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The standard approach for measuring unmet need for family planning calculates actual, physiological unmet need and is useful for tracking changes at the population level. We propose to supplement it with an alternate approach that categorizes individuals by their perceived need for family planning: real met need (current users of a modern method), perceived met […]

Journal Article | Tékponon Jikuagou | Family Planning

Where I live in Uganda, people often think reproductive health is a “private” issue that should not be discussed openly in the community. Open, reflective dialogue can be difficult due to cultural, social and gender norms that have taught us not to speak of sensitive topics like menstruation out loud to others. In Karamoja region […]

Blog | FACT Project | Family Planning | Adolescents

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 […]

Video | FACT Project | Family Planning | Fertility Awareness

In Nepal today, while fertility rates are slowly decreasing, the average woman still has more children than she desires. Marginalized women—such as Janajati, Dalit, or Muslims—face higher barriers to health care services and information about fertility and reproductive health than Nepali women from non-marginalized communities.

Blog | FACT Project | Family Planning | Fertility Awareness

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

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

“Nous sommes une grande famille, maintenant” / “Together, we’re one big family, now” – Many of our regional members!   On June 28 and 29 in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), over 30 regional members joined together for the kick-off convening meeting of the Francophone Africa regional community of practice on the scale-up of […]

| Passages Project | Family Planning

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

“A practical alternative to calculating unmet need for family planning,” a new article authored by Susan Igras and Rebecka Lundgren of Georgetown University’s Institute for Reproductive Health and Irit Sinai of Palladium Group and published in the Open Access Journal of Contraception, suggests that using a new approach to assessing unmet need for family planning […]

Blog | Tékponon Jikuagou | Family Planning

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