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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

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

Since 2011, Nepal’s modern method contraceptive prevalence rate (mCPR) has stagnated at 43% (NDHS, 2011 and 2016). Over the same period, the prevalence of traditional method use increased from 7% to 10%. Two districts bordering India, Banke and Bardiya, have complex family planning (FP) use profiles. Banke’s mCPR is lower than the national average at […]

Publication | FACT Project | Strategic Scale-up | Family Planning

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

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

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

In recent years, reproductive health has been improving in Nepal. However, in some communities, there are still physical and social barriers to care. Roving Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (RANMs) are health workers who live and work in marginalized communities in Nepal. As part of the FACT Project, nine RANMs were hired and deployed in Rupandehi, Nepal. This short […]

Video | FACT Project | Family Planning | Fertility Awareness

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 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

“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 […]

Blog | Passages Project | Family Planning