A guide for group learning and counseling on fertility awareness and family planning
The Strengthening Couple-Centered Family Planning Project, supported by the John Templeton Foundation, sought to create a supportive environment for family planning through partnership with faith-based organizations (FBOs) and religious leaders. From 2016-2018, IRH supported FBOs in Rwanda and Uganda to expand their family planning services.
Nepal has a high unmet need for family planning. There are many reasons for unmet need. Discussing reproductive health is taboo, and there are pervasive myths about family planning use. As part of the FACT Project, we set out to combat these problems by teaching fertility awareness: actionable information about fertility and the ability to apply this knowledge to one’s own life. We hoped that teaching fertility awareness in a relevant way would foster couple communication, help overcome...
Recently, Nepal has received a lot of attention from the international community due to a New York Times article on Chhaupadi – the practice of isolating menstruating women and girls – and social taboos around menstruation. As part of the Fertility Awareness for Community Transformation (FACT) Project, the Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH), at Georgetown University is undertaking the Pragati intervention in Nepal. Pragati aims to increase fertility awareness and to change social...
Tékponon Jikuagou means “doing everything possible to prevent infant mortality” in the local language of Adja in Benin.
Engaging youth is considered standard practice in adolescent and youth family planning and reproductive health programs, yet involving youth directly in program implementation is an ideal that is not consistently followed or is carried out in a tokenistic way. Youth are the experts on their own experiences, and are best at identifying what they need. The brief is focused on why the investment in youth engagement matters to the success of Passages, and shares early learning and progress to date...
EDEAN’s Approach to Increasing Fertility Awareness and Demand for Family Planning in Karamoja, Uganda
Recently, Nepal has received a lot of attention from the international community due to a New York Times article on Chhaupadi – the practice of isolating menstruating women and girls – and social taboos around menstruation. As part of the Fertility Awareness for Community Transformation (FACT) Project, the Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH), at Georgetown University is undertaking the Pragati intervention in Nepal. Pragati aims to increase fertility awareness and to change social...
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 each other. See if you can answer the questions below about what these social network maps can tell us about the communities...
Despite gains in most reproductive health indicators, many services still do not reach some marginalized communities in Nepal. Physical  and social barriers limit access to services. Rates of family planning use are low in Nepal and especially for particular ethnic groups (i.e.; Dalit, Janajati and Muslims) (NDHS, 2011). To overcome these challenges, the Government of Nepal introduced “Roving” Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (RANMs), a new cadre of community-level health workers with increased...