Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health

innovation in the fields of family planning, reproductive health, and population dynamics for more than 20 years


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20+ Years of Positive Disruptions

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Scholarship & Science for Social Change

Gates Institute, housed within a leading academic institution at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, has become a global leader in family planning science and scholarship with a long history of engaging and training tomorrow’s leaders.

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A Global Leader in Family Planning Since 1999

The Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health launched in 1999 in response to a global need for investments in effective family planning and reproductive health programs and research efforts. Building on the Bloomberg School’s global public health leadership, the Institute’s work translates science into action with projects in 22 countries.

Twenty years later, the Institute celebrates progress to date and forges new commitments to increase access to family planning and to improve reproductive health for women and men, communities and countries across the world.

We invest in bold ideas to unlock progress on family planning, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and related health areas.

Gates Institute's Impact

Facilitating knowledge generation, exchange, and use

The Institute continues to fill critical gaps in knowledge and generate new evidence to address questions that drive social change by pioneering research innovation and improve research methodologies.

Advocacy Wins

Surveys Completed

Implementing Cities

Advance Family Planning

Advance Family Planning

The Advance Family Planning initiative is a paradigm of effective advocacy; its ground-tested AFP SMART approach has transformed the way family planning advocates maximize their time and funds to persuade those in power to take action.

Performance Monitoring for Action

Performance Monitoring for Action

Performance Monitoring for Action project is grounded in an innovative smartphone-based infrastructure that trains and deploys local female data collectors (resident enumerators, or REs), enabling frequent, high-quality generation of actionable data on family planning and other health topics.

The Challenge Initiative

The Challenge Initiative

Through The Challenge Initiative, the Gates Institute is scaling up a successful urban reproductive health program to improve voluntary access to contraceptive services, supplies and information among the world’s urban poor.

Priority Health Areas

We cultivate new ways of thinking and doing to amplify locally led change. Together with local partners, we identify and act on ideas with the greatest promise to advance universal, equitable access to SRHR and enhance well-being.
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Initiatives that aim to increase the financial investment and political commitment needed to ensure access to quality, voluntary family planning


Family Planning & Reproductive Health COVID-19 Resources to ensure all continue to receive the quality reproductive healthcare they need

Demographic Dividend

Rapid economic growth from social and economic investments made in health, education, governance, and the economy


Fueling a data revolution to guide family planning programs

Urban Health

A “business unusual” approach to financing, scaling up and sustaining high-impact family planning solutions for the urban poor


Enabling young people to make informed decisions about family planning and reproductive health

20 Years of Positive Disruptions

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  • Coaching to Effectively Reach More Women and Girls with Quality Reproductive Health Services in Mombasa
    on June 24, 2022

    Shali is a TCI master coach in Mombasa County, Kenya, who inspired others to adapt her coaching apporach beyond family planning to areas such as HIV and immunization.

  • The Central African Republic for the first time allocates domestic resources for family planning
    on June 24, 2022

