Jagtarain had an arranged marriage at the age of 18, became pregnant, and lost her first pregnancy without ever talking with her husband about their plans for parenthood. A year later, Jagatarain was pregnant again, and again it was a surprise to her and her husband. Traditionally, Nepali couples do not openly discuss babies, and […]

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Tékponon Jikuagou means “doing everything possible to prevent infant mortality” in the local language of Adja in Benin.


There are thousands of menstrual cycle tracking apps on the market. But most are not tested, and very few are designed to prevent pregnancy. The study to assess the efficacy of the Dynamic Optimal Timing™ (Dot) App is the first of its kind to be conducted on an app-based family planning method. Theoretical efficacy of the […]

Publication | FACT Project | Family Planning | Mobilizing technology for reproductive health

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 […]

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Social Network Analysis can be represented through social network maps like those below. In these maps, each node represents a single person while links between them show relationships between individuals. Social network maps provide both a visual and a quantitative snapshot of human relationships, as they illustrate how people are connected and share information with […]


GREAT’s Approach to Improving Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Reducing Gender-Based Violence


[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 […]

Blog | Gender Equality | Adolescents

The Learning Collaborative to Advance Normative Change envisions a world where the powerful influence of social norms in shaping adolescents’ lives is widely understood, and where projects and programs improve adolescent sexual and reproductive health by applying normative science at scale. This overview brief outlines the mission, structure, and activities of the Learning Collaborative.

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IRH partnered with seven organizations to examine the current extent of reproductive health (RH) supplies’ availability via e-commerce, and the likelihood for future expansion through a series of seven case studies and an overview report. Each case study focuses either on a specific country (India, Kenya, Mexico, and the United States) or one new and […]


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 […]

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