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Putting Women's Voices at the Heart of MPT Development
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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. Read full article
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Today’s Dreams, Tomorrow’s Reality? Contraceptives that Reliably Eliminate Menses
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... Read full article
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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. Read full article
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Call for Concepts: Feasibility Studies for Novel Delivery Systems
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... Read full article
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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... Read full article
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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 ... Read full article
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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... Read full article
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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... Read full article
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Building the Case for Product Development Partnerships
The Product Development Partnerships Innovative Financing Initiative seeks to bring clarity and guidance to the prospect of impact investment to fund global health research and development. Read full article
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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... Read full article
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UNFPA Executive Director Mourned
The family planning world has lost one of its global champions; Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), died unexpectedly on June 4, 2017. Read full article