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Reflections from ICFP: “Nothing for us without us!”

By: Ahmed Aboushady, Ana Aguilera, and Patrick Segawa, Women Deliver Young Leaders

A volcanic eruption may have prevented young leaders from convening the International Conference on Family Planning in November 2015. But it didn’t stop us from talking about the importance of youth voices on this topic! In January 2016, more than 300 young people and over 3,000 experts and leaders in the field gathered in Bali, Indonesia for the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP). Read more...

 

Zika outbreak raises fears of rise in deaths from unsafe abortions

By: Sarah Boseley and Bruce Douglas; Originally posted on The Guardian

Campaigners are calling on Latin American governments to rethink their policies on contraception and abortion because of the spread of Zika virus, which they fear will lead to a rise in women’s deaths from unsafe abortions as well as the predicted surge in brain-damaged babies. Read More...

Ensuring Universal Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Care Services Through SDG3

By: Jennifer Amadi, Women Deliver Young Leader

Young women in Nigeria are caught between tradition and a shifting cultural landscape, brought about by urbanization, globalized economies, and a media-saturated environment. Many young women are unprepared to face the challenges that accompany limited access to sexual and reproductive health care services, including forced child birth, banishment from the community, infections, and even death. Read more....

Reducing Maternal Deaths in Nigeria: How Men Can Play a Critical Role During Pregnancy

By: Nnamdi Eseme, Women Deliver Young Leader

In Nigeria, women have always been forced to go through the stressful journey of pregnancy all alone, with little or no support from their husbands. This makes them susceptible to psychological stress, anxiety, fear, and complications during pregnancy. According to the World Health Organization, conditions related to pregnancy and childbirth constitute the second leading causes of death among women of reproductive age, after HIV/AIDS. Every year, there are 303,000 maternal deaths worldwide. Read More... 

Youth Must Help Lead the Movement for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

By: Ana Aguilera, Women Deliver Young Leader; Originally Posted on Ipas

A volcanic eruption has prevented young leaders from convening this week at the now-postponed International Conference on Family Planning. But it won’t stop us from talking about the importance of youth voices on this topic!

Young people both need and have a right to access comprehensive and integrated sexual and reproductive health-care services. This includes contraceptive services; pregnancy care; the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections; and safe and accessible abortion.

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Stigma Deters Young People from Accessing Contraception in Nigeria

By: Nnamdi Eseme, Women Deliver Young Leader; Originally posted on Thomson Reuters Foundation

Many young people have limited access to sexual and reproductive health services, making it hard for them to access family planning and HIV services. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) around 225 million women in developing countries would like to delay or stop childbearing but are not using any method of contraception. Read More...

 

Family Planning: A Challenge for Adolescent Girls

By: Angeline Makore, Women Deliver Young Leader; Originally posted on: K4Health

The issue of family planning has been an enormous challenge for ordinary African girls. In most instances, this is due to a lack of adequate and medically accurate information on sexual and reproductive health, youth-friendly services, family support services, and affordability. A typical example of this is Ruva. Read More...

Engaging a Community to Ensure “Every Girl, One Contraceptive”

By: Maureen Odour, Women Deliver Young Leader

Too often, society blames only the girl for getting pregnant. The reality is that adolescent pregnancy is most often not the result of a deliberate choice, but rather the absence of choices, and of circumstances beyond a girl's control. Early pregnancy takes a toll on a girl's health, education and rights. It also prevents her from realizing her potential and adversely impacts the baby. A country's economy is also affected by teenage pregnancies as adolescent mothers are prevented from entering the workforce. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Delivering Family Planning with a Hashtag

By: Brittany Tatum, Women Deliver 

225 million – that’s the number of women in developing countries who have an unmet need for family planning. From financial issues to stigma, there are a number of barriers that block women from accessing the contraception they need. In order to raise awareness, each year on the 26 of September World Contraception Day (WCD) is recognized worldwide. Read More...

Celebrate Solutions: Using Song to Memorize Antiretroviral Therapy Regimens in Angola

By: Sara Pellegrom, Women Deliver

Applauded by the World Health Organization, Option B+ offers all HIV-positive pregnant women a combination of three antiretroviral (ARV) drugs immediately upon their diagnosis, which they take throughout the course of their life. The goal is to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV, as well as preserve the health of the HIV-positive woman so she can care for her baby. For many nurses in rural Angolan facilities, however, remembering the medication protocol was difficult. Read More...

Women Deliver and Bayer HealthCare Launch World Contraception Day Ambassadors Project

New York, NY, 27 July 2015 – In support of World Contraception Day and the Women Deliver Young Leaders Program, Women Deliver and Bayer HealthCare are happy to announce the launch of a three-year World Contraception Day Ambassadors Project. This partnership is designed to promote the shared goals of Bayer and Women Deliver and compliment their common work of raising awareness of young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) issues and priorities. Read more...

