Press Release

Throughout the Reproductive Life Course: Opportunities and Challenges for Empowering Girls and Women

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) along with USAID’s flagship projects for family planning and reproductive health and maternal and child health—the Evidence to Action (E2A) Project and the Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP), respectively—are collaborating with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to host a two-day technical meeting entitled Throughout the Reproductive Life Course: Opportunities and Challenges for Empowering Girls and Women.

The invite-only meeting will be held Wednesday, April 2 and Thursday, April 3 at the Mayflower Hotel, in Washington, DC, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Although the attendee list is limited to those invited, the host organizations will share knowledge generated through the meeting with a wide audience of global and national stakeholders.

Shared Mission

USAID and HRSA are working on similar problems in reproductive health, including adolescent pregnancies, rapid and repeat pregnancies, and preterm births. Both agencies are developing tools and models to reach vulnerable, marginalized, low-income populations, especially to help girls and women make healthy decisions over the entire reproductive life course. This meeting will focus specifically on HRSA's model of interconceptional care and USAID's approach to integrating family planning into maternal and child health interventions throughout the life cycle in multiple countries. It will also examine emerging best practices/experiences in reproductive and interconceptional health care from both domestic and international programs.

Six Technical Themes

The meeting will support research in the aforementioned technical areas, including the generation of evidence on effective models and approaches, and shared learning about what works, what doesn’t work, and why.  Presentations will focus on the following six themes:

  1. Using Family Planning to Prevent High-Risk Pregnancies—Includes adolescent pregnancies, rapid and repeat pregnancies, postpartum or post-miscarriage/induced abortion, advanced maternal age pregnancies, high-parity pregnancies.
  2. Youth—Includes addressing positive youth development, self-esteem, goal-setting, reaching first-time parents, HIV prevention, engaging boys, preventing child marriage, or responding to the needs of married adolescents.
  3. Community-Based Services—Successes or challenges of community-based programs and activities to influence interpregnancy length and/or intendedness of conceptions, including improved couple communication and joint/respectful decision-making.
  4. Family Planning Integration with Health Services—Integrating family planning with other health services (e.g., maternal health [antenatal, safe delivery, postpartum care], nutrition services, child health and immunization services, addressing postpartum depression, gender-based violence, or reproductive coercion).
  5. Multisectoral Family Planning Links with Non-Health Activities—Family planning linkages with non-health activities (e.g., life skills, literacy, microcredit, income generation, education promotion [keeping girls in school] and skills needed for productive employment).
  6. Integration of Empowerment or Motivational Components (or holistic family planning/maternal, newborn and child health services, which include empowerment or motivational components through use of reproductive life planning and other innovations to overcome barriers to empowerment).

If you will be attending the meeting, please click here for more information, including logistics, schedules, and speaker bios. If you would like to receive information about outcomes of the meeting and are not already on E2A’s dissemination list, please contact Laurel Lundstrom at llundstrom@e2aproject.org.