EECO Program Brief on Introducing the Caya Diaphragm in Niger

Danielle Harris

Dear colleagues and partners,

The USAID-funded Expanding Effective Contraceptive Options (EECO) project supports the introduction of products with a potential to fill gaps in the market for voluntary contraception. Led by WCG Cares and in collaboration with Population Services International, the EECO project is piloting the introduction of the Caya Diaphragm in Niger. The Caya Diaphragm is a self-care, non-hormonal, discreet and reusable barrier method of contraception.

In our new program brief, Expanding Effective Contraceptive Options: Introducing the Caya Diaphragm in Niger, we share key steps taken, lessons learned and initial outcomes. The strategies and learnings described in our brief are applicable to future introductions of Caya as well as to other contraceptives in new markets. The brief is available in both English and French.

Thank you for helping us spread the word about this publication. Please contact Shannon Bledsoe (sbledsoe@...) with any questions. Apologies for cross-posting.


Danielle Harris, MPH, MA (she, her, hers)

Senior Program Manager

Phone: +1.858.314.4025 ext. 267

Email: dharris@...


Re: EECO Program Brief on Introducing the Caya Diaphragm in Niger



I am not a very active member of IBP but read this, and read other messages with gratitude and appreciation. Thank you for the frontline work. 

I have been thinking not just about contraception but also menstrual cycle costs to women. Has anyone worked on a program of desirability, affordability and acceptability of menstrual cups? They may not be easily used or even accepted, but they would certainly save fundss in the long run. It would be essential to look at any health risks as well. 

Appreciatively, peg

On Aug 13, 2020, at 8:49 AM, Danielle Harris <dharris@...> wrote:

Dear colleagues and partners,
The USAID-funded Expanding Effective Contraceptive Options (EECO) project supports the introduction of products with a potential to fill gaps in the market for voluntary contraception. Led by WCG Cares and in collaboration with Population Services International, the EECO project is piloting the introduction of the Caya Diaphragm in Niger. The Caya Diaphragm is a self-care, non-hormonal, discreet and reusable barrier method of contraception.
In our new program brief, Expanding Effective Contraceptive Options: Introducing the Caya Diaphragm in Niger, we share key steps taken, lessons learned and initial outcomes. The strategies and learnings described in our brief are applicable to future introductions of Caya as well as to other contraceptives in new markets. The brief is available in both English and French.
Thank you for helping us spread the word about this publication. Please contact Shannon Bledsoe (sbledsoe@...) with any questions. Apologies for cross-posting. 
Danielle Harris, MPH, MA (she, her, hers)
Senior Program Manager
Phone: +1.858.314.4025 ext. 267
Email: dharris@...

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What’s new in Contraceptive R&D Investments and Resources? Register for a virtual “guided getaway”

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Join Policy Cures Research and the Contraceptive Technology Innovation (CTI) Exchange for a virtual “Guided Getaway” on contraceptive R&D investments and resources. Leave your emails and meetings behind to hear about the launch of Policy Cures Research’s new G-FINDER report on R&D investment in sexual and reproductive health, and the CTI Exchange resources for understanding the current R&D landscape, including the refreshed contraceptive pipeline database, Calliope. A panel from FHI 360, Policy Cures Research, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will also discuss the history and future of contraceptive R&D.

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Webinar Reminder: Task Sharing FP Services to increase health workforce efficiency & expand access August 20th, 2020

Ados May


Dear Colleagues and Partners,


Please join us on August 20th, 2020, from 09:30 to 10:45 Washington /  14:30 Abuja / 15:30 Geneva / 16:30 Nairobi for Task Sharing Family Planning Services to Increase Health Workforce Efficiency and Expand Access: A Strategic Planning Guide Webinar, the latest installment in our High Impact Practices webinar series.


