Using data from the 2005, 2010, and 2015 Rwanda Demographic and Health Surveys, 19,028 in-union women (15–49 years) were analyzed to examine trends in socioeconomic disparities in contraceptive use. The shrinking of gaps in contraceptive use by socioeconomic status coincided with narrowing of disparities in demand for children and with improvements in family planning services, suggesting that disadvantaged populations may have especially benefited from public programs...
Our training materials can be used to introduce a broad range of audiences and backgrounds to important concepts related to gender and health. Each training course focuses on one of five themes that complement the CORE Gender 101 agenda: Gender Integration, HIV + Sexuality, Safe Motherhood, Gender-Based Violence, and Constructive Male Engagement. The courses are designed to meet the geographic and technical needs of cooperating agencies, USAID Missions, and specific projects. Materials range from basics such as using a shared gender vocabulary and programmatic guidance, to user guides on how to conduct a gender analysis, to exercises for gender trainings. The trainings are geared to be used by anyone and with any audience, even those learning about gender for the first time!
Our popular Gender Integration Continuum framework is an important tool to assess how programs do (or do not) address gender and move them toward more gender-transformative actions. An updated User’s Guide for facilitating training on use of the continuum is available, along with other materials.
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.
This article reviews key components of long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) uptake in Sub-Saharan Africa with the aim of guiding policies and programs. The authors assess trends in access to the intrauterine device and implant; examine trends in use, source of supply, discontinuation, and user characteristics; and discuss prospects for and policy implications of expanding method choice by increasing LARCs’ availability in national programs.
This slide deck, funded by USAID through the Policy, Advocacy, and Communication Enhanced for Population and Reproductive Health (PACE) Project, consists of 57 data-driven slides that can be used by advocates, program planners, and funders, to make the case for engaging boys and men in family planning.
Based on a review of existing evidence, the guide summarizes policy and program interventions that have proven to be effective in increasing access to and use of contraception among youth, as well as those that are promising but have inconclusive evidence and those shown to be ineffective.