June 2016

  • Trinity Zan

    FHI 360 | Technical Advisor
    When given the option, plenty of men choose vasectomy for their family planning method.

    When given the option, plenty of men choose vasectomy for their family planning method. © Jessica Scranton/FHI 360

    Twelve years ago, I sat in a waiting room in a small clinic on the outskirts of Byumba, Rwanda, and listened as one man after another stood up and asked the nurse at the front of the room what methods of family planning they could use, as men. The nurse had just completed a presentation of different family planning methods, and these men were hungry for an option besides condoms, the only male method available at that facility. It was powerful and moving to witness men who wanted to directly engage in family planning, not just as supportive partners, but as users themselves.

  • Kate Rademacher

    FHI 360 | Technical Advisor
    In addition to being one of the most effective forms of contraception available, the LNG-IUS has important non-contraceptive benefits.

    In addition to being one of the most effective forms of contraception available, the LNG-IUS has important non-contraceptive benefits. Photo courtesy of FHI 360.

    Over the past several months, K4Health has been shining a spotlight on LARCs, which stands for long-acting reversible contraceptives. While LARCs offer multiple advantages—they are highly effective, long-acting and cost-effective, and fertility returns quickly after removal—the term is actually a bit misleading. The acronym implies that a multitude of family planning methods fit within that broad category. But the truth is that that only two general types of methods meet the LARC definition: contraceptive implants and intrauterine devices (IUDs).

  • K4Health Highlights

    Elizabeth Futrell

    CCP | Content Development Lead

    This post originally appeared on the Zika Communication Network.

    USAID, K4Health, and the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) are pleased to launch the Zika Communication Network (ZCN) —a reliable one-stop shop for Zika prevention and preparedness materials. ZCN curates essential, evidence-based tools and resources to help health and development professionals minimize the spread of Zika and related negative pregnancy outcomes using four key strategies:

  • Romano Fernandes

    K4Health, East Africa | Knowledge Management Advisor
    Ann Masese, one of ECSA’s KM Champions, presenting at the knowledge café on after action reviews.

    Ann Masese, one of ECSA’s KM Champions, presenting at the knowledge café on after action reviews. Read her handout and browse other resources from the Share Fair in the event document repository.

    As a Knowledge Management Advisor on the K4Health Project in East Africa, I have been seconded to the East, Central and Southern Africa Health Community Secretariat based in Arusha, Tanzania. My responsibility as a KM advisor is to help strengthen KM capacity at the ECSA-HC and the East African Community’s Secretariats.

  • Rebecca Callahan

    FHI 360 | Scientist

    Jill Sergison

    FHI 360 | Associate Scientist

    Megan Christofield

    Jhpiego | Family Planning Advisor
    A service provider removes inserted family planning option from a client after its expiration at centre Igboro health facility in Ilorin in Nigeria’s central state of Kwara. © 2012 Akintunde Akinleye/NURHI, Courtesy of Photoshare

    A service provider removes inserted family planning option from a client after its expiration at centre Igboro health facility in Ilorin in Nigeria’s central state of Kwara. © 2012 Akintunde Akinleye/NURHI, Courtesy of Photoshare

    Contraceptive implants are available to more women around the world than ever before, thanks in large part to the Implant Access Program (IAP), a collaboration among several donor agencies, governments, non-governmental agencies (NGOs), and the makers of the contraceptive implants Jadelle® (Bayer HealthCare AG) and Implanon®/Implanon NXT® (Merck/MSD) to lower the products’ unit price by 50% for the world’s poorest countries. Since the launch of the IAP in 2013, 25.2 million implants have been purchased under this price reduction. Corresponding increases in implant use reported in national surveys such as the Performance, Monitoring & Accountability 2020 (PMA2020) indicate that women are taking advantage of the new found accessibility of affordable implants. Prevalence of implant use among married women has increased by 39% and 44% in Ethiopia and Kenya, respectively, in the last two years, and implants are currently the most commonly used method in Burkina Faso.

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