For over 30 years the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for Communication Programs (CCP) has been a key partner with USAID in sharing reproductive health knowledge worldwide, first through the Population Information Program (PIP) and INFO project and now through the K4Health project.

In 1973, USAID and CCP first forged this partnership under PIP. PIP offered developing countries new access to the emerging scientific literature on reproductive health. In collaboration with world renowned experts, PIP reached a large audience with evidence-based knowledge and ideas crucial to improving and expanding delivery of family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) services. PIP’s publications, in particular the Population Reports series and the Essentials of Contraceptive Technology handbook became common reference points for sharing evidence-based best practices, policies and guidelines, and effective program approaches. PIP became widely regarded as “the” standard reference on family planning for the developing world.

In 2002, CCP seized the opportunity offered by USAID to transition PIP into the INFO project, using the transformational power of Internet communication to share information quickly and pervasively. INFO’s products and services enabled more people to benefit from up-to-date knowledge about reproductive health. INFO brought together knowledge management and reproductive health experts from USAID and its cooperating agencies. Out of this collaboration was born an innovative approach to knowledge management for developing-country reproductive health programs. An exemplar collaborative information product, Family Planning: A Global Handbook for Providers, improved and expanded on its respected precursor, The Essentials of Contraceptive Technology. The Handbook was updated in 2011.

In 2008, CCP in partnership with USAID transformed INFO, an information and knowledge collection, synthesis, and dissemination project, into K4Health, a knowledge exchange and use project. To meet its goal of improving the provision of FP/RH and other health services in developing countries, K4Health goes beyond disseminating knowledge to health care decision-makers, program managers, and service providers. By harnessing the latest digital technology, K4Health starts with its audiences’ needs, provides an effective means for public health professionals to share their own experiences, safeguards the accuracy and effectiveness of lessons learned, provides tools for adaptation and localization, and measures impact. Our shift from print to electronic publications and delivery enables us to reach more clients efficiently and in real time. For audiences with little or no access to the Internet, we offer our materials on CD-ROM or flash drive.