March 2018

  • Knowledge Management for Global Health

    Elizabeth Tully

    CCP | Program Officer
    Participants enjoy a proverb icebreaker exercise at the start of the Share Fair.

    Participants enjoy a proverb icebreaker exercise at the start of the Share Fair. Photo: Zwade Studio 

    The K4Health Project has hosted a number of share fairs since our initial Global Health Knowledge Management Share Fair, which was held in Washington, D.C., in April 2013. Our guide walking others through the process of hosting a share fair, How to Hold a Successful Share Fair, is even in its second edition. Although I attended our first share fair, I was not closely involved in the planning process. So when I had the opportunity to be part of a small planning team for a share fair being held in the Caribbean region, I was eager to contribute to our growing body of knowledge on planning an effective share fair.

  • Knowledge Management for Global Health

    Luis Ortiz Echevarría

    Management Sciences for Health (MSH) | Senior Manager, Knowledge Management and Learning
    KM Indicator Library

    GHKC's KM Indicator Library

    For international development programs to be effective, maximize performance, and be better stewards of resources, they must be able to successfully adapt in response to changes and new information. The ability to do so requires accepting that programmatic change does not usually follow linear and predictable paths, giving way to an environment that promotes learning and to a project design that is flexible. This flexibility minimizes the obstacles to program modifications and creates the space for adaptive management.

  • Anne Kott

    CCP | Communications Director
    March Workshop New Date

    Due to forecasted snowfall in the DC area, we are postponing the “Tools to Build Better Programs” workshop until Thursday, March 29, 8:30am – 1:00pm. This event will be held in Washington, DC at the FHI 360 conference center.

  • Contraceptive Technology Innovation

    Leslie Heyer

    Cycle Technologies | Founder and President
    CycleBeads and mobile phone

    Two ways to use CycleBeads: the physical product and the app. Courtesy of Cycle Technologies, Inc.

    Millions of women in low- and middle-income countries have used evidence-based fertility awareness methods over the past several years. Most of them have used CycleBeads®, a low-cost, easy-to-use way for a woman to track her menstrual cycles and determine whether she is on a fertile day. CycleBeads are based on the Standard Days Method®, which has been proven over 95% effective in perfect use and 88% effective in typical use. It’s designed for women with cycles between 26-32 days long. CycleBeads has been widely successful because of its ease of use (it relies only on period tracking), lack of side effects, and its acceptability in a range of cultural contexts.

  • Contraceptive Technology Innovation

    Hawa Talla

    IntraHealth International | Deputy Chief of Party, Senegal
    A provider at a health center in Senegal holds the injectable contraceptive, subcutaneous DMPA (DMPA-SC, brand name Sayana® Press).

    A provider at a health center in Senegal holds the injectable contraceptive, subcutaneous DMPA (DMPA-SC, brand name Sayana® Press). Subcutaneous DMPA is a lower-dose, all-in-one injectable contraceptive that is administered every three months under the skin into the fat rather than into the muscle. © 2016 PATH/Gabe Bienczycki, Courtesy of Photoshare

    In Senegal, the modern contraceptive prevalence rate (mCPR) doubled within a decade, rising from 10% in 2005 to 21.2% in 2015. This increase has placed Senegal at the forefront of the international family planning movement.

    The country has adopted a vision for family planning based on what’s knowns as the three Ds—democratization, decentralization, and demedicalization—and has set a very ambitious goal to reach 45% mCPR by 2020.

    One of the guiding principles of Senegal’s Ministry of Health and Social Action (MOHSA) is to ensure the availability of a wide range of contraceptive methods at all levels of health service. This involves introducing as many new high-quality contraceptive products as possible both in public health facilities and at the community level.