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The Passages Project team hosted a research and implementation forum with colleagues from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Senegal on Tuesday, July 17 2018.

Social norms researchers and implementers from Save the Children, the Institute for Reproductive Health, Tearfund, Eglise du Christ au Congo, The Grandmother Project, and the John Hopkins University Global Early Adolescent Study shared results and experiences from their work and discussed how their findings can inform program activities and measurement of social norms interventions for reproductive health.

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

[Originally posted on the Rewire blog here.] Significant numbers of women worldwide don’t use birth control due to fears of side effects, negative beliefs about contraception, and because they don’t think they need it at the time. The reproductive health community must take their concerns seriously—as well as methods that rely on people knowing their […]

Blog | Family Planning | Fertility Awareness

The US government invested over $50 billion in global health over the last five years. Last year specifically, USAID laid out its first ever Vision for Health Systems Strengthening, defining health systems strengthening (HSS) as a capacity building approach that supports quality service provision, extends the coverage of care, and provides financial protections, all while […]

Blog | FACT Project | Family Planning | Fertility Awareness | Gender Equality

Dynamic and supportive social networks, like Idaya’s, are powerful resources which can encourage family planning discussion and reduce unmet need.

Blog | Tékponon Jikuagou | 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. The Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau (UCMB) and the Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau (UPMB), […]

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

[Originally posted on the Womennow site here.] Ramya Kancharla is the Program Manager for CycleTel India at the Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University.  She leads the implementation and management of the CycleTel™ service across India.

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

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

Roving Auxiliary Nurse-Midwives (RANMs) provide essential health services, including family planning, to hard-to-reach communities in Nepal. These informational posters were designed to increase demand for RANM’s services at the community level.   info-graphic, infographic, info graphic Keywords: nurse midwife, fertility, family planning, counseling, methods, pregnancy, postnatal newborn care, health facilities, male involvement, in-law

Publication | FACT Project | Technical Assistance | Family Planning | Fertility Awareness

[Originally posted on the Tech in Asia site here.] “It is often men who pick up the phone and update us about their wives’ menstruation dates.” Ramya Kancharla, who heads the CycleTel Humsafar family planning service in India, stumps me with that line! In the rural interiors of India, where any mention of menstruation is […]

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

The article “Jordan’s 2002 to 2012 Fertility Stall and Parallel USAID Investments in Family Planning: Lessons From an Assessment to Guide Future Programming,” published in December 2017 by Global Health: Science and Practice journal, explores reasons for stagnation in Jordan’s total fertility rate and assessed the effects of USAID programming on family planning outcomes over the same time […]

Journal Article | FACT Project | Family Planning