Over the course of a global health project, team members learn a lot about what successfully improves health and what doesn’t. Capturing and sharing this knowledge is essential to designing and implementing more effective programs in the future.
The concept is simpler than the name suggests: To improve communities and the livelihoods of their people.
The approach is called Population, Health and Environment, PHE for short. PHE programs are specifically designed to promote modern family planning, encourage environmental conservation and improve health outcomes by creating a package of interventions such as pairing education about dwindling fisheries with education around contraception and malaria prevention.
Meeting the Knowledge Needs of My Team: How Do I Get Started?
You and your team have established a shared goal. Maybe you have agreed to increase the contraceptive prevalence rate in Bangladesh, eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV in South Africa, or prevent malaria across sub-Saharan Africa through vector control strategies. To accomplish the goal, your team needs access to a wide variety of knowledge to outline the scope of the problem, understand what others are doing, determine what intervention to use, and plan for implementation.
The East Africa Regional Share Fair attracted participants from many sectors.
In his book Post-Capitalist Society, prominent management thinker and writer Peter F. Drucker notes, “Knowledge has become the key economic resource and the dominant—and perhaps even the only—source of competitive advantage.”
How to make this a reality for East Africa informed most of the discussions at the Regional Share Fair conducted in Uganda in June 2018. The objective of the Share Fair was to collaboratively learn how to apply knowledge management (KM) tools, techniques, and approaches in the health sector.
The Art of Photography is the second in K4Health/IYAFP's storytelling webinar series. Photo: UYAHF
The Knowledge for Health (K4Health) team has conducted storytelling workshops around the world over the past few years, from South Africa to the Philippines. We’ve been particularly energized by the opportunities we’ve had to help strengthen the capacity of grassroots youth-led organizations to use storytelling to reach their audiences and communicate about their work and the issues that matter to them. To share some of our essential tips and tools with a broader audience, particularly with young sexual and reproductive health professionals working in all corners of the world, K4Health is currently partnering with the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning (IYAFP) to jointly offer a digital storytelling webinar series.
Population, Health, and Environment (PHE) experts from The Philippines, Madagascar, Ethiopia, and the Lake Victoria Basin share stories from the field. Photo credit: Meagan Harrison, courtesy of Photoshare.
The Population, Health, and Environment (PHE) approach addresses the relationship between human health and environmental health in order to improve primary health care services, conserving biodiversity and natural resources, and develop sustainable livelihoods. When development issues are addressed together, communities thrive.
HIFA discussion forum: An IntraHealth International image shows a young woman speaking to a group of her peers.
Beginning on Monday, July 30, 2018, Healthcare Information for All (HIFA) will hold a four-week facilitated discussion about the family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) information and service needs and rights of children and youth.
Nurturing a Learning Culture is the first installment of our three-part webinar series on Knowledge Management in Practice.
All organizations have some knowledge management (KM) processes and systems, but do you want to make your institution’s processes and systems more effective, purposeful, and systematic? Hear from KM experts about how they have shaped an enabling environment for learning and knowledge management by making the case for KM, strengthening local ownership and capacity, and getting started with clear objectives and tasks.
Intrahealth International | Knowledge Management Manager, USAID Regional Health Integration to Enhance Services in Eastern Uganda (USAID RHITES-E)
The Share Fair exemplified the EAC's readiness to use knowledge management to ensure better integration and improved health outcomes for all of its citizens. Photo: Nemuson Studios
If you have been engaged in global health work, you should know by now that knowledge management (KM) approaches have taken a central place in program implementation to improve health outcomes. While the practices are not new (in fact, they date back to old times, such as the Industrial Age, when knowledge was focused on machinery and human physical energy), the field has been growing. Knowledge once meant only accessing data and info, then developed into understanding gained from experience, analysis, and sharing. Now, knowledge management is more human centered and focused on around generating, capturing, sharing, and applying learning in order to achieve both customer satisfaction and innovation.
Plan International | Learning and Knowledge Management Advisor
Panel discussion on the state of knowledge management integration in reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child, and adolescent health (RMNCAH) and HIV. Photo: Nemuson Studios.
Two years ago (2016), I participated in the first East African Community (EAC) Share Fair in Arusha, Tanzania, organized by Knowledge for Health (K4Health). While it was the first, the enthusiasm that accompanied the participation from the member states and implementing partners indicated a path to adoption of knowledge management practices. Fast forward two years, and we were in Uganda to not only take stock, but also determine how individual countries would integrate knowledge management toward better reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child, adolescent health and HIV (RMNCAH & HIV) programming.