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WASHINGTON (February 7, 2017) — In what is believed to be the first study of its kind, researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center’s Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) announced today the launch of a year-long study to measure the efficacy of a new app, Dot™, for avoiding unintended pregnancy as compared to efficacy rates of […]

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

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and we are always ready to celebrate a healthy cervix. The first step to cervical health is understanding your body. The cervix plays an important role in fertility and provides signs and symptoms about the body’s changes throughout the menstrual cycle.

Blog | FACT Project | TwoDay Method® | Fertility Awareness

Working through existing social networks, FACT’s Pragati intervention uses a series of games to diffuse information about fertility awareness and family planning to individuals, catalyzing conversation with others. The games also facilitate discussion around social and gender norms—unspoken rules that govern behavior—in order to challenge those norms that negatively influence family planning use.

Publication | 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

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

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.

Publication | FACT Project | Fertility Awareness | Family Planning

[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

Many fertility awareness applications have been developed for smartphones, some of which are digital platforms for existing methods, requiring women to enter information about fertility signs such as basal body temperature and cervical secretions. Others are algorithms based on (unexplained) calculations of the fertile period of the menstrual cycle. Considering particularly this latter (largely untested) […]

Journal Article | FACT Project | Mobilizing technology for reproductive health | Fertility Awareness

[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

[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