SMART Advocacy: More than a “Seat at the Table”

Creating a regional pool of facilitators on the SMART Advocacy 2.0 approach in West Africa. For youth activists across West Africa, a “seat at the table” is not enough—young people must be closely involved and engaged in the family planning (FP) and reproductive health (RH) policies and programs that are designed to serve their needs. […]

PACE Launches Its Policy Communication Training Program in French in West Africa

The PACE Project (Policy, Advocacy, and Communication Enhanced for Population and Reproductive Health), funded by USAID and implemented by PRB, debuted its Policy Communication Fellows Program in French in October 2020, in collaboration with the Ouagadougou Partnership Coordination Unit (OPCU). Bridging the Gap Between Research and Policymaking PRB created the program in the 1980s to […]

More women may die from pregnancy complications over poor family planning

Reproductive health stakeholders in Niger State have raised fears over poor funding for family planning and severe funding shortages to Child Spacing Advocacy amidst the COVID-19 pandemic response in the State. The experts say more women may lose their lives from complications due to reproductive health and pregnancy complications. This was contained in a communiqué issued […]

Using the Demographic Dividend as Anchor to Fight COVID-19 in Africa

The Year 2020 will be remembered as the year that heralded great global changes in reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic. This debilitating contagion has forced the entire world to rethink the future. Among them are stimulating the global economies and instituting newer social, professional and institutional protocols. The first six months of the year 2020 […]

Progress in family planning in Africa accelerating

A new study led by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health shows that women in eight sub-Saharan African countries are gaining access to and using modern contraception at a faster rate than previously projected. This rate is well ahead of benchmark goals designed to give access to family planning services to an […]

Giving girls and women the power to decide

Access to information and services for contraception and birth spacing are critical to maternal and child health programming. It is no surprise then, that IDRC is supporting research in sub-Saharan Africa to investigate emerging questions and to propose ways to improve the reproductive health of women and adolescents. Across Africa, there is a significant unmet […]

In West Africa, youth ambassadors serve as family planning advocates

ABIDJAN — International health experts are hopeful that a West African family planning initiative will encourage wider contraceptive use by having young people act as “ambassadors” for family planning, furthering the discussion on reproductive health in the region. West Africa has the world’s lowest contraceptive prevalence rate accompanied by the world’s highest fertility rate. While the […]