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    Moses, a member of the Village Health Team in Nakasongola, Uganda, uses a flipchart to educate his peers about family planning.

    Moses, a member of the Village Health Team in Nakasongola, Uganda, uses a flipchart to educate his peers about family planning. © 2015 Lucian Alexe/Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition, Courtesy of Photoshare

    This spring, K4Health is featuring the latest essential evidence, tools, and expert commentary on family planning advocacy. One thing K4Health’s new web page on Advocating for Family Planning Policy makes clear is that advocacy is absolutely essential for reaching women and families with access to life-saving contraceptive information and services. But this is easier said than done. Advocacy can be intimidating—especially if, like me and others who recently attended Advance Family Planning’s (AFP) workshop, you are fairly new to the advocacy and policy realm.

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    Trends in modern contraceptive use (mCPR)

    Trends in modern contraceptive use (mCPR). Sources: Track20, Avenir Health (analysis); 2011 Benin Demographic and Health Survey

    This piece was originally published by Frontline Health Workers Coalition.

    Benin — a beautiful, small, Francophone West African country with 11 million inhabitants – has a history of low family planning use due in part to conservative cultural and social norms. With a current unmet need for family planning of 36.3%, and a contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) for modern methods of 16.1%, Benin lags behind its sub-Saharan African peers in key reproductive health indicators.

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    K4Health is proud to present at the 8th Annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Conference, which takes place Thursday, April 6 – Sunday, April 9, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme for this year’s conference, which is one of the world’s leading academic global health meetings, is “Healthy People, Healthy Ecosystems: Implementation, Leadership & Sustainability in Global Health.”

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    Sayana Press™ in Uniject™ device

    Sayana Press™ in Uniject™ device. Photo: Leonard Bufumbo/FHI 360

    This piece was originally published on Medium.

    Twenty-five years ago, The Lancet published a seminal article by Jim Shelton, Marcia Angle and Roy Jacobstein. “Medical Barriers to Access to Family Planning”1 had a huge influence, galvanizing global efforts to improve access to contraceptive services. That same year, 1992, Depo Provera (depot medroxyprogesterone acetate [DMPA]) was finally approved for contraceptive use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, after decades of controversy.

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    When it comes to doing family planning work in low- and middle-income countries, where there is so much (and so many different types of) work to be done, where do you start? How do you decide where to focus your efforts, or how to make sure you aren’t repeating the same research or offering the same services as another group?

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    A woman from the DRC.

    The DRC needs a family planning program that works for all women. Photo: PATH/Georgina Goodwin

    In November 2016, PATH partnered with the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Ministry of Health to hold a three-day workshop in Kinshasa that brought together the public, commercial, and private nonprofit sectors to advance a total market approach to family planning. A total market approach is a process that combines the strengths of all marketplace sectors to ensure that women get the supplies and services they need, through the right channels, and at the right price. In the DRC, aligning marketplace sectors can help to solve the inequities in our current system—where many poor women can’t access or afford family planning services. This lack of access contributes in part to the DRC’s high rates of maternal mortality and unmet need for contraception.

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    How PSI Views the Total Market Approach

    How PSI Views the Total Market Approach

    There are now more than 300 million women and girls using modern contraception in the world’s 69 poorest countries, with more than 30 million of those users added since 2012. That’s the good news. The more challenging news is that despite this progress, health markets in low- and middle-income countries often operate inefficiently, failing millions of potential family planning (FP) consumers.

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    Younger women having their first or second child may not recognize access to health services as a right and as something that could improve their lives.

    Younger women having their first or second child may not recognize access to health services as a right and as something that could improve their lives. Photo: Pathfinder.

    Evidence-based interventions. High-impact practices. Using data for decision-making.

    As program implementers, we (rightly) spend a lot of time focusing on these concepts. But, sometimes, we get so caught up in trying to implement development strategies and interventions “correctly” that we lose sight of the perspectives of the people that our projects are intended to support—local partners, service clients, and community members. Evidence across sectors shows that the people best able to solve problems are often those closest to the situation itself. Thus, effectively removing barriers to sexual and reproductive health services use means taking a step back from our checklists and our data and actually talking to community members to understand what is getting in their way.

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    Programming Along the Life Course: Men and Boys as Family Planning Users

    A father in Santiniketan, India teases his son by placing flowers in his hair. © 2015 Pijush Chakraborty, Courtesy of Photoshare

    On March 1, 2017, USAID, K4Health, and the Interagency Gender Working Group (IGWG) hosted "Programming Along the Life Course: Men and Boys as Family Planning Users" to discuss the role of men and boys in family planning projects. If you missed the webinar, you can view the full recording and review a list of relevant resources discussed.

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    Secondary student at a school fair in Humay, Peru

    Secondary student at a school fair in Humay, Peru © Brittany Goetsch, 2012

    "Here’s to strong women. May we know them, may we be them, may we raise them." – Unknown

    I often find myself coming back to this quote, and I am especially reminded of it on International Women’s Day.

    How do we raise strong women? How do we support and nurture the transition from girl to woman? The answer is complex, but to me, part of it is ensuring that when it is appropriate, every girl is provided with the sexual and reproductive health services and information she needs, in a format that speaks to her.