Step UP Strengthening evidence for programming on unintended pregnancy

STRENGTHENING EVIDENCE FOR PROGRAMMING ON UNINTENDED PREGNANCY

Collaborating to generate policy-relevant research
that reduces unintended pregnancy

STEP UP (Strengthening Evidence for Programming on Unintended Pregnancy) is a six-year research program that accelerates progress toward achieving MDGs 4 and 5 through strengthening evidence-based programming for reducing unmet need for family planning and safe abortion services. The STEP UP Research Program Consortium (RPC) generates policy-relevant research that promotes the use of an evidence-based approach for improving access to family planning and safe abortion services, reducing unintended pregnancy in target countries in Africa and South Asia.

The roles of the consortium's six partners include the following:

Population Council, primary partner
Nairobi, Kenya

    • Manage RPC and subcontracts
    • Liaise with DFID
    • Implement research, utilization of findings, and communication
    • Coordinate communication of RPC findings to the global development community

African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC)
Nairobi, Kenya

    • Ensure activities in sub-Saharan Africa address regional and national priorities
    • Ensure efficiency of national research and research-utilization capacities
    • Tailor communication and knowledge utilization to the needs of local stakeholders

International Center for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B)
Dhaka, Bangladesh

    • Ensure activities in South Asia address regional and national priorities
    • Ensure efficiency of national research and research-utilization capacities
    • Tailor communication and knowledge utilization to the needs of local stakeholders

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)
London, United Kingdom

    • Ensure research builds upon existing knowledge base
    • Ensure research addresses information needs around unmet need for family planning and safe abortion
    • Ensure all research is of the highest technical quality
    • Coordinate communication of RPC findings

Marie Stopes International (MSI)
London, United Kingdom

    • Ensure quality and appropriateness of all family planning and abortion service delivery and health financing models
    • Ensure strong management information system to support rigorous monitoring and evaluation
    • Develop and implement interventions or provide technical assistance through MSI's service-delivery networks

Partners in Population and Development (PPD)
Dhaka, Bangladesh

    • Engage with key policymakers to identify demand-driven research agenda that has stakeholder commitment
    • Build capacity of policymakers to use research results
    • Communicate research findings through linking policymakers in Africa and Asia

Collaborating to generate policy-relevant research
that reduces unintended pregnancy

Population Council

The Population Council confronts critical health and development issues—from stopping the spread of HIV to improving reproductive health and ensuring that young people lead full and productive lives. Through biomedical, social science, and public health research in 50 countries, we work with our partners to deliver solutions that lead to more effective policies, programs, and technologies that improve lives around the world. Established in 1952 and headquartered in New York, the Council is a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization governed by an international board of trustees.

The Population Council is the coordinating partner of the RPC.

Address: One Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 9th floor, New York, NY, 10017
Phone: +1 212 339 0500; +1 877 339 0500
Fax: +1 212 755 6052
Website: http://www.popcouncil.org

African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC)

The APHRC is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization established in 1995 and located in Nairobi, Kenya. It seeks to promote the well-being of Africans by conducting policy-relevant research on population and health issues facing sub-Saharan Africa.

Address: APHRC Campus, 2nd floor, Kirawa Road, off Peponi Road, P.O. Box 10787-00100, Nairobi, Kenya
Phone: +254 20 400 1000; +254 20 266 2244; +254 20 266 2255
Mobile: +254 722 205 933; +254 722 205 933; +254 720 098 388; +254 733 410 102
Email: info(a)aphrc.org
Website: http://www.aphrc.org

International Center for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR, B)

The ICDDR,B is an international health research organization located in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The ICDDR,B works to translate research into treatment, training, policy advocacy, extension activities, and program-based activities.

Address: GPO Box 128, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh
Phone: +88 02 8860523-32
Fax: +88 02 8819133; +88 02 8823116
Email: info(a)icddrb.org
Website: http://www.icddrb.org

The London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (LSHTM)

The LSHTM is a institution for research and postgraduate education in public and global health, and is engaged in collaborative research activities around the world. The LSHTM focuses primarily on research in Africa, and houses multidisciplinary experts specializing in fields such as epidemiology, statistics, social science, molecular biology, and immunology.

