Country Profiles

June 20, 2018

Background

When country governments are strategic and efficient in investing their limited resources to meet the growing demand for family planning, they are more likely to achieve their family planning goals--goals that will help save millions of lives and improve the health and well-being of women, families, and communities around the world. A costed implementation plan (CIP) is a multi-year actionable roadmap designed to help governments plan and meet these important goals.

June 20, 2018
Mother embraces child, Kampala

A mother embraces her child at the Marie Stopes Kavule Clinic in Kampala, Uganda. Photo credit: David Alexander, Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs/FP Voices 2016.

 

Background

Family planning saves lives and helps ensure educational and economic opportunity for women, girls, families, and communities. The family planning and reproductive health community is often focused on data and metrics—using the numbers to elevate family planning as a high-impact development intervention with strong returns on investment. Data is essential for successful programming, but stories can help bring the data to life, share knowledge and experience, create community, and compel action.

Family Planning Voices

K4Health and Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) created Family Planning Voices to document and share personal stories from people around the world who are passionate about family planning. This growing collection features portraits of storytellers alongside their own words, connecting voices and faces across the globe, from small rural villages to megacities.

June 19, 2018
Ethiopia village elder

Shek Kasim Kurke, a village elder and religious leader in the Oromia Region of Ethiopia, poses for a picture.

 

Background

Population, Health, and Environment (PHE) is a development approach that focuses on the relationship between human health and environmental health. Integrated PHE programs improve primary health care services, particularly family planning and reproductive health, while also helping communities conserve biodiversity, manage natural resources, and develop sustainable livelihoods. Some countries--such as Ethiopia, Madagascar, and the Philippines--have done extensive work in PHE policy and programming, and have powerful stories to tell. Capturing and sharing these stories provides a strong advocacy tool for the PHE approach and complements research and evaluation data.

February 27, 2018
Uganda mTrac

The Ntungamo District Biostatistician explains the mTrac system. Facility staff send data for key indicators by toll free SMS to the district office, where they review the data to manage drug stock distribution and for epidemiological surveillance. Credit: Cassandra Mickish Gross

 

Background

​​Despite significant improvements in reducing mother-to-child transmission of HIV, keeping women in care throughout the full recommended cascade of services remains a challenge. In addition, women living with HIV may not feel comfortable asking certain questions of their health provider or may not have access to a provider when they need information.

When integrated into national health and information systems, digital health tools can help health care workers to provide effective counseling and support patients throughout their care, as well as engage and inform clients and their families in their care. In South Africa, the national MomConnect initiative has registered more than 1.7 million pregnant women to receive health messages on their mobile phones throughout their pregnancy and the first year of their child’s life. In Uganda, the national FamilyConnect program sends timely and relevant messages to pregnant women, mothers, and other household members with reminders to return to the health facility for recommended services.

January 03, 2017
PANCAP logo

Background

While the HIV epidemic has been stable in the Caribbean region over the last decade, there is a new focus on achieving the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets to help end the AIDS epidemic. The region is also prioritizing the roll out of the World Health Organization’s Test and Start ( known as Treat All in the Caribbean region) guidelines, which recommends that all people diagnosed with HIV start antiretroviral therapy (ART) as soon as possible and maintain treatment throughout their lives. This is all taking place in an environment of reduced international funding for HIV and calls for country ownership.

The Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV/AIDS (PANCAP) is a regional partnership of governments, regional civil society organizations, regional institutions, bilateral and multilateral agencies, and contributing donor partners. It serves as a knowledge hub to support its country members to improve the regional and national HIV response and has prioritized the scale up of Treat All across the Caribbean. Within this context, now, more than ever, there is a need to improve regional collaboration, promote sharing and learning opportunities with the aim of scaling up the WHO Treat All strategy across the region.

October 29, 2015

Background

The symbiotic nature of health programs across the East Africa region presents both challenges and opportunities. Strong health systems and outcomes in one partner state contributes to another’s improvement, while poor health systems and outcomes can threaten its neighbors.

A regional approach is well recognized as a valuable and efficient path to support individual partner state health priorities as well as to scale up improved health outcomes. Regional Intergovernmental Organizations (RIGOs) play a key role in achieving improved health outcomes across the region by promoting collaboration and serving as a knowledge hub for partner states. Inhe East Africa region, which is comprised of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, the East African Community plays this important convening role.

Despite the strong efforts of the RIGOs to coordinate and harmonize across the region, challenges remain with systematically collecting and sharing relevant and usable knowledge among partner states to improve their health programs. Partner states face challenges in accessing strategic information and knowledge from local and international researchers due to limitations of current sharing tools and strategies. The absence of a harmonized approach to using global and regional learning serves to weaken individual partner state programs, their advocacy agendas, and program implementation. Knowledge management is a powerful tool to address these challenges.

June 04, 2012
Ethiopia FMOH KM Workshop

Group photo of the FMOH participants that took part in the 3-day KM training workshop facilitated by K4Health and hosted by the International Institute for Primary Health Care in Ethiopia (IIfPHC-E). Credit: IIfPHC-E photographer.

 

Background

The Ethiopia Federal Ministry of Health plays a critical role in information flow. However, it often receives more information than it dispatches, which creates a situation in which information is slow to diffuse. To ensure the Ethiopian health sector’s continued progress in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals, the availability and flow of information and knowledge throughout the health sector, especially in a decentralized environment, is critical.

March 30, 2012
In Depth Interview of Midwives in Kediri

A member of the ICMM team interviews a midwife for the ICMM baseline survey. Credit: Universitas Indonesia

 

Background

The maternal mortality rate in Indonesia is among the highest in Asia, and more than half of Indonesian couples who want to stop childbearing still rely on short-acting methods such as oral contraceptive pills and injectables. This mismatch of method with fertility intentions points to the lack of availability and accessibility of long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) and permanent methods (PMs).

The Improving Contraceptive Method Mix (ICMM) Project

The Improving Contraceptive Method Mix (ICMM) Project sought to address this concern through targeted district-level advocacy–working with decision makers to revitalize local advocacy groups and make the case for greater family planning (FP) budgets and increased availability and training for long-acting methods. ICMM also sought to determine the effectiveness of these advocacy activities, so they could be scaled up in other areas of Indonesia.

March 14, 2012
FWA counsels clients using netbook

Sabita Rani Das has been working as a FWA in Sylhet District for the last 23 years. Until very recently her story was like any other FWA – walking from door to door to counsel clients, doing satellite clinics a serving community peoples. Sabita’s story line has changed, now Sabita has the power of knowledge, just a click away!

 

Background

Within the Bangladesh Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW), distinct government units design social and behavior change communication (SBCC) activities covering three different aspects of health: 1) maternal and child health; 2) population; and 3) nutrition. Despite best efforts at coordination, SBCC activities within the three different units resulted in conflicting or duplicative messages for health workers and families. In addition, an initial assessment also found that capacity for SBCC within each of the ministry units was low. Ultimately, this resulted in confusion and misunderstanding about essential health information. Among government field workers, there was a need for information and stronger counseling skills to communicate integrated health, population, and nutrition messages to clients.