Unmet Adolescent Need for Contraception: BE Framework

A [Very] Late Follow Up to International Youth Day August 12th was International Youth Day. Many in the development community celebrated this day, by spotlighting the role the youth will play in meeting the U.N . Sustainable Development Goals. One article on Devex.com particularly stuck with me. The article presents the findings of a Guttmacher […]

Technology and Sexual and Reproductive Health Education

A recent Huffington Post article emphasizes the importance of leveraging technology to improve sexual and reproductive health education. New technologies offer a key opportunity to engage adolescents and apply tools from behavioral economics that maximize the benefits of these platforms, particularly among social media. Improved social media campaigns and messages targeted towards youth can harness […]

Identity Priming to Improve Reproductive Health Services

People are constantly subjected to stimuli that influence their decision-making processes. Advertisers commonly harness this tool – priming – to promote their products or services. Businesses may choose a particular color scheme, building temperature or music to subtly influence people’s decisions. Priming allows people to quickly filter or emphasize the important information. In the context […]

Engaging Youth in Indonesia

Two weeks ago in Indonesia, a non-profit organization,  Kita Sayang Remaja (Kisara — We Care for Youth) organized a three day workshop to educate and train youth to be sexual and reproductive health peer educators. Workshop participants are expected to return to their homes and spread the knowledge to their peers to increase youth access to […]

Uptake of Long-term Contraception Remains Low

Increasing the availability of long-term family planning methods, such as intrauterine devices or implants, has done little to increase uptake among women in Malawi. Lack of information and intra-household dynamics were cited as prominent factors preventing the increased use of long-acting contraception. Yet, frequent stockouts of the preferred short-term methods – birth control pills and […]

The Provider Bias Problem: Barriers Women face when Accessing Reproductive Health Services

Globally, women continue to face discrimination and abuse from healthcare providers when they seek out reproductive health services. A study of several Latin American countries revealed that 41 percent of women feel discriminated against when they specifically seek out reproductive health service, and less than half felt they received competent care. 77 percent of women […]

Leveraging Mobile Technology in Reproductive Health

In Cameroon, mobile service provider, Orange, and the Ministry of Health have launched My Healthline, a mobile phone based health service. Users text their sexual health questions and receive answers from medical professionals within an hour. Orange ensures all questions are anonymous and sends them to Cameroonian doctors and nurses. Not only does this help manage the massive […]

The ideas42 Summit: Innovative Solutions to Reproductive Health Challenges

Last Friday, approximately 60 reproductive health service providers gathered at the ideas42 summit in Washington, DC to discuss how behavioral economics can help create innovative solutions to some of the major challenges in reproductive health and family planning. In addition to an in-depth explanation of behavioral economics and the psychologies of decision making and action, […]