• Sean Callahan

    Abt Associates | Program Analyst
    A private provider counsels a client on family planning options. © 2014 SHOPS Project

    A private provider counsels a client on family planning options. © 2014 SHOPS Project

    When USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health (PRH) released its Priorities for 2014-2020, it highlighted five focus areas that the office would emphasize in its programs to help reach family planning goals for 2020 and 2030. Included among these focus areas was the concept of the total market approach. As defined by PRH, “a total market approach is implemented when the comparative advantages and complementary roles of all sectors of the FP/RH market are considered and supported in order to foster long-term, sustainable delivery of FP/RH information, products and services to all market segments or population groups who want to use them.” In other words, a total market approach takes into account free, subsidized, and private commercial delivery methods to ensure that anyone who wants to use a particular health product or service can do so.

  • Ruwaida Salem

    CCP | Associate Managing Editor, Global Health: Science and Practice

    Sarah Fohl

    CCP | Program Officer II
    How to calculate FP2020's first two core indicators

    The modern contraceptive prevalence rate (mCPR) is a percentage of how many women are using modern contraception in a given year out of all the women of reproductive age in a country.

    Have you ever glanced at a spreadsheet and felt overwhelmed at all the information in front of you? Have you ever felt lost in a sea of numbers and wondered if you would ever completely understand everything? So have we! This is why we are excited to add data visualizations—including simple charts, graphs, interactive visualizations, and infographics—to our multimedia collection at the Knowledge for Health Project (K4Health). Such data visualizations can provide insight into complex data sets. At K4Health, we value the importance of using data to inform program development and strategic decision-making. We also understand the need for concise, graphically appealing, and thought-provoking representations of evidence in order to more effectively advocate family planning. This is why we decided to choose FP2020 indicators for our first data visualization.

  • Elizabeth Goslin Doggett

    FHI 360 | Technical Officer, Research Utilization
    Chum Dam, a 41-year-old Cambodian father, sits in an assessment room prior to his vasectomy procedure. © 2015 Marie Stopes International, Courtesy of Photoshare

    Chum Dam, a 41-year-old Cambodian father, sits in an assessment room prior to his vasectomy procedure. © 2015 Marie Stopes International, Courtesy of Photoshare

    Family jewels, balls, baby-makers, nuts, rocks, beanbags, huevos. In the United States, this is a classic undergraduate Women’s Studies 101 exercise: Brainstorm as many slang words as you can for men’s genitals, do the same for women, and compare. Inevitably far more slang words exist for men’s parts than for women’s, and the words are less insulting, more affectionate, and less violent. Many of these men’s terms are downright complimentary: It is common for a woman to be told that she “has some serious balls” if she accomplishes something impressive, or that a bold decision was “ballsy.”

  • Elizabeth Futrell

    CCP | Content Development Lead

    We love the love letters to contraception EngenderHealth shared through their WTFP?! campaign. Their clever Valentines inspired us to write our own love letters to contraception!

    Dear IUD,

    It took me a long time to find you, but, Darling, it was worth the wait.

    I think we might be soul mates.

  • Senam Beheton

    EtriLabs | Founder and Executive Director
    Photo of author with young ambassadors from Benin courtesy of Senam Beheton.

    The Strengthening Civil Society for Family Planning (or CS4FP) Project is funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and led by IntraHealth International. EtriLabs is a partner on the project.

    This post originally appeared on IntraHealth's blog, Vital.

    I work with a group of passionate youth advocates for family planning in francophone West Africa. I love that I don’t need to guess or ask prying questions to figure out what they need. They tell me exactly what they want and need to be successful. I hear again and again:

    We want to be taken as serious stakeholders, not afterthoughts. We want to be included in the decision-making process. We have strategic goals, and we need to be empowered to achieve them.

    We all need to listen.

