Our Inside the FP Story podcast explores the fundamentals of designing and implementing family planning programming. We’re excited to announce the launch of our fourth season, which covers yet another important topic in family planning and reproductive health. Brought to you by Knowledge SUCCESS and MOMENTUM Integrated Health Resilience, Season 4 will explore how to address family planning and reproductive health within fragile settings. Over four episodes, you will hear from a variety of guests as they offer practical examples and specific guidance from diverse contexts.
Inside the FP Story is a podcast with and for the global family planning workforce. Each season, we publish honest and open conversations with family planning practitioners and researchers from around the world as they share their experiences and expertise.
For Season 4, we spoke with guests who work in fragile settings around the world. They shared examples of their programs––including what works, what does not work, and what is necessary to ensure that all people in these settings receive quality, client-centered family planning and reproductive health services.
This season, our first episode will begin by defining key concepts like fragility, health resilience, and the humanitarian-development nexus. A “fragile setting” refers to contexts that have become unstable due to sudden or ongoing conflicts, disasters, recurring weather extremes, migrations, etc., which have ripple effects on health systems and services. We unpack this, then examine the impact of fragility on family planning and reproductive health. The second episode will focus on social and gender norms, which can be even more pronounced in fragile settings. This is a topic we discussed in-depth in the previous season of the podcast, but to dive into it with the lens of fragile and humanitarian contexts, we spoke with guests with experience working in South Sudan, Ethiopia, and refugee camps in Jordan and Bangladesh. They shared opportunities for improving access to family planning information and services by first understanding each specific context, then working with communities to challenge harmful norms that impede access. In our third episode, we will explore opportunities for strengthening health resilience and improving the quality of family planning and reproductive health care for those in fragile contexts, particularly for refugee populations or those in remote locations. Finally, our fourth episode will highlight the unique challenges of adolescents and youth—as well as creative approaches and opportunities—to ensure that young people in fragile settings obtain the sexual and reproductive health services they need and want.
Tune in every Wednesday from September 21 through October 12 as we illuminate how to best address family planning programs and reproductive health in fragile settings. Want a list of relevant resources and tools for family planning in fragile settings? Check out this 20 Essentials Collection.
Inside the FP Story is available on the Knowledge SUCCESS website, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher. You can also find relevant tools and resources, along with French transcripts of each episode, at KnowledgeSUCCESS.org.