www.k4health.org http://www.k4health.org/k4healthfeed en Postpartum Hemorrhage: Prevention and Management http://www.k4health.org/toolkits/postpartumhemorrhage <div class="form-item"> <label>Description: </label> Postpartum Hemorrhage: Prevention and Management </div> <p>To assist country programs, donors and governments to develop comprehensive and innovative programs to address public health priorities&mdash;such as hemorrhage, the leading cause of maternal mortality worldwide&mdash;this program guidance document outlines key steps, identifies available resources, and highlights lessons learned from current projects.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-tk-image"> <div class="field-label">Toolkit Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_tk_image" width="350" height="263" alt="" src="http://cdn.k4health.org/sites/default/files/IMG_3226.JPG_.JPG?1295900885" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-caption"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A woman recovers from childbirth at a community health center in Cambodia. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-toolkit-logo"> <div class="field-label">Toolkit Logo:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_toolkit_logo" width="400" height="75" alt="logo" src="http://cdn.k4health.org/sites/default/files/USAID%20and%20MCHIP.jpg?1325682439" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.k4health.org/toolkits/postpartumhemorrhage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> community Family Planning Lessons Learned Malaria Management Monitoring Prevention Scaling Up Mon, 16 Aug 2010 17:18:23 +0000 anash-mercado 559870 at http://www.k4health.org Human Resources in Health (HRH) Toolkit http://www.k4health.org/toolkits/hrh <div class="form-item"> <label>Description: </label> Human Resources in Health (HRH) </div> <p>The shortage of human resources in health in Africa remains severe and continues to be a major impediment to increasing coverage of HIV-related services, namely highly active anti-retroviral therapy (HAART) and prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV. This eToolkit focuses on issues concerning Human Resources in Health (HRH).</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-tk-image"> <div class="field-label">Toolkit Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_tk_image" width="350" height="233" alt="" src="http://cdn.k4health.org/sites/default/files/353-63.jpg?1315483980" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-caption"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Community-based distribution agents for family planning services from a small village near Blantyre, Malawi, greet special visitors from USAID and the Adventist Health Services. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-toolkit-logo"> <div class="field-label">Toolkit Logo:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_toolkit_logo" width="208" height="74" alt="Southern Africa HIV/AIDS Regional Exchange" src="http://cdn.k4health.org/sites/default/files/share_logo.png?1326706723" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.k4health.org/toolkits/hrh" target="_blank">read more</a></p> community Community-based Distribution Family Planning Family Planning Services Financing Health Services Mother-to-Child Transmission Prevention Training Fri, 26 Aug 2011 15:11:08 +0000 efrazee 629303 at http://www.k4health.org Knowledge for Health Newsletter - February 2012 http://www.k4health.org/eNewsletterArchive_feb2012 <table width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" border="0" bgcolor="#FFFFFF"> <tr> <td align="left" valign="top" bgcolor="#FFFFFF" class="article"> </td></tr></table><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.k4health.org/eNewsletterArchive_feb2012" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.k4health.org/eNewsletterArchive_feb2012#comments Thu, 23 Feb 2012 16:28:31 +0000 efrazee 637199 at http://www.k4health.org Leadership and Management http://www.k4health.org/toolkits/leadershipmgmt <div class="form-item"> <label>Description: </label> Leadership and Management </div> <p><strong>Welcome to the Leadership and Management Toolkit, your source for reliable and relevant information about leadership and management in health!</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-caption"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A team from Reach Out Mbuya Parish in Uganda works together on the Virtual Leadership Development Program (Management Sciences for Health). </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.k4health.org/toolkits/leadershipmgmt" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Clients DEVELOPMENT Evaluation Financing Health Policy Health Services HOPE Leadership Leadership and Management Logistics Management Monitoring Program Managers Providers Service Delivery Mon, 29 Mar 2010 16:08:14 +0000 sdalessa 438006 at http://www.k4health.org K4Health Malawi Pilot Project http://www.k4health.org/malawi/project-overview <p><span><strong>Overview:</strong></span></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.k4health.org/malawi/project-overview" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 11 Apr 2011 15:49:31 +0000 ddickson 625382 at http://www.k4health.org K4Health Malawi Pilot Project http://www.k4health.org/malawi/project-overview <p><span><strong>Overview:</strong></span></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.k4health.org/malawi/project-overview" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 11 Apr 2011 15:49:31 +0000 ddickson 625382 at http://www.k4health.org Malawi http://www.k4health.org/malawi <div style="float: left; width: 570px"> <div style="float:left; background-color:rgb(92, 109, 116); width: 565px;"><img width="323px" height="172px" src="http://cdn.k4health.org/sites/all/themes/charon/images/353-60.jpg" alt="" style="float:right" /> <div style="width: 222px; float: left;" class="population-standfirst">Malawi</div> <div style="width: 210px; float: left;" class="population-standfirst-text">Welcome to K4Health Malawi! This page is your portal to K4Health's Malawi-focused FP/RH and HIV/AIDS resources including toolkits, e-learning, events, and more.</div> </div> <p>&nbsp;Jump to:</p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial">&bull;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: small"><a href="/malawi/project-overview"><span style="font-family: Arial">K4Health Malawi Project Overview</span></a><span style="font-family: Arial"><br /> &bull; </span><a href="#toolkits"><span style="font-family: Arial"><span style="font-size: small">Malawi eToolkits<br /> </span></span></a><span style="font-family: Arial">&bull; </span><a href="#needs"><span style="font-family: Arial"><span style="font-size: small">Health Information Needs Assessment</span></span></a><span style="font-family: Arial"><span style="font-size: small"> Malawi Report<br /> &bull; </span></span><span style="font-size: medium"><a href="/malawi/calendar"><span style="font-family: Arial"><span style="font-size: small">Malawi Calendar</span></span></a></span><span style="font-family: Arial"><span style="font-size: small"><span style="font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA">&nbsp; From this calendar, you can copy events to your own personal calendar. </span><br /> &bull; </span></span><span style="font-size: small"><a href="#popline"><span style="font-family: Arial"><span style="font-size: small">POPLINE</span></span></a><span style="font-family: Arial"><span style="font-size: small">&nbsp; (Find articles and other population documents)<br /> &bull; </span></span><a href="#mmc"><span style="font-family: Arial"><span style="font-size: small">Media/Materials Clearinghouse</span></span></a><span style="font-family: Arial"><span style="font-size: small">&nbsp; (Find health communication materials)<br /> &bull; </span></span><a href="#photoshare"><span style="font-family: Arial"><span style="font-size: small">Photoshare</span></span></a></span></span><span style="font-family: Arial"><span style="font-size: small"><span style="font-size: small"><span