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Beginning with the End In Mind, A Series

“Beginning with the end in mind"; in the field of contraceptive research and development, we often use this phrase to highlight the importance of keeping the needs and perspectives of potential end users front-and-center as we design, test, evaluate, and introduce new products and services. At the heart of efforts to “begin with the end in mind” are considerations to ensure acceptability, affordability, accessibility, and equity.

The CTI Exchange will be exploring this topic through the "Beginning with the End in Mind" series, which will dive deeper into key issues and bring together as many perspectives and voices as possible.

In "How can we more effectively “begin with the end in mind” in contraceptive R&D?", Emily Hoppes of FHI 360 introduces the series and explains the key concepts of acceptability, accessibility, affordability, and equity.

Next, FHI 360's Dr. Amelia Mackenzie, poses four “what if” questions, imagining what improved integration of social-behavioral research into contraceptive R&D could look like in "Reimagining how social-behavioral research can be integrated into contraceptive R&D."

In celebration of Menstrual Hygiene Day, Drs. Chelsea Polis, Funmilola (Funmi) OlaOlorun, and Simon Kibira explore how we can understand the broad spectrum of perspectives on contraceptive-induced menstrual changes (CIMCs) and incorporate these considerations into the development and evaluation of new contraceptive products in this video discussion.

Next in "Four Things to Know About Decolonization for Contraceptive R&D", Duke University student and FHI 360 intern Shana Abraham explores the ways racism and colonialist history and principles have shaped family planning and contraceptive R&D; and how in reflecting on these historical roots, we can more effectively improve our processes to create space for critical action to reduce global health inequities.

In this next video discussion, Grace Gayoso Pasion of Knowledge SUCCESS sits down with Lisa B. Haddad, Saumya RamaRao, and Harriet Birungi of the Population Council to discuss the importance of self-care. They call for research and development that expands options for more and better self-managed contraceptive methods in order to increase access, acceptability, affordability, and equity for family planning users globally.

Next, FHI 360 Research Fellow, Marissa Velarde reflects on a new report from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Salient Advisory about about how health care supply chain start-ups in sub-Saharan Africa are transforming the distribution ecosystem to improve acceptability and accessibility. Read it here.

Keep visiting this post as the series continues for more updates and links!

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