The general mood at the 2016 International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) bounced between unbridled optimism to the pessimistic realism of "veterans" like Ellen Starbird, USAID’s director of population and reproductive health, who noted quite plainly that “15 years from now we are still going to be sitting here and saying we have a long way to go.”
To be a girl in the Viwandani slum of Nairobi, Kenya, means sleeping in a one-room shack with as many as eight members of your family. It means convincing your parents that your monthly school fees are worth struggling to save for. It means scrounging for rags or old mattress stuffing to fashion a sanitary pad so you can go to school during that time of the month.
Bali (Indonesia) and Hyderabad (India): 31 year old Sali, a domestic help in Indias Hyderabad is pregnant with her 4th child. It was not a decision taken by Sali who wanted an abortion as she felt the life was too hectic and hard to have a baby. But her husband was adamant: we have three daughters. I want a son. You must have this child, he had said, thus sealing the conversation.
The Measurement, Learning & Evaluation (MLE) Project is the evaluation component of the Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (Urban RH Initiative), a multi-country program in India, Kenya, Nigeria and Senegal that aims to improve the health of the urban poor.
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