Trending News and Knowledge

In this section, we cover trending topics in family planning and reproductive health. Our team takes complex ideas that are relevant to FP/RH programs and makes them easier to understand. 

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Participants in an Anyaka Makwiri mentoring session. Photo: FHI 360.
Explainer
Suzanne Fischer

Mentoring Equips Girls and Young Women with the Knowledge, Skills, and Support to Overcome Challenges

Worldwide, girls and young women face a wide array of challenges to their health and well-being. Research on the impact of mentoring demonstrates the importance of positive role models and social support systems for improving health knowledge and outcomes. Our colleagues at FHI 360 share how they developed and implemented a multicomponent mentoring program Anyaka Makwiri (Smart Girl).

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Patrick Mwesigye
In Depth
Tamar Abrams

Are We Staying True to Our Commitments to Young People?

In October 2018, more than 100 organizations signed on to the Global Consensus on Meaningful Adolescent and Youth Engagement (MAYE). The question remains: what has been the impact of MAYE? We asked a few young leaders in the family planning movement to share their views.

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A community health volunteer offers family planning information during a home visit. Photo: Edna Mosiara, AFYA TIMIZA.
Explainer
Dr. Dickson M. Mwakangalu

Integrating Family Planning and Reproductive Health Programs: Lessons from Kenya

This piece summarizes the experience of integrating family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) in the AFYA TIMIZA program, implemented by Amref Health Africa in Kenya. It provides insights to technical advisors and program managers that there is no one-size-fits-all approach in FP/RH service provision, access, and utilization: context is a critical factor in design and implementation.

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A woman on her way to a WOGE women group cooperative meeting in Mombasa, Kenya where they discuss reproductive health and family planning. © 2014 Jonathan Torgovnik/Getty Images/Images of Empowerment, Courtesy of Packard/Hewlett
In Depth
Brittany Goetsch

How Should We Measure Contraceptive Use Among Unmarried Women?

This article features key insights from one of the authors of a recent study, which examined standardizing measurement of contraceptive use among unmarried women. The study found that sexual recency (the last time women report being sexually active) is an important indicator to determine unmet need and contraceptive prevalence among unmarried women, but not among married women.

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A woman in Senegal who participated in a community empowerment program with her children near her home. 2014, Jonathan Torgovnik/Getty Images/Images of Empowerment
Explainer
Sonia Abraham

The Open Birth Interval Tells a Story

The open birth interval reveals a pattern that varies by a woman’s age, the number of living children she has, her residence, and her socioeconomic level. More importantly, the open interval could reveal a lot about her reproductive behavior, status, and contraceptive needs.

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IBP webinar speaker slide
Explainer
Nandita Thatte

Going Virtual: Tips for Hosting an Effective Virtual Meeting

More and more of us find ourselves working remotely and connecting online rather than (or in addition to) face-to-face. Our colleagues at the IBP Network share how they successfully convened their regional meeting virtually when the COVID-19 pandemic changed their plans.

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Insights
Sonia Abraham

Q&A on Contraception in the Era of COVID-19

How is the COVID-19 global pandemic affecting family planning and reproductive health services? We spoke with authors of a recent GHSP article, which outlines how health care providers can adhere to social distancing guidelines while adapting services to meet clients’ needs.

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A woman smiles.
Quick read
Tamar Abrams

We Are the Same Woman

While quality of care and client-centered approach to care are not new words in the family planning lexicon, they are being used more regularly post-ECHO. Equally important is ensuring that the words “rights-based” are more than aspirational.

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Family Planning Knowledge East Africa
News
Anne Kott

Family Planning Knowledge in Africa

Find out what Amref Health Africa sees as East Africa’s greatest strengths and weaknesses in knowledge sharing, and why we should all aspire to be lazy people in this interview with our colleagues Diana Mukami and Lilian Kathoki. 

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Quick read
Brittany Goetsch

The Microneedle Contraceptive Patch

The microneedle patch consists of hundreds of tiny needles in a device the size of a coin. A microneedle contraceptive patch is being developed by FHI 360 and other partners.

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Explainer
Anne Ballard Sara, MPH

What is the Method Information Index?

Find out what the Method Information Index (MII) is, how it’s different from the MIIplus, and what both can (and can’t) tell us about the quality of reproductive health counseling.

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