• Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives

    Ashley Jackson

    PSI | EECO Project Deputy Director

    Kendal Danna

    PSI | Technical Advisor, Reproductive Health

    “At first I was afraid to have something inside of my uterus, but now my period is regular again and I feel healthier.” – satisfied IUS client, Honorina (age 27). (c) PSI/Shayla Durrett

    This piece was originally published on PSI's blog, Impact.

    As a young woman in Madagascar studying to become a seamstress, Honorina didn’t want the stress of worrying about unintended pregnancy. She was already well aware of the complex choices women face to manage their reproductive health; many methods she had used before didn’t align with her personal preferences for family planning. She had tried the traditional rhythm method but worried that it didn’t provide enough protection. She had tried injectables but found it too inconvenient to visit the clinic every three months for another dose. Then, looking for effectiveness and convenience, Honorina tried the implant, but she found it difficult to manage the irregular spotting she experienced. None of these methods quite aligned with her needs, preferences, and lifestyle.

  • Contraceptive Security

    David Olson

    Olson Global Communications | Principal
    Madame Togo Kadiatou Mallé

    Madame Togo Kadiatou Mallé, president of Muso Yiriwa Ton. Photo: David J. Olson

    The first five times the sales manager of Keneya Jemu Kan came looking for Madame Togo Kadiatou Mallé to talk about her women’s association selling condoms and other health products, she ran away and hid, so terrified was she of the prospect of having to work with condoms.

    But the sales manager’s persistence paid off. Eventually, they talked, and Madame Togo has become such an enthusiastic condom promoter, she is known as Mama Condom. She laughs about her fear of condoms.

  • Sophie Weiner

    CCP | Communications Specialist

    On June 11, 2019, USAID and K4Health are hosting the event “Learning from Zika: Lessons for future public health emergencies” at the District Architecture Center in Washington, D.C.

  • Family Planning Workforce

    Kate Rademacher, MHA

    FHI 360 | Technical Advisor, Contraceptive Technology Innovation

    Jill Sergison

    FHI 360 | Associate Scientist
    Frontline health workers can reassure women about the menstrual bleeding changes they are likely to experience when using contraception.

    Frontline health workers can reassure women about the menstrual bleeding changes they are likely to experience when using contraception. The NORMAL tool provide simple guidance. Photo by Jessica Scranton.

    This piece was originally published by the Frontline Health Workers Coalition.

    Around the world, women often worry about the menstrual bleeding changes they experience when using contraception. This anxiety can be especially pronounced when their menses stop completely – a normal and safe phenomenon called “amenorrhea” – when using certain types of hormonal methods.

    Frontline health workers play a key role in reassuring women about contraceptive-induced menstrual bleeding changes, including amenorrhea. They can also let women know that reduced or no bleeding can have both health and lifestyle benefits for girls and women. Because of the potential advantages of amenorrhea, we think it’s time to embrace and celebrate this potential “side effect” of contraception and re-frame it as a positive method attribute.

  • Contraceptive Technology Innovation

    Danielle Harris

    WCG Cares | Program Manager

    This piece was originally published by PSI's blog, Impact.

    PSI product registration

    Ensuring access to a broad range of methods is a critical component of meeting women's family planning needs. ©PSI/Conner Varin

    New contraceptive products have the potential to help women and girls plan the families and lives they desire. Among the 214 million women in developing countries with an unmet need for family planning, many cite method-related reasons for not using contraception. Some women want methods with different side effects, or no side effects at all. Others need discreet methods, or methods they can use while breastfeeding. Ensuring that women have access to a broad range of methods is one critical component of meeting their contraceptive needs. In almost all cases, local registration of contraceptive products is a prerequisite for access.

  • Anne Kott

    CCP | Communications Director

    The Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) developed a new online resource - Results 4 Informed Choice - to support HIV and family planning program implementers,  government representatives, advocates and journalists interested in the potential increased risk of acquiring HIV for women using progestogen-only contraceptives.

  • Linking Family Planning and Global Development

    Kristen P. Patterson

    Population Reference Bureau | Program Director, People, Health, Planet
    Tuungane Tanzania Cheryl Margoluis

    The Tuungane project in western Tanzania was a perfect match for the Evidence Project’s research because the social and environmental challenges facing local communities along the forested shores of Lake Tanganyika provide a good case study for examining resilience. Photo: © Cheryl Margoluis, Pathfinder International.

    The development community’s interest in enhancing the resilience of individuals, households, and communities in lower- and middle-income countries so they can better contend with environmental and human-made shocks and stress is growing. While good health at the population and individual level, and the ability to space and plan births, are thought to contribute to resilience, existing resilience-building frameworks have largely ignored the role of population dynamics. The potential contributions of family planning to resilience have remained unknown—until now. Newly published research on a project in western Tanzania provides evidence that family planning is positively associated with multiple components of resilience.

  • Simone Parrish

    CCP | Global Repository Director

    NOTE DATE CHANGE! This course was previously announced for June 18-20. The dates have changed to June 17-19. Apologies for any confusion or inconvenience.

  • Stephanie Desmon

    CCP | Director, Public Relations and Marketing

    This post originally appeared on the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) blog.

    A comprehensive program to prevent maternal mortality by strengthening public and private health networks in Uganda and Zambia led to a dramatic reduction in deaths, suggest new findings published March 14 in Global Health: Science and Practice’s supplement on “Saving Mothers, Giving Life.”

  • Contraceptive Security

    David Olson

    Olson Global Communications | Principal
    DKT Brazil Carnaval Prudence promotion

    DKT Brazil promotes its Prudence condoms during Carnaval in São Paulo the first week of March. This approach is typical of DKT Brazil's successful technique of promoting condoms for fun, and not for protection and responsibility. Photo: DKT Brazil

    SÃO PAULO, Brazil — In 1991, a non-profit social marketing organization set out to make condoms accessible and affordable in Brazil at a time when they were expensive and hard to find, and the number of Brazilians with HIV was climbing. In the process, DKT Brazil made its brand Prudence the number-one condom in the very competitive Brazilian market, and also helped enhance contraceptive security.

    The result is that condoms have become normalized in Brazil—more used and less stigmatized—which has helped limit the spread of HIV.

    In 1990, the World Bank estimated that Brazil would have 1.2 million people living with HIV by 2000. However, that never happened: By 2000, there were fewer than 500,000 infections. After peaking in 1996, according to UNAIDS, AIDS-related deaths have remained fairly stable. Brazil is now considered an HIV success story. Condoms—distributed through by the public and private sectors— played an important role in that success.