A Forecasting Guide for New and Underused Methods (NUMS) of Family Planning

Publication date: 2013

Inventory of Tools for Maternal Health Supplies Prepared by Maternal Health Technical Reference Team, 2013 Information Sheet A Forecasting Guide for New and Underused Methods of Family Planning Developer Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH)/Georgetown University, John Snow, Inc (JSI), Population Services International (PSI), PATH/Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC) How to access the tool http://www.k4health.org/toolkits/NUMs-forecasting-guide/download-pdf-guide-here Online toolkit located at: http://www.k4health.org/toolkits/NUMs-forecasting-guide Purpose This guide provides direction to programs that want to forecast for new and underused methods (NUMs) of family planning. It supports program managers and others involved in forecasting as they plan to (1) introduce a contraceptive technology for the first time in a country, and/or (2) position an underused method for scale up. It offers a framework for building rational assumptions to support accurate forecasting for NUMs or any family planning method where future demand is inherently difficult to predict. It also identifies common pitfalls in NUMs forecasting and recommends strategies to avoid them. Audience This tool may be used by program managers at the national level. Language English, French, Spanish Keywords quantification, forecasting, reproductive health

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