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Find, use, and share the knowledge you need.

Our collections of tools, resources, and evidence help global health professionals get the knowledge they need to work more effectively. From policy makers to program managers, and from Ministers of Health to community health workers—nearly 250,000 people every month visit K4Health websites, which include: 

K4Health Toolkits | Photoshare | POPLINE | Global Health: Science and Practice Journal | Global Health eLearning Center | FP Handbook | mHealth Evidence | mHealth Knowledge | More...


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K4Health Toolkits

Up-to-date collections of global health resources

Toolkits are online libraries of selected resources on health and technical topics. Primarily intended for health program managers, policy makers, and service providers, Toolkit resources are chosen and arranged to help global health professionals develop policies and design programs based on evidence and promising practices. Toolkits are regularly reviewed and updated to make sure they stay relevant and useful, and help cut through information overloadLearn more about how Toolkits are created and managed.

Visit Toolkits by Country | Visit Toolkits by Topic: Contraceptive Methods | Cross-Cutting Technical Areas | Family Planning Program Models | Integration of Services | Maternal & Child Health | Policy & Advocacy


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Thousands of health and development images for communications

A young mother receives family planning counseling at a local government facility in Nairobi, Kenya. © 2012 Jhpiego, Courtesy of Photoshare

A young mother receives family planning counseling at a local government facility in Nairobi, Kenya. © 2012 Jhpiego, Courtesy of Photoshare

Photoshare is K4Health's editorial collection of over 28,000 health and development images that are free for nonprofit and educational use. Images submitted to the collection are reviewed for editorial quality and appropriateness, captioned to describe their real-life context, and are easily searchable by geography, subject-matter, and keywords. Photoshare offers photographers an opportunity for international exposure, integration with Flickr for ease of bulk imports, history of use on contributed images, and inclusion in the Photoshare photographer directory.

Photoshare's images have been used in major publications including Science and the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), and in websites and publications by global public health and development organizations including CORE Group; the DHS Program / Measure Evaluation; FHI 360; Global Health Council; the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO); the Results for Development Institute; University Research Co., LLC (URC); the World Health Organization; and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).




Search the world's family planning and reproductive health literature

POPLINE® provides free access to the most comprehensive, in-depth, and up-to-date source of evidence-based knowledge and field-sourced information on population, family planning, and reproductive health. POPLINE houses over 370,000 bibliographic listings and abstracts—of both peer-reviewed and grey literature. Many documents in POPLINE are available nowhere else. Full-text delivery of most documents cited in POPLINE is available to individuals and organizations in low- and middle-income countries. More than one million users have accessed POPLINE over the past year alone.


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Global Health: Science and Practice

Peer-reviewed evidence and programmatic approaches across the global health field

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The September 2015 issue of Global Health: Science and Practice.

Global Health: Science and Practice is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal that aims to improve health practice, especially in low- and middle-income countries. The journal covers a wide range of global health topics, diverse programming models, and cross-cutting issues that impact and support health systems. We are especially interested in advancing knowledge on how programs are implemented, and encourage people who are implementing programs in the field to share their research and experience with the global health community.

Since the Journal's debut in March 2013, almost 140,000 readers have visited the website. Global Health: Science and Practice is indexed by PubMed—a free public search engine that provides access to more than 24 million references and abstracts on biomedical and life science topics. PubMed only indexes journals which meet its standards for scientific rigor, and is searched over 3.5 million times per day. Having articles indexed by PubMed—and provided in PubMed Central, its sister repository of full-text articles—brings Global Health: Science and Practice within reach for a broader global health audience.


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Global Health eLearning Center

Current technical information for global health professionals

The Global Health eLearning Center (GHeL) was created to meet the needs of USAID health sector staff—but GHeL's learner community has grown to include technical advisors, program managers, policy makers, providers, academics, and students worldwide. GHeL has over 125,000 registered learners representing more than 250 countries. More than 75 courses are available, some of which are grouped into Certificate Programs in technical areas such as Family Planning, Gender and Health, Maternal Health, Child Survival, Organizational Change and Knowledge Management, and Monitoring and Evaluation. Several courses have been translated into French, Spanish, and Portuguese. 

Courses are collaboratively developed with subject matter experts, incorporating USAID's most up-to-date programmatic guidelines. Most courses can be completed in approximately two hours, which need not be all in one sitting—learners can access a course in multiple visits and pick up where they left off.


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Family Planning: A Global Handbook for Providers

Evidence-based guidance developed through worldwide collaboration

Family Planning: A Global Handbook for Providers offers clinic-based health care professionals in developing countries the latest guidance on providing contraceptive methods. "This document is our bible," said a participant at the 2011 International Conference on Family Planning in Dakar, Senegal. The Handbook was produced through a unique worldwide collaboration between editorial staff at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and technical experts from the World Health Organization (WHO), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and more than 30 other organizations.

