September 2012

  • Nandini Jayarajan

    CCP | Co-Manager, Global Health eLearning

    The USAID Global Health eLearning Center has recently updated its Logistics for Health Commodities course.

    Logistics systems are used in a wide range of service industries including restaurants, stores and, of course, healthcare. In short, logistics is the process of getting goods through the supply chain from the point of origin to the point of consumption.



    A good logistics system is essential for successful healthcare delivery systems and programs. Population Action International noted that 215 million women worldwide want to avoid pregnancy but have no access to contraceptives. This leads to 53 million unintended pregnancies and hundreds of thousands of pregnancy related deaths. Health commodity stockouts and shortages are considered to be significant barriers to contraceptives as well as other life-saving medications.

  • Rebecca Shore

    CCP | Program Officer II

    Inspiration comes in very different forms: your mentor, your idol, your hero, a message, a blog, a video, a story, and much more. This weekend I attended the Social Good Summit, in the shadow of the UN General Assembly meeting and the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting. It was three days of inspiration in the form of new media and technology for social good with live streaming from Beijing, Mogadishu, and Nairobi, just to name a few cities. The Social Good Summit had the ability to shine a light on all the amazing work that’s being accomplished using new forms of communication and technology to spread the message of social good as well as improve the lives and well-being of many people throughout the globe.


    Celebrities, Ambassadors, Executive Directors, CEOs, and other leaders around the world came together for one goal: social good. Highlights from the weekend included learning how to make a chimpanzee call with Jane Goodall; watching 8-year-old JD, a Youtube sensation, play a cover of a song by OneRepublic; a teenage girl named Adora Svitak blowing my mind with her concise and accurate description of how Millennials are an untapped resource; World Bank President Jim Yong Kim’s speech about ending poverty and boosting prosperity throughout the world; and many more.

  • Cassandra Mickish Gross

    CCP | Program Officer II

    Last Friday the 2012 Global Health Mini-University was a successful exchange of best practices and new innovations. I attended one particularly interesting presentation about the development of multipurpose prevention technologies—new methods that simultaneously prevent pregnancy, HIV, and other STIs, such as HPV (human papillomavirus), HSV (herpes), syphilis, chlamydia, and others. Currently options for multipurpose prevention are limited to the male and female condom, but these methods do not meet the needs of every person, in every country, and in every situation.

  • Women of the World

    Rebecca Shore

    CCP | Program Officer II

    Worldwide 222 million women have an unmet need for modern contraceptives. That means of those women wanting to delay or prevent pregnancy, 222 million are not using contraceptives.

    This number is burned into my brain, 222 million. Let’s put this in perspective. Currently in the US, there are roughly 156 million women, so the number of women worldwide without access to contraceptives is greater than the entire population of women in the US.

  • Elizabeth Futrell

    (Formerly) CCP | Content Development Lead

    I was overjoyed to give birth to my first baby—a girl—earlier this year. Before becoming a mother at age 32, I graduated from high school, college, and graduate school. I served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco and married a fellow volunteer.  I traveled the world, living and working on three continents. I changed careers. I volunteered as a prison tutor, an advocate for people living with AIDS, a financial literacy mentor for low-income women, an editor of a quarterly literary publication, and an auxiliary board member of Heshima Kenya.

    World Contraceptive Day Image


    © 2003 Ansem Ansari, Courtesy of Photoshare

    Without contraception, my life likely would have been quite different. In fact, while I now have a baby, several of my childhood friends have teenaged children. My junior year in high school, nine of my friends or acquaintances were pregnant. Several more miscarried or had abortions. I was raised Catholic in a middle-class American suburb, and my weekly teen group taught us that abstinence was our only contraceptive option. By the time we finished high school, 2 of the 12 members of our group had given birth.