style="font-size: small"> (Search for images)<br /> &bull; </span></span><a href="#Video"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="font-size: small;">K4Health Malawi Project Video</span></span></a></span></span><span style="font-family: Arial"><span style="font-size: small"> </span></span></p> <hr /> <p><strong><span style="font-size: medium"><a name="toolkits"></a>Malawi eToolkits</span></strong><span style="font-size: larger"><strong><br /> </strong></span></p> <center> <table align="center" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" border="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="rtecenter"><a href="/toolkits/malawi-fp"><img width="167" border="2" height="113" src="http://cdn.k4health.org/sites/default/files/Malawi.2004.Urdaneta.Group_.VillageFamilyHighRes.JPG" alt="" /></a><br /> <span style="font-family: Verdana"><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></span><span style="font-size: small; font-family: Verdana"><strong><a href="/toolkits/malawi-fp">Family Planning</a></strong></span></td> <td class="rtecenter"> <p><a href="/toolkits/malawi-mnh"><img width="140" border="2" height="113" src="http://cdn.k4health.org/sites/default/files/Malawi.2004.Urandeta.Women_.ColorfulWomenWithChildrenOnBacks.JPG" alt="" /></a><br /> <span style="font-family: Verdana"><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></span><span style="font-size: small; font-family: Verdana"><strong><a href="/toolkits/malawi-mnh">Maternal and Neonatal Health</a></strong></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="rtecenter"><a href="/toolkits/malawi-yprh"><img width="167" border="2" height="113" src="http://cdn.k4health.org/sites/default/files/993-375_0.jpg" alt="Adolescents from the 2008 Mulanje District Girls Leadership Congress in Malawi. &copy; 2008 Lisa Basalla, Courtesy of Photoshare." /></a><br /> <span style="font-family: Verdana"><strong>&nbsp; </strong></span><strong><strong><a href="/toolkits/malawi-yprh"><span style="font-family: Verdana">Young People and Reproductive Health</span></a></strong></strong></td> <td class="rtecenter"> <p><a href="/toolkits/malawi"><img width="175" border="2" height="117" src="http://cdn.k4health.org/sites/default/files/site_images/380-46.jpg" alt="A young mother with her child at a self-help center for people with HIV/ AIDS in Lilongwe, Malawi. The people living at the center meet daily to help out with each other's needs, in addition to providing counseling, testing, and education on nutrition and diet. No one at the center can afford antiretroviral drugs (ARVs). &copy; 2003 Sean Hawkey, Courtesy of Photoshare" /></a><br /> <span style="font-family: Verdana"><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></span><span style="font-size: small; font-family: Verdana"><strong><a href="/toolkits/malawi-hivaids"><strong>HIV/AIDS</strong></a></strong></span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </center> <p><span style="font-family: Arial"><span style="font-size: small">The Malawi Health Toolkits were developed by&nbsp;a Task Force drawn from&nbsp;various organizations implementing reproductive health and HIV/AIDS interventions in Malawi. These include the&nbsp;Malawi Ministry of Health (Reproductive Health and Health Education Units), the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Malawi Bridge Project, the National AIDS&nbsp;Commission, UNAIDS, Management Sciences for Health, Population Services International,&nbsp;Banja la Mtsogolo, the Futures Group, FHI, C-CHANGE, IntraHealth, UNFPA,&nbsp;CHAI, Save the Children,&nbsp;the Family Planning Association of Malawi,&nbsp;the National Youth Council of Malawi, and the National Organization of Nurses and Midwives.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial"><span style="font-size: small"><a href="/toolkits">K4Health toolkits</a></span></span><span style="font-family: Arial"><span style="font-size: small"> are collections of carefully selected information resources on a particular topic, created specifically for health policy makers, program managers, and service providers.&nbsp; You are encouraged to suggest resources or post comments the discussion board in each toolkit.&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small"><span><a href="/sites/default/files/malawi toolkit fact sheet_0.pdf"><span style="font-family: Arial">Malawi Toolkits Fact Sheet</span></a></span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><strong><span style="font-size: medium"><a href="/needs-assessments/MalawiNeedsAssessment" name="needs">K4Health Needs Assessments</a></span></strong><span style="font-size: medium"><br /> <a href="/needs-assessments/MalawiNeedsAssessment"><img align="left" vspace="5" border="0" hspace="5" src="/sites/default/files/users/crottler/K4Health%20Malawi%20Icon.jpg" alt="" /></a></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial"><span style="font-size: small">In July - September 2009, K4Health conducted a health information needs assessment in three districts in Malawi; Lilongwe, Salima, and Nkhotakota. The study used qualitative methods to determine the need for health information in HIV/AIDS and family planning/reproductive health (FP/RH) at all levels of the health system; commonly used channels for accessing and sharing information; and challenges faced by different cadres of managers and health providers when seeking or sharing information. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small"><span><a href="/sites/default/files/K4Health%20Malawi_0.pdf">Summary&nbsp;Report</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small"><span><a href="/sites/default/files/Malawi%20Health%20Information%20Needs%20Assessment.pdf">4-page Synopsis</a></span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><a name="popline"></a><strong><span style="font-size: medium"><a href="http://www.popline.org">POPLINE<sup>&reg;</sup></a></span></strong><span style="font-size: medium"><br /> <span style="font-family: Arial"><span style="font-size: small">POPLINE is the world's largest database on reproductive health, providing electronic access to 300,000+ records in the field of population, family planning, and related health issues. POPLINE provides documents to individuals and organizations in developing countries. Search for documents on:</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: small"><span> &bull; </span></span><a href="http://www.popline.org/ics-wpd/exec/icswppro.dll?BU=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Epopline%2Eorg%2Fics-wpd%2Fexec%2Ficswppro.dll&amp;QF0=KeywordsMajor%7CKeywordsMinor&amp;QI0=%3DMalawi%26%3DFamily_Planning*&amp;TN=Popline&amp;AC=QBE_QUERY&amp;MR=30&amp;DL=1&amp;&amp;RL=1&amp;&amp;RF=ShortRecordDisplay&amp;DF=LongRecordDisplay"><span style="font-size: small">Malawi &amp;&nbsp;Family Planning</span></a><span style="font-size: small"><br /> &nbsp; &bull; </span><span style="font-size: small"><a href="http://www.popline.org/ics-wpd/exec/icswppro.dll?BU=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Epopline%2Eorg%2Fics-wpd%2Fexec%2Ficswppro.dll&amp;QF0=KeywordsMajor%7CKeywordsMinor&amp;QI0=%3DMalawi%26%3DHIV*&amp;TN=Popline&amp;AC=QBE_QUERY&amp;MR=30&amp;DL=1&amp;&amp;RL=1&amp;&amp;RF=ShortRecordDisplay&amp;DF=LongRecordDisplay"><span class="ext">Malawi &amp; HIV/AIDS</span></a><br /> &nbsp; &bull; </span><a href="http://www.popline.org/ics-wpd/exec/icswppro.dll?BU=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Epopline%2Eorg%2Fics-wpd%2Fexec%2Ficswppro.dll&amp;QF0=KeywordsMajor%7CKeywordsMinor&amp;QI0=%3DMalawi&amp;TN=Popline&amp;AC=QBE_QUERY&amp;MR=30&amp;DL=1&amp;&amp;RL=1&amp;&amp;RF=ShortRecordDisplay&amp;DF=LongRecordDisplay"><span style="font-size: small">Malawi</span></a></p> <hr /> <p><strong><span style="font-size: medium"><a href="http://www.m-mc.org/" name="mmc" target="_blank" class="ext">Media/Materials Clearinghouse (M/MC)</a></span></strong><span style="font-size: medium"><a href="http://www.m-mc.org/" name="mmc" target="_blank" class="ext"></a></span><a href="http://www.m-mc.org/" name="mmc" target="_blank" class="ext"></a><span style="font-size: medium"><br /> </span><span style="font-family: Arial"><span style="font-size: small">The M/MC is an international resource for all those with an interest in health communication materials: pamphlets, posters, audiotapes, videos, training materials, job aids, electronic media and other media/materials designed to promote public health. &nbsp;Search for:</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small">&nbsp; &bull; </span><a href="http://www.m-mc.org/mmc_search.php?page=1&amp;kwm_connect=&amp;adv=mat&amp;se=&amp;cp=Malawi&amp;region=&amp;mf=&amp;la=&amp;prod=&amp;kwm[]=" target="_blank" class="ext"><span style="font-size: small">Malawi health communication materials</span></a></p> <hr /> <p><a href="../../../../../../resources/photoshare" name="photoshare" target="_blank"><strong><span style="font-size: medium">Photoshare</span></strong></a><span style="font-size: medium">&nbsp; <br /> <span style="font-family: Arial"><span style="font-size: small">Photoshare is a leading editorial photography collection showcasing international health programs in action and the people they serve. Developed exclusively for nonprofit educational use, Photoshare&rsquo;s collection of over 17,000 images are available upon request and free-of-charge.&nbsp; Search for images on:</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: small"><span> &bull;</span></span><a href="http://www.photoshare.org/search_results.php?start_num=&amp;Country_ID=26&amp;Keyword_ID=242&amp;Keyword_ID_val_sql_bool=AND" target="_blank" class="ext"><span style="font-size: small"> Malawi &amp;&nbsp;Family Planning</span></a><span style="font-size: small"><br /> &nbsp; &bull; </span><a href="http://www.photoshare.org/search_results.php?start_num=&amp;Country_ID=26&amp;Keyword_ID=310,311,313,314,315&amp;Keyword_ID_val_sql_bool=OR" target="_blank" class="ext"><span style="font-size: small">Malawi &amp; HIV/AIDS</span></a><span style="font-size: small"><br /> &nbsp; &bull; </span><a href="http://www.photoshare.org/search_results.php?start_num=&amp;Country_ID=26&amp;Keyword_ID_val_sql_bool=AND" target="_blank" class="ext"><span style="font-size: small">Malawi</span></a><span style="font-size: small"><br /> &nbsp; &bull; Create </span><a href="http://www.photoshare.org/search.php" target="_blank" class="ext"><span style="font-size: small">your own Photoshare search</span></a><span style="font-size: small">!</span></p> <hr /> <p><span style="font-size: small;"><a name="Video"></a></span></p> </div> <p><object style="height: 390px; width: 640px;"> <param value="http://www.youtube.com/v/W4O5-Z12jrQ?version=3&amp;feature=player_detailpage" name="movie" /> <param value="true" name="allowFullScreen" /> <param value="always" name="allowScriptAccess" /><embed width="640" height="360" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/W4O5-Z12jrQ?version=3&amp;feature=player_detailpage"></embed></object></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Mon, 18 Jan 2010 22:48:44 +0000 admin 435816 at http://www.k4health.org ExpandNet/WHO Toolkit for Scaling Up Health Innovations http://www.k4health.org/toolkits/expandnet-who-scaling-health-innovation-tools <div class="form-item"> <label>Description: </label> ExpandNet/WHO has developed several guidance tools to support scaling up. </div> <h1><strong>The ExpandNet/WHO Scaling-up Toolkit</strong></h1> <h2>A set of resources to help public health professionals to:</h2> <ol> <li>design pilot projects and other implementation research to facilitate future scale up</li> <li>develop a scaling up strategy for successfully tested interventions</li> <li>strategically manage the scaling-up process</li> <li>access publications and other scaling-up resources</li> </ol> <p>ExpandNet is a global network of public health professionals seeking to advance the practice and science of scaling up successful health innovatio</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-tk-image"> <div class="field-label">Toolkit Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_tk_image" width="350" height="491" alt="" src="http://cdn.k4health.org/sites/default/files/nine%20step_0.jpg?1326326460" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-caption"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Scaling up health innovations </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-toolkit-logo"> <div class="field-label">Toolkit Logo:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_toolkit_logo" width="1050" height="300" alt="logo" src="http://cdn.k4health.org/sites/default/files/ExpandNet%20Logo%202010.jpg?1318531284" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.k4health.org/toolkits/expandnet-who-scaling-health-innovation-tools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Scaling Up Tue, 15 Mar 2011 15:14:01 +0000 ljghiron 624701 at http://www.k4health.org mHealth: Mobile Technologies for Health http://www.k4health.org/about/mhealth <p><a href="#mhealth_updates">Latest Updates</a> | <a href="#mhealth_practice">K4Health&rsquo;s mHealth Practice</a></p> <p><a name="mhealth_updates"></a><strong>Latest Updates</strong></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.k4health.org/about/mhealth" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 22 Nov 2011 14:19:12 +0000 sparrish 633266 at http://www.k4health.org Knowledge for Health Newsletter - January 2012 http://www.k4health.org/eNewsletterArchive_jan2012 <p><table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" border="0" bgcolor="#FFFFFF" width="100%"> <tr> <td bgcolor="#FFFFFF" align="left" valign="top" class="article"> <p><a name="TOC"><span>In This Issue</span></a></p> </td></tr></table></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.k4health.org/eNewsletterArchive_jan2012" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.k4health.org/eNewsletterArchive_jan2012#comments Thu, 19 Jan 2012 21:17:30 +0000 efrazee 635719 at http://www.k4health.org K4Health Monthly -- December 2011 http://www.k4health.org/eNewsletterArchive_dec2011 <table width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" border="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" bgcolor="#FFFFFF" align="left" style="background-color:#FFFFFF;padding-top:0;padding-left:0;padding-bottom:0;padding-right:0;" rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <table width="430" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" border="0" style="width:430px;"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="100%" valign="top" rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.k4health.org/eNewsletterArchive_dec2011" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.k4health.org/eNewsletterArchive_dec2011#comments Thu, 22 Dec 2011 19:31:32 +0000 efrazee 635326 at http://www.k4health.org Solar Suitcase Saves Mothers’ Lives http://www.k4health.org/blog/solar-suitcase-saves-mothers%E2%80%99-lives <p>In health clinics and hospitals in many low-income countries, midwives and surgeons are often forced to work in near-darkness or with candles and kerosene lanterns. &ldquo;Lack of a regular and reliable power supply severely impairs the ability to deliver care at an estimated 300,000 health facilities around the world,&rdquo; according to Dr. Laura Statchel, a Berkeley OB/GYN.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.k4health.org/blog/solar-suitcase-saves-mothers%E2%80%99-lives" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.k4health.org/blog/solar-suitcase-saves-mothers%E2%80%99-lives#comments Communication Costs Population Wed, 21 Dec 2011 15:34:30 +0000 sgoldste 635302 at http://www.k4health.org Pre-Eclampsia/Eclampsia: Prevention, Detection and Management http://www.k4health.org/toolkits/preeclampsia-eclampsia <div class="form-item"> <label>Description: </label> Pre-Eclampsia/Eclampsia: Resources to address a leading cause of maternal mortality in developing countries </div> <p>As maternal mortality ratios have declined globally, there have been accompanying shifts in the leading causes of maternal deaths, resulting in a higher proportion of maternal mortality due to eclampsia. Pre-eclampsia and eclampsia (PE/E) are now receiving focused attention from donors, governments and providers to further reduce maternal and newborn mortality.