Why Contraceptive Innovation?

Despite the availability of various contraceptive methods, more than 200 million women in developing countries want to avoid or delay pregnancy yet are not using an effective family planning method. For some of these women, access to contraception is limited. For others, currently available methods do not meet their needs or preferences or are unaffordable. Innovative solutions are needed in the areas of product development, registration, pricing, and introduction to address these barriers.

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Putting Women's Voices at the Heart of MPT Development

Hypothetically Speaking...If We Build it, Will They Come?
Across several lines of inquiry, the biggest complaints about existing family planning methods were directly related to what makes many of them work – contraceptive steroids.

Today’s Dreams, Tomorrow’s Reality? Contraceptives that Relia...
We now have contraception options that can minimize the frequency and duration of menstrual bleeding without safety concerns, while even providing health benefits.  Unfortunately, these met...

Levoplant Receives WHO Prequalification
On June 30, 2017, the World Health Organization prequalified Sino-implant (II), a long-acting 2-rod reversible contraceptive implant marketed globally under the name of Levoplant.

Call for Concepts: Feasibility Studies for Novel Delivery System...
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has issued a call for concepts from qualified organizations to conduct preliminary feasibility studies for development of novel contraceptive delivery sys...

Method Choice – What’s Your Brain Got to Do with it?
If we want to see a game-changer family planning method introduced in the next 20 years, we should conduct well-designed user experience studies, as they may ultimately have the greatest imp...

Grand Challenges Canada Announces New Funding Round
In its Round 9 funding call, Grand Challenges Canada seeks bold, transformative ideas for products, services, and implementation models to address reproductive, maternal, newborn and child ...

Ready, Set, Design! Powering Social Media for Contraception
The YTH Live 2017 Design Challenge at the youth + tech + health conference in San Francisco focused on how social media-based platforms could support interaction with and feedback from adole...

Acceptability: Moving from Tolerable to Desirable
As contraceptive researchers, we must listen harder and think smarter to come up with new and better family planning methods that are truly acceptable. After all, women and men around the w...

Newest Awardees of Grand Challenges Explorations Announced
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has announced its newest list of Grand Challenges Explorations grantees. Two of the four Round 18 challenges are of particular interest to contraceptiv...

Calliope, the Contraceptive Pipeline Database
Calliope, the Contraceptive Pipeline Database, provides information on new and future contraceptive products, including long-acting and novel products currently only available in li...

Adding It Up: Investing in Contraception and Maternal and Newbor...
This fact sheet presents estimates for 2017 of the contraceptive, maternal and newborn health care needs of women in developing regions, critical gaps in service coverage, and the costs and ...


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