This paper explores health care providers' biases regarding contraceptive use by adolescent and young adult women, drawing on a study of private health-sector health care facilities in South West Nigeria and how provider bias impacts quality of care and method choice.
Health care providers' biases regarding the provision of contraceptives to adolescent and young adult women may restrict women's access to contraceptive methods and affect quality of care. This article encourages interventions that address underlying sociocultural beliefs that create a barrier to proper reproductive health care.
The CycleBeads app, a digital platform using a modern method of family planning, helps women track their cycles and achieve or prevent pregnancy. The app's developer conducted social media campaigns in seven countries to monitor cost, distribution, and understand users and their experiences. The campaign results suggest that the app’s low-cost approach makes it accessible to women.
Traditional gender norms in Nepal contribute to a lack of opportunity for women and girls and limit their access to reproductive health services. Early adolescence provides a key opportunity to shift these harmful norms. The results of this study suggest that family- and community-based interventions can be effective at improving gender equity among very young adolescents.
Gender-responsive budgeting determines budget content based on inclusive policy processes that require wide stakeholder participation. A recent effort to launch a community-based gender-responsive budgeting tool in Ethiopia created a tool that is applicable at the grassroots level, leading to tangible improvements in women and girls' access to services.
Use of maternal health care can reduce maternal morbidity and mortality in countries like Bangladesh, where rates of these outcomes are high. Community characteristics are associated with use of maternal care services, this research investigates whether deviation from community norms is associated with service use.