Involve Communities

We strive to involve communities in reproductive health interventions that improve wellbeing.

Expand Family Planning Choices
We strive to expand family planning choices to meet the needs of women and men worldwide.
Advance Gender Equality

We strive to help men and women across the lifecycle learn about and take charge of their reproductive health.

Involve Communities

We strive to involve communities in reproductive health interventions that improve wellbeing.

Expand Family Planning Choices
We strive to expand family planning choices to meet the needs of women and men worldwide.
Advance Gender Equality

We strive to help men and women across the lifecycle learn about and take charge of their reproductive health.

Focus Areas
Gender Equality
Addressing gender is implicit in our work. We view gender equity as a cross cutting issue that must be embedded throughout the design and evaluation of all of reproductive health programs.
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Family Planning
IRH is committed to meeting the evolving family planning needs of women and couples throughout the lifecycle by ensuring they have access to a broad range of options...
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Adolescents
IRH addresses this critical time of early adolescence with approaches that improve body literacy and fertility awareness to help young people understand their maturing bodies...
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Fertility Awareness
IRH believes that by placing accurate information about fertility in the hands of women, men, girls, and boys, they will be able to understand how sex, reproduction and family planning interconnect...
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Strategic Scale-up
IRH has multiple years of experience scaling up successful pilot programs to address unmet need for family planning and studying the process along the way.
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Mobilizing technology for reproductive health
IRH recognizes the opportunity to leverage technology to improve reproductive health outcomes.
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Monitoring, Learning & Evaluation
IRH is an applied research organization that focuses on implementation science; monitoring, learning and evaluation (MLE) is intrinsic to our work.
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Projects
Tékponon Jikuagou
Tékponon Jikuagou aims to reduce unmet need for family planning in Benin through social network interventions with a goal to create a social environment that fosters reflective family planning dialogue.
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Projects
FACT Project
Fostering an environment where women and men can take actions to protect their reproductive health with increased fertility awareness and expanded access to FAM at the community level.
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Passages Project
Passages will build the evidence base and contribute to the capacity of the global community to strengthen normative environments that support reproductive health.
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Projects
Learning Collaborative
The Learning Collaborative envisions a world where programs improve adolescent health by applying normative science at scale.
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Strengthening family planning through FBOs
Faith based organizations have significant influence on values and behaviors around timing and spacing of pregnancies.
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Projects
REAL Fathers Initiative
The REAL Fathers Initiative aims to build positive parenting practices among young fathers in post-conflict Northern Uganda to reduce the incidence of violence.
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Technical Assistance
IRH provides technical assistance both in-country and internationally in social science research and project monitoring, learning, and evaluation.
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GREAT Project
The GREAT Project aims to promote gender-equitable attitudes and behaviors among adolescents (ages 10-19) and their communities with the goal of reducing gender-based violence.
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FAM Project
The FAM Project builds upon the experience of previous USAID-funded projects in which IRH developed, tested and introduced fertility awareness-based methods (FAM)...
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Resources
Intentional Youth Engagement in the Passages Project
The brief is focused on why the investment in youth engagement matters to the success of Passages.
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Resources
RANM Results Brief
RANMs are health workers who live and work in marginalized communities in Nepal. In communities where RANMs were deployed, family planning use increased, men and family members were engaged in conversations about reproductive health, and they strengthened linkages to the health system.
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Resources
[VIDEO] FACT Project's RANM Community Intervention
As part of the FACT Project, nine RANMs were hired and deployed in Rupandehi, Nepal. This short video follows two Roving Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (RANMs), Amrita and Gangotri, as they visit with clients and their families.
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Resources
Fertility Awareness Webinar
The FACT Project team presents three innovative solutions developed to address an unmet need for family planning, and demonstrates how fertility awareness can be integrated into variety of SBC approaches.
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Fertility Awareness & Body Literacy Guide
Coming soon! Learn how integrating fertility awareness into social and behavior change (SBC) activities can improve health and wellbeing.
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Resources
Market-testing a smartphone application for FP
Findings indicate that a social media campaign is a low-cost approach to making the CycleBeads app accessible and that fertility awareness-based apps have the potential to address an unmet need. For many women, the app was the first modern method they used in the last 3 months, showing that fertility awareness-based apps have the potential to address an unmet need.
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Resources
Does it take a village? Fostering gender equity among early adolescents in Nepal
Results of a study of the Choices, Voices, Promises interventions suggest a positive effect on norms at the individual level and an added benefit from interventions for families and communities in rural Nepal
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Resources
[Webinar] Costing of Social Norms Interventions
This webinar covered key steps, challenges, and solutions for costing of social norm interventions.
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Resources
User profile and preferences in fertility apps
A web-based pilot survey recruited women who either currently use a fertility app for pregnancy prevention or intend to use one in the future. Data collected from 1,000 women surveyed user preferences around fertility app characteristics, including aesthetics, features, functionality, and reputation.
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Blog
“Now family planning is included.” One priest’s perspective on changes in his community
The Strengthening Couple-Centered Family Planning Project, supported by the John Templeton Foundation, sought to create a supportive environment for family planning through partnership with faith-based organizations (FBOs) and religious leaders....
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Menstruation Norms: Where do we go from here?
Recently, Nepal has received a lot of attention from the international community due to a New York Times article on Chhaupadi – the practice of isolating menstruating women and girls – and social taboos around menstruation. As part of...
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Menstrual norms in Nepal…. They are changing!
Recently, Nepal has received a lot of attention from the international community due to a New York Times article on Chhaupadi – the practice of isolating menstruating women and girls – and social taboos around menstruation. As part of...
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