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Family Planning Module: Acknowledgements

Acknowledgements

Family Planning is one of 13 Blended Learning Modules for the Ethiopian Health Extension Programme. Together with the practical skills training sessions that accompany each of the supported self-study texts, this programme will upgrade the Health Extension Workers who complete the curriculum to Health Extension Practitioners at Level-IV of the Ethiopian Occupational Standards. The upgrading programme is sponsored by the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) and the Regional Health Bureaus (RHBs). The FMOH gratefully acknowledges the receipt of funding for this programme from the Ethiopian Office of UNICEF (the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund), The Open University UK, the Alan and Nesta Ferguson Foundation Trust UK, and AMREF (the African Medical and Research Foundation). We are also thankful for the support of the Ethiopian Offices of UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) for freely enabling their experts to participate in the development of this Module.

This Family Planning Module was produced by a team of Ethiopian experts, who were trained and supported by experts in blended learning pedagogy from the HEAT (Health Education and Training) Team for Africa at The Open University UK. The contributors of original material are:

  • Dr Yifru Berhan, Hawassa University, College of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Mr Sileshi Garoma, Addis Ababa University
  • Mr Waldemariam Hirpa, WHO Ethiopia
  • Ali Wyllie, HEAT Team, The Open University UK.

The Academic Editor of Family Planning is Ali Wyllie, HEAT Team Lead eLearning Adviser, Faculty of Health and Social Care at The Open University UK, with contributions from Dr Heather McLannahan, Department of Life Sciences, also at The Open University UK. The other members of the HEAT Team are:

  • Lesley-Anne Long, HEAT Programme Director
  • Dr Basiro Davey, HEAT Deputy Director (Ethiopia)
  • Alison Robinson, HEAT Programme Coordinator
  • Dawn Partner, HEAT Senior Production Assistant
  • Jessica Aumann, HEAT Programme Assistant.

We acknowledge the vital contributions of the Programme Coordinators within Ethiopia:

  • Ato Mohammed Hussein Abeseko, UNICEF Ethiopia and the Federal Ministry of Health
  • Ato Tedla Mulatu, AMREF Ethiopia.

The cover design for Family Planning is by Chris Hough, Learning and Teaching Solutions, The Open University UK. The cover photographs are reproduced with the permission of Indrias Getachew from UNICEF Ethiopia, who photographed the mother and children, and Carrie Teicher, who photographed the display of oral contraceptive pills in a health centre in Ethiopia. Basiro Davey also produced some of the anatomical diagrams in this Module.

We particularly wish to acknowledge our use in this Module of adapted extracts and illustrations from Family Planning: a Global handbook for Providers (2007) published by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Hatcher, R.A., Rinehart, W., Blackburn, R., Geller, J.S., and Shelton, J.D. The Essentials of Contraceptive Technology (1997). Published in Baltimore, by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Population Information Program. ISBN: 1-885960-01-8. Fourth Printing, 2003. The author of Study Session 4 wishes to acknowledge the source: Family Planning Methods and Practices: Africa, Second Edition 1999, published by United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Reproductive Health, updated 2000, Atlanta, Georgia.

The opinions expressed in this Module are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of any of the donor organisations whose generous support made the production of Family Planning possible.