Rosalijn Both

  • PhD Researcher
  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences Program group Anthropology of Health, Care and the Body

Rosalijn Both is a historian (MA, University of Groningen, the Netherlands) and medical anthropologist (MSc, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands). Her PhD research on the use of reproductive and sexual health technologies by young men and women in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, builds on her longstanding experience in conducting participatory research on issues related to gender, health and sexuality, in particular on family planning, HIV/AIDS, and leprosy, in Ethiopia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


Rosalijn conducted ethnographic research among young people (aged 18-35) in urban Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She focused on young people’s encounters with contemporary reproductive and sexual health technologies, in particular Postpill (an emergency contraceptive pill) and Cupid (a branded generic of Viagra), to shed light on their sexual health concerns and aspirations.

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R. Both. 2015. A matter of sexual confidence: young men’s non-prescription use of Viagra in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Culture, Health & Sexuality. Forthcoming.

R. Both. 2015. Emergency contraceptive use in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Challenging common assumptions about young people’s contraceptive practices. Reproductive Health Matters 23(45):58-67.

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R. Both and F. Samuel. 2014. Keeping silent about emergency contraceptives in Addis Ababa: a qualitative study among young people, key stakeholders, and service providers. BMC Women’s Health 14:134.

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