The Population Council's Reproductive Health program strives to improve sexual and reproductive health, especially for vulnerable people in developing countries. We help individuals to achieve their family planning and reproductive health goals through improvements in technologies and services. We work to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity and to improve equity and quality in the delivery of care.

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Submissions from 2019

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Initiation and continuity of maternal healthcare: Examining the role of vouchers and user-fee removal on maternal health service use in Kenya, Mardieh Dennis, Lenka Benova, Timothy Abuya, Matteo Quartagno, Benjamin Bellows, and Oona M.R. Campbell

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Gender and Power Metrics database, Population Council

Submissions from 2018

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Ensuring adequate financing of family planning commodities and services, Moazzam Ali and Benjamin Bellows

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Financement de la planification familiale, Moazzam Ali and Benjamin Bellows

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Élargissement du choix des contraceptifs, Heather Clark, Saumya RamaRao, Catherine Unthank, Kazuyo Machiyama, and Nandita Thatte

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Expanding contraceptive choice, Heather Clark, Saumya RamaRao, Catherine Unthank, Kazuyo Machiyama, and Nandita Thatte

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Medical abortion provision by pharmacies and drug sellers in low- and middle-income countries: A systematic review, Katharine Footman, Katherine Keenan, Kate Reiss, Barbara Reichwein, Pritha Biswas, and Kathryn Church

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Using evidence to improve quality of pharmacy-delivered medical abortion, Katharine Footman and Nancy Termini LaChance

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Expanding access to family planning for married adolescent girls in the urban slums of Dhaka, Fauzia Akhter Huda and Nancy Termini LaChance

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Dataset: Time use patterns of women in rural Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, Laili Irani

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Improving access to delivery care and reducing the equity gap through voucher program in Bangladesh: Evidence from difference-in-differences analysis, Kaji Tamanna Keya, Benjamin Bellows, Ubaidur Rob, and Charlotte E. Warren

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Women’s attitudes and beliefs towards specific contraceptive methods in Bangladesh and Kenya, Kazuyo Machiyama, Fauzia Akhter Huda, Faisal Ahmmed, George Odwe, Francis Obare, Joyce Mumah, Marylene Wamukoya, John B. Casterline, and John C. Cleland

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How are educated women in Ghana regulating fertility without high levels of modern contraceptive use?, Kazuyo Machiyama, Cicely Marston, Nancy Termini LaChance, Terence Adda-Balinia, and Placide Tapsoba

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Accelerating uptake of voluntary, rights-based family planning in developing countries, Kazuyo Machiyama, Francis Obare, Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli, Doris Chou, Mario Festin, Rajat Khosla, James Kiarie, Lale Say, and Nandita Thatte

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Accélérer l’adoption de la planification familiale volontaire et fondée sur les droits dans les pays en développement, Kazuyo Machiyama, Francis Obare, Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli, Doris Chou, Mario Festin, Rajat Khosla, James Kiarie, Lale Say, and Nandita Thatte

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Fertility regulation as identity maintenance: Understanding the social aspects of birth control, Cicely Marston, Alicia Renedo, and Gertrude Nyaaba

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Reducing early and unintended pregnancies among adolescents, Francis Obare, Caroline W. Kabiru, and Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli

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Réduction des grossesses précoces et involontaires chez les adolescents, Francis Obare, Caroline W. Kabiru, Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli, and Matti Parry

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Timing of abortion among adolescent and young women presenting for post-abortion care in Kenya: A cross-sectional analysis of nationally-representative data, Boniface A. Ushie, Chimaraoke O. Izugbara, Michael Mutua, and Caroline W. Kabiru

Submissions from 2017

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Assurer la sécurité des contraceptifs par des chaînes d’approvisionnement efficacies, Moazzam Ali

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Ensuring contraceptive security through effective supply chains, Moazzam Ali

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Increasing contraceptive access for hard-to-reach populations with vouchers and social franchising in Uganda, Benjamin Bellows, Anna Mackay, Antonia Dingle, Richard Tuyiragize, William Nnyombi, and Aisha Dasgupta

