At the Global Health Knowledge Management Share Fair, Stacey Young from USAID's Bureau of Policy, Planning and Learning discussed the importance of local knowledge, and how the curated knowledge base needs be be accessible to practitioners in the field.
This post originally appeared on the Global Health Knowledge Collaborative (GHKC) Blog. Basil Safi presented the Strategies Against Flu Emergence (SAFE) program at last month's Global Health Knowledge Management Share Fair, and how it's not always necessary to create a new tool to manage knowledge. Using Indonesia as an example, he illustrated how galvanizing a local team to optimize an existing tool can make life-saving knowledge accessible to those who need it most.
Stacey Young, Senior Learning Advisor at USAID's Bureau of Policy, Planning and Learning, remarked that the knowledge base needs to be more than accessible to local partners, it needs to be created at the field level.
Strategies Against Flu Emergence (SAFE) is a program created to support USAID/Indonesia’s Avian and Pandemic Influenza (API) Program and the Government of Indonesia’s National Strategy for Avian Influenza (AI) Control and Preparedness for Human Pandemic Influenza. In addition to a range of prevention activities at the local level, the program uses state of the art KM and social media tools to promote public-private partnerships, good poultry farming practices, improved biosecurity and hygiene behaviors at farms and markets, and improved care-seeking behavior for AI.
During the Global Health Knowledge Collaborative's Knowledge Management Share Fair on April 16th in Washington, DC, I discussed that a key objective of the SAFE program was to facilitate coordination among partners by sharing important health information that is targeted for program managers and other decision-makers. In order to achieve this, SAFE taps into the potential of digital technology and create an online platform as a tool to share knowledge and communicate experiences for AI and Pandemic Influenza Programs in Indonesia.
In its process, SAFE did not wish to create a new tool, but rather to optimize the already existing online platform under the USAID-funded Knowledge for Health (K4Health) project led by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for Communication Programs. In this endeavor, Indonesia has become a pioneer in which documents on Avian Influenza and Pandemic Influenza are carefully selected, stored, and shared among users. No less than 160 documents have populated the sites from different organizations in both Bahasa and English, and as SAFE is entering its final months, it is ensuring the continuation of the process by formally handing over the eToolkit to a KM technical advisory group made up of government and local NGO members. Representatives of these institutions will be granted special access to upload their own resources as they become available, so that the toolkit remains a living and dynamic platform through which all stakeholders can share the latest and most important information. In February 2013, this eToolkit was the 8thmost visited toolkit within all the K4Health online toolkit resources and continues to receive a high degree of traffic each month, with the average visitor reading 3.4 resources per visit.