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.
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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.
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.
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.