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Strengthening Evidence for Programming on Unintended Pregnancy – ‘STEP-UP’ (2011-2016)

STEP UP is a 6 year research programme consortium funded by DFID and coordinated by Population Council alongside 5 partner institutions; the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh, the African Population and Health Research Centre, Marie Stopes International, and Partners in Population and Development.

The consortium aims to generate policy relevant research to prevent unintended pregnancies and reduce unwanted births by reducing the unmet need for family planning and safe abortion services

Burkina Faso STEP UP

Family planning education © Marina Daniele

STEP UP addresses two key questions:

  • How can existing health systems be strengthened so that unmet needs for family planning and safe abortion are reduced, especially among poor women?
  • Which innovations in technology, delivery, and financing can best expand access to family planning and safe abortion, especially among poor women?

Research is being carried out under 5 main themes

LSHTM´s focus is mostly on Research Theme 1: Understanding the determinants and consequences of unintended pregnancy with particular focus on the unmet need for family planning. Some key activities are concerned with:

  • Understanding the low level of contraceptive use among low fertility educated women in Accra;
  • Improving uptake of postpartum family planning methods in Burkina Faso;
  • Improving the measurement of unsafe abortion;
  • Evaluating impact of programmes aimed at improving the uptake of family planning/reducing unintended pregnancies.


Members of the STEP-UP team at LSHTM include: Veronique Filippi, Kazuyo Machiyama, Marina Daniele, Cicely Marston, Onikepe Owolabi.

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