• Senam Beheton

    EtriLabs | Founder and Executive Director
    Photo of author with young ambassadors from Benin courtesy of Senam Beheton.

    The Strengthening Civil Society for Family Planning (or CS4FP) Project is funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and led by IntraHealth International. EtriLabs is a partner on the project.

    This post originally appeared on IntraHealth's blog, Vital.

    I work with a group of passionate youth advocates for family planning in francophone West Africa. I love that I don’t need to guess or ask prying questions to figure out what they need. They tell me exactly what they want and need to be successful. I hear again and again:

    We want to be taken as serious stakeholders, not afterthoughts. We want to be included in the decision-making process. We have strategic goals, and we need to be empowered to achieve them.

    We all need to listen.

  • Babacar Gueye, MD

    IntraHealth International | Country Director and Chief of Party, Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health/Family Planning/Malaria Project, Senegal
    Photo of IntraHealth staff member and an Imam outside a mosque in Kaolack, Senegal, courtesy of Clement Tardif.

    Through the ISSU project, IntraHealth partnered with religious leaders to dispel family planning myths and encourage men to become more engaged in discussions with their wives about birth spacing.


    This post originally appeared on IntraHealth's blog, Vital.

    At the International Conference on Family Planning in Nusa Dua this week, Senegal has been in the spotlight. The Senegalese delegation, headed up by our Minister of Health Dr. Awa Coll Seck, has participated in countless presentations and panel discussions.

    Why? Something remarkable has happened in Senegal. For years, like most countries in French-speaking West Africa, Senegal had barely budged in its use of modern contraceptives, despite long-term donor investments. From 1992 to 2011, Senegal’s contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) was fairly stable, creeping up with a gain of only half a percent annually. In 2012, the modern CPR was 12%.

    Starting in 2012, however, something began to change. Actually, many things changed. By 2014, the national CPR was 20%. What happened?

  • John Liebhardt

    IntraHealth International | Digital Library Knowledge Management Advisor

    Barbara Stilwell

    IntraHealth International | Senior Director, Health Workforce Solutions
    Dr. Andrew William, JSI/USAID | DELIVER PROJECT

    Dr. Andrew William, JSI/USAID | DELIVER PROJECT

    Too often, knowledge portals take “a build it and they will come” attitude. The thinking goes that by simply dumping enough research and best practices in a single virtual corner, you’ll attract a crowd. This is shortsighted.

    The internet is full of knowledge portals and digital libraries, but we are currently partnering with the Regional Centre of Excellence of Health Supply Chain Management in Kigali, Rwanda, to design something special.

  • Caitlin Loehr

    CCP | Program Officer
    A mother uses a mobile phone to receive antenatal care information in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

    A mother uses a mobile phone to receive antenatal care information in Dhaka, Bangladesh. © 2012 Mahdia Islam, Courtesy of Photoshare

    As 2015 came to a close, so did the global MAMA partnership. The Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA) was launched in 2011 with a mission of delivering vital health messages to new and expectant mothers in low- and middle-income countries via their mobile phones. From very early on, it was apparent that it was more than just another mHealth project. MAMA, in collaboration with local Bangladeshi tech company D.Net, started out by developing robust message sets with vital health information for new and expecting mothers, as well as messages for key decision makers, such as mothers-in-law. After initial work in Bangladesh, MAMA expanded on their model by offering the service in India as mMitra and in South Africa through tech partner the Praekelt Foundation. In addition to the use of these messages in the MAMA country programs, the content was also made available for any interested organization to adapt and use.

  • Lucy Wilson, MPH

    FHI 360 | M&E Advisor, Contraceptive Technology Innovation
    screenshot of Twitter hashtag #communitymapping

    screenshot of Twitter hashtag #communitymapping

    Do you tweet? Not just photos of your kids or the newest memes, but work-related content?

    Does that question make you cringe? It makes me cringe. Our feelings about Twitter—and its utility, the time it takes, the learning curve—can be so mixed, it’s easy for Twitter to make us feel uncomfortable. I tweet, or at least, I've been slowly trying to learn how to use Twitter professionally over the past year.

  • Dr. Andrew N. Brown

    People That Deliver (PtD) | Consultant Executive Manager

    Though it is 2016, one-third of the world’s population is still without access to essential life-saving medicines. As we usher in the era of the Sustainable Development Goals, there has never been a more important time to renew our focus on developing the health supply chains in countries with the greatest health needs.

    These health supply chains are the “arteries” of health care, without which the health products needed by health workers could not flow to the patients who need them. Many of these patients are currently dying from illnesses, such as malaria, that are treatable by modern medicine. Many clients are in need of reproductive health commodities to achieve their family planning goals. Many men, women, and children need continuous supply of ARVs for HIV/AIDS treatment. The list goes on.

  • Sarah V. Harlan

    CCP | Learning Director


    Are you planning to attend the 2016 International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP)? We invite you to join K4Health as we work to foster knowledge exchange before, during, and after the conference!

    Before ICFP

    To kick off knowledge sharing at ICFP, K4Health is hosting two full-day off-site auxiliary events:

    1. “Knowledge, Action, Results: How to Translate Global Family Planning Tools to the Local Level” will help transfer lessons learned into practice, and help make program decisions using knowledge management tools and approaches. A few slots are still available—register today! (Sunday, January 24, 9 am – 5 pm, Westin Resort Nusa Dua)
    2. The PAC Connection, the USAID-funded inter-agency working group for postabortion care (PAC), will hold a pre-conference meeting to discuss the latest PAC evidence, program results, and tools and resources. (Sunday, January 24, 9 am – 5 pm, Westin Resort Nusa Dua)

  • Pape Amadou Gaye, MBA

    IntraHealth International | President and CEO

    This post originally appeared on Global Health Now.

    Two women in Senegal discuss long-acting family planning methods.

    Two women in Senegal discuss long-acting family planning methods. © 2011 Adrienne Allison, World Vision, Courtesy of Photoshare.

    Family planning in West Africa has lagged far behind the rest of the world, held back by economic, geographic, and policy barriers—but IntraHealth’s President and CEO Pape Gaye sees momentum building for change, particularly on the economic front.

  • Sara Stratton, MPH

    IntraHealth International | Assistant Programs Director

    This post originally appeared on IntraHealth's blog, Vital.

    A health worker in Senegal counsels a client on her family planning options

    A health worker in Senegal counsels a client on her family planning options. Photo courtesy of Clement Tardif for IntraHealth International.

    In 2011, nine francophone West African countries formed the Ouagadougou Partnership to change the story of family planning in the region. Thanks to their efforts, an additional 1.18 million women are using modern contraceptives today.*

  • Pape Amadou Gaye, MBA

    IntraHealth International | President and CEO
    Health workers from Gondar Zuria Woreda in Ethiopia.

    Health workers from Gondar Zuria Woreda in Ethiopia. Photo by UNICEF Ethiopia / CC BY-NC-ND

    This post originally appeared on Devex. It was published in November 2015, before the International Conference on Family Planning was rescheduled. As we welcome a new year and anticipate joining with our colleagues at ICFP later this month, it feels like the right time to invite everyone to reflect on the Sustainable Development Goals and the ways in which we can work together to improve lives around the world.

    At the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in September, the U.N. officially launched the new global Sustainable Development Goals. These 17 goals and 169 associated targets are the result of 193 countries standing together and making a plan for a healthier, more prosperous world.