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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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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 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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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
Fact Sheet: FACT Project
FACT is a research, intervention, and technical assistance project focused on answering significant questions related to fertility awareness and FAM....
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YouthLens #39: Very Young Adolescents
Produced by FHI 360 on behalf of USAID’s Interagency Youth Working Group (IYWG), this brief focuses on evaluated programs and emerging research regarding VYAs and summarizes recommendations developed during the 2013 IYWG Technical Consultation on VYAs co-hosted by IRH on the next wave of research, programs, policy and advocacy.
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New Brief: Overcoming social barriers to family planning use
New research brief overviews how the Tekponon Jikuagou Project is addressing unmet need for family planning in Benin through community networks.
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Fact Sheet: GREAT Project
This factsheet gives an overview of the GREAT Project approach, intervention, and research and evaluation so far in the life of the project.
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Engaging Men in Family Planning Service Delivery
Integrating the Standard Days Method® (SDM) into family planning programs provides an opportunity to test innovative strategies to engage men in family planning. This publication gives particular attention to the role that SDM plays in encouraging cooperation of the male partner through a variety of community-based contexts.
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Meeting Report: Lessons Learned from Scaling up a Reproductive Health Innovation
This event marked the last in a series of technical meetings organized by IRH during the final year of the USAID-funded Fertility Awareness-based Methods (FAM) Project. The meeting report reflects on the outcomes of the meeting, and includes additional resources, presentations and more.
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Resources
Costing the Standard Days Method
The Cost of Integrating the Standard Days Method (SDM) into Family Planning Programs at Scale and of Providing the SDM in Routine Service Delivery in...
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Country Briefs: Scale-Up of Standard Days Method®
These country briefs summarize events including strategic choices, approaches, enabling/limiting factors, and results of systematic SDM scale-up and related research. They conclude with an analysis of the sustainability of scale-up success in each country.
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Promising Practices for Scale-Up: A Prospective Case Study of Standard Days Method® Integration
This report presents conclusions from a six-year, five-country initiative conducted by the Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) and its many in-country partners to scale up Standard Days Method® (SDM) of family planning.
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Blog
From sketch to tapestry: Tékponon Jikuagou’s vision by Beninese artist
This hanging tapestry art piece (on left) is unnamed, but represents an artist’s understanding of the Tékponon Jikuagou Project vision (on right). Meaning Behind the Art The original project vision sketch (on right) was drawn at the first...
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Fertility awareness: Birth control and beyond!
[Originally posted as a Bedsider Article Feature here] Understanding your body’s natural cycles can be useful for getting pregnant—and for avoiding pregnancy. Contrary to popular myth, pregnancy is not possible every time a woman has sex....
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Our D.C. office is moving!
After 15 wonderful years on this side of Connecticut Avenue in Washington, D.C., we’re moving! We’ll be closed on April 11 as we transition, but you can reach us at our new space beginning April 14. Please be sure to update your records...
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