The Task Sharing Strategic Planning Guide is intended to lead program managers, planners, and policymakers through a strategic process to determine if and how task sharing family planning (FP) services can be used to help achieve development goals. Task sharing is defined as the systematic redistribution of family planning services, including counseling and provision of contraceptive methods, to expand the range of health workers who can deliver services (WHO, 2017). Task sharing is a safe, effective, and efficient means to improve access to voluntary sexual and reproductive health services and reach national FP goals.


Download the Strategic Planning Guide here, and register for the webinar today! For more information about the HIPs and to view previous webinars, please visit:


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FW: Call for implementation tools for home-based-records

Nandita Thatte

Dear IBP Network,


Please see the request below from colleagues at WHO.


Best, Nandita




Dear Colleagues,

In an effort to improve implementation of home-based records, WHO is seeking to collect existing tools that support home-based records implementation. See additional information below.


We are looking for the most recent version of formal documents and tools which:  

·         focus on the improvement of home-based records implementation (handbooks, training guides, checklists, etc.).  

·         focus on reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health, including vaccines, nutrition, growth and development and early child development.  

·         should either be published after 2010 (or if still in use, we will accept published before 2010). 


Please send (in electronic format) any tools you have developed or know of to sbce-priorities@.... If the tool meets our inclusion criteria, we will contact you to ask for any reports regarding the evaluation of the tool and/or lessons learned in using the tool. Tools can be sent in any language. However, we would prefer an English version, if available.  


If you prefer, we can send you a link where you can upload the document rather than sending by email; please write and let us know. 
We will be collecting tools until 20 August 2020. 


Many thanks in advance for your contributions! 


Please share this email with others.  


Annie Portela and Laura Nic Lochlainn for WHO and Anne Detjen for UNICEF  


Additional Information  

A home-based record is a health document used to record the history of health services received by an individual. It is kept in the household, in either paper or electronic format. Home-based records can take multiple forms such as antenatal care records, immunization cards, child health booklets, and mother & child health books. 
During the development of a global WHO guideline on home-based records for maternal, newborn and child health (, a number of research gaps and implementation considerations were identified. In response to these gaps, WHO, UNICEF and JICA are collaborating to develop practical guidance to strengthen implementation of home-based records.

Nandita Thatte, DrPH

Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health

World Health Organization

Geneva, Switzerland

Email: thatten@...



[REMINDER - DEADLINE THIS FRIDAY] Expression of Interest to join the Global Planning Committee for the 2020 GHPC

Ados May




Expression of Interest to Join the Global Planning Committee


Unlocking Potential: Prioritizing Child & Adolescent Health and Well-Being in the New Decade




CORE Group Global Health Practitioner Conference (GHPC)


For over two decades, CORE Group has hosted a Global Health Practitioner Conference featuring skills-building sessions, recent evidence on cross-sectoral technical areas, and dialogue on community health. We have a unique opportunity this year to connect even more organizations and professionals around the world with our new digital format, and this year is particularly important as we set the stage for future investment and innovation in child and adolescent health and well-being.


CORE Group and its membership will engage government, ministries of health, policymakers, practitioners, academia, civil society, private sector, global and local organizations in this virtual conference on December 8-10, 2020.


This Conference positions itself as a sharing platform for promising practices and innovations, ongoing challenges, and lessons learned in child and adolescent health and well-being worldwide; and as a convening space for various stakeholders - from community health workers who perform work on the ground to government policymakers who draft national policies - to discuss current opportunities and challenges for policy making, implementation, and partnership and draw consensus on key steps to move the needle forward.



CORE Group is convening a Global Planning Committee with various interested stakeholders to provide input on conference themes and objectives and to support the creation of a multi-day, interactive agenda. Being a committee member is a volunteer position* and will require up to 6 hours per month in planning calls and agenda input, outreach to speakers, and more.


If interested in participating in the Global Planning Committee, please complete the form below by Friday, August 21, 2020, COB.


*A stipend will be provided to young people in the committee, CORE Group is committed to meaningful youth engagement and aims to include 50% of young leaders in this committee. 





