Shortly after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, the Research for Scalable Solutions (R4S) project began systematically documenting programmatic adaptations across eight different family planning projects at FHI 360, Population Services International, and Save the Children. These briefs present how each program adapted their approaches in response to the challenges of COVID-19 across three categories of […]
Lauren Mitchell, Implementation Science Fellow, FHI 360 In Nepal and Uganda, as in many low- and middle-income countries, youth remain a hidden population in family planning (FP) programs, as cultural, religious, and legal issues may hinder their access to contraceptive information and services. However, demographic survey data shows that youth are sexually active. By age 18, 48% and 62% of women have experienced sexual debut in Nepal1 and Uganda,2 respectively. Self-care strategies may be especially appealing to […]
The most recent meeting of the Systematic Approaches to Scale-up of Family Planning (FP) and Reproductive Health (RH) Best Practices Community of Practice highlighted government voices on scale-up. The topic came from community of practice (COP) members, and the meeting was designed as a listening session to yield deeper understanding of on-the-ground experience with scale-up. […]
This Saturday, September 26th, marks the 13th annual global campaign known as World Contraception Day, or #WCD2020 to social media users. The mission of the day is to improve awareness of available family planning methods and enable young people to make informed decisions about their reproductive health.
R4S will conduct a prospective, longitudinal study during the pandemic and recovery process with women ages 18 to 49 who opt into the study after calling the Viamo 3-2-1 service. Available in 18 countries, Viamo 3-2-1 is a mass communication information service through which mobile phone users can access information on demand by dialing a toll-free short code and navigating a menu of topics.
As R4S works to produce and use evidence to improve voluntary family planning programs, efforts are also under way to document the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on family planning programs, the changes stakeholders are making to ensure continuation of care, and the efficacy of these changes.
During the current global health crisis, FHI 360’s bilateral RMNCH projects have found themselves at a pivotal moment. Restrictions in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 have forced ministries of health and partner organizations to develop and issue quick guidance on providing continuity of care during the pandemic.
Self-Care Month this July offers an opportunity to double down to make quality self-care interventions available, affordable, acceptable, and accessible to those who need them the most. For R4S partner PSI, digital solutions offer a strong entry point to put power and care into consumers’ hands — during COVID-19 and well beyond.
Led by FHI 360 in partnership with Evidence for Sustainable Human Development Systems in Africa, Makerere University School of Public Health (Makerere SPH) in Uganda, Population Services International, and Save the Children, R4S works with a range of country-based stakeholders to strengthen research and research utilization capacity and support countries in their journey to self-reliance. For R4S’s inaugural blog post, we spoke with professors at Makerere SPH about the project, self-care, research, and capacity building.