Step UP Strengthening evidence for programming on unintended pregnancy


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Activity update: In early October, the STEP UP team investigating reasons for unmet need for family planning (with particular attention to measurement of unintended pregnancy) began its second round of data collection, followed by a one-week training session. A total of 7,700 women in three study sites in Bangladesh (Matlab) and Kenya (Nairobi and Homa Bay) will be followed up with. Study participants will be asked about pregnancies, births, and month-to-month use of contraception between the two rounds, in addition to women’s views and experiences of use of pills, injectables, implants and condoms.

New journal article: Long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) are highly effective at reducing unintended pregnancy. Mobile phones offer a low-cost mechanism for providing individualised support to women with contraception outside of the clinic setting, which may be especially valuable in a setting like Bangladesh where uptake of LARCs are low. This study, Using automated voice messages linked to telephone counselling to increase postmenstrual regulation contraceptive uptake and continuation in Bangladesh: Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial, will provide information on the effects of such an intervention among MR clients in Bangladesh.

Recent event: To coincide with the 2017 Family Planning Summit, STEP UP hosted a research symposium in collaboration with the Maternal Healthcare Markets Evaluation Team. The symposium — Bridging the gap to FP2020: Evidence to accelerate progress toward meeting the need for family planning — brought together nearly 200 academics, implementers, donors, governments, and civil society members to share the latest evidence on unmet need for family planning, review evidence-informed programming for addressing unmet need, and discuss a research agenda aligned to the global architecture for family planning. To view the meeting programme, please click here.

Evidence briefs developed for 2017 London Family Planning Summit: Based on evidence from STEP UP and developed in partnership with DFID and WHO, seven evidence briefs were prepared for the Family Planning Summit held in London this summer. The briefs highlight evidence and provide research and programme considerations for improving access to family planning, and cover the following global themes: