Who We Are
Through partnership with international and local organizations, the Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) at Georgetown University strives to: expand family planning choices to meet the needs of women and men worldwide; advance gender equality by helping women and men across the lifecycle learn about and take charge of their reproductive health; and involve communities in reproductive health interventions that improve their wellbeing.
Where We Work
IRH has contributed to a range of health initiatives in over 30 countries worldwide. Use the interactive map to explore our work in each country.
Projects in this country:
- Passages Project
- Improving Implementation
- Advancing Understanding
- Masculinities, Faith and Peace
- Enhancing Evaluation
- Growing Up GREAT! The Way Forward
- Strengthening Scale-Up
- Girma Project
- FGM Reduction in Senegal
- Bien Grandir Plus!
- REAL Fathers Initiative
- FACT Project
- GREAT Project
- Strengthening couple-centered family planning through faith-based organizations
- The Social Norms Learning Collaborative
- HIV Prevention Project
- Mobilizing FBOs
- New & Underused Methods
- FAM: Direct-to-consumer
- FAM: Scale-up
- Lactational Amenorrhea Method
- TwoDay Method®
- Standard Days Method®
- A3 Project
- U.S. Projects
- FAM Project
- FAM: Gender
- FAM: Faith-based Organizations
- FAM: Adolescents
- Tékponon Jikuagou
- Social Networks Quiz
- AWARENESS Project
- Technical Assistance
IRH was founded in 1985 as part of the Georgetown University Medical Center to address family planning gaps worldwide. The primary focus of our early work was meeting the global demand for fertility awareness-based, or natural, methods. This work included research on the development and implementation of new, easy-to-use fertility awareness-based methods of family planning.
Today our work is much broader. It touches many cross-cutting themes within reproductive health such as Family Planning, Adolescents, Gender Equality, Fertility Awareness, Strategic Scale-up, Mobilizing Technology for Reproductive Health, and Monitoring, Learning & Evaluation. We also go beyond research and development of new reproductive health tools and focus on introduction and scale-up of sustainable approaches.
Our work has been made possible thanks to Georgetown University, USAID, partners both centrally and in field programs, and the thousands of women and men around the world who have participated in our research.
IRH has over 25 years of experience in designing and implementing evidence-based programs that address critical needs in sexual and reproductive health. The hallmark of our work is translating scientific data into simple and practical guidance for clinic- and community-based reproductive health programs. This is accomplished using a Solution Development Cycle, which helps us move evidence-based research into promising solutions. Key principals to this approach include:
- Identification of high impact opportunities
- Rigorous formative research, ongoing testing, and active participation of stakeholders
- User-centric design of new products based on needs of our users
- Tailored solutions that integrate the product into the market for sustainability and scale