education and provides sound technical advice on characteristics of effective programmes; and Volume II, which focuses on the topics and learning objectives to be covered in a ‘basic minimum package’ on sexuality education for children and young people from 5 to 18+ years of age. Our director, Marcela, carried out the analysis and technical writing of the revised ITGSE.
Organization/client: International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)
IWORDS was hired to develop a toolkit for the delivery of Comprehensive Sexuality Education for children, adolescents and youth in non-formal and formal settings, as well as enabling others to develop, implement and monitor CSE interventions in their contexts. The purpose of the assignment is empower children and young people to uphold their own rights and the rights of others enabling them to make decisions about their health and access key SRH and enhancing their capacity to engage in equal, happy, healthy, fulfilling and consensual relationships and experiences. The toolkit is primarily intended for use by youth programmers and project coordinators, staff members and volunteers involved in the design, implementation or monitoring of CSE initiatives, peer educators and other community based volunteers. It can also be used by other SRH organizations, programmers in CSE and education (public and private), and the broader development community.
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Organization/client: Marie Stopes International
In 2017, the IWORDS Global team was appointed to document MSI’s experiences, results and lessons learned from their programme to Expand access to voluntary vasectomy services in rural Papua New Guinea. The team studied MSPNG’s scaling-up delivery of voluntary vasectomy services, bringing high-quality Family Planning information and services to rural and isolated communities due to their well-designed, regionally customized and consistently implemented community-level engagement and education. Different aspects were analysed, such as service delivery model in the country, trends in vasectomy service delivery, men’s attitudes and perceptions of Family Planning, factors that drive men to take up vasectomy, as well as barriers preventing them from taking up the service.
Development of guidelines for the provision of services to women affected by female genital mutilation, 2016
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IWORDS Global was appointed to develop, on behalf of IPPF an FGM Services Toolkit to support the provision of high quality and integrated care for women affected by this issue at IPPF Member Associations. The guidelines were developed by IWORDS Global on behalf of IPPF, and were piloted in Somaliland, with the intention of addressing the consequences of FGM in Sexual and Reproductive Health Services there. We visited and established dialogue with service providers, community beneficiaries, multilateral agencies and leaders in this subject.
Organization/client: International Planned Parenthood Federation
In 1979, IPPF formed the International Medical Advisory Panel (IMAP) –a body of medical scientists and of leading experts in the field of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) - which has the mandate to formulate and disseminate recommendations to IPPF and other interested parties regarding best practices in SRHR, based on the best available evidence. IMAP’s recommendations are presented as IMAP Bulletins which address issues on all aspects of SRHR, including health systems, biomedical, programmatic, training, and service delivery issues. From 2012 to 2014, the IWORDS Global Director (former IPPF staff member) was responsible for the coordination of IMAP and the production of evidence based medical bulletins on issues such as task sharing/task shifting; injectable contraceptives; safety of third and fourth generation oral contraceptives; use of long acting reversible contraceptives by adolescents; and sexual rights in service delivery. In 2016, IWORDS Global developed an IMAP statement on Peer Provision Models, compiling promising practices from around the world.
Organization/client: International Planned Parenthood Federation/ Western Hemisphere Region
International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region -IPPF/WHR works with 50 partner organizations, in 40 countries across the Americas and the Caribbean. Their local partners are autonomous, local organizations aiming to ensure the fulfilment of sexual and reproductive rights for all, including universal access to high-quality sexual and reproductive health services and comprehensive sexuality education. The barometer on women’s access to modern contraceptive options is a comparative tool regarding the policies and real access of women to modern forms of contraceptive, allowing for a general vision of the region. It is also a tool that can be used for advocacy, as it identifies areas that require immediate attention to improve unmet need. For the local participating partners, it is also an opportunity to increase their visibility in the area of sexual and reproductive health and rights and to reposition the issue of contraceptive option in the local agendas. The initiative has the participation of the IPPF/WHR as coordinator, local partner organizations, responsible for local data collection, and the consultancy Firm Burson Masteller, responsible for the methodological design of the study and measuring tools, the analysis and comparison of results and the final report. The director of IWORDS Global was asked to support IPPF/WHR in the coordination of work between the local partner associations and the external evaluator (Burson Masteller). In addition, the IWORDS Global team offered support in preparing the launch of results, in the follow-up to commitments made by different actors after the launch and in the translation and editing of the barometer. This initiative has local partners from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico.