Family Planning: A Global Handbook for Providers first appeared in 2007. It was updated in 2011 and now again in 2018. All 3 editions have benefited from the contributions of many people in many different organizations. The publishers wish to thank all these contributors. Without the collaboration and commitment of all involved, this book would not be possible.

First edition, 2007

Vera Zlidar, Ushma Upadhyay, and Robert Lande of the INFO Project, Center for Communication Programs at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health were the principal technical writers and led the handbook development process, together with Ward Rinehart from the INFO Project and Sarah Johnson of the World Health Organization, who also served as editors. Other contributors to the research and writing from the INFO Project include Fonda Kingsley, Sarah O’Hara, Hilary Schwandt, Ruwaida Salem, Vidya Setty, Deepa Ramchandran, Catherine Richey, Mahua Mandal, and Indu Adhikary.

Key technical advisors throughout the development of the book included Robert Hatcher, Roy Jacobstein, Enriquito Lu, Herbert Peterson, James Shelton, and Irina Yacobson. Kathryn Curtis, Anna Glasier, Robert Hatcher, Roy Jacobstein, Herbert Peterson, James Shelton, Paul Van Look, and Marcel Vekemans conducted final technical review of this book.

The following people provided their expertise during expert meetings in Baltimore in October 2004, Geneva in June 2005, or both: Yasmin Ahmed, Marcos Arevalo, Luis Bahamondes, Miriam Chipimo, Maria del Carmen Cravioto, Kathryn Curtis, Juan Diaz, Soledad Diaz, Mohammad Eslami, Anna Glasier, John Guillebaud, Ezzeldin Othman Hassan, Robert Hatcher, Mihai Horga, Douglas Huber, Carlos Huezo, Roy Jacobstein, Enriquito Lu, Pisake Lumbiganon, Pamela Lynam, Trent MacKay, Olav Meirik, Isaiah Ndong, Herbert Peterson, John Pile, Robert Rice, Roberto Rivera, Lois Schaefer, Markku Seppala, James Shelton, Bulbul Sood, Markus Steiner, James Trussell, Marcel Vekemans, and Wu Shangchun.

The key contributors to this handbook, who are listed above, declared no conflicts of interest.

The following organizations made extraordinary technical contributions to the creation of this handbook: The Centre for Development and Population Activities, EngenderHealth, Family Health International (now FHI360), Georgetown University Institute for Reproductive Health, Jhpiego, Management Sciences for Health, the Population Council, and the United States Agency for International Development.

Many others also contributed their expertise on specific topics and participated in the development of consensus on technical content. Contributors include Christopher Armstrong, Mark Barone, Mags Beksinska, Yemane Berhane, Ann Blouse, Julia Bluestone, Paul Blumenthal, Annette Bongiovanni, Débora Bossemeyer, Nathalie Broutet, Ward Cates, Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli, Kathryn Church, Samuel Clark, Carmela Cordero, Vanessa Cullins, Kelly Culwell, Johannes van Dam, Catherine d’Arcangues, Barbara Kinzie Deller, Sibongile Dludlu, Mary Drake, Paul Feldblum, Ron Frezieres, Claudia Garcia-Moreno, Kamlesh Giri, Patricia Gómez, Pio Iván Gómez Sánchez, Vera Halpern, Robert Hamilton, Theresa Hatzell, Helena von Hertzen, John Howson, Carol Joanis, Robert Johnson, Adrienne Kols, Deborah Kowal, Jan Kumar, Anne MacGregor, Luann Martin, Matthews Mathai, Noel McIntosh, Manisha Mehta, Kavita Nanda, Ruchira Tabassum Naved, Francis Ndowa, Nuriye Ortayli, Elizabeth Raymond, Heidi Reynolds, Mandy Rose, Sharon Rudy, Joseph Ruminjo, Dana Samu, Julia Samuelson, Harshad Sanghvi, George Schmid, Judith Senderowitz, Jacqueline Sherris, Nono Simelela, Irving Sivin, Jenni Smit, David Sokal, Jeff Spieler, Kay Stone, Maryanne Stone-Jimenez, Fatiha Terki, Kathleen Vickery, Lee Warner, Mary Nell Wegner, Peter Weis, and Tim Williams.

Family planning providers in Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Zambia offered comments on draft covers and chapters of the book in sessions organized by Yasmin Ahmed, Ekta Chandra, Miriam Chipimo, Sharmila Das, Juan Diaz, Carlos Huezo, Enriquito Lu, Isaiah Ndong, Samson Radeny, Mary Segall, Sarbani Sen, Nina Shalita, Bulbul Sood, and Wu Shangchun.

