Investments to empower women transform economies and societies and improve the well-being of businesses, communities, and families. We recognize that addressing gender inequities and inequalities unlocks this potential and cuts across all sectors. In health, this includes working towards global goals to improve the “rights of women and girls to decide for themselves, whether, when, and how many children to have.” We partner with national and sub-national stakeholders in health facilities and communities to expand access to quality reproductive health services while also changing harmful social norms and behaviors.
Reproductive Health and Family Planning.
No Glove, No Love
Everybody has a right to safe sex. This video from the Zambian Ministry of Health and USAID provides guidance on how women can communicate with their partners to protect themselves and their futures.
Alix J. Harou
Director, Global Health Supply Chain Program - Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM)
Dr. Kartlos Kankadze
Senior Technical Advisor, USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) Project
Cutting-edge Technologies in Global Health Supply Chains
To improve access to high-quality health products worldwide, the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management project employs cutting-edge technologies and industry best practices to make global health supply chains more efficient and reach more people.
Delivering Family Health Services in Rwanda
Rwanda made great strides in improving its previously faltering health care system, but family health services still had a long way to go.
3 Takeaways from Testing the Gender Competency Framework in Ethiopia
This post was adapted from a post that originally appeared on the USAID HRH2030 program’s website. Gender sensitivity is often overlooked in the slew of daily health care inquiries directed to service providers. And yet, gender norms—how a society ascribes day-to-day roles, rights, and responsibilities to women and men—play a significant role in client-provider interactions. Reproductive…
Development Works Here with Muhammad Tariq
We’d like you to meet Muhammad Tariq! Muhammad is a physician and supply chain expert. Currently serving as the country director for the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program – Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project in Pakistan, he shares his development journey from medicine to integrated supply chain systems strengthening and what draws him…
Stigmatized for 2,535 Days
Women menstruate an average of 2,535 days of their lives, according to Dr. Julitta Onabanjo of the United Nations Population Fund. That’s 2,535 days in which many women experience increased stigma, isolation, and hardship. There are many countries that are working to address this reality through the support of local partners and donors, but there…
Untapping the Potential of a ‘New’ Human Resource for Health: The Local Community Leader
This post originally appeared on the Frontline Health Workers Coalition’s blog. “There is a family of six children who were facing financial difficulties. I approached the husband and talked to him about family planning. He was hesitant at first, but now [his] wife is on Sayana Press. They recently stopped by my house to thank…
3 Questions with Samantha Law on the Importance of Creating a Gender-Competent Health Workforce
This post was adapted from one that originally appeared on the USAID Human Resources for Health in 2030 (HRH2030) program’s website. Samantha Law is a manager with Chemonics’ Global Health Division and serves as gender lead on USAID HRH2030. People and organizations work daily to augment the voices and rights of women around the globe. There…
Why “Family Planning” Is a Useful Concept
I used to deride the term “family planning.” I saw it as a sort of euphemism used to skirt around controversial aspects of in sexual and reproductive health. The term particularly bothered me when used in regard to adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH) because it seemed like an attempt to hide the fact that,…
News: Chemonics Presents at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting
What exactly is public health and how does it shape relevant issues such as climate change and sustainable agriculture? The American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting, which takes place October 31 – November 4 in Chicago, Illinois, takes a closer look at the role that public health plays across different political, environmental, social, and economic…
Safe Love: Breaking Taboos About Sex in Zambia
Can social and behavior change communications (SBCC) actually influence people’s behavior in the real world? The results of USAID’s “Safe Love” HIV Prevention Campaign in Zambia suggest that they can, even when it comes to taboo subjects like sex. The campaign’s outcome evaluation also underscores the power of good storytelling that resonates with real people…
Progress and Perseverance: Reflections on World Population Day
World Population Day (July 11) is a time for us as development professionals to celebrate and take stock of our accomplishments, of which there have been many. At the same time, it is important to recognize the challenges that lie ahead. For me, health is a basic human right, as well as one of the key…