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You're Invited: Synthesis of Scale-Up Lessons

Ilayda Orankoy


SYNTHESIS OF SCALE-UP LESSONS: Practical advice about supporting scale-up processes in countries from a global family planning project




Wednesday, Sept 2  11:00 AM–12:15 PM EDT

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from colleagues with hands-on experience applying systematic approaches to scaling up family planning best practices in multiple countries.

Join USAID, its global Evidence to Action (E2A) Project, and scale-up leader ExpandNet for a virtual event. Learn from experts and implementers who took deliberate steps to increase the impact of effective family planning and reproductive health interventions—to sustainably reach more people and to strengthen policies and programs. Together, we will demystify a complex process and share useful tips that can benefit your project and organization.


Regina Benevides, PhD, MSc, Gender and Youth Team Lead of HIV Prevention Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Center for Global Health. Leveraging 30+ years of experience in public health and her tenure as a technical director for the E2A project, Dr. Benevides will illustrate why applying a systematic approach to scale-up requires shifting mindsets followed by capacity building for project personnel and at the country level.

Oluwayemisi Femi-Pius, MD, Senior Technical Manager, Pathfinder International Nigeria. With 16+ years of experience in clinical practice and in designing, implementing, and managing reproductive health and family planning programs in resource-constrained settings, Dr. Femi-Pius will share insights from her collaboration with E2A in Nigeria to build the capacity of local stakeholders and equip them to own, lead, and support scale-up processes.

Alexis Ntabona, MD, MPH, ExpandNet Consultant and Former Lead of the Technical Support Team, Department of Reproductive Health and Research, WHO. As a founding member of ExpandNet, Dr. Ntabona provided technical support to E2A’s work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where country ownership was prioritized in planning for and implementing initiatives to expand and institutionalize an integrated package of family planning and primary healthcare services.

Patricia MacDonald, RN, MPH, Senior Family Planning/Reproductive Health Technical Advisor, Office of Population and Reproductive Health, USAID. As Technical Manager of E2A, Ms. MacDonald will reflect on the accomplishments of this global flagship project and propose ideas for the future—how governments, donors, and implementers can fill gaps in systematic scale-up processes.

The panel will be moderated by
Laura Ghiron, MPH, Scale-Up Advisor for E2A, President of Partners in Expanding Health Quality and Access, Member of ExpandNet Secretariat, and Co-Lead of the Community of Practice on Systematic Approaches to Scale-Up. Ms. Ghiron has collaborated with E2A on the application of scale-up approaches since the project’s inception in 2012.


Photo: Adama Ali Zourkaleini/Pathfinder International Niger



Call for consultancy_ Humanity & Inclusion_WISH2ACTION _Inclusive SRHR Research

Alessandra Aresu

Dear colleagues,

I hope you are all doing well.


I am writing to share that, within the WISH2ACTION project, Humanity and Inclusion is planning to launch a new research component and that we are currently welcoming applications from researchers/research institutes interested in partnering with us.


All the relevant information is included in the attached ToR and a quick summary is available here below.


Please also refer to my colleagues Catherine LECRENIER (c.lecrenier@...) and Gisela BERGER (g.berger@...) if you have any question on the project and on this opportunity overall.


Kind regards,






Humanity & Inclusion is looking for a consultant to carry out a research on "Disability inclusive sexual and reproductive health and rights” under the WISH2ACTION project.

Kindly find a summary of this research below, with ToRs attached for your interest.


  • Closing date: 27/08/2020 at 4;00pm (East African time).
  • The objective is to ensure implementation (protocol development and administrative/ethical approvals), execution (collection, processing and analysis), monitoring and quality control, reporting and sharing of results. The duration of the consultancy will take place between 1 September 2020 and 30 April 2021, in Uganda and Bangladesh.