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Addressing pregnancy prevention needs of adolescents in East and Southern Africa through education and health sector partnerships, Harriet Birungi, Chi-Chi Undie, Esther Lwanga Walgwe, Francis Obare, Caroline W. Kabiru, and Joyce Mumah

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Partenariat avec le secteur privé pour renforcer la fourniture de la contraception, Karen Hardee, David Wofford, and Nandita Thatte

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Partnering with the private sector to strengthen provision of contraception, Karen Hardee, David Wofford, and Nandita Thatte

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Introduction and approval of menstrual regulation with medication in Bangladesh: A stakeholder analysis, Fauzia Akhter Huda, Sadia Afrin, Bidhan Krishna Sarker, Hassan Rushekh Mahmood, and Anadil Alam

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Expanding access to integrated family planning intervention packages for married adolescent girls in urban slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Fauzia Akhter Huda, Hassan Rushekh Mahmood, Sadia Afrin, Anisuddin Ahmed, Nafis Al Haque, and Bidhan Krishna Sarker

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Strengthening school-based sexual and reproductive health education and services in Accra, Ghana, Nancy Termini LaChance and Terence Adda-Balinia

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Bangladesh: Using strong evidence and strategic collaboration to increase access to menstrual regulation with medication, Nancy Termini LaChance and Sharif M.I. Hossain

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Reasons for unmet need for family planning, with attention to the measurement of fertility preferences: Protocol for a multi-site cohort study, Kazuyo Machiyama, John B. Casterline, Joyce Mumah, Fauzia Akhter Huda, Francis Obare, George Odwe, Caroline W. Kabiru, Sharifa Yeasmin, and John C. Cleland

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Women's perceptions and experiences of family planning by contraceptive methods in Kenya and Bangladesh: Preliminary results, Kazuyo Machiyama, Joyce Mumah, Caroline W. Kabiru, George Odwe, Francis Obare, Fauzia Akhter Huda, John C. Cleland, and John B. Casterline

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L’expérience de femmes ayant subi une grossesse non désirée au Sénégal : Une étude qualitative, Fatou Mbow and Nafissatou Diop

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Senegal: Explorer le processus de la collaboration multisectorielle mise en place pour l’étude qualitative, Fatou Mbow, Nafissatou Diop, Awa Diop Dabo, Awa Tounkara Cissé, and Seynabou Ba Diakhaté

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Method-specific attributes that influence choice of future contraception among married women in Nairobi’s informal settlements, Joyce Mumah, John B. Casterline, Kazuyo Machiyama, Marylene Wamukoya, Caroline W. Kabiru, and John C. Cleland

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Reasons for unmet need for family planning, with attention to the measurement of fertility preferences in Kenya and Bangladesh, Joyce Mumah, Kazuyo Machiyama, Caroline W. Kabiru, George Odwe, Francis Obare, Fauzia Akhter Huda, John B. Casterline, and John C. Cleland

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What do users want?, Saumya RamaRao, John Townsend, and James Sailer

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Using automated voice messages linked to telephone counselling to increase post-menstrual regulation contraceptive uptake and continuation in Bangladesh: Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial, Kate Reiss, Kathryn L. Andersen, Sharmani Barnard, Thoai Ngo, Kamal Biswas, Christopher Smith, James Carpenter, Kathryn Church, Sadid Nuremowla, and Erin Pearson

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Knowledge and provision of misoprostol among pharmacy workers in Senegal: A cross sectional study, Kate Reiss, Katharine Footman, Eva Burke, Nafissatou Diop, Ramatoulaye Ndao, Babacar Mane, Maaike Van Min, and Thoai Ngo

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Harmonizing national abortion and pregnancy prevention laws and policies for sexual violence survivors with the Maputo Protocol, Jill Thompson, Chi-Chi Undie, Avni Amin, Ronald Johnson, Rajat Khosla, Ian Askew, Leopold Ouedraogo, Triphonie Nkurunziza, Sarah Rich, Elizabeth Westley, and Melissa Garcia

