February 9, 2018 | 2:20 pm | Dominick Shattuck, Senior Research Officer and Sharada Wasti, Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation Advisor
In the shell of an unfinished health center and under clear skies in Rupandehi, we met with nine young men (18 – 21 years old) for a focus group. We had recruited the men to help us test qualitative questions for an upcoming evaluation. They were dressed in button-down shirts and slacks, and each was adorned with gelled bangs flipped over and toward the sky.
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Posted In: Projects, FACT Project, Gender Equality, Family Planning
February 9, 2018 | 12:11 pm | Nana Apenem Dagadu, Senior Research Officer
[Originally posted by the Georgetown Global Health Initiative here.]   A popular Akan proverb – Prayɛ, sɛ woyi baako a na ebu; wokabomu a emmu – extols the power of several broomsticks working together. While I have known this saying for much of my life and appreciated the idea of strength in unity that it evokes, it took on new meaning last November during a workshop made possible by the Global Health Initiative (GHI).
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Posted In: News, Gender Equality, Adolescents
February 2, 2018 | 2:17 pm | Liya Haile, Research Officer
Why is diversity important in family planning efficacy studies? When conducting research in a multicultural society like the US, study samples need to be diverse to represent the target population. It’s important for women (and men) who are considering a family planning method have accurate information about the experience of others like themselves in using the method. Clearly, if a study is limited to women in their 30s, it doesn’t tell us how effective a family planning method would be for women a decade younger, whose probability of pregnancy is much higher. If study participants are predominately married women, we don’t know a great deal about how effective the method is in actual use for women in more casual relationships.
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Posted In: Projects, FACT Project, Family Planning, Mobilizing technology for reproductive health