    The Central African Republic for the first time allocates domestic resources for family planning aburges Fri, 06/24/2022 - 13:50 Mon, 06/27/2022 - 12:00 On December 21, 2021, the National Assembly of the Central African Republic allocated 100 million West African Francs (XOF) (US $160,000) in their fiscal year 2022 budget for the purchase of contraceptives. This is the first-time domestic resources have been allocated for family planning commodities within the national budget. Prior to this, all funds for the purchase of contraceptives in the Central African Republic have come from external sources. The Central African Republic has a population of approximately 4.6 million people, and access to health services including family planning varies across its seven regions [1]. The maternal mortality rate is among the highest in the region with 890 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births [2]. The modern contraceptive prevalence rate (mCPR) is estimated to be around 18% [3]. In their 2019 Family Planning 2020 commitment, the government committed to reduce its maternal mortality rate, increase its mCPR, and ensure that young people have access to youth-friendly health information and services. Key to achieving these goals was the commitment to allocate funding in their fiscal year 2020 national budget to stock and distribute contraceptives [2]. But it did not happen. In September 2020, the Central African Association for Family Well-Being (Association Centrafricaine pour le Bien Être Familial, or [ACABEF])—an International Planned Parenthood Federation member association—received a grant from Advance Family Planning’s Opportunity Fund to ensure the government followed through. In February 2021, ACABEF in collaboration with UNFPA and other stakeholders came together to develop an advocacy strategy to ensure the Ministry of Health included the allocation in their budget request to the Ministry of Finance and Budget. However, between armed conflicts and the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly all government processes halted. By May, hostilities had faded, COVID-19 cases were down, and legislative elections held. A new government and National Assembly were established in June, with the Minister of Health remaining in office. Between March and October, ACABEF held several consultation meetings with civil society organizations, allies, government stakeholders, and individuals within the National Assembly to prepare for the fiscal year 2022 budget cycle. Their aim was to harmonize viewpoints, understand their opposition, and persuade the Ministry that this budget allocation was important. As a result of these discussions, the Director of Family Health and Population asked the Ministry of Health to include a budget allocation for the purchase of contraceptives in their budget request. In early October, the National Assembly held their first session focused on the 2022 budget. In November, advocates received word that the budget proposal submitted to the National Assembly by the Ministry of Finance and Budget did not include the requested allocation for family planning commodities, with a note citing the omission was due to their need to prioritize funding the war effort. ACABEF quickly revised their strategy and brought key champions on board to understand why the allocation was not included and chart a path forward. On November 26, UNFPA, FP2030, and ACABEF were invited to meet with the President of the National Assembly on the issue. He was particularly ‘sensitive to the situation as a father having daughters’ and pledged to support the inclusion of the allocation in the budget proposal if the request was reintroduced. In early December Solange Pagonendji Ndakala, the gender advisor to the National Assembly, asked the National Assembly to reconsider the request for fiscal year 2022. On December 21, 2021, the National Assembly approved the request, allocating 100 million XOF (US $160,000) for the purchase of contraceptives from the domestic budget. ACABEF is working to ensure the funds are released in a timely manner in consultation with the government, UNFPA, and other stakeholders. They are also looking ahead to advocate for the inclusion of a similar or higher allocation for family planning commodities in fiscal year 2023. Sources: Bohy-Ngombet, Z. (2019). Rapid Assessment of availability of SRH and FP commodities in Jeune S3 supported health facilities in Central African Republic [Powerpoint Slides]. 19th General Membership Meeting of the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition. Retrieved from: https://www.rhsupplies.org/fileadmin/uploads/rhsc/General_Membership_Meetings/Kathmandu_2019/Presentations/Day_3/Parallel_Sessions/Rapid_assessment_of_availability_of_SRH_and_FP_commodities_in_JeuneS3_supported_health_facilities_in_Central_African_Republic_-_ZARAMBAUD_BOHY-NGOMBET_Romaric_Ghislain.pdf Family Planning 2020. (2019). CAR FP2020 Commitment (French). Retrieved from: https://fp2030.org/sites/default/files/FP_2020_RCA_2019.pdf Track20. (2020-2021). Central African Republic. Retrieved from: http://track20.org/Central_African_Rep Related PAI

  • Impact of the Early Stages of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Coverage of Reproductive, Maternal, and Newborn Health Interventions in Ethiopia: A Natural...
    on June 23, 2022

    Impact of the Early Stages of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Coverage of Reproductive, Maternal, and Newborn Health Interventions in Ethiopia: A Natural Experiment laura.wells@jh… Thu, 06/23/2022 - 15:06 The COVID-19 pandemic and response have the potential to disrupt access and use of reproductive, maternal, and newborn health (RMNH) services. Numerous initiatives aim to gauge the indirect impact of COVID-19 on RMNH. The impact of COVID-19 on RMNH coverage in the early stages of the pandemic was assessed using panel survey data from PMA Ethiopia. Enrolled pregnant women were surveyed 6-weeks post-birth. We compared the odds of service receipt, coverage of RMNCH service indicators, and health outcomes within the cohort of women who gave birth prior to the pandemic and the COVID-19-affected cohort. Article Ethiopia Maternal & Newborn Health COVID-19 Journal Article

  • Four Cities in Benin and Niger Celebrate Graduating from TCI’s Direct Support
    on June 16, 2022

    Three cities in Benin – Abomey-Calavi, Cotonou and UCOZ – and one in Niger – Niamey – graduated from The Challenge Initiative’s (TCI’s) direct support in June.

#NextGen FP Leadership

Gates Institute continues to identify, develop, and connect the new generation of family planning leaders through powerful programs and platforms such as the Gates Scholars, the 120 Under 40: The New Generation of Family Planning Leaders, Gates Institute Global Health Leadership Accelerator program, the ever-growing, youth-focused opportunities at the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP), and the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning (IYAFP), which was born out of the 2013 ICFP.
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Spotlight on Youth Initiatives

The NextGen Catalyst Initiative aims to ensure harmonized efforts to develop and leverage emerging family planning leaders across the world to accelerate the transformation of FP & SRHR program implementation, research and advocacy agendas, as well as scale-up high-impact solutions worldwide. 

International Conference on Family Planning

Through the biennial International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP), the largest academic conference of its kind, the Gates Institute works with governments and partner organizations to bring together the family planning community to share knowledge and best practices, celebrate successes, and chart a course forward for family planning worldwide.

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We're committed to inclusion, diversity, anti-racism, and equity.

We are actively working every day to create an anti-racist environment where we fuel our creativity and excellence by cultivating a more equitable, inclusive, and socially just community.

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