Knowledge Management for Global Health

Illustrate & Advocate

Peggy D'Adamo, #FPVoices

Personal perspectives

Family Planning Voices (#FPVoices), brought to you by K4Health and FP2020, amplifies the stories of those at the forefront of the global family planning community. If you have a story we should hear, please let us know.

“This technological revolution is changing the popularity of methods and moving people away from things like the pill towards the more long-term methods. But information technology has also had an impact. Think about when we used to have to mail things to people. We spent an inordinate amount of money mailing out the Family Planning Handbook to people individually because really it was the only resource they had. We still distribute it in print, but now you can provide access via the internet or via flash drives so people can have access to much more content than they did in the past.” — Peggy D’Adamo, KM/IT Advisor, Office of Population and Reproductive Health, USAID (Washington, D.C., U.S.A.)

“We worked with the government of Bangladesh [on the BKMI Project], and we were able to package exactly the information they needed in the local language so that it was accessible to frontline health workers. They had a very symbolic tool with them—the netbook—and having all of this knowledge available to them on a toolkit meant that not only could they just access it at the point of care if they couldn’t remember something about a side effect, but they could show videos to their clients. It empowered the health workers, and it also gave them credibility among the communities that they were serving.” — Tara Sullivan, Director, K4Health Project, Director, Knowledge Management Unit, Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (Baltimore, MD, U.S.A.)


Knowledge Management in Practice Webinar Series. (Women in Dhaka, Bangladesh, discuss health issues related to cattle. © 2016 Md. Akram Ali, Courtesy of Photoshare)

Knowledge Management in Practice Webinar Series

K4Health presented a collaborative webinar series where experts share their experiences using KM to improve their work. Read recaps and watch the recordings:

Multimedia Tools

Knowledge Management: Strengthening Health Services, Saving Lives: A K4Health Animation

When global health practitioners use knowledge management in their work, health systems operate more smoothly and clients receive better care. Ultimately, knowledge management contributes to greater health and longer, happier lives. The best news? Many of us already practice knowledge management every day. Watch our new animation to see how, and to learn how we can be more intentional and systematic in our knowledge management practices in order to strengthen services and improve lives.

Female Community Health Volunteers (FCHVs) in Siraha, Nepal - having completed their distance education studies under the Radio Health Program (RHP) series titled Sewa Nai Dharma Ho ('Service is Religion') - are prepared to promote key behaviors related to Family Planning and Maternal Health. © 2004 Binoy Dil Lama, Courtesy of Photoshare

Photoshare: images that tell stories

Photoshare offers thousands of international public health and development images to users free of charge for nonprofit and educational use. Enhance your websites, presentations, blog posts, and publications with engaging photos depicting knowledge management for global health in action. Check out additional collections of photos depicting the following knowledge management approaches:

Do you have photos of knowledge management practices you’ve engaged in that you would like to share with the global health community? Contribute to our growing collection!

Digital data visualization

Population Reference Bureau's five-part video series, "Communicating Research through Data Visualization," offers an introduction to data visualizations to help researchers better communicate findings to key policy and program audiences. It covers strategies on how to present data, basic design concepts, and tools that can help improve workflow. The series covers the following topics:

  1. What is Data Visualization?
  2. Why use Data Visualizations?
  3. Conceptualizing Your Data Visualization
  4. Design Tips
  5. Tools and Workflow

Communities of practice: a gateway to collaboration

The Global Health Knowledge Collaborative is a forum for knowledge management professionals working in global health and development to collaborate, innovate, and exchange ideas. This community of practice is active in the following ways:

  • Serves as a platform for members to share ideas, synthesize knowledge, and innovate
  • Collaborates on knowledge management approaches
  • Collects case studies documenting experiences with knowledge management in global health
  • Promotes the use of knowledge management products and services
  • Advocates for the importance of knowledge management for organizations and projects

Social Media for Global Health (SM4GH) is a space to connect and share experiences around the use of social media to promote the messages and products of global health and development organizations. The group meets quarterly and communicates between meetings via an online community of practice on the Knowledge Gateway, where members are welcome to share resources, references, and experiences through the document library, message board, and listserv.

HIFA 2015 (Health Care Information for All): The vision of this global forum is that “every person and every health worker will have access to the healthcare information they need to protect their own health and the health of those for whom they are responsible.” HIFA works toward this vision by promoting communication, understanding, and advocacy among all those involved in the production, exchange and use of healthcare knowledge.

Family First: How communities in the Philippines are securing a future for the next generation

Exposure: stories in full color

K4Health has begun using Exposure to highlight our photo stories. Our growing collection of stories features original content, as well as posts transderred from our Medium publication, The Exchange. We discuss the need for knowledge management in global health, the practical ways we apply it, and the impact our work can have on communities. Our posts are personal and varied. They promote discourse and debate among public health practitioners and new audiences.



Topic last updated: January 28, 2019