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“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

“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

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

[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

“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

Blog | Passages Project | Family Planning | Adolescents

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

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 | FACT Project | Family Planning | Fertility Awareness

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 was the first of its kind to be conducted on an app-based family planning method.  The trial identified how women actually used […]

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

Smartphone apps that provide women with information about their daily fertility status during their menstrual cycles can contribute to the contraceptive method mix. However, if these apps claim to help a user prevent pregnancy, they must undergo similar rigorous research required for other contraceptive methods. Georgetown University’s Institute for Reproductive Health is conducting a prospective […]

Journal Article | FACT Project | Family Planning | Fertility Awareness

Have you ever seen a performance or movie that you couldn’t stop talking about–one that you discussed for days with friends and family, or one that made you think about something in a new way? In the Karamoja region of Uganda, rapid cultural transitions are happening, and these shifts offer an opportunity introduce new health […]

Blog | FACT Project | Family Planning | Fertility Awareness