• Kate Plourde, MPH

    FHI 360 | Technical Officer, Research Utilization
    A group of girls live in a shelter after being removed from their homes and sold into prostitution in Guadalajara, Mexico. © 2008 Lynn VanderWielen, Courtesy of Photoshare

    A group of girls live in a shelter after being removed from their homes and sold into prostitution in Guadalajara, Mexico. © 2008 Lynn VanderWielen, Courtesy of Photoshare

    Over the past few years, the global public health community has recognized that addressing adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health (AYSRH) is key to achieving international development goals such as those set forth by FP2020. This, coupled with increased commitments to AYSRH by donor agencies, governments, global leaders, and international partnerships, has moved AYSRH to the forefront of the global health agenda. The increased attention to AYSRH highlights the importance of ensuring that adolescents and youth have access to the information, support, and services they need for a healthy transition into adulthood. This requires that we implement evidence-based programmatic approaches that are tailored to meet the multifaceted needs of young people.

  • Elizabeth Futrell

    CCP | Content Development Lead
    IUDs are displayed on a table at the counseling unit in Yusuf Dantsoho memorial hospital in Nigeria’s northern city of Kaduna. © 2012 Akintunde Akinleye/NURHI, Courtesy of Photoshare

    IUDs are displayed on a table at the counseling unit in Yusuf Dantsoho memorial hospital in Nigeria’s northern city of Kaduna. © 2012 Akintunde Akinleye/NURHI, Courtesy of Photoshare

    Long-acting reversible contraceptives, or LARCs, are getting a lot of attention these days. In 2014, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released new guidelines recommending that LARCs be the “first line” of contraceptives for preventing adolescent pregnancy in the U.S. In other words, pediatricians should recommend LARCs such as IUDs and implants before shorter-term contraceptive methods such as condoms and pills for teens. Days later, The New England Journal of Medicine published the impressive results of a study showing that providing adolescent girls in the U.S. with information about, and affordable access to, LARCs can reduce rates of unintended pregnancy and abortion by more than 75%.

  • Wycliffe Omanya

    IntraHealth International Kenya | Knowledge Management and Communications Manager
    Official opening of the Knowledge Management Share Fair held in Arusha, Tanzania. Photo: Wycliffe Omanya

    Official opening of the Knowledge Management Share Fair held in Arusha, Tanzania. Photo: Wycliffe Omanya

    It is said that whoever has knowledge wields power. This is true, but it is also true that knowledge is a factor of people. A world is emerging where whoever shares and manages knowledge better is possibly the most powerful.

    The East, Central and Southern Africa Health Community Knowledge Management Share Fair event brought together over 80 professionals from 15 countries to Arusha, Tanzania. I was grateful to attend, representing IntraHealth in Kenya. This Share Fair was hailed as a transformative first step toward a professional pool working in global health and development to learn from each other, strengthen existing networks, build new ones, and influence future activities in the health sector. The emerging community of knowledge management experts will help provide a regional response to the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Amy Lee

    CCP | Program Specialist
    USFS Region 5 via Flickr, 2009. Description: Hands surrounding a freshly planted pine tree.

    USFS Region 5 via Flickr, 2009. Description: Hands surrounding a freshly planted pine tree.

    The first time I heard of Earth Day was when I was in kindergarten. I faintly remember my class being ushered to the school playground, confused because it was not the usual time for recess. Adults wearing garden gloves began handing out small trees from the back of their trucks. After every student received a green present, we went back into our classrooms to color Earth Day activity sheets that would soon be thrown away.

  • Corinne Mahoney

    IntraHealth International | Senior Manager, Communications and Knowledge Management
    A woman uses a National Assessment for Supply Chain (NASC) mHealth application in Maputo City, Philippines. © 2014 Arturo Sanabria, Courtesy of Photoshare

    A woman uses a National Assessment for Supply Chain (NASC) mHealth application in Maputo City, Philippines. © 2014 Arturo Sanabria, Courtesy of Photoshare

    This post originally appeared on Frontline Health Workers Coalition.

    They have the power to shut down cities, damage national economies, and even jeopardize the Olympic Games. As one epidemic after another has emerged during the past few years, we in the global health community have become hypervigilant about global health security.

  • Pape Amadou Gaye, MBA

    IntraHealth International | President and CEO
    Uganda is just one of many countries suffering from a major shortage of health workers. By Will Boase for IntraHealth International.

    Uganda is just one of many countries suffering from a major shortage of health workers. By Will Boase for IntraHealth International.

    This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post.

    Today there is a global shortage of 7.2 million health workers. The World Health Organization and World Bank estimate that if we’re to have any chance of attaining universal access to health care by 2030, we’ll need to train and deploy 40-50 million new health and social care workers worldwide.

  • Elizabeth Futrell

    CCP | Content Development Lead
    Elizabeth Futrell and her daughter Lily. Photo credit: Tyler Kaschke, 2012

    Elizabeth Futrell and her daughter Lily. Photo credit: Tyler Kaschke, 2012

    Maternal health is fundamental to global health and development. After all, mothers are the source of all life. In order to have healthy families, communities, and nations, we need healthy mothers who have the power to make decisions about their own lives and families.

  • Sarah V. Harlan

    CCP | Learning Director
    A researcher conducts an in-depth interview with a midwife in Kediri, East Java as part of the Improving Contraceptive Method Mix (ICMM) Project in Indonesia. Photo: Universitas Indonesia

    A researcher conducts an in-depth interview with a midwife in Kediri, East Java as part of the Improving Contraceptive Method Mix (ICMM) Project in Indonesia. Photo: Universitas Indonesia

    A broad contraceptive method mix—one that includes long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs)—can significantly improve reproductive health outcomes. The more methods available, the greater the chance that women and couples can find a contraceptive method that meets their needs, whether they are planning to have more children or not.

  • Meg Galas

    Take Stock Campaign | Manager

    Priya Emmart

    Avenir Health | Senior M&E Specialist, Track20
    A stock card for oral contraceptives at a health facility in Matola, Mozambique. © 2012 Arturo Sanabria, Courtesy of Photoshare

    A stock card for oral contraceptives at a health facility in Matola, Mozambique. © 2012 Arturo Sanabria, Courtesy of Photoshare

    In 2015, FP2020 published the first round of country-level data that reported on the stockout indicators developed and tested by members of the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition. Priya Emmart, Senior M&E Specialist for Track20 in the Center for M&E at Avenir Health, leads analysis of the stockout indicators data. I spoke to her to learn how having comparable stockout data will contribute to resolving stockouts, reducing unmet need, and achieving the FP2020 goals.

  • Amanda Puckett BenDor

    IntraHealth International | Technical Advisor, HRH and Knowledge Management

    Nandini Jayarajan

    CCP | Co-Manager, Global Health eLearning

    These days, many of us are glued to our mobile phones. We use them for texting, looking up directions, playing word games, or listening to music. Using them to talk seems secondary. Mobile phones have become the one thing we can’t seem to live without.

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