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    Fostering Change eLearning Course Image

    Change occurs frequently in health settings in many different ways. Even the best kind of change can be disruptive to service delivery, and many people are naturally resistant. In light of this struggle, in 2010, the Global Health eLearning Center (GHeL) released a course designed to build the skills of those in a position to support change in health service delivery. This course, Fostering Change in Health Services, focuses on the principles of organizational change and supporting change agents. To date, the course has been taken by 4,775 users; after five years, it is now available with new resources and information updates.

    This important update includes resources from the WHO and Implementing Best Practices Consortium's 2013 revised Guide to Fostering Change to Scale Up Effective Health Services, in particular new materials from ExpandNet/WHO, the USAID Health Care Improvement Project, University Research Co. (URC), the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), and additional guidance on leading change from Management Sciences for Health (MSH).

    The course only takes 1.5 hours to complete and offers a range of information to help with improvements and change to any health system.

    For more information, take the course or visit the Guide to Fostering Change to Scale Up Effective Health Services toolkit.

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    © 2004 Ahsanul Kabir, Courtesy of Photoshare

    A health worker administers a Somazet injection for family planning at a community health clinic in Islampur union, Rajbari district, Bangladesh. © 2004 Ahsanul Kabir, Courtesy of Photoshare

    Hormonal contraceptives are very effective in preventing pregnancy when used correctly and are an important part of a program's contraceptive method mix. There are many exciting developments in terms of new contraceptive technologies, as well as evidence that the renewed focus on long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs), specifically implants, has been quite successful in some countries. The following three come to mind:

    1.)    Injectable contraceptives continue to be one of the world’s most popular methods for preventing pregnancy, offering women safe and effective protection, convenience, and privacy. Until now, however, they have not been widely available outside clinic settings. The introduction of Sayana® Press, a lower-dose formulation and presentation of Depo-Provera®, offers the potential to improve contraceptive access for women worldwide.

    Sayana Press is a three-month, progestin-only injectable contraceptive product packaged in the Uniject™ injection system and administered via subcutaneous injection. It is small, light, easy to use, and requires minimal training, making it especially suitable for community-based distribution. PATH and partners are supporting country-led pilot introduction of Sayana Press in Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Niger, Senegal, and Uganda, which will continue through 2016. 

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    HIV Basic Biology, Epidemiology, and Prevention

    When you watch, read, or listen to news about Ebola, does it bring to mind past health crises such as Spanish flu (occurred in 1918), smallpox (eradicated in 1980) or the current TB threat? More frequently, comparisons have appeared in the media to HIV/AIDS; I’ve noted how myths about Ebola are similar to those spread about HIV in the 1980s and 1990s. As the global public grapples with Ebola, the story of HIV is worth revisiting to see what new chapters have been written.

    HIV Basic Biology, Epidemiology, and Prevention contains revised sessions and new program experiences in areas of epidemiology, sexual dynamics, condoms, and behavioral prevention. Lead author Jim Shelton, USAID Science Advisor for the Bureau for Global Health, updated the course based on the latest research and programmatic evaluations.

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    Health Worker in Guatemala. Image by IntraHealth International.

    This post originally appeared on the CapacityPlus Blog

    People drive health systems. In the words of Vujicic and colleagues, health workers are “gatekeepers and navigators for the effective or wasteful application of all other resources.”

    The global health community recognizes that there is “no health without a workforce.” Efforts have been made to train, deploy, and retain more health workers in areas where they are most needed. But beyond this, we need those health workers that are already at their jobs to be productive. 

    What does this mean?  Well, imagine that you are a district health manager.

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    Gender and HSS eLearning Course

    For the purposes of full disclosure: I am US graduate student in global public health, with experience in gender in(equality) and women’s empowerment; I consider myself to be a gender-based violence researcher and activist, with limited background on health systems. I recently took the Gender and Health Systems Strengthening eLearning course and participated in the corresponding study group. The course broadened my perspective, looking beyond the interpersonal dimension of gender inequality, to recognize how it manifests within health system and can better be addressed at the structural level, as well as day-to-day.