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-tk-image"> <div class="field-label">Toolkit Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_tk_image" width="350" height="467" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/paripa_preg_woman_cropped.jpg?1316684099" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-caption"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A pregnant woman in the Indian state of Jharkhand </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-toolkit-logo"> <div class="field-label">Toolkit Logo:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_toolkit_logo" width="400" height="75" alt="logo" src="http://cdn.k4health.org/sites/default/files/Logos%20banner.jpg?1317749665" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.k4health.org/toolkits/preeclampsia-eclampsia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Advocacy Developing Countries DEVELOPMENT Family Planning Lessons Learned Malaria Management Monitoring Prevention Providers Scaling Up Mon, 16 Aug 2010 17:24:09 +0000 ddickson 559924 at http://www.k4health.org Better Together: Family Planning and HIV/AIDS Integration http://www.k4health.org/blog/better-together-family-planning-and-hivaids-integration <p><span>Imagine being able to prevent hundreds of thousands of children from being infected with HIV in a single year. That&rsquo;s the promise of what could be accomplished if family planning services and HIV services were integrated. In 2008 nearly half a million children were newly infected with HIV&mdash;more than 90% of them simply by being born to HIV-positive mothers<a title="" name="_ftnref1" href="#_ftn1">[1]</a>. Many HIV-positive women have an unmet need for family planning services. So providing family planning services and HIV/AIDS programs together (&ldquo;FP/HIV integration&rdquo;) makes sense.<span><img height="198" alt="" hspace="5" width="350" align="right" vspace="5" border="0" src="http://cdn.k4health.org/sites/default/files/site_images/emwaniki_pullquote.jpg" /></span></span></p> <p><span>On December 1 (<a href="http://www.un.org/en/events/aidsday/2011/">World AIDS Day 2011</a>), I attended a congressional briefing on FP/HIV integration on Capitol Hill. The event was coordinated by the office of </span><span><a href="http://capps.house.gov/">Congresswoman Lois Capps</a></span><span> and co-hosted by the </span><span><a href="http://globalhealth.org/">Global Health Council</a></span><span> in conjunction with several other health organizations. In the welcome address, Rep. Capps stressed that FP/HIV integration is a key component of the &ldquo;<a href="http://www.unaids.org/en/media/unaids/contentassets/documents/unaidspublication/2010/JC2034_UNAIDS_Strategy_en.pdf">Getting to Zero</a>&rdquo; theme of World AIDS Day.&nbsp;</span></p> <div><span>A panel discussion contained several insights into the potential of FP/HIV integration to improve health outcomes:</span></div> <ul type="disc"> <li><span><a href="http://www.fhi360.org/">FHI 360</a>&rsquo;s Dr. Kavita Nanda gave two examples of successful integrated programs in Nigeria and Kenya, which show that prevention (correct and consistent condom use) is more cost effective than treatment (ARV prophylaxis). </span></li> <li><span>Elizabeth Flanagan from the </span><span><a href="http://pedaids.org/">Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF)</a> emphasized that mainstreaming HIV services with more widely accepted FP services could help reduce stigma against HIV, and increase the number of patients who seek treatment. She also added that in HIV discordant couples couples (where partners have different HIV status&mdash;in this case, where the man is HIV-positive and the woman is HIV-negative), FP counseling can help ensure that the woman and her infant remain HIV negative.</span></li> <li><span>Joyce Ng&rsquo;anga, a capacity development officer from </span><span><a href="http://www.liverpoolvct.org/index.php?PID=15&amp;showsubmenu=15">Liverpool VCT Kenya</a>,</span> <span>declared that FP and HIV/AIDS integration in Kenya made better use of scarce human resources for health care, improved coverage and availability of services, and improved access to and uptake of key HIV and other reproductive health services.</span></li> <li><span>Theologian, physician, HIV activist, and author Dr. Peter Okaalet described the efforts of faith-based organizations to prevent mother-to-child transmission and to strengthen couples&rsquo; family planning decisions by encouraging FP clients to bring their spouses in for counseling. He went on to say that religious leaders should be more actively engaged in the fight against HIV, since they have such influence in their communities. </span></li> </ul> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.k4health.org/blog/better-together-family-planning-and-hivaids-integration" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.k4health.org/blog/better-together-family-planning-and-hivaids-integration#comments Clients Communication Counseling DEVELOPMENT Family Planning Family Planning Services Health Services Integrated Programs Malaria Media Mother-to-Child Transmission Prevention Reproductive Health Mon, 05 Dec 2011 13:49:10 +0000 emwaniki 633822 at http://www.k4health.org Mobilizing Critical Family Planning Content http://www.k4health.org/blog/mobilizing-critical-family-planning-content-0 <p>She stood there, in beautiful red robes, with a small, serene baby bound firmly to her back.&nbsp;&ldquo;This document is our bible,&rdquo; the woman said as she cradled the green volume, in a way that was both matter-of-fact and full of awe.&nbsp;The book she was <img width="300" vspace="5" hspace="5" height="400" border="0" align="right" alt="Mother and baby at the International Conference on Family Planning 2001" src="http://cdn.k4health.org/sites/default/files/site_images/mother_and_baby_ICFP.JPG" />referring to is the vastly popular collaboration between WHO, USAID, and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public of Health: <i>Family Planning: a Global Handbook for Providers</i>.&nbsp;&ldquo;The Handbook,&rdquo; as it is known around the world, was first published in 2007 and has been updated with new content this year. More than 500,000 paper copies have been distributed, with tens of thousands of electronic copies downloaded and distributed on CDs and flash drives. The Handbook has also been translated into nine languages.</p> <div> <p>&nbsp;Here in Dakar, at the <a href="http://www.fpconference2011.org/">2011 International Conference on Family Planning</a>, the Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project, led by <a href="http://www.jhuccp.org/">Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health&rsquo;s Center for Communication Programs (JHU&bull;CCP)</a>, has distributed thousands of updated Handbooks in French and English, and taken orders for tens of thousands more.&nbsp;But this Conference has also provided us the opportunity to broaden the reach of this critical content, by launching a portfolio of technology-based versions of the manual.&nbsp;</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>During the Conference, the K4Health Project launched the English and French versions of the Handbook in EPUB and Kindle formats, allowing the handbook to be read on a variety of platforms including iPads, iPhones, Kindles, and other eReaders.&nbsp;Perhaps the most exciting product release was the first version of K4Health&rsquo;s Android <a href="../../../../../../../mobile-application-contraceptive-eligibility">App for Contraceptive Eligibility (ACE)</a>, based on the Contraceptive Eligibility Criteria from the Handbook. ACE allows a healthcare provider to quickly and simply identify the most appropriate contraceptive methods depending on a woman&rsquo;s health conditions.&nbsp;Alternately, it can also be used by a provider to learn more about any of the contraceptive methods in the manual, their effectiveness, and their side effects. &ldquo;This is incredible,&rdquo; said a young man from Ghana who supervises a cadre of community health workers. &ldquo;This means that we can carry the handbook in our pockets, even when there is no Internet or mobile connection.