• Simone Parrish

    CCP | Global Repository Director

    From June 19-21, 2018, K4Health Director Tara Sullivan and USAID LEARN Chief of Party Piers Bocock will once again offer their course, "Improving Global Public Health Through Knowledge Application, Continuous Learning, and Adaptation." It is offered through the Summer Institute of the Health, Behavior, and Society Department of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH).

  • Contraceptive Technology Innovation

    Markus Steiner

    FHI 360 | Senior Epidemiologist & Director, Gates-funded Sino-implant Initiative

    Kate Rademacher, MHA

    FHI 360 | Technical Advisor, Contraceptive Technology Innovation
    Women receive contraceptive implants in the Sub-Karunrung District of Rappocini, Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia.

    Women receive contraceptive implants in the Sub-Karunrung District of Rappocini, Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia. © 2015 Ismail Amin, Courtesy of Photoshare

    Contraceptive implants have been available for over 30 years and are one of the most effective methods available. Until recently, however, international donors did not procure significant quantities, and use of the method in low- and middle-income countries was very low. This access barrier was largely due to the high cost of implant commodities. The situation mirrored the classic, paradoxical question: Which came first, the chicken or the egg? In this case, without lower commodity prices, procurements of implants would not increase in many international settings. But without higher volumes, manufacturers couldn’t lower their prices and still achieve a sustainable business model.

  • mHealth

    Sophie Weiner

    CCP | Communications Specialist
    Tamunotonye Harry is a Nigerian-based digital health advocate who has completed several courses through K4Health’s Global Health eLearning platform.

    Tamunotonye Harry is a Nigerian-based digital health advocate who has completed several courses through K4Health’s Global Health eLearning platform. Photo Credit: Carrot Photography.

    Tamunotonye Harry is a young digital health professional based in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. After learning about the Global Health eLearning Center (GHeL) and taking a course on digital health, Tamunotonye connected with K4Health for information about our Global Digital Health Network. In this lightly edited interview, Tamunotonye explains how discovering GHeL has influenced his career path in a positive way.

  • Contraceptive Technology Innovation

    Martha Brady

    PATH | Director of Reproductive Health

    Maggie Kilbourne-Brook

    PATH | Senior Program Officer

    This piece originally appeared on the Initiative for Multipurpose Prevention Technologies (IMPT)'s blog.

    Incorporating what women want into new sexual and reproductive health products is essential

    Incorporating what women want into new sexual and reproductive health products is essential. Photo: PATH/Will Boase

    We at PATH make it our business to reflect on the elusive topic of "what women want"—in terms of protection options in their sexual and reproductive lives. Not surprisingly, the answer is complex. Women want and need different things at different stages of their lifecycle, depending on the circumstances of their lives.

    For decades, PATH has worked closely with women and girls in low-resource settings, as well as with diverse partner organizations, to develop, introduce, and scale up innovative technologies that improve women’s health. Our efforts include a strong focus on advancing women’s reproductive health literacy and decision-making autonomy not only as fundamental rights, but also as key building blocks to product uptake and effective use.

  • Family Planning Workforce

    Amy Dempsey, MA

    Population Council | Knowledge Translation and Advocacy Manager, Maternal and Newborn Health
    Shahana Begum talks on a mobile phone with a Health Care Center to refer a pregnant mother to the clinic in Mymensingh, Bangladesh.

    Shahana Begum talks on a mobile phone with a Health Care Center to refer a pregnant mother to the clinic in Mymensingh, Bangladesh. © 2010 Sumon Yusuf, Courtesy of Photoshare

    This piece was originally published on Medium.

    Most evidence shows access to quality maternal health services — even the most basic services — requires many personal sacrifices for women and girls around the world, especially in poor or remote communities where there may not be doctors or primary health facilities.

  • 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.