Tenders should be in English and should be composed of :


For the consultant:

- A CV,

- References and previous research and examples of publications,

- Concept notes how you will ensure the quality of ethical approval, enumerator training and safeguarding,

- Cover letter,


For the technical offer :


□ A methodological proposal for conducting this research, including, at a minimum:

Understanding of the study issues and terms of reference; context of the research; presentation of the objectives (general and specific); location; target population; presentation of the methodological framework: study design, selection of participants, data collection, data processing, data analysis, quality control mechanisms; ethical considerations ( 60/80)

□ A timetable clearly detailing the activities of implementation, execution, monitoring and use of research results ( 15/ 20)

□ A financial proposal including, as a minimum, details of consultancy fees and operational costs of the research


Interested candidates should send their offer with the reference HI-UG/2020/KAMP/CFT - 004 to procurement.tenders@...  before Monday 27 August 16:00 (East African time).








Alessandra Aresu, PhD      

Inclusive Health Policy Lead


Humanity & Inclusion

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Breakthrough RESEARCH Webinar: Vaccination—Insights for improving malaria, FP, and MCH outcomes in northwestern Nigeria through SBC programming

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Insights for improving malaria, family planning, and maternal and child health outcomes in northwestern Nigeria through social and behavior change programming

Breakthrough RESEARCH webinar series

20 August 2020, 4-5 p.m. WAT

In this webinar, Breakthrough RESEARCH will share findings from its work in northwestern Nigeria related to routine childhood immunization. We will present new ideational metrics collected and discuss how these metrics are associated with vaccination behaviors for young children. Breakthrough ACTION will present key program design to address vaccination and the programmatic implications of the research.


Breakthrough RESEARCH is USAID’s flagship project for social and behavior change (SBC) research and evaluation, led by the Population Council. In Nigeria, Breakthrough RESEARCH is evaluating the effectiveness of Breakthrough ACTION’s integrated versus malaria-only SBC programming on priority malaria, family planning, and maternal, newborn, and child health and nutrition (MNCH+N) outcomes.

 A behavioral sentinel surveillance (BSS) baseline survey was conducted in September 2019, with a midline and endline survey planned. The BSS survey measures changes in key behaviors and ideations (e.g., norms, beliefs, self-efficacy) across malaria, family planning, and MNCH+N to inform Breakthrough ACTION’s program adaption and scale-up over the course of the project.


To facilitate a more streamlined presentation of key results and longer discussion: a recorded presentation describes the BSS objectives, sample and research methods. These will not be covered in detail in the webinar.
view this 19 minute video prior to the webinar for background.


Upcoming webinars will be focused on other specific health areas, including malaria, and family planning, among others. These webinars will highlight results from analyses of the relationships between ideations and behavioral outcomes and link the evidence to implications for Breakthrough ACTION programming in Nigeria.


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Shittu Abdu-Aguye, Breakthrough ACTION Nigeria, Johns Hopkins Center for Communications Project

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Paul Hutchinson, Breakthrough RESEARCH, Tulane University






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LeaderNet Newsletter: Recognizing Meaningful Youth Engagement

Julie Hoang

Dear IBP Global,

This month, LeaderNet continues the momentum from International Youth Day with a newsletter on meaningful youth engagement! We feature an original blog calling for more youth leadership in Africa by Evalin Karijo, the Project Director of Youth in Action; another original blog by Women Friendly Initiative on their experience working with a Nigerian youth coalition to build the coalition’s capacity in advocacy; and an interactive online tool from Child Trends that provides science-based definitions for those supporting youth and young adults.

Other resources in this newsletter include the new Brave Voices, Bold Actions podcast to discuss respectful reproductive and maternal healthcare and a blog from an instructional designer on how to host engaging online workshops.

If you would like to share your resources, blogs, or webinars on LeaderNet, you can contact me directly or email LeaderNet@.... Also follow us on Twitter @LeaderNet4H!

