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Dispelling Family Planning Myths in the DRC

“Are family planning methods safe?” wondered Mutombo, a community health worker at the Kawama Village health center, in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Katanga Province.  “Don’t they contain a poison?” he added, directing his question to Isaac Chishesa, a community mobilization specialist with USAID’s Democratic Republic of Congo-Integrated Health Project (DRC-IHP). Tough question!  One Isaac […]

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USAID Epidemiologist Q & A on Hormonal Contraception and HIV

This post was originally featured on the International Conference on Family Planning blog. In October, The Lancet Infectious Diseases published a study by Renee Heffron and colleagues suggesting that HIV-negative women using hormonal contraception (HC) might be at increased risk for HIV infection. The study also suggested that HIV-positive women using HC might be at increased […]

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50 Years of Partnership with Kenya – Part 3 of 4

USAID’s health and population program is a top priority for USAID’s mission in Kenya. USAID works with partners in Kenya to bring health workers directly to the communities.  These health workers provide information and care about HIV/AIDS and malaria programs, as well as work with community religious leaders to discuss family planning.  USAID supports HIV/AIDS […]

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World Population Day: Why seven billion matters

By Scott Radloff, Director of the Office of Population and Reproductive Health This October 31st the UN has projected that the world population will reach 7 billion.  In my lifetime, the world population has passed the 3, 4, 5, and 6 billion milestones.  During that time the world has become much more interconnected and great […]

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The Other Half of the Family Planning Equation

As Father’s Day approaches I look back to when my wife and I first decided to have children. We married fairly late, both in our early 30s, so we planned to have our first child just a couple years after we married. It was an exciting time; much thought went into planning our family. We […]

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Women Shouldn’t Have to Be Sneaky to Get the Family Planning They Want

Yes, I said it. But it’s not my word. I’m just the messenger, relating to you what I heard: sneaky. According to health care providers I interviewed recently in Western Province, Kenya, sneaking is exactly what women feel they need to do if they want to avoid or postpone pregnancy. Their male partners, for the […]

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Integrating Family Planning, HIV, and MNCH Services in Ethiopia and Kenya

A nurse in Meshualekia Health Center, in Addis Ababa, explains how to use the injectable contraceptive, Depo-Provera. The client will also be offered an HIV test as part of the Ministry of Health's efforts to integrate HIV and family planning services. Photo Credit:Ed Scholl, AIDSTAR-One

Programs in Kenya and Ethiopia are leading the way in integrating family planning, HIV, and maternal/neonatal and child health services. Read more >>

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U.S. Provides Equipment To Female Health Workers in Pakistan

Deputy USAID mission director Rodger Garner is speaking to the lady health workers; Sakina Shanwari, supervisor of the lady health workers, thanks the American people.

Health workers in Pakistan receive kits of basic equipment to help them as they offer vital health care services to families in their communities. Read more >>

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The Ability to Plan Your Family Is a Game Changer

There are an estimated 215 million women who wish they had the ability to plan their family but don’t have access to contraceptives. Read more >>

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Digital Birth Control On Your iPhone

A new trend to digitizing birth control gives couples more access to family planning services. Read more >>

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