• Jarret Cassaniti

    CCP | Program Officer
    Cover of the M&E Guide published in 2007

    M&E Guide (2007)

    K4Health and the Global Health Knowledge Collaborative share five ways organizations have measured knowledge management activities based on a monitoring and evaluation guide.

    Before we were known as K4Health, USAID’s flagship knowledge management project, led by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, was the INFO Project. It was almost 10 years ago, in November 2007, that INFO Project staff published the Guide to Monitoring and Evaluating Health Information Products and Services. The Guide was developed in collaboration with HIPNet (the Health Information and Publications Network), and featured a rudimentary logic model and 29 indicators.

  • Anne Kott

    CCP | Communications Director
    Climate-affected internally displaced persons board a boat to travel to Dhaka, Bangladesh.

    Climate-affected internally displaced persons board a boat to travel to Dhaka, Bangladesh. © 2014 M Ponir Hossain, Courtesy of Photoshare

    We live in a connected world. The rise in mobile device ownership, internet coverage, and wireless access means that we can reach each other from nearly anywhere, at any time. Yet technology is far from the only thing that connects us. There are a number of complex connections between our families, our health, and the environment that impact our lives. Recognizing these interactions, development practitioners have established a term to describe programming approaches that concurrently address issues related to families, their health, and the environment. This approach is called Population, Health and Environment (PHE).

  • Annah Sango

    African Young Positives Network | Advocacy Manager
    Annah Sango

    "I need to allow myself to be led in order to lead effectively."

    Annah Sango is a Women Deliver Young Leader from Zimbabwe. She is a passionate advocate for youth health and well-being, encouraging her peers to learn about their sexual and reproductive health and rights, especially concerning HIV/AIDS. Here, she shares her reflections on what advocacy means to her.

    My advocacy experiences have been and still are a learning process. I have interacted with mentors and whole groups of people who have demonstrated amazing skills and work. Along the way, I have learnt that advocacy is a journey that happens on different levels. As a young woman, I should not merely occupy spaces without validating my relevance and representation of what I stand for. Sometimes making noise is not activism—and sometimes, making the necessary noise is.

  • Laura Hoemeke

    IntraHealth International | Director of Communications and Advocacy
    Mayors from francophone West Africa learn more about TCI and family planning at a site visit in Senegal.

    Mayors from francophone West Africa learn more about TCI and family planning at a site visit in Senegal. Photo by Clement Tardif for IntraHealth International.

    “I can’t believe it’s so small!”

    I will never forget the reaction of one of the mayors in Rwanda during an advocacy workshop on family planning as we passed around a variety of modern contraceptive methods, inviting participants to open, touch, and feel them. It was his first experience holding an intrauterine device (IUD). He also had never touched a female condom or seen a contraceptive implant.

  • Jarret Cassaniti

    CCP | Program Officer

    During the East Africa Community’s 6th Health and Scientific Conference in March, I was struck by parallels with a recent music show. During both events, the main actors paid homage to tradition while embracing innovation.

    The Tedeschi Trucks Band members I saw play together, like the conference organizers, were in sync throughout, let each player highlight their strengths, and kept their focus on the output.

  • Taylor M. Snyder, MPH

    eHealth Africa | Senior Technical Advisor
    eIDSR training group

    As eIDSR’s intended users are mostly new to smartphone use, eHA simplified the user interface and designed it to closely resemble familiar paper reporting forms. Photo: Les de Wit, Software Project Manager, eHealth Africa

    eHealth Africa (eHA) is collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and other partners to support Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) to strengthen surveillance for all priority diseases and improve preparedness for potential public health emergencies.

  • Rachael Bonawitz, MD

    Boston University School of Public Health | Assistant Professor

    James Wolff, MD, MPH

    Boston University School of Public Health | Associate Professor
    A child stands in front of a sign reading, "Pneumonia #1 is the one killer!" at the International Society of Tropical Pediatrics Congress in the Philippines. © 2008 Ferdinand G. Fuellos, Courtesy of Photoshare.

    A child stands in front of a sign reading, "Pneumonia #1 is the one killer!" at the International Society of Tropical Pediatrics Congress in the Philippines. © 2008 Ferdinand G. Fuellos, Courtesy of Photoshare.

    Every day, we see children in our offices with cough, fast breathing, and fever. If we take an x-ray, there may be clear signs of pneumonia. We treat that pneumonia with amoxicillin and at a follow-up visit a week later, the child will invariably be happy, smiling, and healthy. Unfortunately, across the world, 900,000 children die each year from this treatable disease, and more than half do not even seek treatment for it.

  • Simone Parrish

    CCP | Global Repository Director

    From June 6-8, 2017, K4Health Director Tara Sullivan and USAID LEARN Chief of Party Piers Bocock will once again offer a course as part of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Summer Institite in Baltimore, Maryland.

  • Sarah V. Harlan

    CCP | Learning Director
    Moses, a member of the Village Health Team in Nakasongola, Uganda, uses a flipchart to educate his peers about family planning.

    Moses, a member of the Village Health Team in Nakasongola, Uganda, uses a flipchart to educate his peers about family planning. © 2015 Lucian Alexe/Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition, Courtesy of Photoshare

    This spring, K4Health is featuring the latest essential evidence, tools, and expert commentary on family planning advocacy. One thing K4Health’s new web page on Advocating for Family Planning Policy makes clear is that advocacy is absolutely essential for reaching women and families with access to life-saving contraceptive information and services. But this is easier said than done. Advocacy can be intimidating—especially if, like me and others who recently attended Advance Family Planning’s (AFP) workshop, you are fairly new to the advocacy and policy realm.

  • Tishina Okegbe

    FHI 360 | Technical Officer, Community-Based Family Planning

    Nancy Pendarvis Harris

    JSI | Vice President
    Trends in modern contraceptive use (mCPR)

    Trends in modern contraceptive use (mCPR). Sources: Track20, Avenir Health (analysis); 2011 Benin Demographic and Health Survey

    This piece was originally published by Frontline Health Workers Coalition.

    Benin — a beautiful, small, Francophone West African country with 11 million inhabitants – has a history of low family planning use due in part to conservative cultural and social norms. With a current unmet need for family planning of 36.3%, and a contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) for modern methods of 16.1%, Benin lags behind its sub-Saharan African peers in key reproductive health indicators.

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