Maternal death, mortality of children under 5 and teenage pregnancy are higher in conflict-torn South Kivu than the rest of the Democratic Republic of the Congo—signs of conflict’s disruptive toll on family planning services.   Arla Gruda of the International Institute of…

Global birth rates have been falling since the 1980s. So why, in some African countries, did they creep up 20 years later? Perhaps because of 1980s austerity, say researchers from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.

Right after President Trump was elected, there was talk of women rushing to secure long-lasting reversible birth control: “The kind that could feasibly last through the duration of a Trump presidency,” writes Stephanie Ebbert.   

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, “…