Institute for Reproductive Health

Georgetown University's Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH)

Since its founding in 1985, IRH has been recognized as a leader in the effort to improve reproductive health worldwide. The Institute’s strengths are its quantitative and qualitative research skills, its focus on critical needs in reproductive health, and its research-to-practice strategy that includes working with partners to build capacity for sustainable services. The Institute collaborates with a wide variety of organizations from central to community levels to implement evidence-based service delivery programs in countries worldwide. More >

What's New

New peer-reviewed article on transforming gender attitudes and behaviors

Whose turn to do the dishes? Transforming gender attitudes and behaviours among very young adolescents in Nepal, authored by Rebecka Lundgren, Miranda Beckman, Surendra Prasad Chaurasiya, Bhawna Subhedi and Brad Kerner, was recently published in the Journal of Gender & Development. The article highlights research that was conducted in Nepal with Save the Children's Choices curriculum, a set of activities supporting very young adolescents to explore alternative views of masculinities and feminities. Research revealed changes in children's gendered attitudes and behaviour relating to discrimination, social image, control and dominance, violence, attitudes to girls' education, and acceptance of traditional gender norms, before and after participating in Choices.

The full article is available for download and sharing.

Family Planning in a Digital World: March E-blast

Have you ever considered purchasing family planning methods online? As the Global South becomes increasingly connected through technology, our reproductive health community is determining how to best harness this power to expand access to family planning and empower individuals to be informed consumers.

This month's e-blast highlights efforts in India to address barriers in accessing family planning by introducing a digital direct-to-consumer initiative outside the health system. Read about the communication strategy to create demand for Makesure CycleBeads, including magazine ads, a Facebook page, and a dedicated website.

Two new briefs feature FAM success in Rwanda

Bringing a health innovation to scale: The story of successful introduction of the Standard Days Method in Rwanda shares a story of achievement, highlighting how the Standard Days Method reached nationwide coverage in Rwanda’s health facilities through sound partnerships, involvement of stakeholders, collaboration with providers, and commitment to monitoring and evaluation.

Method into Catholic health services in Rwanda describes how capacity for family planning services was strengthened through collaboration with FBOs, especially Catholic associations, who are deeply rooted in the communities they serve. It also captures insightful perspectives from the field.

February e-blast features the new HIP brief on Social Marketing

In the search for solutions to unmet need for family planning, one opportunity is to offer methods through the private sector, extending access beyond the traditional, public health system. This month's e-blast highlights the latest publication in the series of briefs on high-impact practices (HIP) in family planning. The new brief draws on years of experience in the social marketing of reproductive health commodities, including CycleBeads®. IRH, along with 17 other organizations, endorsed the brief, which describes social marketing models and offers guidance for programs.

Read about USAID's other proven HIPs

New FAM brief available on TwoDay Method Community-based Study

During the TwoDay Method® Community-based Study, formative research was conducted in DR Congo and Guatemala to develop and then pre-test materials to assist community workers in teaching the method to potential clients. Results indicate that community-based organizations can successfully engage their community workers to offer the TwoDay Method through existing activity platforms, even without health or family planning experience. Read the full brief to learn more about the specific tracking tools used by method users, success in engaging men in method use, improved knowledge of fertility and vaginal health, and more! Also available in French.

Spanish version coming soon.