&rdquo;</div> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.k4health.org/blog/mobilizing-critical-family-planning-content-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.k4health.org/blog/mobilizing-critical-family-planning-content-0#comments Best Practices collaboration Communication community Contraceptive Methods Family Planning Global Management mHealth Providers Reproductive Health Side Effects Mon, 05 Dec 2011 14:13:08 +0000 pbocock 633824 at http://www.k4health.org Global Family Planning: What Comes Next? http://www.k4health.org/blog/global-family-planning-what-comes-next <p>Contributed from&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="http://blog.msh.org/2011/12/02/global-family-planning-what-comes-next/">MSH Global Health Impact Blog</a>&nbsp;by Barbara Ayotte on December 2, 2011 in Health Systems Strengthening.</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: small">A Conversation in Dakar Held in Honor of MSH&rsquo;s 40th Anniversary</span></strong>&nbsp;</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.k4health.org/blog/global-family-planning-what-comes-next" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.k4health.org/blog/global-family-planning-what-comes-next#comments collaboration community Condoms Contraceptive Methods DEVELOPMENT Family Planning Injectables Leadership Leadership and Management Management Media Policymakers Population Providers Reproductive Health Service Delivery Fri, 02 Dec 2011 16:46:26 +0000 guest 634562 at http://www.k4health.org 2nd International Family Planning Conference Opens in Dakar, Senegal http://www.k4health.org/blog/2nd-international-family-planning-conference-opens-dakar-senegal <p class="headline_meta">Contributed from <a></a></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.k4health.org/blog/2nd-international-family-planning-conference-opens-dakar-senegal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.k4health.org/blog/2nd-international-family-planning-conference-opens-dakar-senegal#comments DEVELOPMENT Family Planning Family Planning Programs Family Planning Services Population Reproductive Health Youth Wed, 30 Nov 2011 05:00:00 +0000 guest 634561 at http://www.k4health.org The Promise of Integrated Family Planning: Stronger Health Systems, Stronger Communities http://www.k4health.org/blog/promise-integrated-family-planning-stronger-health-systems-stronger-communities <p>Contributed from <a href="http://blog.msh.org/2011/11/28/integrated-family-planning/">MSH Global Health Impact Blog</a>&nbsp;by Jonathan D. Quick, MD, MPH on November 28, 2011 in Health Systems Strengthening.</p> <p><strong><em title="2011 ICFP">Cross-posted on the<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a title="2011 ICFP" target="_blank" href="http://www.fpconference2011.org/2011/11/the-promise-of-integrated-family-planning-stronger-health-systems-stronger-communities/">2011 International Conference on Family Planning</a>.</em></strong></p> <p>Zakia, a nurse in Afghanistan, has become a leader in her health center. After participating in an MSH leadership development program, Zakia led a team of nurses in increasing awareness about family planning, resulting in a doubling of the use of contraceptive pills and an eight-fold increase in the number of condoms distributed in two years. &ldquo;Everyone here no longer thinks of problems as obstacles in our way, but challenges we must face,&rdquo; Zakia says. MSH supported this achievement through a variety of initiatives in Afghanistan, including improving the availability of pharmaceuticals and training community health workers who bring basic health care services to remote villages. Empowering local people through integrated programming that strengthens the health system as a whole is an<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a title="Joint Learning Network" target="_blank" href="http://www.jointlearningnetwork.org/">increasingly popular and effective model</a><span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>for expanding access to life-saving family planning services. Although contraceptive use around the world has been rising for decades, unmet need is still staggeringly high and the cost to society is devastating.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.k4health.org/blog/promise-integrated-family-planning-stronger-health-systems-stronger-communities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.k4health.org/blog/promise-integrated-family-planning-stronger-health-systems-stronger-communities#comments Best Practices Clients collaboration community Condoms Contraceptive Methods DEVELOPMENT Environment Evaluation Family Planning Family Planning Services Financing Gender Health Services Leadership Management Monitoring Mother-to-Child Transmission Population Population Growth Providers Reproductive Health Service Delivery Training Youth Mon, 28 Nov 2011 20:11:32 +0000 guest 634279 at http://www.k4health.org The Power Of Film: Spreading Family Planning Messages In Malawi http://www.k4health.org/blog/power-film-spreading-family-planning-messages-malawi <p>The overhead lights dim and in the dark, the high-spirited rhythm and melodic line of a Malawian song rises and overtakes the quiet buzz of conversation. We are seated in a large auditorium at the <a href="http://www.fpconference2011.org/">International Conference on Family Planning</a> in Senegal and watching the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4O5-Z12jrQ">first film focused on the K4Health Malawi project</a> in a festival hosted by <a href="http://www.psi.org/">Population Services International (PSI).</a></p> <p class="rtecenter"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/W4O5-Z12jrQ" frameborder="0" width="560" height="315" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <div>The film festival is a rich visual and audio break in an intense day filled with technical presentations and serious conversations about what works in programs that promote reproductive health and family planning.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The District Hospital Band in Nkhotakota performs much of the music that accompanies the film about the K4 Health Malawi Project. Their songs package and deliver important messages to patients about public health, tuberculosis, family planning, and more&mdash;affirmingthe information coming from doctors and health workers. The film revealed &nbsp;the impressive power of music to move an idea into reality.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.k4health.org/blog/power-film-spreading-family-planning-messages-malawi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.k4health.org/blog/power-film-spreading-family-planning-messages-malawi#comments Costs Family Planning Health Services Management Population Reproductive Health Tuberculosis Fri, 09 Dec 2011 14:17:31 +0000 ncampbell 634555 at http://www.k4health.org Collaboration and Knowledge Sharing to Improve Family Planning and Reproductive Health http://www.k4health.org/blog/collaboration-and-knowledge-sharing-improve-family-planning-and-reproductive-health <p>A community of family planning practitioners, programmers and advocates are meeting in Dakar, Senegal this week at the <a href="http://www.fpconference2011.org/">2011 International Conference on Family Planning</a>. All participants share a common concern for the health and well being of women and families worldwide, and I&rsquo;ve been struck by the enthusiasm and commitment that fills the air each day. I keep hearing calls for collaboration and sharing&mdash;and, indeed, that&rsquo;s what this conference is about. Participants are sharing data and experiences, but they&rsquo;re also reinforcing old connections and making new ones.