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Assess Family Planning Needs, Preferences and Behaviors page 2

Funds for NGOs Last date 9 Nov 2016

Activities: Health/Nutrition,Others


Many women or couples do not use contraception because the methods and services available to them do not satisfy their preferences or needs, which are widely variable. Several specific barriers include those that are method-related. Changes in uterine bleeding patterns, a side effect that is frequently associated with use of hormonal contraceptives, are not acceptable in certain cultural contexts and may require resources to manage; other side effects may also be intolerable to some women. For those whose income is limited, perceived or real cost (especially of more expensive methods) is an especially important issue. Skilled health care workers are often unavailable in resource poor settings so options that allow for non-medical delivery of some methods might increase access to contraception or circumvent provider biases. Additional barriers for women arise from differing contraceptive needs depending on stage of life and childbearing desire, the need for a discreet or covert contraceptive and the need to easily and quickly reverse the effects of the method.

Large population-based surveys (e.g. DHS) provide some evidence regarding reasons for unmet need, but again, a more precise or detailed understanding of these reasons, among specific groups of users (or potential users, providers or program managers / policy makers), is needed in order to inform development of innovative products. Overall, increasing contraceptive access and acceptance requires more effort on both the demand and supply dimensions of the field, in order to meet the specific needs of women and men of reproductive age - including adolescents - in an appropriate, safe, culturally sensitive and cost-effective manner.

What we are looking for:

The goal of this call is to support the generation of primary knowledge and evidence to improve our understanding of needs, preferences and behaviors among specific groups of contraceptive users and non-users, including service providers, to inform the design and development of innovations in family planning methods. We seek proposals that are novel, well-designed and that will provide robust and reliable data; creative, cost-effective approaches to data collection will be regarded positively. Proposals should include a description of how the results could be applied to the eventual design or development of new contraceptive technologies that enhance family planning access, demand or acceptance and provide for sustained use.

Highly desirable outcomes for successful proposals might include:

Evidence generated through social, cognitive or behavioral science methodologies to inform design and development of new contraceptive products, delivered through any route of administration, for sustained or "on-demand" contraception.
A deep understanding of the needs, preferences and perspectives of specific segments of the population regarding existing and future family planning methods. Populations of interest might include, among others:
Women who want no more children
Adolescents, ages 15-19
Nulliparous women
Current users of modern contraception
Current non-users of modern contraception
Women with heath concerns; women who don’t use contraception due to side effects
Women seeking to prevent both pregnancy and STI/HIV infection
Married men
Unmarried men
Family planning service providers
A few of the many specific examples to be considered include:

  • Product-related barriers and/or facilitators experienced by specific groups of women or adolescents in accessing or using existing contraceptive methods and services;
  • Product-related reasons for non-use (non-adoption or discontinuation) of current methods among specific populations;
  • Perceptions of menstrual effects of methods, including irregular bleeding and amenorrhea;
  • Prevailing norms of contraceptive preferences and use within specific populations or geographies;
  • Women’s motivations to use family planning methods; motivations to select specific methods, including modern methods, natural family planning or other traditional methods;
  • Interest in using a permanent method of contraception among women and/or couples who have completed their desired family size;
  • Desired attributes of contraceptive methods, among specific groups of users or non-users of contraceptives, including route of administration, duration of action, service delivery point, desired non-contraceptive benefits, or other features; the potential of contraceptive attributes to influence uptake and continued use of any given method;
  • Men’s needs and perceptions of existing or future contraceptive methods;
  • Men’s willingness to use a family planning method and desired attributes of contraceptive methods, including route of administration, duration of action, service delivery point, or other features;
  • Provider perceptions of the range of contraceptive methods currently available; provider comfort with specific methods and attitudes toward administering contraceptive methods to different groups of women or to adolescents.

We will not consider funding for:
  • Research relevant only to developed world settings and populations;
  • Development of new contraceptive methods or research exploring the acceptability of an individual method in development;
  • Biomedical research;
  • Large survey-based research;
  • Secondary analysis of existing large survey-based data sources (e.g. DHS).
  • Grants will be selected on ability to create impact in the context of our existing global health priorities.
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