January 5, 2017 | 10:35 am | Paloma Ganguly, Tech in Asia
[Originally posted on the Tech in Asia site here.] “It is often men who pick up the phone and update us about their wives’ menstruation dates.” Ramya Kancharla, who heads the CycleTel Humsafar family planning service in India, stumps me with that line! In the rural interiors of India, where any mention of menstruation is taboo, why would men be so forthcoming about information on their wives’ periods?
December 22, 2016 | 2:00 pm | Dr. Victoria Jennings & Dr. Jeffrey Edmeades (ICRW)
[Originally posted on the Rewire blog here.] Significant numbers of women worldwide don’t use birth control due to fears of side effects, negative beliefs about contraception, and because they don’t think they need it at the time. The reproductive health community must take their concerns seriously—as well as methods that rely on people knowing their own fertility.
Is a health systems strengthening approach enough? Assessing USAID’s family planning contributions in Jordan
December 12, 2016 | 4:30 pm | Esther Spindler, Research Officer | Dominick Shattuck, Senior Research Officer | Lizzy Menstell, Program Associate
The US government invested over $50 billion in global health over the last five years. Last year specifically, USAID laid out its first ever Vision for Health Systems Strengthening, defining health systems strengthening (HSS) as a capacity building approach that supports quality service provision, extends the coverage of care, and provides financial protections, all while improving the responsiveness and resilience of local health institutions. The Vision’s purpose is to renew its commitment to HSS and provide a strategic framework for implementation, but HSS can be a huge undertaking for local governments and health institutions. We know that HSS investments matter, but in what contexts does HSS programming work best in improving family planning outcomes?