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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

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

Jagtarain had an arranged marriage at the age of 18, became pregnant, and lost her first pregnancy without ever talking with her husband about their plans for parenthood. A year later, Jagatarain was pregnant again, and again it was a surprise to her and her husband. Traditionally, Nepali couples do not openly discuss babies, and […]

Blog | FACT Project | Family Planning

In the shell of an unfinished health center and under clear skies in Rupandehi, we met with nine young men (18 – 21 years old) for a focus group. We had recruited the men to help us test qualitative questions for an upcoming evaluation. They were dressed in button-down shirts and slacks, and each was […]

Blog | FACT Project | Gender Equality | Family Planning

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 is the first of its kind to be conducted on an app-based family planning method. Theoretical efficacy of the […]

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

Why is diversity important in family planning efficacy studies? When conducting research in a multicultural society like the US, study samples need to be diverse to represent the target population. It’s important for women (and men) who are considering a family planning method have accurate information about the experience of others like themselves in using […]

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

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 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

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