Today is World Contraception Day!

Nandita Thatte

Dear IBP Colleagues,

Today is World Contraception Day! Thank you to all that joined us last week for the IBP Virtual Partners Meeting where we celebrated and shared new research, tools and approaches to support sexual and reproductive health and rights for people worldwide! We had close to 600 participants join live during the day for the events! For those that registered, all sessions were recorded and can be viewed on the conference platform using your login details.


In addition, please see some important resources and updates from the WHO Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research, including the UN Special Research Programme HRP, celebrating some of the key activities, achievements and partnerships of the past year.


With best wishes,


IBP Secretariat




Dear colleagues,


Today is World Contraception Day! Contraceptive information and services are fundamental to the health and human rights of all individuals.


Join the WHO Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research, including the UN Special Research Programme HRP, in celebrating some of the key activities, achievements and partnerships of the past year which are improving sexual and reproductive health and rights for all – in spite of overwhelming health system challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Help amplify important messages by:


  • Retweeting this thread from @WHO
  • Retweeting this thread from @HRPResearch
  • Reading and sharing the ongoing activites, tools and research below

Country partners – The WHO Family Planning Accelerator project supports Ministries of Health and partners in 14 countries to improve access to quality and rights-based family planning services. Recent activities include:

  • Family planning awareness campaign for youth and adolescents in Kinshasaa, Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Dissemination of the revised curricula for Lady Health Visitors (LHVs) and Family Welfare Workers (FWWs), Pakistan
  • Standardized Family planning training in Ermera municipality, Timor-Leste
  • South-South Learning Exchange (SSLE) ongoing between Nigeria - Uganda, Nepal - Sri Lanka and Cote d’Ivoire – Guinea, with three more countries (Niger, Pakistan, Tanzania) preparing to embark on the SSLE
  • Adolescent Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights Technical Assistance (AYSRHR TA) Mechanism which is currently responding to and supporting 10 countries (Afghanistan, Cameroon, Colombia, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo)

IBP Network – With over 80 member organizations, the IBP Network convenes partners to share best practices, experiences and tools to support family planning and reproductive health programming. Activities focus on supporting knowledge exchange, documentation, and implementation research efforts.  600 people attended the recent virtual WHO/IBP Partners Meeting, and here are five lessons learned from implementation stories gathered by IBP Network and Knowledge SUCCESS this year:


  • Family planning interventions are not implemented in isolation
  • In addition to High Impact Practices (HIPs), there are other “best practices” that are critical to successful program implementation
  • Linking WHO Guidelines and HIPs strengthens local implementation
  • Family planning programming is intersectoral
  • Resources are needed for documentation

Digital health COVID-19 has accelerated the rise of digital health, and digital tools and platforms have been important in WHO and HRP work on contraception this year – strengthening the collaboration of partners unable to meet face-to-face, and ensuring family planning is prioritized in WHO’s SMART Guideline approach to global guidance in the digital age:


  • The Digital Adaptation Kit (DAK) for Family Planning, developed by WHO, HRP, UNFPA, JSI, and PATH supports implementation of WHO contraception and family planning recommendations in countries’ digital systems:
  • The digital App for Medical Eligibility Criteria (MEC) for Contraceptive Use has an urgent role to play in supporting family planning providers in recommending safe, effective and acceptable contraception methods for women with medical conditions or medically-relevant characteristics.

Social accountability – The WHO and HRP Community and Provider driven Social Accountability Intervention (CaPSAI) Project examines how a social accountability process in the context of family planning contraceptive uptake and use, in Ghana and Tanzania. Social accountability interventions aim to propel change by raising community voices and holding duty bearers accountable for delivering on rights and entitlements. The continuing burden of unmet need for family planning and contraceptives (FP/C) services and information remains a challenge, and social accountability interventions are an emerging approach to complex social change.


Learn more about CaPSAI’s:

Building the evidence base –  As the main instrument within the United Nations system for research in human reproduction, HPR has a unique mandate. On World Contraception Day, do read and share the most recent publication below. You can also catch up on journal articles published by WHO and HRP on issues around contraception and SRHR here.


  • Journal: BioMed Research International
  • Title: Scoping Review on the Impact of Outbreaks on Sexual and Reproductive Health Services: Proposed Frameworks for Pre-, Intra-, and Post-outbreak Situations
  • Short link:
  • Authors: Syed Khurram Azmat, Moazzam Ali, Fahad Javaid Siddiqui, Syed Farhan Ali Tirmizi, James Kiarie
  • Abstract:
    • Introduction. Recent experiences from global outbreaks have highlighted the severe disruptions in sexual and reproductive health services that expose women and girls to preventable health risks. Yet, to date, there is no review studying the possible impact of outbreaks on sexual and reproductive health (SRH). 
    • Methodology. Studies reporting outbreaks impacting sexual and reproductive health and pregnancy outcomes were identified using MEDLINE, Embase, and ISI-WoS. Reported impacts were reviewed at systems, community, and legislative levels. Results. The initial run listed 4423 studies; the 37 studies that met all inclusion criteria were mainly from Latin America and Africa. Studies on outbreaks of diseases like Zika and Ebola have documented declines in facility-based deliveries, contraceptive use, and antenatal and institutional care due to burdened healthcare system. Service usage was also impacted by a lack of trust in the healthcare system and system shocks, including workforce capacity and availability. At the community level, poverty and lack of awareness were critical contributors to poor access to SRH services. Assessing the target population’s knowledge, attitude, beliefs, and behavior and using health literacy principles for communication were fundamental for designing service delivery. Online resources for SRH services were an acceptable medium of information among young adults. In outbreak situations, SRH and pregnancy outcomes were improved by implementing laboratory surveillance, free-of-cost contraceptive services, improved screening through professional training, and quality of care. In addition, mobile health clinics were reported to be effective in remote areas. 
    • Knowledge Contribution. In outbreaks, the interventions are categorized into preoutbreak, during, and postoutbreak periods. The proposed steps can help to improve and do course correction in emergencies. Though conducted before the COVID-19 crisis, the authors believe that lessons can be drawn from the paper to understand and mitigate the impact of the pandemic on sexual and reproductive health services.


Best wishes,

HRP Communications


WHO Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research
including UNDP-UNFPA-UNICEF-WHO-World Bank
Special Programme of Research, Development and
Research Training in Human Reproduction

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Nandita Thatte, DrPH

Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health

World Health Organization

Geneva, Switzerland

Email: thatten@...