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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Focus Areas
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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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
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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Projects
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
Growing Up GREAT! Baseline Results
The longitudinal Global Early Adolescence Study in Kinshasa, DRC is designed as a quasi-experimental study with an intervention and a control arm, each divided into subgroups of in-school and out-of-school adolescents.
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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
Brief: FACT Project’s WALAN Solution
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
Fertility Awareness & Body Literacy Guide
Learn how integrating fertility awareness into social and behavior change (SBC) activities can improve health and wellbeing.
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Resources
Estimating six-cycle efficacy of the Dot app for pregnancy prevention: preliminary results
IRH researchers are studying women’s use of the app for 13 menstrual cycles, or about one year. The ongoing prospective study design is the first to apply best-practice guidelines for assessing fertility awareness based methods in the testing of an app.
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Resources
[VIDEO] FACT Project’s Pragati Community Intervention
This micro-documentary shows the games in action and features interviews with the men and women who implemented Pragati in their communities.
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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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Blog
Where to find us: IRH at the International Conference on Family Planning, 2018
We’ll see you November 11th – 15th! 
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“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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Early Study Results Suggest Fertility App as Effective as Modern Family Planning Methods
WASHINGTON (October 15, 2018) – Early results from a first-of-its-kind study suggests that typical use of a family planning app called Dot is as effective as other modern methods for avoiding an unplanned pregnancy.
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