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Christian hospitals, clinics, and health care programs have a unique role to play in providing family planning services in Africa. However, these facilities often lack the capacity to provide quality services, and donor funding for faith-based organizations (FBO) has historically been limited in scope and duration, making it difficult to achieve impact at scale. In […]

Publication | Strengthening couple-centered family planning through faith-based organizations | Family Planning

WASHINGTON (April 23, 2018) — Researchers from Georgetown University’s Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) published a new paper detailing the process of recruiting participants for year-long prospective study to measure the efficacy of an app for avoiding unintended pregnancy.

Blog | FACT Project | Family Planning | Fertility Awareness | Mobilizing technology for reproductive health

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 […]

Blog | FACT Project | Family Planning

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 […]

Blog | FACT Project | Gender Equality | Family Planning

This study assesses the competency and acceptability of community-based provision of Standard Days Method (SDM) to first-time users in Rwanda. The national strategy equips community health workers (CHWs) to resupply pills, injectables and condoms to existing clients. With the aim of expanding access, SDM provision to first-time users was added to the method mix in […]

Journal Article | Family Planning

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 […]

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

Despite Nepal’s relatively high contraceptive prevalence rate (50%), 27% of married women have an unmet need for family planning, and almost half of Nepalese women give birth by the age of 20. This formative study explored the factors that influence the use of family planning in Nepal. Continuing Nepal’s recent gains in contraceptives prevalence rate will require […]

Journal Article | Family Planning | Fertility Awareness

Transforming Social Norms for Sexual and Reproductive Health

project | Adolescents | Family Planning

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 September 2017, IRH and partners traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to present at the Sexual Violence Research Institute (SVRI) Forum and share experiences with 500 other experts working to prevent and respond to sexual violence. IRH, Tearfund, and Promundo-US co-led a satellite event titled, Exploring the Links between Intimate Partner Violence and Family […]

Blog | Passages Project | REAL Fathers Initiative | Gender Equality | Family Planning