• 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.

  • Tamara Fetters

    Ipas | Senior Researcher

    Bill Powell

    Ipas | Senior Medical Scientist

    Sayed Rubayet

    Ipas Bangladesh | Country Director

    Shamila Nahar

    Ipas | Senior Advisor, Health Systems
    Kele-Kele Shiki: A community health worker uses printed materials to discuss reproductive health

    "It's good when husbands listen to this information together with their wives. It speeds up their decision-making." - Community Health Worker | Image courtesy of IDEO.org

    In 2017, 650,000 Rohingya refugees fled to Bangladesh in an attempt to escape widespread violence and persecution by the Myanmar army. Most walked for days, even weeks, before finding shelter in the sprawling refugee settlements in the Cox’s Bazaar region of Bangladesh.

    Many refugees lost family members to the violence, saw their homes destroyed, and lost all of their belongings. Living in humanitarian settings has a devastating effect on families, but women are particularly vulnerable; they face significant hardships trying to prevent unwanted pregnancy due to changing family structures, sexual violence, and disrupted health services—including sexual and reproductive health care.

    In response to the need for sexual and reproductive health services, the Government of Bangladesh partnered with national and international non-governmental organizations, including Ipas (a U.S.- based reproductive health and rights organization) to meet the needs of Rohingya women. Clinics were established, and paramedics, midwives, and doctors were trained to provide reproductive health services. As more clinics were established and trainings added, the attention turned to how to expand reproductive health services, including health information for Rohingya women.

  • Stephanie Desmon

    CCP | Director, Public Relations and Marketing

    This piece originally appeared on CCP's blog.

    Women wait for consultation at a health center in Buhigwe, Tanzania.

    Women wait for consultation at a health center in Buhigwe, Tanzania. © 2017 Magali Rochat/VectorWorks, Courtesy of Photoshare

    The Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs has been awarded the U.S. Agency for International Development’s newest five-year, $35 million global knowledge management project.

    The new project, Knowledge SUCCESS (Strengthening Use, Capacity, Collaboration, Exchange, Synthesis, and Sharing), will use the latest learnings from behavioral science and design thinking to make knowledge management easy, attractive, salient and timely. CCP has chosen to borrow from these disciplines because they are audience-first in their approaches, meaning that the audience is an integral part of building the solutions to ensure that the solutions work for them.

  • Anne Kott

    CCP | Communications Director
  • Contraceptive Technology Innovation

    Danielle Harris

    WCG Cares | Program Manager

    Ashley Jackson

    PSI | EECO Project Deputy Director

    This post originally appeared on the PSI Impact blog.

    EECO female condom marketing

    © PSI/Gareth Bentley

    Gloria dreams of a contraceptive and HIV prevention method that she can control. As a university student in Zambia, Gloria goes on dates in between working and studying. Some of the men have potential. She could imagine marrying one of them and having children together someday. Gloria relies on her partners to use male condoms—but sometimes they don’t, leaving her frustrated and scared.

  • Contraceptive Technology Innovation

    Danielle Harris

    WCG Cares | Program Manager

    Ashley Jackson

    PSI | EECO Project Deputy Director
    EECO female condom shopkeeper

    PSI/Gareth Bentley

    This post originally appeared on the PSI Impact blog.

    Clara took a chance and bought 15 units of Whisper, a new female condom, to sell in her small shop in the fast-growing city of Mzuzu, Malawi. She was willing to test demand for the product in hopes of helping women in her community while also boosting her business.

    “I became a single mother myself before I was ready to have a child,” Clara explains. “I wish there were more options for women to protect themselves.”

    Clara learned about the Whisper Woman’s Condom from Kitty, a medical detailer who visited the shop. Kitty described how the product was different from earlier generations of the female condom, with new features designed to make it easy and comfortable to use. Female condoms like Whisper are the only woman-controlled method that provides triple protection against unintended pregnancy, HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).