Availability: Keeping Contraceptives on the Shelves in Senegal

By Bocar Mamadou Daff; Originally Posted on Family Planning 2020

A 2011 public health survey in Senegal revealed a startling discrepancy:  43 percent of married Senegalese women told researchers that they wanted to avoid or postpone pregnancy.  Yet only 12 percent of women were actually using contraception. Read More...

Celebrating Examples of Rights-based Family Planning in the Field

By: Beth Schlachter; Originally Posted on Family Planning 2020

Introducing a series of 10 articles from FP2020 partners illustrating how human rights principles have shaped their reproductive health programs over decades

Three years ago, global leaders gathered in London with an ambitious goal. The occasion was the landmark 2012 London Summit on Family Planning. And the goal was to empower an additional 120 million women and girls to control their own fertility and have access to modern contraception, services and information by 2020. Read More...

Celebrate Solutions: What Does Patient-Centered Family Planning Care Look Like?

By: Claire Watt Rothschild and Catherine Owinga, Jacaranda Health

“I’ve heard it’s a huge metal thing,” Njeri, a new mother, told Jacaranda Health midwife and nurse-in-charge Catherine Owinga at a recent family planning consultation. Njeri was describing what she knew about the copper-bearing intrauterine contraceptive device (IUCD), or the “coil,” as it is called locally. Njeri’s fears about an IUCD – that it is so large that it has to be inserted under general anesthesia or can travel through your veins and get stuck in your heart – were familiar to Catherine. Read more...

Not All Stockouts Are Created Equal

By: Brittany Tatum, Women Deliver 

A stockout is an event that causes inventory to be exhausted. It can be caused by shortage from a supplier, defective shelf replenishment practices, and many other causes. They are quite common in low- and middle income countries, so much so that most residents of these places have adapted to the occurrence. But what happens when you have a stockout of something that is absolutely irreplaceable? Something like, contraceptives. Read More...

Celebrate Solutions: Harnessing Peer Networks to Promote Family Planning

By: Claire Watt Rothschild and Shalmali Radha Karnad, Jacaranda Health

At Jacaranda Health, efforts to expand access to postpartum contraception have resulted in a rate of family planning that is more than three times higher than Kenya’s national average. Despite these successes, Jacaranda is still trying to understand why so many women do not adopt family planning at the recommended six weeks after childbirth. A key part of the human-centered program development is talking with clients – in focus groups, interviews, and informal chats – to understand their needs and build programs to address them. When postpartum clients were asked why they were not using family planning, the overwhelming response was that clients’ friends and family members told them six weeks was too early for family planning. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Engaging Men in Family Planning Decision-Making

By: Shalmali Radha Karnad and Claire Watt Rothschild, Jacaranda Health

On any given morning, the seats in the reception at Jacaranda Health’s Kahawa West maternity hospital are full – young mothers nursing newborns, pregnant women thumbing through antenatal care brochures, toddlers clambering over benches as they await their immunisations, and men – husbands, partners, fathers – all attending the maternity to support and care for their wives and children. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: How Do We Encourage Healthy Birth Spacing?

By: Claire Watt Rothschild, Jacaranda Health

Nearly half of women in Kenya who are new family planning users stop within the first year of use. It’s called “contraceptive (or family planning) discontinuation” and the high numbers of women in Kenya who stop using contraception early is of major concern. Family planning discontinuation has been called a “leaky bucket,” and high rates are undermining gains made in the number of women who start taking contraception (called “uptake”). Last week, this blog series highlighted how Jacaranda Health is encouraging family planning among postpartum women to encourage healthy spacing of delivery and pregnancy. While focusing on uptake is important, it is only part of the story. Healthy birth spacing requires women not only to decide to start family planning before the return to fertility, but also to continue using family planning – consistently and correctly – for nearly two years or longer. Read more...

Men, Theatre and New Masculinities: Breaking Barriers to Modern Family Planning

By: Mallah Tabot, Women Deliver Young Leader

“I now understand the physical, emotional, and hormonal changes my partner goes through during pregnancy. It is now easier for me to recognize a problem and jointly plan to stop having children. She has been pregnant almost each year for the past 8 years and it’s funny how I didn’t realize I could be part of the solution.”

When a man in rural Cameroon utters these words, you know change is coming. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Creating a “One-Stop Shop” to Encourage Postpartum Contraception

By: Claire Watt Rothschild, Jacaranda Health

Everyone said she could not become pregnant while breastfeeding. This is what Wanjiru*, a new mother, told a nurse midwife at Jacaranda Health’s Ruiru maternity hospital.  When she became pregnant just 3 months after the birth of her first baby, she felt lied to. Family planning use in the first year after childbirth – known as the postpartum period – is both essential and rare in Kenya. At Jacaranda Health, the aim is to make family planning acceptable and convenient for new mothers and their families in a setting where 90 percent of women are not using postpartum family planning at all or until after they are already at risk of pregnancy. Read more...

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