Rapid population growth and global warming are combining to dramatically threaten food security in Africa’s Sahel region—but solutions go hand-in-hand, too.   In Niamey, Niger, Sani Ayouba, who founded Jeunes Volontaires pour l’Environnement (Young Volunteers for the…

KIGALI—Somaliland's nomadic women want contraception that doesn’t force them to return for frequent follow-up visits. College students in India want access to contraceptives without having to cross state borders. In rural parts of Rwanda, women want choices beyond the…

KIGALI—In Rwanda, it might be easier to clear up misconceptions about vasectomies if it didn’t share a word with castration in Kinyarwanda, one of the country’s official languages. Other languages present the same issue, leading to a bit of a branding challenge for the…

KIGALI—The delegates assembled for the 5th International Conference on Family Planning are more than just advocates of family planning, Gates Institute Director Jose “Oying” Rimon II said in his opening remarks. They might as well be superheroes, because family planning…

NYAMIRAMA—Building a basketball court right next to the Nyamirama Health Center was no coincidence. The strategically placed court is part of a deliberate effort to improve access to health education and services in Rwanda’s Kayonza district, visited by a busload of ICFP…

Many delegates will trickle into Kigali, Rwanda this weekend for the 5th International Conference on Family Planning with little fanfare—but the youth are already starting to steal the show, with a virtual youth relay that started in Mombasa, Kenya earlier this week.

Women across the globe weighing a host of options for birth control never get a straight answer to a basic question: How will it affect me, specifically? You don’t know until you try, women are told.   For the 900 million women who use contraceptives worldwide, “…

GHN is in Kigali covering the #ICFP2018 proceedings. Check back here and on Twitter: @ghn_news for updates, and look for special exclusives in our ewnewsletter (subscribe here).   #ICFP2018 Closes, with Sights Set on 2020

As attitudes to contraception shift in India, they must contend with the realities of joint-family households. In Jharkhand, government-initiated Sammelan meetings open lines of communication between couples and their in-laws, highlighting issues like spacing out births and…

Our work is based on science and trust, on our ability to communicate reliable information—and on having people believe that information is real. We help Tanzanians change their behaviors to protect themselves from malaria by laying out the advantages of sleeping under…