Knowledge for Health Newsletter - February 2012

In This Issue

Obama’s Proposed 2013 Budget Supports Many Public Health Efforts

President Obama has released his proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13). Amid funding cuts and deficit-reduction measures, there is some good news for FP/RH and other public health cheap bridesmaid dresses efforts. Though proposed funding for global health in general is lower than FY12, the budget proposes increases in funding for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria; for family planning programs; and for the GAVI Alliance (referred to in the State Department and USAID’s “Funding Highlights” as the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations) next year. This shows a real commitment of the State Department to improving family planning worldwide. With the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approaching in 2015, let’s hope this small increase will help us reduce the gaps in coverage we are still facing in meeting MDGs 1 (eradicate extreme poverty and hunger), 4 (reduce child mortality), and 5 (improve maternal mortality). 

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MCHIP-Developed Maternal Health Toolkits Published

The USAID-funded Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) recently completed two Toolkits in collaboration with K4Health: Postpartum Hemorrhage and Pre-Eclampsia/Eclampsia. These two toolkits were developed in response to a growing need for resources to prevent maternal mortality worldwide.  The purpose of these toolkits is to collect and package resources that are useful to country programs for developing, implementing, monitoring and scaling up maternal health related interventions at various levels.
Postpartum Hemorrhage Toolkit
Pre-Eclampsia/Eclampsia Toolkit

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Kenya: Putting FP/RH Information Within Reach

K4Health recently worked with the Division of Reproductive Health, Ministries of Health (DRH/MOH) in Kenya to develop a customized website to bring evidence-based family planning and reproductive health information to DRH/MOH staff and the public.
This collaboration addressed some all too common health information barriers:

 -   Information overload: For some people, there is too much information to sift through. They don’t have the time, resources, or knowledge to determine what items in the sea of knowledge are relevant and useful.
 -   The lack of information: In other cases, not enough information is getting to the right people. Research shows that a lack of health information is a barrier to evidence-based health care in developing countries.
 -   Information scatter: Without a central repository, getting the right information at the right time is a major challenge.

K4Health’s Toolkits—expertly selected and maintained collections of up-to-date, evidence-based resources—address all three of those barriers. The Kenya Health Toolkit launched in January, and available on the K4Health website and the Republic of Kenya Division of Reproductive Health website

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SHARE Spotlight

Looking for resources to support your programs addressing the needs of most-at-risk populations MARPs?  Are you interested in working with Traditional Leaders? Or are you doing outreach with Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender Individuals (LGBTI) audiences? SHARE, SAfAIDS and K4Health are developing a number of exciting resources which will be available soon. These include:

 -   Two HIV-focused eLearning courses on engaging Traditional Leadership and on addressing the needs of LGBTI audiences
 -   Two eToolkits full of resources on Traditional Leadership and on LGBTI
 -   Regional and national online eForums moderated by subject experts

SHARE is also supporting various partners to create national-level eToolkits for HIV prevention as well as to strengthen regional information sharing through information resource centres.  If you’re interested in getting involved or learning more, please contact SHARE.  To receive the latest updates on HIV and AIDS in Southern Africa, you can subscribe to the SHARE monthly newsletter.

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Nigeria: Training Lab Scientists to Create Online Courses

K4Health staff travelled to Nigeria in January as part of a new two-year initiative focused on implementing an online continuing professional development program for Nigerian medical laboratory scientists. Lisa Mwaikambo and David Davies-Deis conducted a training in the city of Abuja for members of the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN). The goal of the training was to teach participants principles of eLearning course development methodology. The AMLSN course developers are now designing their own courses that will be available online to lab scientists. The courses will provide important and updated information about various topics within the field of laboratory science, including laboratory best practices and accurate diagnosis of HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria. You can find out more about the project kickoff and partners here: http://allafrica.com/stories/201201100519.html.

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Healthy Timing and Spacing Forum Draws International Crowd

Last month, January 17-27, the Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancy (HTSP) Community of Practice hosted a two week online forum on the IBP Knowledge Gateway on current findings and issues in HTSP. The forum was a collaborative effort among K4Health, USAID, World Vision, MCHIP, and the Evidence to Action project. Forum topics included: current HTSP research and findings, HTSP at the community level, adolescents, men and religious leaders. Technical experts and participants addressed a wide range of issues including the influence of religion on family planning choices and the use of the Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM) as a viable short-term contraceptive method. In all, the forum reached 452 participants from 43 countries; 62 percent of the forum’s contributions came from developing countries. To join the HTSP Community of Practice and read the forum highlights.

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Recent Blog Posts

WHO Upholds Guidance on Hormonal Contraceptive Use and HIV Risk

Ruwaida Salem, K4Health, JHU∙CCP | Senior Technical Writer

WHO Issues Statement on Hormonal Contraception and HIV

Simone Parrish, K4Health, JHU∙CCP | Web Products Manager

Saving Low Birth Weight Babies by Keeping Them Warm

Stephen Goldstein, K4Health, JHU∙CCP | Senior Consultant

Managing Through Sports: Some Thoughts on Leadership

Jay Liebowitz, UMUC | Orkand Endowed Chair of Management & Technology

After the Earthquake: Rebuilding Haiti Through Maternal and Child Health

Rebecca Shore, K4Health, JHU∙CCP | Communications Specialist

Mobile Data Collection: A Leapfrog Technology for Health Improvement

Stephen Goldstein, K4Health, JHU∙CCP | Senior Consultant

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Events of Interest

Registration Open for the 39th Annual International Conference on Global Health

Complete Panel Submissions due March 9, 2012 | Abstracts due March 15, 2012 

Learning Solutions 2012 Conference & Expo (an eLearning Guild Conference)

Orlando, Florida, US | March 21 - 23, 2012

ICT for Africa

Kampala, Uganda | March 21 - 24, 2012

e-Learning Africa

Cotonou, Benin | March 23 - 25, 2012

Tech4Dev International Conference 2012

Lausanne, Switzerland | March 29 - 31, 2012

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