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Amélioration de la prestation de services de planification familiale pendant les crises humanitaires, Chi-Chi Undie, Rajat Khosla, and Karl Blanchet

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Improving family planning service delivery in humanitarian crises, Chi-Chi Undie, Rajat Khosla, and Karl Blanchet

Submissions from 2016

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Acceptability and feasibility of introducing strengthened school-based sexual and reproductive health information and services in Accra, Ghana, Terence Adda-Balinia, Philip Teg-Nefaah Tabong, Maya Teye, Philip Baba Adongo, Placide Tapsoba, and Harriet Birungi

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Senegal: The impact of a study on misoprostol use and knowledge among pharmacists, Eva Burke, E. Robinson, Nafissatou Diop, Kate Reiss, Katharine Footman, Maaike Van Min, Barbara Reichwein, and Ian Askew

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Rencontre de partage sur la problématique des grossesses non désirées chez les adolescents/jeunes au Sénégal : Compte rendu de rencontre, Babacar Mane, Marie-Jesus Buabey, Nafissatou Diop, and Patrick Mugirwa

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Understanding fertility regulation strategies among educated women in Accra, Cicely Marston, Alicia Renedo, Gertrude Nyaaba, Kazuyo Machiyama, and Placide Tapsoba

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L’expérience de femmes ayant subi une grossesse non désirée au Sénégal : Une étude qualitative, Fatou Mbow, Nafissatou Diop, Awa Diop Dabo, Awa Tounkara Cissé, and Seynabou Ba Diakhaté

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L’expérience de femmes ayant subi une grossesse non désirée au Sénégal : Une étude qualitative, Fatou Mbow, Nafissatou Diop, Seynabou Ba Diakhaté, Awa Tounkara Cissé, and Fatou Ndiaye Turpin

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L’expérience de femmes ayant subi une grossesse non désirée au Sénégal : Une étude qualitative [Compte rendu de la rencontre de partage des résultats], Fatou Mbow, Nafissatou Diop, and Babacar Mane

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Pharmacy workers in Kenya need training and support on medical abortion information and referrals to prevent unsafe service provision, Jesse Njunguru, A. Finnie, Katharine Footman, Wilson Liambila, and Kate Reiss

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Adolescent sexual and reproductive health situation: Insights from the 2014 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey, Francis Obare, George Odwe, and Harriet Birungi

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Contraceptive method choice among women in slum and non-slum communities in Nairobi, Kenya, Rhoune Ochako, Chimaraoke O. Izugbara, Jerry Okal, Ian Askew, and Marleen Temmerman

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Pharmacy workers’ knowledge and provision of medication for termination of pregnancy in Kenya, Kate Reiss, Katharine Footman, Vitalis Akora, Wilson Liambila, and Thoai Ngo

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The consumer perspective: A consultation with senior health officials from developing countries on standards of evidence for reproductive and maternal health care, The Evidence Project and STEP UP Research Programme Consortium

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Kenya: Helping adolescent mothers remain in school through strengthened implementation of school re-entry policies, Esther Lwanga Walgwe, Nancy Termini LaChance, Harriet Birungi, and Chi-Chi Undie

Submissions from 2015

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Engaging the missing link: Evidence from FALAH for involving men in family planning in Pakistan—Meeting report, Seemin Ashfaq and Farooq Ahmed

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Engaging the missing link: Evidence from FALAH for involving men in family planning in Pakistan—Case study, Seemin Ashfaq and Maqsood Sadiq

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Creating conditions for scale up: Technical assistance as an implementation research uptake strategy, Ian Askew

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Fertility transitions in Kenya and Ghana: Trends, determinants and implications for policy and programs, Ian Askew, Baker Ndugga Maggwa, and Francis Onyango

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Fertility transitions in Kenya and Ghana: Trends, determinants and implications for policy and programs, Ian Askew, Baker Ndugga Maggwa, and Francis Onyango

