Some 214 million women (link is external) of reproductive age in developing regions who want to avoid pregnancy are not using a modern contraceptive method. Evidence suggests that expanding method choice, as well as providing better information about available methods, can improve family planning access for these girls and women.

The Advancing Partners & Communities project, in collaboration with Family Planning 2020 (link is external), the Implementing Best Practices initiative (link is external), and USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health (link is external), hosted a webinar series to share information about various family planning methods.

The fifth webinar in this series: Vasectomy, will be on Tuesday, August 2, 2018, from 9:00–10:00 A.M. ET.

Roy Jacobstein of IntraHealth; Lynn Van Lith of JHUCCP; and Alfred Twagiramungu of Jhpiego, will discuss vasectomy and their in-country and programmatic experiences.

The webinar will take place on Adobe Connect. A link to the webinar will be distributed to all registrants prior to the webinar.

A webinar on tubal ligation will be held in the coming months. View recordings from the four previous webinars in the Expanding Contraceptive Choice series.

Meet the Speakers

Roy Jacobstein, IntraHealth

Roy Jacobstein is a Senior Medical Advisor at IntraHealth International. He has authored many peer-reviewed papers on a range of FP/RH topics including vasectomy, female sterilization, contraceptive implants, fostering change in medical settings, and the importance of constructive male engagement. He has served as an expert technical advisor to the World Health Organization on the Medical Eligibility for Contraceptive Use and FP: A Global Handbook for Providers and to USAID’s Technical Advisory Group on High Impact Practices. A pediatrician and public health physician, Dr. Jacobstein has MD and MPH degrees from the University of Michigan and is also an Adjunct Professor of Maternal and Child Health at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Public Health.

Lynn Van Lith, JHUCCP

Lynn Van Lith has nearly 25 years of experience working in international development with a focus on HIV and reproductive health. Much of her work over the past two decades has focused on providing technical leadership and guidance to programs with a particular focus on social and behavior change interventions and strategies to create impact through effective FP and HIV prevention and treatment interventions in sub-Saharan Africa. Her work has included a focus on community engagement, adolescent girls and young women, key populations and more recently in understanding how best to engage men across the treatment continuum. Publications have focused on the impact of health communication in HIV prevention and care outcomes and long-acting and permanent contraceptive methods. Lynn has lived in Zambia and South Africa and provided technical support to nearly 20 countries across Africa and Asia. She has worked for a variety of institutions including UNDP, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and IPPF affiliates in Africa. Lynn is currently the Technical Director on the Breakthrough ACTION project at the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs.

Alfred Twagiramungu, Jhpiego

For the past 3 years, Alfred is serving as the FP/ASRH Team lead in MCSP/Rwanda. Before he joined MCSP, he worked as a volunteer in Liberia, deployed by the African Union in the fight against the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa. He has played various roles in the Rwandan health system, where he worked 2 years as a Medical Doctor in a specialized Gynecology-obstetric hospital and 6 years as the Director of a district hospital. During that time, he had multiple opportunities to build his skills in family planning, including as a provider and trainer for permanent methods (male and female) and to work on engaging men in reproductive health. He has over 11 years of field experience conducting training and mentoring Medical Doctors in tubal ligation and vasectomy procedures and skills. In 2009, he received an MPH from the National University of Rwanda, School of Public Health in the Department of Public Health.