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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
Resources
Brief: Consultation on Very Young Adolescents (VYA) in Uganda
Representing the Global Very Young Adolescent (VYA) Alliance, Save the Children International Uganda, Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung (DSW) and Georgetown University’s Institute for Reproductive Health organized a national technical consultation meeting on VYA health in Uganda in October 2013.
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New Brief from Tékponon Jikuagou: Social networks & social change
Social network approaches in tandem with communication for social change approaches can be used to influence social norms and family planning...
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Investing in very young adolescents’ sexual and reproductive health
The article, published by Global Public Health journal, advocates for investments in very young adolescents (VYA) to lay foundations for healthy future relationships and positive sexual and reproductive health, since early adolescence marks a critical transition between childhood and older adolescence and adulthood.
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New peer-reviewed article on systems approach to M&E guiding scale-up in Rwanda
Published in May 2014 by Global Health: Science and Practice journal, this article describes how a successful pilot program to integrate the Standard Days Method (SDM) of family planning into existing Ministry of Health services was scaled up nationally in Rwanda.
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Resources
GREAT Project ‘Oteka’ Theme Song
This music video features the theme song from the 'Oteka' Radio Drama Series, an activity of the GREAT Project's work with adolescents.
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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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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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Blog
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Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University targets violence against girls
WASHINGTON, DC — As the world focuses on violence against girls with the Oct. 11 observance of International Day of the Girl Child, researchers at the Institute for Reproduction Health at Georgetown University are carrying on crucial work to...
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Safe passages into adulthood: Preventing gender-based violence and its consequences
WASHINGTON, DC — Gender-based violence affects the physical and mental health of girls and boys, men and women worldwide. A recent study by researchers from the Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University addresses the challenge...
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WHO recommends “starting young” to develop equal gender norms, and we agree
On September 4 the European Magazine for Sexual and Reproductive Health (ENTRE NOUS), funded by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the World Health Organization (WHO), published their 80th series: Adolescence: building solid foundations...
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