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
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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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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Projects
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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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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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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Projects
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
Brief: Growing Up GREAT!
Growing Up GREAT! adapts elements of two tested models—GREAT from northern Uganda and GrowUp Smart from Rwanda—for an urban DRC setting.
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Brief: FACT Project’s Pragati Intervention
Working through existing social networks, FACT’s Pragati intervention uses a series of games to diffuse information about fertility awareness and family planning to individuals, catalyzing conversation with others. The games also facilitate discussion around social and gender norms—unspoken rules that govern behavior—in order to challenge those norms that negatively influence family planning use.
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Resources
Social Norms Background Reader
This reader provides a broad overview of social norm theory, measurement, and scale-up and costing, and sets the stage for the work of the Learning Collaborative to Advance Research and Practice on Normative Change for Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Well-being.
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Brief: FACT Project’s WALAN Intervention
WALAN is a community-based group learning approach that aims to increase fertility awareness, encourage family planning use, and expand access to FAM.
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Resources
Exploring opportunities for coordinated responses to intimate partner violence and child maltreatment
This scoping review focuses on prevention programs that address the intersection of IPV and child maltreatment, including the REAL Fathers Initiative.
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Resources
Assessing the Efficacy of an App-Based Method of Family Planning: The Dot Study Protocol
This paper outlines the protocol for the first study to prospectively test both the efficacy and effectiveness of a pregnancy prevention app. IRH is partnering with Cycle Technologies, which developed the Dot app, to conduct a trial following 1200 women over 13 menstrual cycles.
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Resources
Men’s health: time for a new approach to policy and practice?
Authors discuss the status of men's health globally, in terms of health literacy, risk-taking, and other gender factors.
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Report: WALAN Proof of Concept Results
This report describes WALAN’s three month proof of concept phase, which was conducted from October 2015 to January 2016. The proof of concept tested the delivery of a group learning counseling model provided directly at the community level in Uganda.
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Resources
Evaluation of the REAL Fathers Initiative on Physical Child Punishment and Intimate Partner Violence in Northern Uganda
Violence against women and violence against children in Uganda are recognized as significant public health concerns. Exposure to violence at home as...
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Blog
First ever real-time efficacy study on fertility app launched
WASHINGTON (February 7, 2017) — In what is believed to be the first study of its kind, researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center’s Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) announced today the launch of a year-long study to measure the...
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Know Your Bod: Celebrating Cervical Health Awareness Month
January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and we are always ready to celebrate a healthy cervix. The first step to cervical health is understanding your body. The cervix plays an important role in fertility and provides signs and symptoms about...
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Through EDEAN, Communities “Come Together to Strengthen Child Spacing”
Have you ever seen a performance or movie that you couldn’t stop talking about–one that you discussed for days with friends and family, or one that made you think about something in a new way? In the Karamoja region of Uganda, rapid cultural...
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