• Simone Parrish

    CCP | Global Repository Director

    From June 18-20, 2019, K4Health Director Tara Sullivan and USAID LEARN Chief of Party Piers Bocock will once again offer their course, "Knowledge Management for Effective Global Health Programs." It is offered through the Summer Institute of the Health, Behavior, and Society Department (HBS) of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Hea

  • Stephanie Desmon

    CCP | Director, Public Relations and Marketing

    This post originally appeared on the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) blog.

    A comprehensive program to prevent maternal mortality by strengthening public and private health networks in Uganda and Zambia led to a dramatic reduction in deaths, suggest new findings published March 14 in Global Health: Science and Practice’s supplement on “Saving Mothers, Giving Life.”

  • Contraceptive Security

    David Olson

    Olson Global Communications | Principal
    DKT Brazil Carnaval Prudence promotion

    DKT Brazil promotes its Prudence condoms during Carnaval in São Paulo the first week of March. This approach is typical of DKT Brazil's successful technique of promoting condoms for fun, and not for protection and responsibility. Photo: DKT Brazil

    SÃO PAULO, Brazil — In 1991, a non-profit social marketing organization set out to make condoms accessible and affordable in Brazil at a time when they were expensive and hard to find, and the number of Brazilians with HIV was climbing. In the process, DKT Brazil made its brand Prudence the number-one condom in the very competitive Brazilian market, and also helped enhance contraceptive security.

    The result is that condoms have become normalized in Brazil—more used and less stigmatized—which has helped limit the spread of HIV.

    In 1990, the World Bank estimated that Brazil would have 1.2 million people living with HIV by 2000. However, that never happened: By 2000, there were fewer than 500,000 infections. After peaking in 1996, according to UNAIDS, AIDS-related deaths have remained fairly stable. Brazil is now considered an HIV success story. Condoms—distributed through by the public and private sectors— played an important role in that success.

  • Tamara Fetters

    Ipas | Senior Researcher

    Bill Powell

    Ipas | Senior Medical Scientist

    Sayed Rubayet

    Ipas Bangladesh | Country Director

    Shamila Nahar

    Ipas | Senior Advisor, Health Systems
    Kele-Kele Shiki: A community health worker uses printed materials to discuss reproductive health

    "It's good when husbands listen to this information together with their wives. It speeds up their decision-making." - Community Health Worker | Image courtesy of IDEO.org

    In 2017, 650,000 Rohingya refugees fled to Bangladesh in an attempt to escape widespread violence and persecution by the Myanmar army. Most walked for days, even weeks, before finding shelter in the sprawling refugee settlements in the Cox’s Bazaar region of Bangladesh.

    Many refugees lost family members to the violence, saw their homes destroyed, and lost all of their belongings. Living in humanitarian settings has a devastating effect on families, but women are particularly vulnerable; they face significant hardships trying to prevent unwanted pregnancy due to changing family structures, sexual violence, and disrupted health services—including sexual and reproductive health care.

    In response to the need for sexual and reproductive health services, the Government of Bangladesh partnered with national and international non-governmental organizations, including Ipas (a U.S.- based reproductive health and rights organization) to meet the needs of Rohingya women. Clinics were established, and paramedics, midwives, and doctors were trained to provide reproductive health services. As more clinics were established and trainings added, the attention turned to how to expand reproductive health services, including health information for Rohingya women.

  • Stephanie Desmon

    CCP | Director, Public Relations and Marketing

    This piece originally appeared on CCP's blog.

    Women wait for consultation at a health center in Buhigwe, Tanzania.

    Women wait for consultation at a health center in Buhigwe, Tanzania. © 2017 Magali Rochat/VectorWorks, Courtesy of Photoshare

    The Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs has been awarded the U.S. Agency for International Development’s newest five-year, $35 million global knowledge management project.

    The new project, Knowledge SUCCESS (Strengthening Use, Capacity, Collaboration, Exchange, Synthesis, and Sharing), will use the latest learnings from behavioral science and design thinking to make knowledge management easy, attractive, salient and timely. CCP has chosen to borrow from these disciplines because they are audience-first in their approaches, meaning that the audience is an integral part of building the solutions to ensure that the solutions work for them.

  • Anne Kott

    CCP | Communications Director
  • Contraceptive Technology Innovation

    Danielle Harris

    WCG Cares | Program Manager

    Ashley Jackson

    PSI | EECO Project Deputy Director

    This post originally appeared on the PSI Impact blog.

    EECO female condom marketing

    © PSI/Gareth Bentley

    Gloria dreams of a contraceptive and HIV prevention method that she can control. As a university student in Zambia, Gloria goes on dates in between working and studying. Some of the men have potential. She could imagine marrying one of them and having children together someday. Gloria relies on her partners to use male condoms—but sometimes they don’t, leaving her frustrated and scared.

  • Contraceptive Technology Innovation

    Danielle Harris

    WCG Cares | Program Manager

    Ashley Jackson

    PSI | EECO Project Deputy Director
    EECO female condom shopkeeper

    PSI/Gareth Bentley

    This post originally appeared on the PSI Impact blog.

    Clara took a chance and bought 15 units of Whisper, a new female condom, to sell in her small shop in the fast-growing city of Mzuzu, Malawi. She was willing to test demand for the product in hopes of helping women in her community while also boosting her business.

    “I became a single mother myself before I was ready to have a child,” Clara explains. “I wish there were more options for women to protect themselves.”

    Clara learned about the Whisper Woman’s Condom from Kitty, a medical detailer who visited the shop. Kitty described how the product was different from earlier generations of the female condom, with new features designed to make it easy and comfortable to use. Female condoms like Whisper are the only woman-controlled method that provides triple protection against unintended pregnancy, HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

  • Advocating for Family Planning Policy

    Kathy Erb

    Christian Connections for International Health (CCIH) | Communications Manager
    Un dirigeant confessionnel démontrant son soutien à la planification familiale lors de l'ICFP 2018.

    Un dirigeant confessionnel démontrant son soutien à la planification familiale lors de l'ICFP 2018. Photo: Kathy Erb

    «Si vos parents avaient eu recours à la planification familiale, vous ne seriez pas ici», a déclaré un responsable gouvernemental à Mme Séraphine Lugwarna Nzigire lorsqu'elle est allée promouvoir les services de planification familiale afin de réduire le taux élevé de décès maternels dans son district en République démocratique du Congo (RDC). Elle n'a pas été dissuadée. Elle lui a dit qu'elle ne partirait pas avant d'avoir expliqué ce qui se passait dans sa communauté pour qu'il comprenne le besoin. Mme Nzigire est membre du Bureau diocésain des œuvres médicales (BDOM), une organisation catholique qui place le bien-être de la population au centre de ses travaux, un trait essentiel pour le succès de la promotion en faveur de la planification familiale de BDOM.

  • Advocating for Family Planning Policy

    Kathy Erb

    Christian Connections for International Health (CCIH) | Communications Manager
    A faith leader demonstrating his support for family planning at ICFP 2018.

    A faith leader demonstrating his support for family planning at ICFP 2018. Photo: Kathy Erb

    “If your parents used family planning you would not be here,” a government official said to Mrs. Séraphine Lugwarna Nzigire when she went to advocate for family planning services to reduce the high rate of maternal deaths in her district in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). She was not deterred. She told him she was not leaving until she explained what was happening in her community so he would understand the need. Mrs. Nzigire is with Bureau Diocesain des Oeuvres Medicale (BDOM), a Catholic organization that puts the wellbeing of the people at the center of its work, a trait that has been crucial to BDOM’s family planning advocacy success.