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

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

The standard approach for measuring unmet need for family planning calculates actual, physiological unmet need and is useful for tracking changes at the population level. We propose to supplement it with an alternate approach that categorizes individuals by their perceived need for family planning: real met need (current users of a modern method), perceived met […]

Journal Article | Tékponon Jikuagou | Family Planning

Studies conducted by IRH in numerous countries, and corroborated by Demographic and Health Surveys and other studies, have shown that few women, men, and adolescents really understand their fertility and the way in which their bodies work.

focus area | FAM Project | AWARENESS Project | Technical Assistance

What is Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM)?


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

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Religious leaders and faith based organizations (FBOs) have significant, sustained influence on the values and behaviors around healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies.

project | Family Planning

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

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in health and well-being requires scaling up successfully tested interventions that catalyze communities to reflect on and challenge existing social norms that lead to poor sexual and reproductive health among adolescents and youth. Unfortunately many pilot projects are conducted but few are scaled up. The USAID-funded Gender Roles, Equality and […]

Publication | GREAT Project | Adolescents | Gender Equality | Strategic Scale-up