</p> <p class="rtecenter">&nbsp;<img height="225" alt="" hspace="5" width="300" align="middle" vspace="5" border="5" src="http://cdn.k4health.org/sites/default/files/site_images/sharing_knowledge_in_dakar1_0.jpg" /></p> <p>In the plenary on Thursday, Stephen O&rsquo;Brien from DFID (the U.K. Department for International Development) called for creative collaboration, specifically for the integration of sexual and reproductive health services and HIV/AIDS. Dr. Michael Mbizvo from WHO (the World Health Organization) spoke about how we are all serving a common population with common health services and common health providers. There&rsquo;s a huge need to deliver an integrated response that strengthens systems to improve all outcomes for reproductive health and HIV, and therefore collaboration is critical to best serve the end user.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.k4health.org/blog/collaboration-and-knowledge-sharing-improve-family-planning-and-reproductive-health" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.k4health.org/blog/collaboration-and-knowledge-sharing-improve-family-planning-and-reproductive-health#comments Best Practices collaboration community DEVELOPMENT Family Planning Health Services Management Partnerships Population Providers Reproductive Health Fri, 02 Dec 2011 21:59:13 +0000 anash-mercado 633735 at http://www.k4health.org Countering the Counterfeiters with mHealth Technology http://www.k4health.org/blog/countering-counterfeiters-mhealth-technology <p><span>As the </span><a target="_blank" href="http://www.mhealthsummit.org/"><span>mHealth Summit</span></a><span> gets underway this week in the Washington DC area amid thousands of mHealth projects taking shape around the world, one particular mobile activity is saving lives by helping to ensure that the contents of medicines match their labels.</span></p> <p><b><span>The Problem</span></b><span>: According to a </span><a href="http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs275/en/"><span>&nbsp;2010 World Health Organization Fact Sheet</span></a><span>, it is difficult to estimate the percentage of counterfeit medicines in circulation&mdash;WHO cites estimates in industrialized countries at about 1%, </span><span>and adds that &ldquo;many African countries, and in parts of Asia, Latin America, and countries in transition, a much higher percentage&rdquo; of the medicines on sale may be falsely labeled or counterfeit. &nbsp;Earlier </span><a href="http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/2003/fs275/en/"><span>WHO estimates from 2003</span></a><span> cite &ldquo;up to 25% of the <span><img height="136" alt=" Customer scratches bottle, texts number, receives &quot;OK&quot; or &quot;NO&quot; response from database." hspace="5" width="350" align="right" vspace="5" border="0" src="http://cdn.k4health.org/sites/default/files/site_images/sproxil_screencap.jpg" /></span>medicines consumed in poor countries are counterfeit or substandard&rdquo; and many of them are used</span><span> to treat life-</span><span>threatening conditions such as malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS. </span></p> <div><b><span>The Solution:</span></b><span> To counter this public health challenge, one venture-backed social enterprise company, </span><a target="_blank" href="http://www.sproxil.com"><span>Sproxil,</span></a><span> developed an innovative mobile solution which relies on two technologies that are wide spread in the developing world: text messaging and scratch-off labels. Scratch off technology is familiar to many consumers who use it to top up their mobile phone accounts. Before buying a Sproxil-verified medication, the consumer scratches off the label to reveal a unique 12 digit number, then texts it to a free number. Seconds later, a response comes back from Sproxil&rsquo;s computer servers. If the text message is an approval, the medication is real and the customer buys it. If not, she/he can report the fake.</span></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.k4health.org/blog/countering-counterfeiters-mhealth-technology" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.k4health.org/blog/countering-counterfeiters-mhealth-technology#comments DEVELOPMENT Global Malaria mHealth Tuberculosis Mon, 05 Dec 2011 14:26:10 +0000 sgoldste 633825 at http://www.k4health.org Mobile Application for Contraceptive Eligibility http://www.k4health.org/mobile-application-contraceptive-eligibility <h3><a href="http://market.android.com/details?id=org.k4health.Ace"><img vspace="2" border="1" align="left" valign="top" alt="Get the ACE mobile app" src="sites/default/files/ic_launcher_web.png" /></a></h3> <h3><b><img vspace="5" hspace="5" align="right" alt="" src="sites/default/files/App_image.png" /></b></h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.k4health.org/mobile-application-contraceptive-eligibility" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 17 Nov 2011 15:18:23 +0000 admin 632958 at http://www.k4health.org Postabortion Care Shows Unmet Family Planning Needs http://www.k4health.org/blog/postabortion-care-shows-unmet-family-planning-needs <p>As part of the <a href="http://www.fpconference2011.org/" target="_blank">2011 International Conference on Family Planning</a> in Dakar, Senegal, I participated in a USAID-sponsored meeting on postabortion care. I learned several things that seemed unfathomable, including:</p> <ul> <li>Of the 205 million pregnancies each year in Africa, 40% are unplanned and 20% result in unsafe abortions.</li> <li>Of the women seeking abortion&mdash; which, let's face it, happens whether or not it is legal&mdash;65 % are married, 50% are interested in contraception, and 20% are repeat aborters.</li> <li>Of the women in Africa who die each year from unsafe abortion, a staggering 46% are under the age of 25.</li> </ul> <p>What this tells us about the magnitude of unmet need for family planning is clear. In Africa alone, 137 million women have an unmet need for family planning. Look at that number: <strong>137 million women</strong>.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.k4health.org/blog/postabortion-care-shows-unmet-family-planning-needs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.k4health.org/blog/postabortion-care-shows-unmet-family-planning-needs#comments Clients community Condoms Contraceptive Implants Costs Counseling Family Planning Family Planning Counseling Family Planning Policy Family Planning Programs Family Planning Services Injectables Post-Abortion Care Program Managers Providers Quality of Care Reproductive Health Training Africa, Sub-Saharan Guinea Rwanda Tanzania Fri, 02 Dec 2011 15:05:17 +0000 LRaney 633729 at http://www.k4health.org Accessing actionable information: A crucial component of FP/RH programs http://www.k4health.org/blog/accessing-actionable-information-crucial-component-fprh-programs <p>Access to actionable and evidence-based information is an essential element for improved health services and health outcomes, including family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH). While we know that access to useful health information remains limited in the developing world, there is little evidence about the specific information needs at the various level of the health system.&nbsp;To address this gap in the literature, the Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project and local partners implemented a multi-country qualitative needs assessment in Malawi, India, and Senegal.<img width="300" vspace="5" hspace="5" height="234" border="5" align="right" src="/sites/default/files/site_images/Nurse%20-%20Taras%20ICFP%20blog%202011.JPG" alt="" title="Taken by Thokozani Bema 2011" /></p> <div>At the <a href="http://www.fpconference2011.org/">2011 International&nbsp;Conference on&nbsp;Family Planning</a>, K4Health staff shared the results of this study during a panel titled &ldquo;Meeting Health Information Needs in Family Planning and Reproductive Health: A Multi-Country Assessment.&rdquo;&nbsp;The presentations from India, Malawi, and Senegal explored:</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>Health information needs and preferences;</li> <li>Information sources;</li> <li>Preferred communication channels;</li> <li>Barriers to accessing and using health information; and a</li> <li>Available technologies and tools.