Official opening of the Knowledge Management Share Fair held in Arusha, Tanzania. Photo: Wycliffe Omanya
It is said that whoever has knowledge wields power. This is true, but it is also true that knowledge is a factor of people. A world is emerging where whoever shares and manages knowledge better is possibly the most powerful.
USFS Region 5 via Flickr, 2009. Description: Hands surrounding a freshly planted pine tree.
The first time I heard of Earth Day was when I was in kindergarten. I faintly remember my class being ushered to the school playground, confused because it was not the usual time for recess. Adults wearing garden gloves began handing out small trees from the back of their trucks. After every student received a green present, we went back into our classrooms to color Earth Day activity sheets that would soon be thrown away.
They have the power to shut down cities, damage national economies, and even jeopardize the Olympic Games. As one epidemic after another has emerged during the past few years, we in the global health community have become hypervigilant about global health security.
Elizabeth Futrell and her daughter Lily. Photo credit: Tyler Kaschke, 2012
Maternal health is fundamental to global health and development. After all, mothers are the source of all life. In order to have healthy families, communities, and nations, we need healthy mothers who have the power to make decisions about their own lives and families.
A researcher conducts an in-depth interview with a midwife in Kediri, East Java as part of the Improving Contraceptive Method Mix (ICMM) Project in Indonesia. Photo: Universitas Indonesia
A broad contraceptive method mix—one that includes long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs)—can significantly improve reproductive health outcomes. The more methods available, the greater the chance that women and couples can find a contraceptive method that meets their needs, whether they are planning to have more children or not.
In 2015, FP2020 published the first round of country-level data that reported on the stockout indicators developed and tested by members of the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition. Priya Emmart, Senior M&E Specialist for Track20 in the Center for M&E at Avenir Health, leads analysis of the stockout indicators data. I spoke to her to learn how having comparable stockout data will contribute to resolving stockouts, reducing unmet need, and achieving the FP2020 goals.
These days, many of us are glued to our mobile phones. We use them for texting, looking up directions, playing word games, or listening to music. Using them to talk seems secondary. Mobile phones have become the one thing we can’t seem to live without.