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On a sunny afternoon in the Siraha District of Nepal, a group of young men gathered on the edge of their community to play a card game as they kept an eye on their children playing nearby. The scene was nothing unusual until the group’s leader started to lead the men in a discussion about […]

| FACT Project | A3 Project | Fertility Awareness

WASHINGTON (April 23, 2018) — Researchers from Georgetown University’s Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) published a new paper detailing the process of recruiting participants for year-long prospective study to measure the efficacy of an app for avoiding unintended pregnancy.

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

The Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) and Population Media Center (PMC) collaborated under the USAID-funded FACT Project to create Impano n’Impamba, an entertaining serial radio drama that dispelled myths about fertility and family planning in Rwanda. After the drama concluded, a community-level household survey was conducted with a nationally representative sample of women and men of […]

Journal Article | Fertility Awareness | Mobilizing technology for reproductive health

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 | Family Planning | Fertility Awareness

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

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

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

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. 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

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