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    Social Franchising for Health eLearning Course Screen Image

    Increasingly, non-profit organizations like Population Services International (PSI) and Marie Stopes International (MSI) are applying commercial franchising strategies—like those employed by McDonald’s and Subway—to improve health in developing countries. Social franchising unites healthcare facilities and providers in a network with a common brand, strict quality standards, and specified health services at affordable prices. With years of experience behind them, PSI and MSI are the two leading organizations in franchising for social good.

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    This blog is a repost from Evaluate, The MEASURE Evaluation Blog

    Gender M&E Chart

    We are pleased to announce the release of the newly published Gender M&E eLearning course, a MEASURE Evaluation-authored eLearning course hosted on USAID’s Global Health eLearning (GHeL) Center.

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    Lisa Mwaikambo contributed to this story.

    Participants of the ECD eLearning Launch Event in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

    Participants of the ECD eLearning Launch Event in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

    Credit: Colleen Farrell/Save the Children

    The global community has already expressed interest in more integrated forms of education that are applicable to the real world. The Learning Metrics Task Force, comprised of 800 individuals representing more than 70 countries, recently published goals to create more accurate and standardized measures to evaluate education programs (Save the Children, 2014). Of the six measurement areas highlighted, three seek to evaluate learning programs as to whether or not they teach lessons that are applicable to the learners’ careers and common challenges faced. The Equitable Learning for All brief mentions that a “holistic framework of learning” and a “learning continuum” are essential for developing transferrable skills for future generations (Save the Children, 2014). Although the Learning Metrics Task Force led by Save the Children published these goals and principles specifically related to child development, these principles of a more comprehensive approach to education are not exclusively applicable to just child development. In order to remain relevant and competitive in today’s highly globalized and interconnected world, life-long learning is must! Life-long learning is taking many forms from organized professional development workshops to Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to 1-hour webinars and the introduction of new technology software and job aids. In order to ensure that learning is retained and used, more and more organizations are interested in utilizing multiple methods of delivery to reinforce the same messages and learning. This approach is often referred to as blended learning – the combination of learning media (such as face-to-face, online, print, social media, radio, etc.) and learning environments (such as instructor-led, teamwork, peer-to-peer interaction, self-study and individual work) that reinforce and accelerate mastery and application to the job.

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    This past Monday, we celebrated World Health Day, which focused on combating the global threat of vector-borne diseases. According to the World Health Organization, more than one billion people are infected and more than one million die every year from vector-borne diseases, such as malaria, dengue, Lyme disease, and yellow fever.

    WHO produced the following short video, highlighting simple measures we can take to protect ourselves from mosquitoes, flies, ticks, and bug that may threaten our health.

    One bite of a mosquito, a sandfly, a blackfly, or a tick can be more than annoying. It can be fatal.

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    Ixchen, an NGO providing women's health services, promotes affordable mammography and ultrasound with a banner outside Ixchen's center in the outskirts of Managua, Nicaragua

    Ixchen, an NGO providing women's health services, promotes affordable mammography and ultrasound with a banner outside Ixchen's center in the outskirts of Managua, Nicaragua.

    © 2002 Alfredo L. Fort, Courtesy of Photoshare

    Most if not all health interventions require an element of behavior change. As noted in Dr. Jim Shelton's August 2013 editorial  "The 6 domains of behavior change: the missing health system building block" in the Global Health: Science and Practice Journal, 15 of the top 20 health risk factors in sub-Saharan Africa are predominantly behavioral, and the other five are highly influenced by behavior. (See the table [1] at right for the data.)

    In your own life, think about some of the health-related messages that you hear or see on a daily basis that aim to convince us to change your behavior. For example:

     “Fasten your seat belt.”

    “Don’t litter.”