Julie Hoang, LeaderNet Manager, MSH

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Last week, the world celebrated 2020’s International Youth Day, highlighting how youth engagement enriches local, national, and global institutions and outcomes. In this newsletter, LeaderNet is sharing a collection of experiences and resources to encourage youth programming on leadership and meaningful engagement. This issue covers topics in sexual and reproductive health (SRH), empowerment, leadership, inclusion, and emergency settings, illustrating how much young people contribute when meaningfully engaged.


Youth Leadership in AfricaYouth Leadership in Africa has Never Been and Will Never be About Age!

Youth leadership is not about age, but rather, a young leader’s capabilities and revolutionary thinking. Evalin Karijo's blog challenges society to acknowledge the power of young leaders and youth-led movements. She argues that once youth are fully represented in Africa’s leadership, progress will be made in health, education, and the economy.

Guaranteeing a Healthy Future GenerationGuaranteeing a Healthy Future Generation

All adolescents require age-appropriate health education and services to promote their sexual and reproductive health and rights. In Nigeria, Women Friendly Initiative (WFI) works with youth coalition Novel Association for Youth Advocacy to build the capacity of 12 member organizations in advocacy, domestic resource mobilization, and accountability. Read Dr. Francis Awasighe Eremutha’s blog to learn more about WFI’s activities.

Programs for Youth and Young AdultsPrograms for Youth and Young Adults: Science-informed Definitions

This Child Trends resource provides clear, science-based definitions for terms used by practitioners, grant writers, funders, and program managers who support and serve youth and young adults. The interactive online resource uses a “Context, Interventions, and Outcome” framework to organize the definitions.

Interactive map
Map of Youth-led Organizations in Family Planning
Access this interactive map featuring youth-led organizations that are working to improve access to SRH services, based on responses to an FP2020 survey.
LeaderNet blog
Two Pakistani Youth Speak Out on the Importance of Inclusivity
Saro Imran and Tanzila Khan explain why the SRH movement should include sexual and gender minorities and people with disabilities.

Global Consensus Statement on Meaningful Adolescent and Youth Engagement
Approximately 30 youth organizations provided recommendations and participated in different milestones of drafting the Statement.
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Health and Technology
Health and Technology Report: What Young People Really Think
A coalition including Fondation Botnar, PATH, PMNCH, and Women Deliver 1,500 young people around the world on technology in global health.
Adolescents health

Adolescent Health and Well-being Webinars
The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health hosted a series of webinars with youth-led organizations to share lessons and best practices around key areas.
Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health
Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health in Emergency Settings
Watch a short 5-minute video from the Inter-Agency Working Group about adolescent needs and barriers when accessing SRH services.

Connecting Conversations

Knowledge Success, with FP2020, has been hosting a webinar series for youth leaders and young people to discuss adolescent and youth reproductive health. The series provides interactive conversations, expert speakers, and open dialogue. Register for the last two sessions here. Connecting Conversations

Brave VoicesBrave Voices, Bold Actions Podcast

Women and girls want respectful, dignified reproductive and maternal health care. The White Ribbon Alliance launched this podcast to look at women’s and girls’ demands for their own health care. Listen to the first three episodes here.

ZoomshopPreparing to Zoomshop

With a lot of meetings, trainings, and workshops transitioning to online or virtual platforms, many instructional designers and meeting managers struggle to engage participants without the standard face-to-face experiences. Instructional designer Beth Gragg shares tips to consider before your workshop.

A Wake-up callA Wake-up Call Both Brutal and Urgent

Even before COVID-19, regulatory systems in low- and middle-income countries faced challenges to efficiently and effectively assure the quality of essential medicines. Read this blog by USAID MTaPS Program’s Tamara Hafner and Javier Guzman to learn about a game-changing tool to improve medicines regulatory systems.


Grant Management Solutions Project Courses

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The Grant Management Solutions (GMS) Project courses will be taken down from LeaderNet at the end of 2020. Visit the GMS courses page for courses on governance and management related technical support for Global Fund grants.

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Calling all Family Planning Champions!

Anne Kott

Dear colleagues,

Have you ever asked yourself, how would I build a "perfect" family planning program? Have you ever wondered if someone, somewhere, has done it before?

