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Contraceptive Questions? Ask Your Hairdresser

In the time it takes Nene Diakité to cut a customer's hair, she hears the latest gossip and dishes on the hottest fashions—typical salon fare. She also shares vital information that can help her clients safely plan a family.
September 15, 2016

Why Uganda's Teenage Girls Could Hold Key to Its Prosperity

To achieve middle-income status, Uganda must cut its birth rate sharply and quickly, experts say, as well as foster educational opportunities for adolescent girls.
August 12, 2016

Early Marriage, Pregnancy Force Tanzanian Teenage Girls to Drop out of School

Sikudhani Kimweri was the only girl from her primary school who went on to Bunju secondary school in eastern Tanzania's Bagamayo district. Many of the other girls had to get married instead.
May 26, 2016

A Disposable $1 Device Could Revolutionize Women's Lives in Rural Africa

Self-injectable contraceptives, which are being trialed in Uganda and Senegal, could revolutionize women's lives in rural Africa and dramatically cut maternal and newborn deaths, health experts said on Tuesday.
May 17, 2016

Rwanda: Fertility Rates Decline Among Rwandan Women - Survey

There has been an overall improvement in Rwanda's health indicators, according to the 5th Demographic and health survey released by the National Institute of Statistics Rwanda yesterday.
May 10, 2016

NewlyWed website in Nepal promotes family planning before 'I do'

Planning a wedding can be hectic in any part of the world. In Nepal, however, one nongovernmental organization wants to add one more important to-do to the list: talk about family planning.
May 4, 2016

Family Planning and the SDGs

The sustainable development goals (SDGs) articulate seventeen goals for the world to collectively meet by 2030. The SDG document organizes the goals into five themes—people, planet, prosperity, peace, and partnership—but it's still a lot to grasp, so finding lynchpins that connect the themes and goals will be important to their success. Voluntary family planning is one of those lynchpins, with clear connections across all five themes.
April 8, 2016

A Women's Health Leader On Why We Need To Talk About Sex

When women — including young and unmarried women — choose the number, timing, and spacing of their children, everyone wins. That's the message from Ellen Starbird, director of the Office of Population and Reproductive Health of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
March 8, 2016

5 Reasons Senegal Is Ahead of its Neighbors on Family Planning and HIV

How is it that, in a region that has lagged behind in many of the global health advances of the past 30 years, one country stands out for its tremendous progress?
February 25, 2016

Finding Common Ground

During the International Conference on Family Planning, more than 40 global health and development organisations endorsed a global consensus statement for expanding contraceptive choice for adolescents and youths.
February 21, 2016

"At Your Age, You Can't Access That!"

Find out how the attitudes of health providers in Togo are imposing barriers to services based on marital status and age.
January 28, 2016

Family Planning Is 'Critical Link' in Eradicating Poverty

Speaking at an international family planning conference in Bali, Ellen Starbird, director of population and reproductive health at USAid, said family planning was the "critical link" to meet each of the 17 goals that were adopted by UN member states in September.
January 26, 2016

Building Innovative and Evidence-based Family Planning Programs for the Next Generations

IPA researchers are collaborating with PATH, Society for Family Health, WomanCare Global through USAID's Expanding Effective Contraceptive Options project in order to test whether new contraceptives and approaches impact use.
January 22, 2016

Empowering Youth: Expanding Access to Reproductive Health

Read a blog post by Ellen Starbird where she talks about how access to family planning is not a "be all and end all" solution to poverty and poor health, but it's critical to ensuring that young people are able to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.
August 11, 2015

Statement by the United States at the 48th UN Commission on Population and Development

Read remarks by Margaret Pollack, Director for Multilateral Coordination and External Relations and Senior Advisor on Population Issues.
April 13, 2015

Planning Families, Planning Futures

The Lancet talks about USAID's mission – implementing and supporting voluntary family planning programs in 45 nations.
January 28, 2015

USAID and Orange Join Forces to Boost mHealth Innovations across Africa

USAID and global telecommunications operator Orange announced a new alliance to develop innovations in mobile health (mHealth) at the Global mHealth Forum in Washington, D.C.
December 10, 2014

Novel Agreement Expands Access to Pfizer’s Contraceptive, Sayana® Press, for Women Most in Need in the World’s Poorest Countries

Pfizer Inc., the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) today announced an agreement that will expand access to Pfizer’s injectable contraceptive, Sayana® Press (medroxyprogesterone acetate), for women most in need in 69 of the world’s poorest countries
November 13, 2014

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