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Involve Communities

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

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

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

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Involve Communities

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

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

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

Focus Areas
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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
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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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Focus Areas
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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 contraception interconnect...
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Focus Areas
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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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Focus Areas
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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
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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
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A3 Project
The A3 Project uses a multi-pronged approach to leverage under-utilized channels and emerging pathways to expand access to family planning information and services.
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Projects
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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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Projects
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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
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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
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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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Projects
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New & Underused Methods
The project’s purpose is to develop and disseminate a guide to help family planning programs meet forecasting needs when there is no trend data.
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Projects
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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
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U.S. Projects
We engage with a wide range of public and private sector programs across the country to include fertility awareness methods (FAM) among the choice of methods they offer to clients.
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Resources
GrowUp Smart Storybook, Rwanda
The A3 Project is working with youth-serving organizations in Rwanda to improve the sexual and reproductive health of very young adolescents...
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Resources
[Webinar] Partnering with Very Young Adolescents (VYA) to Improve Sexual & Reproductive Health
Everyone has been talking about the need to focus programs and research on Very Young Adolescents (VYA). On February 18, the VYA Alliance hosted a...
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Resources
Addressing Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Violence Among Adolescents: Emerging Evidence of Effectiveness
“Addressing Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Violence Among Adolescents: Emerging Evidence of Effectiveness,” authored by Rebecka...
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Presentations + Sticky Wall Report: Working with Fathers to Reduce Family Violence
The following is a compilation of presentations shared during a MenEngage satellite session learning collaborative hosted by IRH and partners called, “Working with Fathers to Reduce Family Violence: Experiences & Lessons Learned” on November 10, 2014 in New Delhi, India.
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New Report: Developmental Assets and SRH among 10-14 Year Olds in Uganda
With support from USAID, IRH and Search Institute collaborated to conduct a study of very young adolescents (ages 10 to14) in a developing country setting (north central Uganda), examining the link between internal and external assets the youth may experience, and their sexual and reproductive health.
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[Brief] Male Engagement in Family Planning: Reducing Unmet Need by Addressing Gender Norms
In 2013, with funding from USAID, IRH conducted an initial review of recent literature and programs on male engagement in sexual and reproductive health.
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Increasing literate and illiterate women’s met need for contraception via empowerment: a quasi-experiment in rural India
Published in Reproductive Health Journal, this peer-reviewed article reviews data from a three-year quasi-experiment conducted in two comparable,...
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Blog
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‘Ending the Hesitation around Menstruation’: GrowUp Smart
Over 40% of girls in Rwanda miss school regularly due to a lack of sanitary pads or inappropriate sanitary facilities. And while there are a number of initiatives out there trying to address this issue, many treat menstruation as an isolated event....
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The DC Coalition for Menstrual Hygiene Day invites you to: THE VOICES OF WHY MENSTRUATION MATTERS
WHAT DC-based coalition of more than 20 organizations will host their second annual Menstrual Hygiene Day event, The Voices of Why Menstruation Matters. 
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Secondary Outcomes of Male Involvement in Family Planning Interventions
We look forward to welcoming Dominick Shattuck to IRH in June as a Senior Research Officer! [Originally posted on K4Health's blog here] Over the last 30 years, the focus of most family planning interventions has been on the female user rather than...
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