In an effort to find out more about the program managers, policy makers, and service providers who use K4Health's POPLINE database, I recently spoke with Tendai Gunda, a nutrition expert who works on programs in Zimbabwe. POPLINE provides access to scientific articles, reports, books, and unpublished documents, and clients like Gunda continually look to the database for the family planning and reproductive health knowledge they need. Read on for Tendai Gunda’s story or share your own story. This blog is cross-posted from the CCP website.
When a program manager identifies a global development or health need, she then faces a new challenge: how to find the knowledge that will help lead to an effective program. This is why Tendai Gunda, a nutrition expert who primarily works in Zimbabwe, continues to turn to POPLINE for the information she needs to build, implement and evaluate programs. POPLINE is also seen as a resource for sharing and synthesizing new knowledge for policymakers, health care providers, researchers and teachers.
Tendai Gunda, a nutrition expert in Zimbabwe.
POPLINE is a bibliographic database that was established nearly 40 years ago as a comprehensive collection of population, family planning and related reproductive health and development literature. In 2001, POPLINE developed its own searchable website and, in the same year, became part of the Information and Knowledge for Optimal Health (INFO) project, now the Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project. POPLINE complements K4Health’s central mission of sharing public health knowledge at the global, regional and country levels. For POPLINE, this means building a database of journal articles along with published and unpublished scientific, technical and programmatic publications. Interventions covered in this “gray literature” tend to be more up-to-date and represent a more diverse geographic spread and languages other than English. By including these resources, POPLINE ensures researchers gain faster access to unbiased programmatic information. Gunda found herself using POPLINE’s broad catalog as both a student and program manager. “When I was in school I introduced [POPLINE] to several people,” she noted.