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    An article in this Wednesday’s Jakarta Post highlighted work being done by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP), in partnership with a range of stakeholders, to revitalize family planning in Indonesia while addressing the challenges of decentralization.

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    This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post.

    Monrovia during the Ebola crisis
    Downtown Monrovia—usually bustling with people—was nearly empty in the middle of the Ebola crisis. Photo Credit: Leah McManus

    For most of us, only a handful of moments will etch themselves forever into our memories. For me, one came when I learned that Ebola had broken out in West Africa.

    It was December 2013 and I was watching the news. The ticker tape across the bottom of the screen confirmed an outbreak in Guinea. The news anchor didn't even mention it.

    Then I watched from afar as the epidemic spread out of control and crossed the border into Liberia, a country I call my second home.

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    When Men Change video still

    Animation still from Promundo's When Men Change video.

    Unfulfilled sexual and reproductive health needs around the world continue to endanger women’s and men’s health, and they pose major barriers to achieving gender equality. Every day, over one million people contract a sexually transmitted infection (STI). In fact, sexual and reproductive health conditions represent 14% of the global burden of disease—a number that has shifted little over the past two decades.

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    Students in Otavalo, Ecuador learn about family planning

    Students from local schools attend a health fair in the city of Otavalo, Ecuador, to learn about family planning methods and how to effectively use contraceptives. © 2015 Gerald Guevarra, Courtesy of Photoshare

    The topic of long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs) among young women in the U.S. has received significant media attention over the past year, for good reason: A study in St. Louis, Missouri reported no unintended pregnancies among teens using LARCs—that is, intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants. Meanwhile, in Colorado, public health officials promoted LARCs among teenage girls and found equally startling results. Both birth rates and abortion rates among adolescent girls fell by about 40%. (NOTE: While these focused on adolescent girls [ages 15-19], LARCs are important contraceptive methods for all youth, up to age 24).

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    The 5P Approach
    K4Health KM Capacity Assessment Tool: The 5P Approach

    Knowledge management (KM) capacity and organizational culture work together like an engine for initiating, facilitating, and sustaining KM efforts within organizations. However, KM practitioners in global health and development often face challenges in strengthening KM capacity and culture, as they may not be well equipped with a practical tool readily applicable to their specific context and needs.

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    Knowledge management is a simple concept, but it can be hard to articulate. We at K4Health believe that to spark real dialogue about its power and potential, we need to cut through the jargon and focus on the heart of knowledge management: people.

    We want to talk about what knowledge management looks like in the real world and how you can use it to strengthen your own work.

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    This blog post originally appeared on IntraHealth's blog Vital and on The Huffington Post.

    After the smallpox vaccine and the green revolution, modern contraceptives are one of global development's biggest game-changers.

    It's no coincidence that as global use of modern contraceptives rose from 55% in 1990 to 63% in 2010, global maternal mortality fell by a staggering 45%. In 2013 alone, contraceptives prevented 77 million unintended pregnancies, 24 million unsafe abortions and the deaths of 125,000 women.

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    PMA2020/Uganda method availability

    Percent of Facilities Offering & Currently In/Out of Stock, by method

    New data from PMA2020 shows that family planning programs in Uganda have made substantial progress over the past five years– demonstrated by increased contraceptive use and a gradual decline in fertility. The Performance Monitoring and Accountability 2020/Uganda project (PMA2020/Uganda) announced these results at a national dissemination workshop in Kampala on July 22, 2015.

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    This blog post originally appeared on IntraHealth's blog Vital

    If anything positive has come out of the ongoing Ebola crisis in West Africa, it’s that we can finally put to rest a longstanding debate—namely, whether it’s more effective in global health to focus on specific issues (such as HIV and maternal health), or to take a systems-based approach, looking at the whole of a country’s capacity to provide health care to its people.

    Ebola has given us our answer: we need both.

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    Get your own copy (preprint version) of the article today from POPLINE! (The article is formally published in the Journal of Information and Knowledge Management (JIKM). You can access the abstract and the PDF for a fee on the journal website.)  

    I find visual tools such as logic models, theoretical frameworks, program matrices, etc. very useful and effective for my work. These tools communicate a shared vision and explain how our strategies and programmatic components lead to expected outcomes.