Carla Visser and Willow Gerber enjoy an evening in Arusha.
Visiting Tanzania is a privilege—and more so when it is to participate in an event focusing on one of my passions: knowledge management. The East, Central and Southern Africa Health Community Knowledge Management (KM) Share Fair took place April 13-14, 2016 in Arusha with the theme of “peer-to-peer sharing.” There I had the opportunity to connect with fellow knowledge management professionals from 14 countries and territories and learn about approaches and innovations from the region. With panel discussions, knowledge cafés, group activities and social events, the structure of the meeting truly complemented its theme.
PhotoVoice gives participants an opportunity to capture the conditions around them, reflect on these conditions or their experiences, and develop strategies to reach policy makers. Photo: APHRC/GrOW Team
I was invited to participate in the Knowledge Management for Health Share Fair held in Arusha, Tanzania between April 13th and 15th. The share fair was well attended, with representatives from 14 countries, allowing for engaging conversations about various knowledge management tools and techniques that may revolutionize the health sector and how information is shared.
This post originally appeared on the USAID Learning Lab blog, Lab Notes.
Courtney Calvin explains USAID's Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) approach. Photo by Heather Finn.
The K4Health Knowledge Management Share Fair in Arusha, Tanzania brought together over 80 knowledge managers in the public health sector from Sub-Saharan Africa to catalyze a knowledge-sharing community and raise awareness of the role of knowledge management (KM) in international development. More than a typical conference, the Share Fair was an opportunity for international development practitioners representing ministries of health, intergovernmental agencies, and USAID implementing partners to interact and learn how to incorporate KM into their processes together.
A short animated video features Maria, a health care provider at a community clinic.
Most sexually active adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa are not using modern methods of contraception. While long-acting reversible contraceptive methods (LARCs) are highly effective, convenient and cost-effective, their uptake among young women is low.
Henriette Tossa is a mother of two living in Benin.
Henriette Tossa is a mother of two and a community health educator working and living in southern Benin where, according to the Benin Demographic and Health Survey (DHS), the total fertility rate is 4.9 children per woman and the contraceptive prevalence rate of modern methods is 8 percent. Long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) remain stigmatized and unpopular relative to other methods, with intrauterine device (IUD) use at .5 percent and implants at 1 percent.
The share fair's interactive expectation wall. Photo by Cassandra Mickish Gross.
I had the pleasure of facilitating a knowledge management (KM) share fair last month in Arusha, Tanzania. The objectives of the event were fairly standard, but the event wasn’t. Thanks to a faulty Wi-Fi connection on the morning of the first day, the audience had to connect with each other rather than with far-flung staffers on email and Internet harbingers of distraction. I was very lucky to have the bully pulpit for part of the fair, and as part of the ever-important post-event feedback loop, here are three of the most important lessons I learned. I hope you’ll consider these when and if you bring a big group of people together to learn from each other and to take another step up the proverbial KM mountain.
Share fair participants Melissa Kirowo and Wycliffe Omanya consider networks for sharing knowledge. Copyright Eva Schiffer. Photo by Jarret Cassaniti, courtesy of Photoshare.
As a communicator and advocate in public health, I’ve learned that in order to strengthen or change policies and practices for better health, it is critical to ensure that knowledge about what does and doesn’t work is effectively and systematically captured, disseminated, and applied. Through my work, I am constantly reminded of the interconnectedness and catalytic relationships between strong knowledge management (KM), effective communications efforts, and successful advocacy.
Copper IUDs are the most effective form of EC. In Uganda, the cost is less than half that of EC pills. Photo: PACE Uganda
Every day in Uganda, women die from unsafe abortion-related causes, mostly due to unplanned pregnancies. Though general knowledge of modern contraception is high, married women still face a 34% unmet need for contraception—and while around 30% of all Ugandan women know about emergency contraception (EC), fewer than 1% actually use it.
Over the past few years, the global public health community has recognized that addressing adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health (AYSRH) is key to achieving international development goals such as those set forth by FP2020. This, coupled with increased commitments to AYSRH by donor agencies, governments, global leaders, and international partnerships, has moved AYSRH to the forefront of the global health agenda. The increased attention to AYSRH highlights the importance of ensuring that adolescents and youth have access to the information, support, and services they need for a healthy transition into adulthood. This requires that we implement evidence-based programmatic approaches that are tailored to meet the multifaceted needs of young people.