Launch of WHO Digital Adaptation Kit (DAK) for Family Planning

28 June, 2021

Dear colleagues,

The new Digital Adaptation Kit (DAK) for Family Planning [https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/9789240029743] has been released as part of WHO’s continued work on SMART Guidelines [https://www.who.int/teams/digital-health-and-innovation/smart-guidelines]. The DAK supports countries implementing WHO contraception and family planning recommendations in their digital systems.

Read the web story: Demystifying digital health to improve family planning https://www.who.int/news/item/24-06-2021-demystifying-digital-health-to-...

Access the DAK for Family Planning https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/341997/9789240029743-en...

As countries increasingly invest in digital technologies for health system strengthening, WHO’s SMART Guidelines are a practical approach to making global guidance more effective across all areas of health and wellbeing. Digital adaptation kits, known as DAKs, are an important layer in this “SMART approach,” with practical components ensuring greater understanding of both the health information in WHO recommendations and the collaborative process necessary for digital implementation.

This new Digital Adaptation Kit (DAK) for Family Planning supports countries implementing WHO contraception and family planning recommendations in their digital systems. It addresses screening, testing and counselling for choosing and managing contraceptive methods, care and support for survivors of intimate partner and sexual violence, and considerations for adolescent well-being and promoting self-care interventions to ensure quality of care remains at the heart of the digital journey.

The DAK for Family Planning was developed by WHO, HRP, UNFPA, JSI, and PATH. This DAK uses the algorithms developed from the medical eligibility for contraceptive methods and the WHO MEC app. It also addresses the broader spectrum of quality of care, including screening, testing and counselling for choosing and managing contraceptive methods, care and support for survivors of intimate partner and sexual violence, and considerations for adolescent well-being and promoting self-care interventions to ensure quality of care remains at the heart of the digital journey.

SMART Guidelines from WHO: The DAK for antenatal care (ANC) was launched earlier this year, and the approach is being expanded to other health domains. DAKs for HIV and STIs are forthcoming, and DAKs for immunizations, postnatal care (PNC), child health, and self-care interventions are in development. Find out more about the SMART Guideline approach here [https://www.who.int/teams/digital-health-and-innovation/smart-guidelines]. Our next phase includes implementing the DAKs in a cohesive manner within countries’ digitization journeys, while learning from the process.

Best wishes,

Tigest on behalf of the DAK development team

HIFA profile: Tigest Tamrat is a Technical Officer at the World Health Organisation in Switzerland. tamratt AT who.int