John Fiege, Linda Sadler, and Rafael Avila created the layout of the book. Mark Beisser created the cover and initial design along with Linda Sadler, the staff at Prographics, and John Fiege. Rafael Avila managed the photographs and illustrations. Ushma Upadhyay, Vera Zlidar, and Robert Jacoby managed the book’s production. Heather Johnson managed printing and distribution of the handbook along with Mandy Liberto, Tre Turner, Roslyn Suite-Parham, and Quan Wynder.

Second edition, 2011

The 2011 update incorporated all guidance from the WHO expert Working Group meeting in April 2008 for the Medical Eligibility Criteria and the Selected Practice Recommendations, and two Technical Consultations related to these guidelines in October 2008 and January 2010. It also incorporated guidance from an expert Working Group meeting on HIV and infant feeding in October 2009 and a Technical Consultation on community-based provision of injectable contraceptives in June 2009.

Selected members of the expert Working Group that met in 2005, experts who contributed to the handbook, and WHO staff contributed to and reviewed the update. They included Mario Festin, Mary Lyn Gaffield, Lucy Harber, Douglas Huber, Roy Jacobstein, Kirsten Krueger, Enriquito Lu, James Shelton, Jeff Spieler, and Irina Yacobson. Ward Rinehart and Sarah Johnson of Jura Editorial Services managed and edited the 2011 update.

Third edition, 2018

This update of the Global Handbook has involved a complete review of the contents of the 2011 edition and updating as needed. All chapters reflect the latest relevant WHO guidance. Thus, this update includes the recommendations of the fifth edition of the Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, published in 2016, and of the third edition of the Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use, published in 2016. (The bibliography on p. 422 lists WHO guidance documents.)

The following people contributed to this edition of the Global Handbook: Afeefa Abdur-Rahman, Moazzam Ali, Avni Amin, Ian Askew, Michal Avni, Rachel Baggaley, Beth Balderston, Pritha Biswas, Nathalie Broutet, Levent Cagatay, Heather Clark, Carmela Cordero, Jane Cover, Margaret D’Adamo, Hugo de Vuyst, Juan Diaz, Jennifer Drake, Jill Edwardson, Mohammed Eslami, Mario Festin, Melissa Freeman, Mary Lyn Gaffield, Victoria Graham, Metin Gulmezoglu, Denise Harrison, Mihai Horga, Roy Jacobstein, James Kiarie, Maggie Kilbourne-Brook, Robert Lande, Catherine Lane, Candace Lew, Enriquito (Ricky) Lu, Patricia MacDonald, Baker Maggwa, Shawn Malarcher, Judy Manning, Rachel Marcus, Jennifer Mason, Ruth Merkatz, Maureen Norton, Stephen NurseFindlay, Sarah Onyango, Kevin Peine, Rabab Petit, Kate Rademacher, Andrea Roe, Nigel Rollins, Vicky Samantha Rossi, Frans Roumen, Abdulmumin Saad, James Shelton, Jacqueline Sherris, Katherine Simmons, Regine Sitruk-Ware, Shelley Snyder, Jeff Spieler, Markus Steiner, Petrus Steyn, Melanie Taylor, Caitlin Thistle, Sara Tifft, John Townsend, James Trussell, Sheryl van der Poel, Elizabeth Westley, Teodora Wi, and Irina Yacobson. Sarah Johnson and Ward Rinehart of Jura Editorial Services managed and edited the 2018 update.

Several groups contributed new content to this edition. Beth Balderston, Jane Cover, Jenifer Drake, and Sara Tifft at PATH contributed the sections on giving subcutaneous injections in Chapter 4, Progestin-only Injectables. Heather Clark at the Population Council prepared Chapter 8, Progesterone-Releasing Vaginal Ring. Roy Jacobstein at Intrah and Markus Steiner at FHI 360 developed the section on counseling about effectiveness in Chapter 25, Family Planning Provision. John Stanback, Irina Yacobson, and Lucy Harber at FHI 360 created the job aids and text in the section on ruling out pregnancy (pages 439–440).

The Knowledge SUCCESS Project at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for Communication Programs, manages the production of the handbook and its distribution, with support from the United States Agency for International Development. Tara Sullivan is Project Director. As Operations Manager, Heather Finn oversaw development of this update. Susan Krenn directs the Center for Communication Programs.