EngenderHealth's Reality Check Tool

NPOKI logo         Reality Check:    
            EngenderHealth's Tool for Projecting
Contraceptive Prevalence

On Thursday, December 10th, 2009, NPOKI will continue its series of presentations for members on current developments in global public health. These focused discussions bring together NPOKI members and featured guests to share topics of interest to our community. You are cordially invited to attend this very special presentation, Reality Check: EngenderHealth's Tool for Projecting Contraceptive Prevalence, in-person at EngenderHealth, New York, NY, or online. For more details, please contact Stacey McKeever at NPOKI.

Topic:                     Reality Check:
                                EngenderHealth's Tool for Projecting Contraceptive Prevalence

Presenters:           Laura Subramanian and Melanie Yahner
                                Program Associates for the RESPOND Project, EngenderHealth
Date/Time:             Thursday, December 10th, 2009
                                11:00AM – 1:00PM EDT
Place:                     EngenderHealth
                                440 Ninth Avenue, 13th Floor, New York, NY, 10001, USA

                                Ph: +1 212 561 8000
                                - or virtually -
RSVP (required):  Email Stacey McKeever at smckeever@npoki.org

Please share this invitation with others at your organization.

Projecting contraceptive prevalence trends is essential to both evaluating current family planning efforts and setting realistic programming goals for the future.  Reality Check, an Excel-based family planning forecasting tool developed by EngenderHealth, helps project contraceptive prevalence at the national and local levels.  

In this presentation, Laura Subramanian and Melanie Yahner, Program Associates with the RESPOND Project at Engenderhealth, will provide an overview of Reality Check, and demonstrate how it can be used to generate data for evidence-based advocacy and strategic planning. They will discuss the data requirements for Reality Check and demonstrate how the tool can be used to assess past contraceptive trends and test feasibility of established goals by rapidly assessing multiple scenarios/goals at various geographic levels. They will also describe how EngenderHealth has worked with colleagues in Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Bangladesh to apply Reality Check for programming and advocacy. In conclusion, they will provide an update on the release of Reality Check Version 2 with accompanying trainer’s guide, and discuss other next steps.


Laura Subramanian and Melanie Yahner hold masters degree in public health and have several years of experience in the field of sexual and reproductive health. They are currently Program Associates with The RESPOND Project, a 5-year USAID-funded global initiative managed by EngenderHealth to increase the use of family planning/reproductive health services, with a focus on long-acting and permanent methods.

Laura SubramanianMs. Subramanian's responsibilities at EngenderHealth include developing models for family planning programming and integration with other reproductive health services, rolling out tools for evidence-based FP programming and advocacy, and contributing to global analyses on family planning use. Prior to joining EngenderHealth, she served as a Harvard University Fellow at the Africa Centre for Health & Population Studies in South Africa. Recent publications include Revitalizing long acting and permanent methods of family planning in Uganda: the ACQUIRE Project’s district approach (ACQUIRE Project 2008), and Family planning methods among women in a microbicide feasibility study in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa (AJRH 2008). Ms. Subramanian is also the co-reviser of chapters on HIV/AIDS and Safer Sex in the 2005 edition of Our Bodies Ourselves, an internationally renowned women’s health resource.

Melanie YahnerMs. Yahner holds a masters degree in public health from Columbia University.  Her responsibilities at EngenderHealth include providing monitoring, evaluation and research support to field and global programs, facilitating the development and implementation of the RESPOND global research agenda, performing data analysis and creating contraceptive trends projections.  Prior to joining The RESPOND Project, Ms. Yahner provided evaluation support to the International Planned Parenthood Federation’s Western Hemisphere Region, facilitated the establishment of the monitoring and evaluation system for EngenderHealth’s CHAMPION project in Tanzania and provided trainings on sexual and reproductive health issues as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras.

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