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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

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 […]

Journal Article | FACT Project | 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

[Originally posted by the Georgetown Global Health Initiative here.] Reproductive health is often viewed as a women’s issue, leaving the broader community—and men, specifically—excluded from the conversation. Members of Georgetown’s Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) are working to change that.

| FACT Project | Passages Project

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

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

As a part of the Fertility Awareness for Community Transformation (FACT) Project, the Pragati “Fertility Awareness for Quality of Life” intervention aims to increase fertility awareness and family planning use through existing community networks in five districts of Nepal. As a package of nine learning games followed by discussions, Pragati is being implemented in Nepal […]

Report | FACT Project | Family Planning | Fertility Awareness

As part of the FACT Project, IRH conducted a literature review of couples counseling interventions in reproductive health to inform the potential development of a couples counseling product for family planning. The literature review synthesizes past and present literature on effective couples counseling interventions across a variety of reproductive health settings.

Report | FACT Project | Family Planning