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Integrating information about fertility, menstruation, and our bodies into social and behavior change programs

Publication | FACT Project | Family Planning | Fertility Awareness

Though population surveys in Nepal continue to show a declining total fertility rate (TFR), the contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) has stagnated over the past several years. This stagnation has been attributed to a combination of factors including migration, fear of side effects from hormonal methods, and limited access to family planning (FP) among marginalized communities. […]

Publication | FACT Project | Family Planning | Fertility Awareness

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. […]

Publication | Passages Project | Adolescents | Family Planning | Gender Equality

The Learning Collaborative to Advance Normative Change is a network of experts committed to facilitating collaboration between organizations and individuals working on adolescent and youth norms-shifting interventions. Members are working collectively to build knowledge and tools to promote and guide effective social norm theory, measurement, and practice. To this end, we have developed a series […]

Blog | Learning Collaborative to Advance Normative Change | Gender Equality | Family Planning | Adolescents

Transforming Social Norms for Sexual and Reproductive Health

project | Adolescents | Family Planning

An emerging body of evidence shows that group learning — a community-based approach outside the health system — can be effective in delivering vital health information and encouraging behavior change. WALAN is a community-based group learning approach. Young facilitators, selected by their peers, work in male/female pairs to lead community learning on fertility awareness and […]

Publication | FACT Project | Fertility Awareness | Family Planning

Religious leaders and faith based organizations (FBOs) have significant, sustained influence on the values and behaviors around healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies.

project | Family Planning

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 […]

Publication | FACT Project | Fertility Awareness | 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.

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

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 […]

Publication | FACT Project | Gender Equality | Family Planning