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...

Focus on the Finances of Sexual Health

By: Tewodros Melesse; Originally posted by Huffington Post

The snow-capped mountains of the Swiss skiing resort of Davos seem a million miles away from the small wooden shack in a slum in Pampanga, Philippines that Marites Garcia calls home.

Every day she sees her eight children and two grandchildren go without food. It breaks her heart but there's little she can do. She doesn't have an education or a job and neither does her husband. Read more...

Most Girls In Her Village Don’t Finish Elementary School. Maureen Graduated From College.

By: Women Deliver and Maureen Oduor

Women Deliver eagerly celebrates the gradtion of one of our Young Leaders, Maureen Oduor, who received her Bachelors degree Kampala International University in December. Rather than shining the spotlight on herself, Maureen took the opportunity to use her graduation celebration as a platform to bring local and international light to the issue of education accessibility and the need for girls’ access to schooling. This is her story. Read more...

More Countries and Partners Join Global Effort to Expand Voluntary Access to Contraceptives

Originally posted by Family Planning 2020

Five new commitments to Family Planning 2020 will improve health and drive economic development in the world’s poorest countries.

Family Planning 2020 also announces Rights and Empowerment Principles for Family Planning.

Washington, DC – December 9, 2014: Family Planning 2020 (FP2020), the global partnership dedicated to improving access to family planning information, services and supplies, today announced three additional African nations – Burundi, Cameroon and Togo – made commitments that will enable more women to decide, freely and for themselves, whether and when to have children. The new additions increased the total number of focus countries making pledges to FP2020 to 32. Further commitments to support the achievement of FP2020’s goal through funding and programming were made by The Brush Foundation and EngenderHealth. Read more...

New Adding it Up Report Shows Sexual and Reproductive Health Services Falling Short

Originally posted by Guttmmacher Institute

Spending $25 Per Woman Each Year Would Dramatically Reduce Maternal and Newborn Deaths

LONDON, 4 December 2014—A new report finds a staggering lack of basic sexual and reproductive health services in developing countries. The report, Adding It Up: The Costs and Benefits of Investing in Sexual and Reproductive Health 2014, finds that currently, 225 million women in developing countries want to avoid pregnancy, but are not using modern contraceptives. In addition, tens of millions of women do not receive the basic pregnancy and delivery care they need to protect their health and that of their newborns. Read more...

Just Not Acceptable: India Tragedy Showcases Grave Violation of Women’s Health and Rights

Women Deliver is deeply appalled by yesterday’s reports of the deaths and injuries sustained by women undergoing sterilization in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh. It is still unclear whether the reason for the deaths were unsafe conditions and incorrect procedures, or contaminated antibiotics or other tainted drugs. Read more...

Highlights From the FRESH Campaign

These seed grants were funded by Johnson & Johnson and WomanCare Global via the Women Deliver C Exchange Youth Initiative.

By: Nargis Shirazi, FRESH Campaign (Uganda)

Running the FRESH campaign has been an adventure! It started out with learning how to write proposals, thanks to the C Exchange Youth Initiative. Implementing the program has been an opportunity for me to unlearn, learn, and relearn the best practices in managing the project. I do believe that my best lesson learned is that for a project to succeed, one needs to plan. Not just plan for activities, but also plan and be prepared for any challenges along the way. Teamwork is also essential to the success of a project. The only way a project succeeds is when it has a team on the ground shares the same visions and has well outlined and defined responsibilities. Read more...

New FP2020 Report Shows 8.4 Million More Women Have Access to Contraception

The number of women with access to modern contraceptives has risen by 8.4 million in the 69 FP2020 focus countries, according to Family Planning 2020 (FP2020)’s second progress report, Partnership in Progress, which was launched today in London. The report highlights progress made since the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning, and includes new data on access to modern contraceptives, triumphs in policy and advances in contraceptive technology. Read more...

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