Assessing the availability, accessibility, and acceptability of emergency contraception in Tunisia

In 2001, Tunisia became the first country in the Arab world to register a dedicated emergency contraceptive pill (ECP). However, little research has been undertaken to systematically evaluate the service delivery and use patterns of ECPs in Tunisia. Our study aimed to fill this gap. Through this multi-methods study we assessed the availability, accessibility, and acceptability of EC in Tunisia and focused on the perspectives and experiences of pharmacists and both married and unmarried women. This project was undertaken in partnership with the Tunisian Center for Public Health and Ibis Reproductive Health.

Documenting the experiences of Yazidi women abducted by ISIS

We recently completed a qualitative exploratory study dedicated to Yazidi women’s experiences while in captivity. We were asked to conduct this study with an Iraqi community-based organization in order to help them develop and evaluate a culturally appropriate clinical and psycho-social intervention.

Expanding access to emergency contraception among Syrian refugees in Jordan

We are conducting a series of studies dedicated to emergency contraception in Jordan. Our baseline research informed the development and implementation of trainings for the largest reproductive health service provider to Syrian refugees in Jordan and incorporation of emergency contraception into their standard of care protocols. We are now in the process of evaluating the impact of this effort.

Preventing and responding to early marriage in Jordan

With a number of local partners in several areas of the country, we are engaged in a multipronged initiative to prevent and respond to early marriage among both Syrian refugees and Jordanians. We are now in the process of evaluating the interventions.