Address: Keppel Street, London WC1E 7HT, UK
Phone: +44 0 20 7636 8636
Fax: +44 0 20 7436 5389
Website: http://www.lshtm.ac.uk

Marie Stopes International (MSI)

MSI is an international family planning organization with sexual health centers located in 40 countries across the world. Headquartered in London, MSI provides men and women with health services such as family planning, safe abortion & post-abortion care, maternal & child healthcare, diagnosis & treatment of STIs, and HIV/AIDS prevention.

Address: 1 Conway Street , Fitzroy Square, London, W1T 6LP, UK
Phone: +44 0 (20) 7636 6200
Fax: + 44 0 (20) 7034 2369 
Email: info(a)mariestopes.org
Website: http://www.mariestopes.org

Partners in Population and Development (PPD)

PPD is an intergovernmental initiative launched in 1994 at the International Conference on Population and Development. It comprises country members from across the world, and was created for the purpose of expanding and improving South-South collaboration in the fields of reproductive health, population, and development. 

Location: IPH Building (2nd Floor), Mohakhali, Dhaka-1212, Bangladesh
Mailing address: PO Box 6020, Gulshan 1, Dhaka 1212, Bangladesh
Phone: +88 02 9881882; +88 02 9881883; +88 02 8829475
Fax: +88 02 8829387; +88 02 9880264
Email: partners(a)ppdsec.org
Website: http://www.partners-popdev.org

 

What's New

    STEP UP extended for two years: We are pleased to announce that DFID has approved a two-year extension of the STEP UP RPC. During this period, our focal activities will include work on the measurement of unintended pregnancy, education sector responses to early and unintended pregnancy, and access to menstrual regulation and post-abortion contraceptive services. In addition, the RPC's efforts will reflect an increased emphasis on facilitating the uptake of the evidence generated by the program over the past six years.

    Activity update on supporting girls’ re-entry into school after pregnancy in Kenya: Schools have a key role to play in both enabling adolescents to prevent unintended pregnancy as well as supporting their re-entry into school after giving birth. An interview with STEP UP researcher Chi-Chi Undie was recently published by Newsdeeply in which she discusses STEP UP research on adolescent pregnancy and school re-entry in Homa Bay and a related proposed bill currently being debated in parliament in Kenya, the Care and Protection of Child and Parents Bill. Chi also tackles the question of what needs to come first when seeking to improve girls’ learning achievement in areas where dropout rates are high in this blog post—Is girls’ enrolment the chicken or the egg?—on the UNESCO IIEP Learning Portal.

    Activity update on task sharing for implant insertion in Nigeria: This study is investigating whether Community Health Extension Workers in Nigeria can insert contraceptive implants to the same standard as nurses and midwives. Data gathering has been completed and data cleaning is underway. Outcomes of this study are expected at the end of this spring, and will include the safety, quality, acceptability, and feasibility of this task-sharing activity. The study is a collaboration between the Ministry of Health of Nigeria and Marie Stopes International, and has also received funding from Danida, and SIFPO 2: Sustainable Networks, which is funded by the US Agency for International Development.

    New book chapter: In existing literature about school re-entry processes in East Africa, school personnel often feature as obstacles to proper implementation of policies that would enable girls’ re-entry. This book chapter, "Are school principals 'the bad guys'?: Nuancing the narrative of school re-entry policy implementation in Kenya" (published in Changing Social Norms to Universalize Girls’ Education in East Africa), seeks to create a fuller perspective of the complexities of implementing school re-entry policy by presenting 'the other side of the story,' sharing the perspectives and experiences of school personnel themselves and identifying promising approaches for going forward.

    New study protocol published: An estimated 222 million women in low- and middle-income countries have unmet need for modern contraception. Yet despite the prevalence of unmet need, there has been little rigorous research during the past fifteen years on reasons for this widespread failure to implement childbearing desires in contraceptive practice. Existing data from demographic surveys provide limited insight on the full set of possible obstacles to contraceptive use. To rectify this evidence gap, this study will gather extensive information on women’s perceptions of contraception (generic and method-specific) and their past contraceptive experience, and it will allow for more complexity in fertility preferences than is standard in demographic surveys.

    New mini docu-drama on STEP UP intervention study on married adolescents: STEP UP partner icddr,b has released a short docu-drama, "Window of Hope," based on an integrated approach to preventing unintended pregnancy among married adolescent girls living in urban slums of Bangladesh. You can view the film here.