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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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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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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
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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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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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Resources
[Brief] GREAT Project Results
In this technical brief, read what we set out to learn in piloting the GREAT Project, and what we discovered in the endline study results.
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Resources
[Webinar] It takes a village: Supporting the transition of boys and girls into puberty
How often have you heard the phrase “ecological model” over the last few months? On July 15, the VYA Alliance hosted a second webinar to review 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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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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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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[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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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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Blog
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The power of Sabido for amplifying a little known topic like fertility awareness
Let’s start with a quick quiz. What do all of these three quotes have in common? “I won’t get pregnant the first time I have sex.” “If you’re breastfeeding, you won’t get pregnant.” “Birth control causes health problems. You may...
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IRH awarded ‘Passages’ social norms project by USAID
We are pleased to announce that IRH has recently been awarded a new five-year project, Passages, by USAID to build the evidence base and contribute to the capacity of the global community to strengthen normative environments that support...
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USAID Awards $30M Grant to Georgetown’s Institute for Reproductive Health
WASHINGTON (July 21, 2015) — The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded $30 million to Georgetown University Medical Center’s Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) to fund its Passages Project, which aims to improve...
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