While some African countries have made strides in prevalence of contraceptive use, Africa still lags the world in access to family planning. According to the 2016 Atlas of African Health Statistics, 24% of married women ages 15-49 have unmet contraceptive needs.

As a medical student in Rwanda, Jean Christophe Rusatira grew determined to help the many street kids he encountered near his university. Rusatira’s quest to help youth find better opportunities sparked his career-shaping interest in public health, and ultimately led to his…

Although Big Pharma has shown little interest in developing male birth control, scientists continue to forge ahead with numerous new contraceptive techniques, including one that may start human trials within the next year.If successful, those innovations could cut into half…

Patricee Douglas, MBBS, a 120 Under 40: The New Generation of Family Planning Leaders winner of 2016, stands out as the only winner from the Caribbean region. The program, organized by the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at the…

One program that has seen a boost under the federal budget—receiving $90 million annually—is also one that studies show doesn’t work: Abstinence-only-until-marriage sex-ed.What’s more, the Department of Health and Human Services also recently announced the end to funding…

A sex ed scandal in Egypt highlighted increasing tension between tradition and practicality when a group of Egyptian university students created a sex ed magazine for a project and faced media outrage.  

They might be young, but they have already made great waves in the field of family planning around the globe.

Marvin C. Masalunga, a doctor in the Philippines who gave up far more lucrative prospects to serve rural communities, is next up in GHN’s Q&A series highlighting 120 Under 40 leaders.

Margaret Bolaji, a youth activist for girls’ health and rights in Northern Nigeria, is kicking off GHN’s new Q&A series to highlight the efforts of the 2016 120 Under 40 leaders.

A program that encourages Nigerians to adopt modern contraceptives was associated with a 10% increase in the use of contraceptives and the desire to have fewer children in 6 Nigerian cities between 2010 and 2014.