Piers Bocock, MBA, director of the K4Health (Knowledge for Health) project, is part of the Center for Communication Programs (CCP) contingent from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health that will be attending the 2011 International Conference on Family Planning: Research and Practices.
He’ll be taking part in an auxiliary event that CCP is hosting on November 30 to launch a slate of new and updated family planning tools and resources developed as part of K4Health, a five-year USAID-funded initiative that aims to strengthen access to evidence-based information to improve health service delivery and health outcomes worldwide.
The products use modern information and communication technology designed to help health care providers—especially those in isolated areas—share family planning information with their clients and connect them with appropriate health care services.
What’s on the agenda for the November 30 auxiliary event?
We’re relaunching the latest edition (2011) of Family Planning: A Global Handbook for Providers, the seminal document on family planning, published by USAID, WHO and CCP. It has important changes, including community-based provision of injectable contraceptives.
We’re going to be debuting Kindle and iPhone versions of the Handbook in French and English, which until now has been available only online and in hard copy.
We’re also launching an Android app for mobile phones with content pulled from the Handbook to help health providers identify the appropriate contraceptive for their patients. What we’re trying to do is use technology to make that process a lot easier. We’re not reinventing the wheel; we’re just leveraging content that’s already there.