• Linking Family Planning and Global Development

    David Johnson

    Margaret Pyke Trust, with the Population & Sustainability Network | Chief Executive
    David Johnson at the PHE Symposium

    David presented on the Margaret Pyke Trust’s PHE advocacy and its focus on engaging new audiences.

    For two days in September 2017, Population, Health, & Environment (PHE) project implementers, policymakers, and donors gathered in Entebbe, Uganda, at the Population, Health, & Environment Symposium, hosted by the Lake Victoria Basin Commission and supported by USAID Kenya and East Africa, K4Health, and PACE. David Johnson, chief executive of the Margaret Pyke Trust, the UK NGO coordinating the Population & Sustainability Network, shares some thoughts on the Symposium. David’s PHE advocacy focuses on what he calls “new audiences.” In practice, this means working to increase the number of organisations involved and support (either from a policy or programmatic point of view) to make PHE seen as completely normal standard conservation intervention. According to David, PHE is exclusively positive—it benefits women, girls, livelihoods, and the environment—and positioning it in a more positive way might help engage organisations more.

  • Community-Based Family Planning

    Farouk Jega

    Pathfinder | Senior Country Director, Nigeria
    A health worker educates a woman about family planning methods while taking her blood pressure in Nigeria.

    A health worker educates a woman about family planning methods while taking her blood pressure in Nigeria. © 2009 eHealth Africa, Courtesy of Photoshare

    We know that a key piece of solving the contraceptive non-use puzzle is increasing access to a variety of methods. But for women in rural areas, options are limited. In Nigeria, only 10% of married women 15-49 years old use modern contraception—compared to 26% across sub-Saharan Africa. Nigeria, like many of its neighbors, suffers from a shortage of health workers trained to provide modern contraception. This is particularly true of long-acting reversible contraceptive methods (LARCs), like implants and IUDs. Long-acting methods help women prevent pregnancies for up to five years at a time and are therefore proven to be the some of the most effective in preventing unintended pregnancies. They are often the best solution for a rural woman who does not have ready access to a health center where she can refill her pills or supply of condoms on a regular basis.

  • Linking Family Planning and Global Development

    Betty Mbolanyi

    Uganda Ministry of Water and Environment, Directorate of Environment Affairs | Environmentalist and Population, Health, and Environment Focal Person
    Delegates at the closing ceremony of the Regional PHE Symposium 2017

    Delegates at the closing ceremony of the Regional PHE Symposium 2017. Photo: Favour Studios Kampala

    Worldwide, Population, Health, and Environment (PHE) is a leading force for addressing and linking issues related to conservation and health. The PHE approach acknowledges and addresses the complex connections between people, their health, and their environment. Today, integrated PHE programming has especially gained momentum in the East Africa Community region and is being applied to concerns as wide-ranging as climate change and food security, especially at the household level.

  • Ruwaida Salem

    CCP | Associate Managing Editor, Global Health: Science and Practice

    Natalie Culbertson

    CCP | Managing Editor, Global Health: Science and Practice Journal

    We’re excited to roll out some changes at Global Health: Science and Practice (GHSP), our peer-reviewed, open-access online journal published by the Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project at the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) with support from USAID. Updates include adding new editors to our editorial team and launching a new look and feel for our website.

  • Daniel Adero

    CCP | Knowledge Management Specialist
    PHE Symposium delegate signing

    Paul Mahabi, Director of Environment for Uganda’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, leads the Regional PHE Symposium 2017 delegates in signing symposium resolutions. Looking on is Mr. Telly Eugene Muramira, LVBC’s Deputy Executive Secretary for Projects and Programs.

    In late September, over 90 delegates convened in Entebbe, Uganda as representatives to the Regional Population, Health & Environment (PHE) Symposium 2017. A follow-up to the 2015 PHE conference held in Kisumu, Kenya, the Symposium’s primary purpose was to take stock of PHE policy and programming contributions in East Africa toward achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This Symposium, organized by Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC) in collaboration with USAID Kenya and East Africa, K4Health, and PRB, commenced under the theme Enhancing Resiliency and Economic Development through Strengthened PHE Programming.

