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.
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 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.
Understanding risk and protective factors around IPV is essential for designing effective prevention strategies. This review highlights that prospective evidence for perpetrator- and context-related risk and protective factors for women’s experiences of IPV outside of the United States is urgently needed to inform global policy recommendations.
Having female genital cutting/mutilation performed by health care professionals (medicalization) and reduced severity of cutting have been advanced as strategies for the minimizing health risks of this practice, sparking ongoing debates. This study summarizes key debates and critically assesses supporting evidence.
Intimate partner violence (IPV) is associated with negative physical and mental health outcomes. Antenatal care can act as a link to IPV services, but experiencing IPV may be associated with reduced uptake of antenatal care. A scoping review was conducted to synthesize quantitative research on IPV and uptake of antenatal care in low-resource settings.
Limited evidence exists on the effectiveness of male engagement interventions and how they impact relationship power dynamics and women’s decisionmaking. This study assessed the impact of the Bandebereho gender-transformative couples’ intervention on multiple behavioral and health-related outcomes influenced by gender norms and power relations.