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In the Karamoja region of Uganda, rapid cultural transitions are happening, and these shifts offer an opportunity introduce new health information, like fertility awareness, in an engaging way. The FACT Project’s EDEAN intervention uses community-wide theater performances to spread fertility awareness, or actionable information about fertility throughout the life cycle that people can apply to […]

Journal Article | FACT Project | Family Planning | Fertility Awareness

“Closing the Gap: The potential of Christian Health Associations in expanding access to family planning” is a new article published in a special issue of the Christian Journal for Global Health focused on the global church and family planning.  The article features three Christian health networks—Caritas Rwanda, Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau, and Uganda Protestant Medical […]

Blog | Mobilizing FBOs | Family Planning

Recognizing the health impact of timing and spacing of pregnancies, the Sustainable Development Goals call for increased access to family planning globally. While faith-based organizations in Africa provide a significant proportion of health services, family planning service delivery has been limited. This evaluation sought to assess the effectiveness of implementing a systems approach in strengthening […]

Journal Article | Mobilizing FBOs | Family Planning

[Originally posted on HC3’s HealthCOMpass blog here] When family planning use continues to be relatively low even when resources and information are available, it is vital to determine what is keeping families from using modern contraceptives.

Blog | Tékponon Jikuagou | Family Planning | Gender Equality

Transforming Masculinities is an evidence-based approach to promote gender equality and positive masculinities within faith communities. It is based upon the understanding that spiritual beliefs and faith leaders are part of the structure that shapes social and gender norms, and focuses on prevention and response to sexual and gender-based violence. Known locally as Masculinité, Famille, […]

Publication | Passages Project | Family Planning | Gender Equality

“Communities of practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.” –Etienne and Beverly Wenger-Trayner, 2015   The Value: Why a norms-focused community of practice? We know that social norms—the often unspoken rules that govern behavior—shape the […]

| Passages Project | Family Planning | Adolescents

Working through existing social networks, Pragati  uses a series of games to diffuse information about fertility awareness and family planning to individuals, catalyzing conversation with others. Games and topics are introduced and facilitated by influential community partners who are well-positioned to share information and promote reflection among their own family members and peers.   Nepal, PRAGATI, […]

Publication | FACT Project | Family Planning | Fertility Awareness

Acknowledging that decades of programming to promote greater access to information and services have not closed the gap between unmet and met need, Tékponon Jikuagou guides communities to shift social norms surrounding family planning and leads to new ideas, attitudes, and behaviors that support family planning use. Pilot results showed that exposure to Tékponon Jikuagou […]

Journal Article | Tékponon Jikuagou | Family Planning | Monitoring, Learning & Evaluation

Tékponon Jikuagou is a low-cost package of activities that relies on existing social networks to diffuse new ideas in support of family planning. It works with communities’ own resources, is easily added to existing development projects and portfolios, and is beneficial to both participating communities and implementing agencies. We know from extensive research throughout the […]

Publication | Tékponon Jikuagou | Family Planning | Strategic Scale-up

WALAN, which stands for Wake ki Lago Nywal (“To Be Proud with Family Planning”),  is a community-based group learning approach that aims to increase fertility awareness, encourage family planning use and expand access to Fertility Awareness Methods (FAM) primarily among women, men, and couples 15-35 years old who learn about these topics in a group setting from non-health personnel.   Northern […]

Publication | FACT Project | Fertility Awareness | Family Planning