  • Babacar Gueye, MD

    IntraHealth International | Country Director and Chief of Party, Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health/Family Planning/Malaria Project, Senegal
    Photo of IntraHealth staff member and an Imam outside a mosque in Kaolack, Senegal, courtesy of Clement Tardif.

    Through the ISSU project, IntraHealth partnered with religious leaders to dispel family planning myths and encourage men to become more engaged in discussions with their wives about birth spacing.


    This post originally appeared on IntraHealth's blog, Vital.

    At the International Conference on Family Planning in Nusa Dua this week, Senegal has been in the spotlight. The Senegalese delegation, headed up by our Minister of Health Dr. Awa Coll Seck, has participated in countless presentations and panel discussions.

    Why? Something remarkable has happened in Senegal. For years, like most countries in French-speaking West Africa, Senegal had barely budged in its use of modern contraceptives, despite long-term donor investments. From 1992 to 2011, Senegal’s contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) was fairly stable, creeping up with a gain of only half a percent annually. In 2012, the modern CPR was 12%.

    Starting in 2012, however, something began to change. Actually, many things changed. By 2014, the national CPR was 20%. What happened?

  • John Liebhardt

    IntraHealth International | Digital Library Knowledge Management Advisor

    Barbara Stilwell

    IntraHealth International | Senior Director, Health Workforce Solutions
    Dr. Andrew William, JSI/USAID | DELIVER PROJECT

    Dr. Andrew William, JSI/USAID | DELIVER PROJECT

    Too often, knowledge portals take “a build it and they will come” attitude. The thinking goes that by simply dumping enough research and best practices in a single virtual corner, you’ll attract a crowd. This is shortsighted.

    The internet is full of knowledge portals and digital libraries, but we are currently partnering with the Regional Centre of Excellence of Health Supply Chain Management in Kigali, Rwanda, to design something special.

  • Caitlin Loehr

    CCP | Program Officer
    A mother uses a mobile phone to receive antenatal care information in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

    A mother uses a mobile phone to receive antenatal care information in Dhaka, Bangladesh. © 2012 Mahdia Islam, Courtesy of Photoshare

    As 2015 came to a close, so did the global MAMA partnership. The Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA) was launched in 2011 with a mission of delivering vital health messages to new and expectant mothers in low- and middle-income countries via their mobile phones. From very early on, it was apparent that it was more than just another mHealth project. MAMA, in collaboration with local Bangladeshi tech company D.Net, started out by developing robust message sets with vital health information for new and expecting mothers, as well as messages for key decision makers, such as mothers-in-law. After initial work in Bangladesh, MAMA expanded on their model by offering the service in India as mMitra and in South Africa through tech partner the Praekelt Foundation. In addition to the use of these messages in the MAMA country programs, the content was also made available for any interested organization to adapt and use.

  • Lucy Wilson, MPH

    FHI 360 | M&E Advisor, Contraceptive Technology Innovation
    screenshot of Twitter hashtag #communitymapping

    screenshot of Twitter hashtag #communitymapping

    Do you tweet? Not just photos of your kids or the newest memes, but work-related content?

    Does that question make you cringe? It makes me cringe. Our feelings about Twitter—and its utility, the time it takes, the learning curve—can be so mixed, it’s easy for Twitter to make us feel uncomfortable. I tweet, or at least, I've been slowly trying to learn how to use Twitter professionally over the past year.

  • Dr. Andrew N. Brown

    People That Deliver (PtD) | Consultant Executive Manager

    Though it is 2016, one-third of the world’s population is still without access to essential life-saving medicines. As we usher in the era of the Sustainable Development Goals, there has never been a more important time to renew our focus on developing the health supply chains in countries with the greatest health needs.

    These health supply chains are the “arteries” of health care, without which the health products needed by health workers could not flow to the patients who need them. Many of these patients are currently dying from illnesses, such as malaria, that are treatable by modern medicine. Many clients are in need of reproductive health commodities to achieve their family planning goals. Many men, women, and children need continuous supply of ARVs for HIV/AIDS treatment. The list goes on.