Every day, we see children in our offices with cough, fast breathing, and fever. If we take an x-ray, there may be clear signs of pneumonia. We treat that pneumonia with amoxicillin and at a follow-up visit a week later, the child will invariably be happy, smiling, and healthy. Unfortunately, across the world, 900,000 children die each year from this treatable disease, and more than half do not even seek treatment for it.
From June 6-8, 2017, K4Health Director Tara Sullivan and USAID LEARN Chief of Party Piers Bocock will once again offer a course as part of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Summer Institite in Baltimore, Maryland.
This spring, K4Health is featuring the latest essential evidence, tools, and expert commentary on family planning advocacy. One thing K4Health’s new web page on Advocating for Family Planning Policy makes clear is that advocacy is absolutely essential for reaching women and families with access to life-saving contraceptive information and services. But this is easier said than done. Advocacy can be intimidating—especially if, like me and others who recently attended Advance Family Planning’s (AFP) workshop, you are fairly new to the advocacy and policy realm.
Benin — a beautiful, small, Francophone West African country with 11 million inhabitants – has a history of low family planning use due in part to conservative cultural and social norms. With a current unmet need for family planning of 36.3%, and a contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) for modern methods of 16.1%, Benin lags behind its sub-Saharan African peers in key reproductive health indicators.