  • Joanne Kochuk

    FHI 360 | Senior Technical Officer, Contraceptive Technology Innovation
    CTI contraceptive development

    We have begun to realize that to achieve uptake and user satisfaction, contraceptive method acceptability must be integrated into the product development cycle.

    This piece was originally published by the CTI Exchange blog, Exchanges.

    While contraceptive technology development rightly focuses on product safety and efficacy, we continually learn—sometimes the hard way—that acceptability factors play a major role in determining whether women or men use family planning (FP) methods over the long-term. Research on method acceptability is both complex and nuanced since members of the study population – current or potential contraceptive users – bring unique life situations, country context, product preferences and tolerance levels to the discussion. Recently, the CTI Exchange invited several thought leaders to share their insights on this important topic in a recently completed blog series.

  • Preventing Adolescent Pregnancy

    Melanie Yahner

    Save the Children | Senior Specialist for Sexual and Reproductive Health

    Katrin DeCamp

    MCSP/Jhpiego | Senior Communications Specialist

    Wendy Castro

    Save the Children | Senior Specialist, Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health

    This piece was originally published by USAID's Maternal and Child Survival Program.

    Sixteen-year-old Aisha Lausali (right) after delivering her first child at a hospital in Gusau, Nigeria.

    Sixteen-year-old Aisha Lausali (right) after delivering her first child at a hospital in Gusau, Nigeria. (Courtesy of Karen Kasmauski/MCHIP)

    Thirteen million adolescents will give birth this year. And their challenges won’t end with delivery – these first-time and young parents (FT/YP) face unique risks that we must meet to help end preventable child and maternal deaths in a generation.

    Here’s what we know: women under age 20 are twice as likely to die in childbirth as women over 20. Early pregnancies limit educational achievement and income-generation potential, and they increase the risk of poor health outcomes for both young mothers and their children.

  • Preventing Adolescent Pregnancy

    Olivia Moseley

    Pathfinder | Technical Advisor for Health & Rights Education
    Young mothers with their children in Burkina Faso.

    Young mothers with their children in Burkina Faso. Photo: Célestin Compaore.

    In middle- and low-income countries, about 90% of births to adolescents occur within marriage or a union. Many of these young women are under substantial pressure from in-laws and other gatekeepers to begin childbearing immediately and to space their births closely, and service providers often reinforce these assumptions—all resulting in poorer health outcomes and less autonomy for young women. For years, programmatic and policy efforts have focused on preventing early and child marriage, but have paid little attention to adolescents after they marry or have children.

  • Community-Based Family Planning

    Leigh Wynne, MPH

    FHI 360 | Technical Advisor, Research Utilization

    Kirsten Krueger, MSW

    FHI 360 | Technical Advisor, Research Utilization

    Carter Crew

    FHI 360 | Intern, Research Utilization
    A community health worker with the Nawandala Village Health Team (VHT) gives the Sayana Press injection at her own home in Kiringa B Village, Uganda.

    A community health worker with the Nawandala Village Health Team (VHT) gives the Sayana Press injection at her own home in Kiringa B Village, Uganda. © 2016 Laura Wando, WellShare International Uganda, Courtesy of Photoshare

    Envision a health system in which quality family planning information and services are accessible to everyone in their local communities. Community-based family planning (CBFP) lessens the burden of having to travel to health facilities while providing valuable and comprehensive care. In countries where CBFP is being implemented, contraceptive methods are being provided to women, men, and couples typically using a combination of three high-impact practices: provision by community health workers, mobile outreach, and drug shops.

  • Simone Parrish

    CCP | Global Repository Director

    If you're a regular visitor to K4Health.org, you'll notice we're in the process of revising the website. I like to think of knowledge products (including websites) as gardens: They need constant tending to adjust to changes in the environment and the needs of the people they serve. This set of changes is like making new paths and building new raised beds—it's more substantial than just planting something new or pruning back old growth.