The recent increase in Egypt’s total fertility rate from 3.0 in 2008 to 3.5 in 2014, along with stalling contraceptive rates and persistent unmet need for family planning (FP), highlights a need to explore new venues for providing FP services. The specific objectives of this study were to determine the size, scope, and scale of private sector FP […]


A “total market approach” (TMA) to family planning promotes access to family planning for individuals and couples through coordination and collaboration among government health care services, nonprofit health care services, and the business/commercial sector for family planning products. While many countries are interested in the TMA approach to family planning policies and strategies, it’s difficult […]


Vasectomy is a safe and highly effective family planning method for men and couples who do not want any more children, but in low resource settings, few men seek out or have access to this method. Increasing the voluntary use of vasectomy is a cost-effective strategy for countries to reduce unmet need for family planning, […]

Meeting Report

This interactive half-day auxiliary session at ICFP 2016 in Nusa Dua, Bali provided participants with practical examples of how implementation science (IS) can inform programming and policies related to family planning and reproductive health. Presentations, case studies, and group discussions sought to address the following questions: What are the benefits and challenges or limitations of an IS […]


The recent increase in Egypt’s fertility rate, following decades of progress in lowering fertility levels, highlights the need for renewed attention to the country’s family planning program. The Ministry of Health is currently the largest provider of family planning in Egypt, serving a diverse population of women, many of whom may not need the free public service. Expanding the […]