• Rebecca Shore

    CCP | Program Officer II

    Tuesday, March 22, 2011 is World Water Day 2011; please join K4Health in recognizing the 18th year of World Water Day, an annual celebration of the importance of freshwater sustainable management of freshwater resources.  

    This year’s focus, “Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge,” is concerned with clean drinking water in cities around the world.

    1 in 2 people in the planet live in a city and 98% of the urbanization occurs in poor or developing countries.

    At the rate cities are growing, especially in poor and developing countries, water and waste management just cannot keep up. Infrastructure in many places is not in place to account for the great increase in population.

    1 billion people have no choice but to use harmful water.

  • Kavitha Nallathambi

    CCP | Communications Specialist
    On this Tuesday, March 8, 2011 join Knowledge for Health in commemorating the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. IWD is a global day to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women all over the world. Nearly 25 countries including Afghanistan, Russia, Ukraine, Vietnam and Zambia recognize the day as an official holiday.
     
    This year marks the theme, “Equal access to education, training and science and technology: pathway to decent work for women.” In a message, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for more efforts to address the gender gap in education, discrimination and violence in the workplace and community, and sexual violence in conflict zones. He encouraged the urgent need to save lives and improve the health of women and children to meet the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. Ki-moon further promoted use of technology. “Cell phones and the Internet, for example, can enable women to improve the health and well-being of their families, take advantage of income-earning opportunities, and protect themselves from exploitation and vulnerability,” he said.

  • Kavitha Nallathambi

    CCP | Communications Specialist
    Nepalese doctor exchanges innovative approaches to conducting virtual communities of practice with peers from all over the globe. USAID support allows health care practitioners to share best practices on reproductive health and family planning.
     
    Rural Nepal has little electricity, poor access via roads, and high rates of maternal and child mortality. Shishir Dahal, a medical doctor in Rolpa District, Nepal, shared his experience using online communities of practice (CoPs) for reproductive health and family planning with the Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project at Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Communication Programs. 

  • Stephen Goldstein

    CCP | Senior Consultant

    In a wide ranging speech at NIH this week, USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah went to bat for African women, especially mothers-to-be, who are 135 times more likely to die during childbirth than some of her Western counterparts.

     “I've given a lot of thought to why this is the case. I've heard many experts say that reducing maternal mortality is too complex, that it's too difficult to achieve in countries where most women will really never see the inside of a – of a Western-style hospital. But I really cannot escape the conclusion that our current state of affairs where a pregnant African woman is 135 times more likely to die during childbirth than some of her Western counterparts exists simply because she is, in fact, a woman. And this is unacceptable,” said Dr. Shah.

  • David Davies-Deis

    CCP | eLearning Specialist
    In developing countries, it is costly to develop and circulate essential health information. Some organizations have specific guidance or manuals that help program staff and supervisors, but few have information that is useful and accessible to wide populations of professionals. Programs that cannot devote large amounts of money to face-to-face trainings or document production are looking for a way to deliver current, useful information to their staff. One effective way to bridge this divide is through distance learning.
     
    We know that access to internet is increasing. Over 10% of Africa is online, with an average increase of 200% in the past 10 years. The problem that many existing users face is that the quality of the connection is still not at a level where they can take advantage of “flashy” content and large downloadable files that require high-bandwidth connections – a luxury that most in Europe and North America are now accustomed to.

  • As we mark the one-year anniversary of the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti last January, we should look back at the tremendous work that has been accomplished and be proud. However, we must also be prudent and acknowledge the challenges and needs that remain as the country rebuilds.
     
  • The U.S. Agency for International Development Bureau of Global Health has long been providing distance education to health professionals worldwide through the Global Health eLearning Center (GHeL). Born out of a need to keep the Agency’s field staff up-to-date on global health topics, the platform now hosts more than 40 courses and serves over 67,000 health professionals.

  • Natalie Campbell

    Management Sciences for Health | Knowledge Manager

    The most important item in Amon Chimphepo’s medical kit is a small cell phone. This single piece of technology has proved to be a lifeline for people living in one of the most remote regions of Malawi. Its power to reach and initiate help immediately from the closest hospital is saving lives and improving health outcomes. In fact, I met a woman, alive today, because Mr. Chimphepo and his cell phone were there to make an emergency call to the district hospital and get an ambulance.

  • Piers Bocock

    Chief of Party, USAID LEARN

    There have been a collection of high-profile and well attended mobile health (mHealth) “summits” held around the world in the past few years, including last month’s second annual mHealth Summit in Washington, D.C. (headlined by Bill Gates and Ted Turner), but the really interesting conversations are happening on the African continent. While large providers in the “developed world” are talking about the need for business plans and analysis, the debate in Kenya and Nigeria and Ghana is on how country-based leadership can scale up proven programs, develop sustainability, and provide practical and integrated models for cooperation between the government, mobile service providers, the medical community and the private sector.

  • The long-term health effects of oral contraceptive use have been the focus of research, discussion and debate for quite some time.  
     
    Oral contraceptives have a long history. In the United States, they became available to women in the early 1960s, and due to their convenience and effectiveness they have become the most popular form of birth control in the country. However, questions have been raised concerning the role that the hormones in oral contraceptives play in the development of some cancers.