The 2011 edition is available as free downloads and browsable onscreen at www.fphandbook.org. A newly-revised edition is underway, incorporating the latest updates and additions to WHO's Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use and Selected practice recommendations for contraceptive use. It also will reflect new WHO guidance on related topics such as task sharing, intimate partner violence, HIV, and other sexually transmitted infections. The new edition of the Global Handbook is expected to be released in 2016.


mHealth Evidence

mHealth is the use of mobile information and communication technologies for improving health. It can be used for a wide range of purposes, including health promotion and illness prevention, health care delivery, training and supervision, electronic payments, and information systems. mHealth Evidence, housing more than 6,000 peer-reviewed resources, was developed to be the leading resource for collecting, categorizing, and grading mHealth evidence. The site is a searchable database of evidentiary records from around the world, classified using a harmonized taxonomy that is easily filtered, in a system based on the 40-plus years of experience of POPLINE.


mHealth Knowledge

Connecting global health professionals to people, products, and ideas.

Make the most of the mobile health revolution.The curated collection at www.mHealthKnowledge.org highlights the best applications and platforms, communities of practice, capacity-building and learning resources, multimedia content, project repositories, tools and guides, and blogs and news sources on mHealth. It also houses the complete collection of reports produced by the mHealth Alliance.


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The K4Health Project also supports knowledge management and exchange for:

  • The Family Planning Training Resource Package (TRP): The Training Resource Package (TRP) for Family Planning is a comprehensive set of materials designed to support up-to-date training on family planning and reproductive health. The TRP was developed using evidence-based technical information from Family Planning: A Global Handbook for Providers, the latest WHO Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, and Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use. The TRP contains curriculum components and tools needed to design, implement, and evaluate training. It provides organizations with an essential resource for family planning (FP) and reproductive health trainers, supervisors, and program managers. The materials are appropriate for pre-service and in-service training and applicable in both the public and private sectors. The development of the TRP has been by led by USAID, WHO, and UNFPA. More at www.fptraining.org.

  • Global Health Knowledge Collaborative (GHKC): The Global Health Knowledge Collaborative, or GHKC (formerly known as the Knowledge Management Working Group), was formed in 2010 by a group of knowledge management (KM) professionals working in global health and development. This community of practice serves as a platform for members to share ideas, synthesize knowledge, and innovate; collaborates on KM approaches; collects case studies documenting experiences with KM in global health; promotes the use of KM-related products and services; and advocates for the importance of KM for organizations and projects. More at www.globalhealthknowledge.org.

  • High Impact Practices in Family Planning (HIPs): Proven, emerging, and promising practices in family planning service delivery or systems interventions. When scaled up and institutionalized, HIPs will maximize investments in a comprehensive family planning strategy. HIPs help family planning programs focus their resources and efforts to ensure they have the broadest reach and greatest impact. The HIPs website houses a collection of briefs that synthesize the evidence and provide recommendations on how to implement selected HIPs, and a map of HIPs projects being implemented worldwide. More at www.fphighimpactpractices.org.

  • mHealth Planning Guide: The mHealth Planning Guide helps individuals and organizations appropriately plan for mHealth deployments. This Guide provides a thorough orientation to the mHealth planning process; outlines key considerations and resources for planning an mHealth intervention, from concept development and technology design to preparation for implementation; and helps build a strong foundation for an mHealth activity, laying out the many facets of program planning that the mHealth pioneers wish they had known when they were starting out.

  • The mHealth Working Group: The mHealth Working Group started in 2009 with 20 members in Washington, D.C. It has since grown into an international community of over 1900 members representing more than 500 organizations in 78 countries. Its mission is to frame mobile technology within a larger global health strategy. By applying public health standards and practices to mHealth, we promote approaches that are appropriate, evidence-based, scalable and interoperable in resource-poor settings. More at www.mhealthworkinggroup.org.

  • The Postabortion Care (PAC) Connection Working Group is the interagency working group of USAID's PAC Working Group. The Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project currently serves as the Secretariat for the PAC Connection. The PAC Connection is open to all USAID-funded organizations and USAID Missions that are currently implementing or interested in starting PAC programs. The PAC Connection meets semiannually to share technical knowledge and discuss plans for USAID/Washington-funded PAC activities for the upcoming year. Find the PAC Global Resources Guide and the twice-yearly PAC Connection newsletter at www.postabortioncare.org.  

  • Repositioning Family Planning: USAID’s Repositioning Family Planning for Sustainable Development in Africa Initiative leads strategic partnerships to increase political and financial support for family planning in sub-Saharan African countries. Its website offers resources and tools for family planning and reproductive health professionals in sub-Saharan Africa. More at www.repositioningfp.org.