In a society deeply rooted in traditional family customs, it is not common for low-and middle-income families, who live with their parents and siblings together to discuss family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) practices, it remains a taboo.
A brief introduction of the new endeavors underway with USAID's reproductive health project, PROPEL Adapt.
Gender inequality and gender-based violence (GBV) are serious concerns for refugees from the DRC. In the spring of 2022, the conflict in Eastern DRC escalated when the Mouvement du 23 Mars (M23) rebel military group engaged in fighting with the government in the North-Kivu province.
In 2023, Young and Alive Initiative are working in partnership with USAID, and IREX through the youth excel project, we are implementing a gender transformative program for adolescent boys and young men in the southern highlands of Tanzania. The reason we focused on men this time is because men and boys have often been overlooked in discussions around SRHR and gender.
During all stages of reproductive life, men play an important role in conversations and decisions about contraceptive use, family size, and spacing of children. Yet, even with this decision-making role, they are often left out of family planning and contraceptive programming, outreach, and education efforts.
Family planning programs are often faced with the challenge of transferring knowledge into behavior. A growing body of evidence suggests that social and behavior change (SBC) interventions improve family planning/reproductive health outcomes by directly increasing contraceptive uptake or increasing contraceptive use through pathways that address intermediate determinants such as attitudes around family planning.