family planning


This technical brief provides an overview of current literature and an analysis of key informant interviews investigating the key challenges and successful approaches to supporting ALHIV, particularly those who are perinatally infected and living in sub-Saharan Africa.

Literature Review

This literature review synthesizes recent research on cultural barriers to men’s engagement in family planning and presents successful strategies for increasing men’s engagement based on global and regional evidence. Additionally, the literature review provides guidance for designing activities to engage men in family planning programs.

Journal Article

Building upon a recent evaluation of a theory-based male-involvement intervention in Malawi, this study examined the role of communication in the intervention's success, through semi-structured in-depth interviews with male participants and female partners of study participants. Note: A subscription is required to read the full article.

Journal Article

This journal article explores the facility- and provider-level characteristics that may be associated with same day uptake or intention to use contraception after a voluntary counseling and testing visit, and contraceptive use three months later among youth clients, controlling for client characteristics. Note: A subscription is required to view the full text.

Fact Sheet

This fact sheet discusses the Uganda Child Spacing Program which educates women about family planning options and increases access to FP services. WellShare educated more than 260,000 people about family planning through health talks, outreaches, film shows, radio programs, and district-wide events.

Journal Article

This journal article’s objective was to evaluate the feasibility, reach, and potential behavioral impact of providing automated family planning information via mobile phones to the general public in Tanzania.


This manual from WellShare International reflects the combined lessons learned and best practices identified during implementation of the Uganda Child Spacing Program.


This document, based upon an initial “Planning for Life” Project Launch and Technical Workshop that took place in New Delhi, India in September 2007, provides a strategic framework for youth reproductive health (YRH) and family planning (FP) and its integration into youth development programs.


A project assessment tool for designing and monitoring the sustainability of community-based family planning services.


This assessment on expanding access to family planning at the community level in five African countries, coupled with the presentation and rich discussion from four others made during the dissemination workshop, was the first regional attempt to describe policy and service delivery guidelines that facilitate delivery of quality FP services at the community level; to identify challenges and opportunities in addressing FP needs of underserved populations; and to synthesize commonalities for improved approaches to expanding FP services, for the Eastern, Central and Southern Africa Health Community (ECSA) region.