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Roy Jacobstein

Roy Jacobstein

Senior medical advisor, IntraHealth International

A pediatrician and renowned public health physician, Dr. Roy Jacobstein's work in reproductive health, family planning, child health, and public health services in low-resource settings spans over 30 years—from Washington DC, to Indo-Chinese refugee camps, to countries across Africa and Asia. Jacobstein now serves as senior medical advisor at IntraHealth International.

He served as an expert technical advisor at the World Health Organization (WHO), where he has been a key contributor to developing and updating WHO’s central guidance documents, Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use and Family Planning: A Global Handbook for Providers.

Jacobstein has also been a consultant for the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Gates Institute at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the World Bank, and Save the Children. His peer-reviewed papers address many topics including unmet need for family planning, long-acting reversible and permanent contraceptive methods, the fragility of sub-Saharan African health systems, and fostering change among providers in medical settings. Before joining IntraHealth, Jacobstein served for over a decade as chief of the Communication, Management, and Training Division in the Office of Population at the U.S. Agency for International Development, as well as EngenderHealth’s medical director and clinical director of the ACQUIRE and RESPOND Projects. He is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Contraceptive Implants Are Driving Big Gains in Access to Family Planning

What have we achieved on the road to making universal access to family planning a reality? And what's next?

It’s Not Just for Women, You Know: 5 Ways for Men to Get More Involved in Contraception

When it comes to who’s using contraception, we aren’t even close to 50-50.

On World Population Day, Let's Do More for the World

The U.S. contribution to family planning programs represents less than one cheeseburger per American per year. We can do better.

The Kindest Cut: Global Need to Increase Vasectomy Availability

The unavailability of vasectomy services in low-income countries is a program issue and a gender issue. Here's how we can address it.

With Gender Equity Comes Vasectomy, and Vice Versa

Vasectomy is safe, effective, and leads to greater gender equity. So why hasn’t it caught on in many low-income countries?

Five Big Questions for the Future of Global Family Planning

For less than the cost of a cheeseburger per American per year, we could reduce population growth by 500 million. What's the holdup?

Five Ways to Address Provider Bias in Family Planning

Health workers don't arrive at work as blank slates. They bring their own multidimensional personalities, beliefs, and biases.