</li> </ul> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Findings from the three countries were presented separately, and then panelists explored similarities and differences among the three country-level findings during the question/discussion session.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In <a href="/system/files/India%20-%20National.pdf">India</a>, information needs were uniform within each health system level, but varied among health system levels. Technical and practical resources were cited as important and complementary needs. Findings also showed a barrier to information flow just below the district level, where written communication shifts to oral communication.&nbsp;This can result in information bottlenecks, delays, and message distortion.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.k4health.org/blog/accessing-actionable-information-crucial-component-fprh-programs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.k4health.org/blog/accessing-actionable-information-crucial-component-fprh-programs#comments Best Practices collaboration Communication community Family Planning Health Services Management mHealth needs assessment Program Design Reproductive Health Supervision Training Fri, 02 Dec 2011 16:36:51 +0000 tsulliva@jhuccp.org 633730 at http://www.k4health.org Zero New Infections--But What About the 33.4 Million? http://www.k4health.org/blog/zero-new-infections-what-about-334-million <p align="left"><a href="http://www.un.org/en/events/aidsday/2011/">World AIDS Day</a> has personal significance for me. I first felt my calling to the field of public health in 1999, as a teenager, while teaching my first HIV prevention class to a room full of my peers. My lesson plan included demonstrating the practical skills of putting on a condom, sharing my personal stories about the fear of contracting HIV, and explaining to an uninformed group of high school students the hardships related to a life of a positive HIV diagnosis&mdash;the wasting, the ruinous cost of medication (over $400 per day at that time), the constant fear of communicable diseases due to a compromised immune system.</p> <p align="left">Over the past twelve years, much has changed in the landscape of HIV. Pharmaceutical breakthroughs have greatly lessened the side-effects of medication. Generic medications and health insurance coverage have substantially reduced the cost of treatment. Multiple vaccine trials are in progress, <a href="http://www.niaid.nih.gov/news/newsreleases/2011/Pages/HVTN505expands.aspx">some showing moderate success</a>. Michel Sidib&eacute;, Executive Director of UNAIDS, stated in his World AIDS Day message today, &ldquo;<a href="///C:\Documents%20and%20Settings\rashore\Local%20Settings\Temporary%20Internet%20Files\Content.Outlook\RWPWAKJX\v">Never before in the history of AIDS have we reached a moment where we are able to stand up and say with conviction the end of AIDS is in sight</a>.&rdquo; The theme of this year&rsquo;s campaign is &ldquo;<a href="http://www.un.org/en/events/aidsday/2011/">Getting to Zero</a>&rdquo;&mdash;that is, zero new infections.</p> <p>Great news, in many ways&mdash;but for millions of people, the end is not in sight, and the landscape still looks bleak. Globally, <a href="http://www.aids.gov/federal-resources/around-the-world/global-aids-overview/">33.4 million people are currently living with HIV/AIDS</a>, and an unbelievable 97% of them live in developing countries. Without effort and conviction, HIV/AIDS could become like many other communicable diseases worldwide: an afterthought for people in wealthy nations, but a devastating reality for the rest of the world. A <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/haiticholera/situation/">recent cholera outbreak in Haiti</a> is one illustration.</p> <p align="center"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/80vufbq6qrY" frameborder="0" width="560" height="315" allowfullscreen=""></iframe><br /> Join Red campaign video for World AIDS Day 2011</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.k4health.org/blog/zero-new-infections-what-about-334-million" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.k4health.org/blog/zero-new-infections-what-about-334-million#comments Developing Countries Prevention Thu, 01 Dec 2011 19:30:32 +0000 rashore 633727 at http://www.k4health.org Access for Everyone, Everywhere - Reflections from Day One of the International Conference on Family Planning http://www.k4health.org/blog/access-everyone-everywhere-reflections-day-one-international-conference-family-planning <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="rtecenter"><img width="300" height="200" align="middle" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/site_images/kindle%20handbook%20image.JPG" /></p> <p>Yesterday (November 29, 2011) marked the opening ceremonies of the second<a href="http://www.fpconference2011.org/"> International Conference on Family Planning</a> in Dakar, Senegal. The city of Dakar welcomed over 2,400 participants from 88 countries to the conference, which is being hosted by <a href="http://www.jhsph.edu/gatesinstitute">The Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health</a> and Senegal&rsquo;s Ministry of Health and Prevention.&nbsp;</p> <p>At the <a href="/k4h">Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project</a>, I&rsquo;ve had the privilege to meet and work with many experts in the area of family planning/reproductive health (FP/RH). Already within the first day, I have seen many of these individuals here at the conference; some of them I am meeting in person for the first time. Beyond just matching names to faces, though, the real excitement of this conference comes from the camaraderie and common interests of the conference participants. Regardless of gender, class, nationality, professional title&mdash;everyone is at this conference to discuss the ways to meet family planning needs and improve people&rsquo;s lives all over the world. I think every participant would agree that you can&rsquo;t help but feel the excitement in the air.&nbsp;</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.k4health.org/blog/access-everyone-everywhere-reflections-day-one-international-conference-family-planning" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.k4health.org/blog/access-everyone-everywhere-reflections-day-one-international-conference-family-planning#comments community Condoms Contraceptive Methods Family Planning Gender Mobile Devices Oral Contraceptives Population Prevention Providers Reproductive Health Service Delivery Wed, 30 Nov 2011 19:40:22 +0000 hjohnson 633719 at http://www.k4health.org Gender Is Important. So What? The Complexities Of Measuring It. http://www.k4health.org/blog/gender-important-so-what-complexities-measuring-it <p>Seventeen years ago, the <a href="http://www.un.org/popin/icpd2.htm">1994 International Conference on Population and Development</a> focused attention on the need to account for gender roles, needs, and relations when designing policies and programs that address population, health and nutrition issues. Today, the issue of gender equality is still challenging the international community as it addresses family planning. Family planning programs seek to ensure that women and men can choose, obtain, and use a wide range of high quality, affordable contraceptive methods. The relationship and interaction between women and men plays a key role in whether or not they use a family planning method.<a href="www.photoshare/photo/369-15" target="_blank"><img width="312" vspace="5" hspace="5" height="245" border="10" align="right" src="http://cdn.k4health.org/sites/default/files/site_images/Newlyweds.jpg" alt="" title="A newlywed couple in Minya, Egypt during a Newlywed Initiative home visit, an outreach program of the USAID-funded project, Communication for Healthy Living (CHL). During the visits, couples receive information, education, and communication (IEC) materials and are invited to participate in community activities developed to support empowerment and strengthen civil society.