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Review of performance-based incentives in community-based family planning programmes, Nicole M. Bellows, Ian Askew, and Benjamin Bellows

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Education sector response to early and unintended pregnancy: A review of country experiences in sub-Saharan Africa, Harriet Birungi, Chi-Chi Undie, Ian MacKenzie, Anne Katahoire, Francis Obare, and Patricia Machawira

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Burnout at the frontline: The effect of a reproductive health voucher program on health workers in Uganda, Carinne D. Brody, John M. Irige, and Benjamin Bellows

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What are the sexual and reproductive health needs of adolescents in Ghana’s slums?, Selina F. Esantsi, Gloria Quansah Asare, and Placide Tapsoba

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Are parents talking to adolescents about sexuality? Evidence from four slums in Ghana, Selina F. Esantsi, Francis Onyango, Gloria Quansah Asare, Emmanuel Kuffour, Placide Tapsoba, Harriet Birungi, and Ian Askew

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Community opinion leaders in Ghana speak out on adolescent sexuality: What are the issues?, Selina F. Esantsi, Francis Onyango, Gloria Quansah Asare, Emmanuel Kuffour, Placide Tapsoba, Harriet Birungi, and Ian Askew

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Understanding the reproductive health needs of adolescents in selected slums in Ghana: A public health assessment, Selina F. Esantsi, Francis Onyango, Gloria Quansah Asare, Emmanuel Kuffour, Placide Tapsoba, Harriet Birungi, and Ian Askew

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‘High profile health facilities can add to your trouble’: Women, stigma and un/safe abortion in Kenya, Chimaraoke O. Izugbara, Carolyne Egesa, and Rispah Okelo

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Availability, use and quality of care for medical abortion services in private facilities in Kenya, Wilson Liambila, Francis Obare, Edward Ikiugu, Vitalis Akora, Jesse Njunguru, Michael Njuma, Kate Reiss, and Harriet Birungi

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Comprendre les grossesses non désirées au Sénégal : Rapport du Profil Pays [Compte rendu de l’atelier de dissémination des résultats auprès des parlementaires], Babacar Mane, Bocar Mamadou Daff, Marie-Jesus Buabey, and Abdelylah Lakssir

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Kenya adolescent sexual and reproductive health policy, Ministry of Health Kenya

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Strengthening school health programming in Nairobi City County, Joyce Mumah

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Invest in urban youth sexual and reproductive health to achieve a demographic dividend in Africa, Joyce Mumah, Jessica Brinton, Carol Mukiira, Caroline W. Kabiru, and Chimaraoke O. Izugbara

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Knowledge and provision practices of misoprostol among pharmacies in Senegal, Ramatoulaye Ndao, Nafissatou Diop, Kate Reiss, Eva Burke, Thoai Ngo, Katharine Footman, and Maaike Van Min

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Does a voucher program improve reproductive health service delivery and access in Kenya?, Rebecca Njuki, Timothy Abuya, James Kelly Kimani, Lucy Kanya, Allan Korongo, Piet Bracke, Benjamin Bellows, and Charlotte E. Warren

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Community-level effect of the reproductive health vouchers program on out-of-pocket spending on family planning and safe motherhood services in Kenya, Francis Obare, Charlotte E. Warren, Lucy Kanya, Timothy Abuya, and Benjamin Bellows

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Influence of parental factors on adolescents’ transition to first sexual intercourse in Nairobi, Kenya: A longitudinal study, Chinelo C. Okigbo, Caroline W. Kabiru, Joyce Mumah, Sanyu A. Mojola, and Donatien Beguy

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Conceptualizing and measuring unintended pregnancy and birth: Moving the field forward, Population Council

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Delivering medical abortion at scale: A study of the retail market for medical abortion in Madhya Pradesh, India, Timothy Powell-Jackson, Rajib Acharya, Veronique Filippi, and Carine Ronsmans

