• Blog post

    It’s always exciting to see how the rapidly evolving use of electronic technologies is helping to improve health in Africa.  But innovation, by nature, initially provides benefits unevenly.  This workshop, co-hosted by Futures Group and Intel, is a welcome effort to improve eHealth standards across borders.  By sharing information, healthcare stakeholders aim to foster public-private partnerships, build support networks and improve healthcare delivery. 

    Reposted from the Futures Group blog.

  • Blog post

    Dr. Jim Shelton's Pearls is an occasional series by USAID’s Global Health Science Advisor that answers commonly asked questions about family planning. 

    Question:  Contraceptive implants are becoming very popular in our program here [at USAID], but we are especially concerned about unintended pregnancy among young women. Do you think they are suitable and popular for young women?

  • Blog post

    In late 2010, there was a ground-breaking summit held in Accra, Ghana, which focused on the growing sector of mHealth on the African continent, an event I wrote about at the time.  It brought together practitioners, policy makers, and service providers in one place to chart a course forward.  In reflection of that meeting, I am most excited about the real progress being shown not by donors or technology providers, but by governments.

  • Health Workforce Strengthening in Kenya

    KMTC Kitui Students

    Two students at KMTC Kitui discuss how they like interacting with the K4Health IVR Family Planning Course on their mobile phone. The course utilized mobile technology, specifically interactive voice response, to provide refresher training of family planning information learned through the Global Health e-Learning Center. Credit: Amanda BenDor



    The exponential growth in mobile technology offers a plethora of opportunities for providing continuing education and support to traditional in-person training and education programs. In partnership with Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) and the Family Planning (FP) Center of Excellence in Kitui, K4Health sought to explore ways to broaden the uptake of the global health technical content available on the Global Health eLearning Center (GHeL) and K4Health Topic Pages to increase knowledge transfer and retention via popular mobile technologies - Interactive Voice Response (IVR) and WhatsApp.


    “Mobile learning is a wonderful way to learn; you learn at your own pace, anywhere, and any time.... Young people love technology; if you teach via it, you as the teacher and students will win!” - Mohamed Abdikaedir, student of Kenya Medical Training College-Kitui 

  • Blog post
    Dr. Isaak Bashir

    Getting the right information at the right time to the people who need it is a big challenge in many countries. A good website with carefully selected materials is one way to ensure policymakers, practitioners, and researchers have access to relevant knowledge and timely information.

    Kenya’s Division of Reproductive Health has officially launched its new website (, designed to be a one-stop shop for up-to-date information on reproductive health.

    Dr. Isaak Bashir, head of the Division of Reproductive Health, said the website would play an important role in informing health professionals and policymakers on reproductive health issues.

  • Blog post

    As the world celebrates International Women’s Day on Monday, I’m reminded of my recent trip to Kenya – my birth country – which really revealed how much work is still needed to enhance the situation of women around the world.