© 2005 Amrita Gill-Bailey, Courtesy of Photoshare" /></a></p> <p>I attended a very interesting session today (Wednesday, November 30, 2011) at the <a href="http://www.fpconference2011.org/">2011 International Conference on Family Planning</a>, titled <em>Family Planning and Gender Issues</em>. These presentations discussed the extreme complexity of measuring gender equality and women&rsquo;s empowerment. Gender and empowerment are socio-cultural constructs that are measured using complicated variables, such as women&rsquo;s autonomy, household decision-making ability, access to and control over money, freedom of movement, and experience with domestic violence. One participant posed an insightful question: Do these variables reflect how women around the world define gender equality and empowerment?</p> <p>Dr. Si&acirc;n&nbsp;Curtis, Director of <a href="http://www.cpc.unc.edu/measure">MEASURE Evaluation at University of North Carolina</a>, noted that &ldquo;gender equality doesn&rsquo;t lend itself to the linear models of evaluation that we currently use.&rdquo; For example, the use of contraceptives does not directly increase as women&rsquo;s empowerment increases; the two variables do not have a direct statistical relationship.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.k4health.org/blog/gender-important-so-what-complexities-measuring-it" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.k4health.org/blog/gender-important-so-what-complexities-measuring-it#comments Communication community Contraceptive Methods DEVELOPMENT Evaluation Family Planning Family Planning Programs Gender Management Media Population Program Managers Reproductive Health Thu, 01 Dec 2011 17:23:03 +0000 lbasalla 633726 at http://www.k4health.org Availability Yes—But Ultimately Knowledge http://www.k4health.org/blog/availability-yes%E2%80%94-ultimately-knowledge <p>December 1, 2011: It is an undeniable fact that Africa has made a significant progress in increasing access to family planning and reproductive health services. &nbsp;For example, in Senegal and Malawi, &nbsp;over 40% of the women who require contraceptives are able to access them&mdash;a substantial increase over a decade ago, when only 12% of women in Senegal and 28% in Malawi had access to the contraceptives they needed.&nbsp; Political will has contributed to the decentralization of FP/RH commodity distribution; contraceptives are now more broadly available at the &nbsp;community level. The President of Senegal, His Excellency Abdoulaye Wade, reiterated Senegal&rsquo;s commitment to family planning and reproductive health services at the opening ceremony of the <a href="http://www.fpconference2011.org/">2011 International &nbsp;Conference on Family Planning (ICFP)</a> this week.</p> <p class="MsoNormal rtecenter"><a href="http://photoshare.org/photo/2007-580"><img width="450" vspace="5" hspace="5" height="300" border="5" align="middle" title="A health worker administers a Somazet injection for family planning at a community health clinic in Islampur union, Rajbari district, Bangladesh.© 2004 Ahsanul Kabir, Courtesy of Photoshare" alt="" src="http://cdn.k4health.org/sites/default/files/site_images/Injectables.jpg" /></a></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.k4health.org/blog/availability-yes%E2%80%94-ultimately-knowledge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.k4health.org/blog/availability-yes%E2%80%94-ultimately-knowledge#comments Communication community Condoms Contraceptive Implants Family Planning Health Services Injectables Management Population Program Managers Providers Reproductive Health Thu, 01 Dec 2011 16:28:17 +0000 Thokozani Bema 633725 at http://www.k4health.org Commentary: “Sharing Knowledge” versus “Knowledge Management” http://www.k4health.org/commentary-sharing-knowledge-versus-knowledge-management <p><img width="130" height="173" vspace="3" hspace="3" border="3" align="right" alt="" src="http://cdn.k4health.org/sites/default/files/site_images/Liebowitz.JPG" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">By: Dr. Jay Liebowitz, Orkand Endowed Chair in Management and Technology, Graduate School of Management and Technology, University of Maryland University College</p> <p class="MsoNormal">I recently returned from the International Association for Computer Information Systems (IACIS) Annual Conference in Mobile, Alabama, and I heard an intriguing presentation by Dr. Robert Skovira (University Professor at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh).&nbsp; One of his main thoughts is that when we think in terms of knowledge management (KM), we really should be using &ldquo;verbs&rdquo; versus &ldquo;nouns&rdquo;.&nbsp; His feeling is that when you use a noun, we are referring to a &ldquo;thing&rdquo; instead of a &ldquo;process&rdquo;.&nbsp; Often times, we aren&rsquo;t really interested in improving the &ldquo;thing&rdquo;, but rather how can we enhance the &ldquo;process&rdquo;.&nbsp; This idea started to stimulate my neurons and hence produce this Commentary.</p> <p>In the case of knowledge management, we certainly are concerned with the need to enhance the process of sharing knowledge.&nbsp; In fact, we use verbs to describe this process&mdash;for example, collaborate and communicate.&nbsp; In many organizations, when we talk to executives and senior managers about the noun &ldquo;knowledge management&rdquo;, they may not seem to get it.&nbsp; However, when we talk about the need to better communicate, collaborate, share, retain, apply, and generate knowledge, this seems to resonate with them.&nbsp; So maybe the KM community has been focusing on the wrong &ldquo;things&rdquo;.&nbsp; Instead of pushing the nouns, perhaps we should be emphasizing the verbs for sharing knowledge.&nbsp; We also want to align these processes with the organization&rsquo;s strategy, goals, and objectives. &nbsp;And outcome metrics can then fall naturally out of these processes.&nbsp; For example, improving learning among your employees can be measured, for example, by seeing how they apply organizational lessons learned and best practices to generate new ideas or increase their productivity by not going down the wrong paths.&nbsp;</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.k4health.org/commentary-sharing-knowledge-versus-knowledge-management" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.k4health.org/commentary-sharing-knowledge-versus-knowledge-management#comments Best Practices community Lessons Learned Management Wed, 30 Nov 2011 17:07:47 +0000 guest 633716 at http://www.k4health.org Making Policy from the Ground Up—A Crowd Sourcing Strategy for HIV Prevention and Youth http://www.k4health.org/blog/making-policy-ground-up%E2%80%94-crowd-sourcing-strategy-hiv-prevention-and-youth <p class="MsoNormal rtecenter"><a target="_blank" href="http://www.crowdoutaids.org/"><img width="500" height="251" vspace="5" hspace="5" border="5" align="top" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/site_images/Crowd%20Out%20AIDS.jpg" /></a></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Can a web-based, crowdsourcing technology project engage young people in developing AIDS policy? The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) hopes that its new <a href="http://www.crowdoutaids.org/">CrowdOutAIDS.org</a> site will prove that it can.</p> <p>UNAIDS launched the innovative, collaborative project in October. The project aims to create a new strategy on youth and HIV by and for young people in four steps: Connect, Share, Find Solutions, and Collective Action.</p> <p>Every day, 3,000 young people become infected with HIV, and many of the 5 million young people living with HIV are without access to treatment, according to UNAIDS.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.k4health.org/blog/making-policy-ground-up%E2%80%94-crowd-sourcing-strategy-hiv-prevention-and-youth" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.k4health.org/blog/making-policy-ground-up%E2%80%94-crowd-sourcing-strategy-hiv-prevention-and-youth#comments Leadership Media Prevention Social Networking Youth Tue, 22 Nov 2011 16:48:31 +0000 sgoldste 633269 at http://www.k4health.org