family planning

The HKN program is modeled after a door-to-door sales approach for a line of health products including condoms and oral contraceptives pills. The HealthKeepers go the last mile—right to the doorstep—to sell the basic health-promoting products, especially for women and children.

The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) is a global research institute with headquarters in Washington, D.C., and regional offices in Nairobi, Kenya, and New Delhi, India. Our research evidence identifies women’s contributions as well as the obstacles that prevent them from being economically strong and able to fully participate in society. ICRW translates these insights into a path of action that honors women’s human rights, ensures gender equality and creates the conditions in which all women can thrive.

March 05, 2015

Join The Chicago Council and a network of international thought-leaders for a discussion on how an investment in women’s health can lead to a more equitable and prosperous future. The event will also be streamed live. Follow #IWD2015 and #makeithappen on twitter for updates. 


This module targets community health workers and other frontline health care workers who educate and counsel about family planning and provide short-acting family planning methods and refer for longer-term methods.


The just published HIP brief written by Ben Bellows, Population Council; Elaine Menotti, USAID; and Shawn Malarcher, USAID, describes how vouchers can address key challenges for family planning programs, discusses the potential contribution to improving the quality and use of contraceptive services, outlines key issues for planning and implementation, and identifies knowledge gaps.

Journal Article

In September 2013, a technical consultation held in Research Triangle Park, NC, USA, concluded that, in the developing world, drug shops have the potential to play a much greater role in helping women and couples achieve their family planning intentions. The group of 15 researchers and program experts found that sale of depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA) is common in drug shops in some countries and that training, policy, research and advocacy interventions should be prioritized by funders and the family planning community.

WellShare International conducted a district assessment on readiness for community-based access to injectables and results showed that only 3 out of the 55 Health Centers in Iganga offer youth-friendly services and that less than 10 percent of Health Center staff are trained in YFS.

Through partnership with local government and lower health centers, WellShare International is offering community-based HIV counseling and testing services through outreaches and is integrating family planning alongside other services.


This blog by CCIH member Dr. Paul Robinson explores the connections between family planning and the supporting theology.


These technical reference materials are a guide to help implementers think through their ability and needs in choosing to implement a family planning project or a family planning component of an integrated health project.