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Expanding access to education for teenage mothers in Homa Bay County: What ‘might’ work, Chi-Chi Undie

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The education sector response to early and unintended pregnancy (EUP): A review of selected SADC countries, Chi-Chi Undie, Harriet Birungi, Francis Obare, and Patricia Machawira

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Expanding access to secondary school education for teenage mothers in Kenya: A baseline study report, Chi-Chi Undie, Harriet Birungi, George Odwe, and Francis Obare

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Education sector response to early and unintended pregnancy: A policy dialogue in Homa Bay County, Kenya, Chi-Chi Undie, Ian MacKenzie, Harriet Birungi, Stephen Barongo, Diosiana Ahindukha, and Caleb Omondi

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A cross sectional comparison of postnatal care quality in facilities participating in a maternal health voucher program versus non-voucher facilities in Kenya, Charlotte E. Warren, Timothy Abuya, Lucy Kanya, Francis Obare, Rebecca Njuki, and Marleen Temmerman

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Can reproductive health voucher programs improve quality of postnatal care? A quasi-experimental evaluation of Kenya’s Safe Motherhood voucher scheme, Claire Watt, Timothy Abuya, Charlotte E. Warren, Lucy Kanya, and Benjamin Bellows

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Increasing access to safe menstrual regulation services in Bangladesh by offering medical menstrual regulation, Reena Yasmin, Ubaidur Rob, Ismat Ara Hena, Tapash Ranjan Das, and Farid Uddin Ahmed

Submissions from 2014

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Population and health dynamics in Nairobi's informal settlements: Report of the Nairobi Cross-sectional Slums Survey (NCSS 2012), African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC)

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Summarizing bodies of evidence on the implementation and effectiveness of FP/RH interventions, Ian Askew

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Unintended pregnancies among young women living in urban slums: Evidence from a prospective study in Nairobi City, Kenya, Donatien Beguy, Joyce Mumah, and Lindsey Gottschalk

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Education sector response to early and unintended pregnancy (EUP): A review of country experiences in East and Southern Africa, Harriet Birungi, Chi-Chi Undie, and Francis Onyango

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Comprendre les grossesses non désirées au Sénégal: Rapport du profil pays, Kaila Clarke, Mohamadou Sall, Babacar Mane, Nafissatou Diop, and Bocar Mamadou Daff

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Understanding unintended pregnancy in Senegal: Country profile report, Kaila Clarke, Mohamadou Sall, Babacar Mane, Nafissatou Diop, and Bocar Mamadou Daff

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Postpartum family planning in Burkina Faso, Marina Daniele

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High parental monitoring prevents adolescents from engaging in risky sexual practices in Harar, Ethiopia, Yadeta Dessie, Yemane Berhane, and Alemayehu Worku

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Unintended pregnancy and subsequent use of modern contraceptive among slum and non-slum women in Nairobi, Kenya, Jean-Christophe Fotso, Chimaraoke O. Izugbara, Teresa Saliku, and Rhoune Ochako

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Lessons from sexual and reproductive health voucher program design and function: A comprehensive review, Corinne G. Grainger, Anna C. Gorter, Jerry Okal, and Benjamin Bellows

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Reduce contraception discontinuation in Bangladesh by improving counseling on side effects, Fauzia Akhter Huda and Sabiha Chowdhuri

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Prevalence of unintended pregnancy and needs for family planning among married adolescent girls living in urban slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Fauzia Akhter Huda, Sabiha Chowdhuri, Bidhan Krishna Sarker, Noushin Islam, and Anisuddin Ahmed

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International seminar on promoting postpartum and post-abortion family planning: Challenges and opportunities, IUSSP Scientific Panel on Reproductive Health

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The management of unwanted pregnancy among women in Nairobi, Kenya, Chimaraoke O. Izugbara and Carolyne Egesa

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Improving family planning services in public health facilities to reach more women, Caroline W. Kabiru, Jessica Brinton, Joyce Mumah, Carol Mukiira, and Chimaraoke O. Izugbara