Name: Magaly Penuela-Alonzo
Organisation: Georgetown University's Institute of Reproductive Health
Role: Administrative Officer
Country: United States
The Institute for Reproductive Health is dedicated to helping women and men around the world make informed choices about family planning and providing them with simple and effective Fertility Awareness-Based (FAB) options. Our goal is to make FAB methods easier to use and more widely available. As part of Georgetown University’s School of Medicine, the Institute conducts research to develop natural methods of family planning and test them in different service delivery settings. Developing Simple and Effective Family Planning Alternatives The Institute has developed two new methods: the Standard Days Method® and the TwoDay Method®. In addition to these two new exciting advances, the Institute is also working on other approaches that are still in the development phase. Developing Training Programs, Teaching Aids, and Tools The successful introduction of these new methods is highly dependent upon the local programs and service providers that offer them. Much of the Institute’s work involves supporting service delivery programs in the introduction and provision of these methods. The Institute designs and implements training programs to prepare service providers for all aspects of service delivery, including method selection criteria, counseling, client follow-up and recording of service statistics. The Institute also develops teaching aids to assist programs and providers in offering the method as well as tools to make methods easier to teach and learn and to ensure correct use. Conducting Clinical and Operations Research The Institute implements a variety of research studies in order to test, evaluate, and improve the provision of natural methods and different service delivery models. Clinical research and efficacy trials are central to the Institute’s work in the development and testing of new methods. The Institute also conducts Operations Research studies to evaluate and refine service delivery strategies for FAB methods. Collaborating with International Organizations The Institute collaborates with public and private organizations around the world to expand the availability of simple and effective natural methods of family planning. As programs recognize the value of integrating natural methods, the Institute is increasingly working with Ministries of Health, international agencies, private voluntary organizations, and non-governmental organizations to expand the availability of these new methods. These partnerships increase the availability of natural methods and enhance informed choice for clients around the world.