January 2016

  • mHealth

    Caitlin Loehr

    CCP | Program Officer
    A mother uses a mobile phone to receive antenatal care information in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

    A mother uses a mobile phone to receive antenatal care information in Dhaka, Bangladesh. © 2012 Mahdia Islam, Courtesy of Photoshare

    As 2015 came to a close, so did the global MAMA partnership. The Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA) was launched in 2011 with a mission of delivering vital health messages to new and expectant mothers in low- and middle-income countries via their mobile phones. From very early on, it was apparent that it was more than just another mHealth project. MAMA, in collaboration with local Bangladeshi tech company D.Net, started out by developing robust message sets with vital health information for new and expecting mothers, as well as messages for key decision makers, such as mothers-in-law. After initial work in Bangladesh, MAMA expanded on their model by offering the service in India as mMitra and in South Africa through tech partner the Praekelt Foundation. In addition to the use of these messages in the MAMA country programs, the content was also made available for any interested organization to adapt and use.

  • Lucy Wilson, MPH

    FHI 360 | M&E Advisor, Contraceptive Technology Innovation
    screenshot of Twitter hashtag #communitymapping

    screenshot of Twitter hashtag #communitymapping

    Do you tweet? Not just photos of your kids or the newest memes, but work-related content?

    Does that question make you cringe? It makes me cringe. Our feelings about Twitter—and its utility, the time it takes, the learning curve—can be so mixed, it’s easy for Twitter to make us feel uncomfortable. I tweet, or at least, I've been slowly trying to learn how to use Twitter professionally over the past year.

  • Contraceptive Security

    Dr. Andrew N. Brown

    People That Deliver (PtD) | Consultant Executive Manager

    Though it is 2016, one-third of the world’s population is still without access to essential life-saving medicines. As we usher in the era of the Sustainable Development Goals, there has never been a more important time to renew our focus on developing the health supply chains in countries with the greatest health needs.

    These health supply chains are the “arteries” of health care, without which the health products needed by health workers could not flow to the patients who need them. Many of these patients are currently dying from illnesses, such as malaria, that are treatable by modern medicine. Many clients are in need of reproductive health commodities to achieve their family planning goals. Many men, women, and children need continuous supply of ARVs for HIV/AIDS treatment. The list goes on.

  • Knowledge Management for Global Health

    Sarah V. Harlan

    CCP | Learning Director
    #ICFP

    #ICFP

    Are you planning to attend the 2016 International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP)? We invite you to join K4Health as we work to foster knowledge exchange before, during, and after the conference!

    Before ICFP

    To kick off knowledge sharing at ICFP, K4Health is hosting two full-day off-site auxiliary events:

    1. “Knowledge, Action, Results: How to Translate Global Family Planning Tools to the Local Level” will help transfer lessons learned into practice, and help make program decisions using knowledge management tools and approaches. A few slots are still available—register today! (Sunday, January 24, 9 am – 5 pm, Westin Resort Nusa Dua)
    2. The PAC Connection, the USAID-funded inter-agency working group for postabortion care (PAC), will hold a pre-conference meeting to discuss the latest PAC evidence, program results, and tools and resources. (Sunday, January 24, 9 am – 5 pm, Westin Resort Nusa Dua)

  • Linking Family Planning and Global Development

    Pape Amadou Gaye, MBA

    IntraHealth International | President and CEO

    This post originally appeared on Global Health Now.

    Two women in Senegal discuss long-acting family planning methods.

    Two women in Senegal discuss long-acting family planning methods. © 2011 Adrienne Allison, World Vision, Courtesy of Photoshare.

    Family planning in West Africa has lagged far behind the rest of the world, held back by economic, geographic, and policy barriers—but IntraHealth’s President and CEO Pape Gaye sees momentum building for change, particularly on the economic front.