We're exploring the question of whether a “perfect” family planning program exists and what makes it so. We would like to get input from a broad representation of family planning professionals from various countries, backgrounds, and experiences. Please add your voice by completing this brief survey in either English or French, by Friday, August 28. 

Your input will be used in an article to be released for World Contraception Day in September. Thank you in advance for sharing your time and your knowledge!

Webinar invite: Cost effectiveness of Post-Partum Family Planning: Global perspectives on the Americas region during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Tuesday, September 15th, 9:00 (Panama time), 10am (NYC time), 11:00am (Montevideo, Buenos Aires time)

Ados May




The PAHO/WHO Latin American Center for Perinatology, Women's Health and Reproductive Health (CLAP) celebrating 50 years, is organizing a webinar in collaboration with FIGO and FLASOG on Cost effectiveness of Post-Partum Family Planning from the global perspectives on the Americas region during the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Simultaneous translation Spanish, English will be available


When: Tuesday, September 15th, 9:00 (Panama time), 10am (NYC time), 11:00am (Montevideo, Buenos Aires time). . Verify your country time here
Hosted by IBP Network, WHO

Register in advance for this webinar:





Line Up




Dr Carlos Fuchtner
President of FIGO

2 min



2 min

50 yrs. of CLAP celebration

Dr Suzanne Serruya
Director of CLAP/WR/PAHO/WHO

5 min

Need of new contraceptive strategies in the pandemic in the Americas

Dr Rodolfo Gomez Ponce de Leon
Regional Advisor SRH PAHO/WHO

8 min

Global perspectives on cost effectiveness of contraception

Prof Sir Arulkumaran
Emeritis Professor

10 min

Cost effectiveness of the PPIUD Initiative in Tanzania and Bangladesh

Dr Anita Makins
Director PPIUD initiative FIGO


25 min

Cost effectiveness of postpartum intrauterine devices and implants provided during PPFP service scale-up in Kigali, Rwanda

Dr. Kristin Wall
Assistant professor of epidemiology, Emory University  

15 min

Questions and Answers

Moderator, Dr. Rodolfo Gomez Ponce de Leon

20 min

Concluding remarks

Dr. Fuchtner /Dr. Serruya

3 mins


Total time

1hr 30min




FW: New research helps to increase understanding of the impact of COVID-19 for pregnant women and their babies

Nandita Thatte

Dear IBP Colleagues,


Please see new research on the impact of Covid-19 for pregnant women and their babies. 


Best, Nandita


From: HRP Communication <hrpcommunication@...>
Sent: Wednesday, September 2, 2020 10:39 AM
Cc: CHRISCADEN, Kimberly <chriscadenk@...>
Subject: New research helps to increase understanding of the impact of COVID-19 for pregnant women and their babies


Dear colleagues,


New research findings published today in the BMJ help to shed light on the risks of COVID-19 for pregnant women and their babies. The paper suggests that pregnant women seen at the hospital with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are less likely to experience a fever or muscle pain, but if they develop severe disease they are more likely to need intensive care than non-pregnant women with COVID-19.


Read more and share the link:

Follow the conversation on Twitter: @HRPresearch




Kind regards,


HRP communications

Nandita Thatte, DrPH

Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health

World Health Organization

Geneva, Switzerland

Email: thatten@...



Rappel : Webinaire : Planification familiale après avortement / le 10 Septembre 2020 de 14h00 à 15h30 heure de Dakar / 16h00 à 17h30 heure de Genève

Ados May



Chers collègues,


Vous-êtes chaleureusement invités à participer à ce webinaire régional sur ce thème : Planification familiale après avortement : Une composante essentielle des soins après avortement. Il se tiendra, le 10 Septembre 2020 de 14h00 à 15h30 heure de Dakar / 16h00 à 17h30 heure de Genève. Ce webinaire est le troisième de notre série de webinaires sur les pratiques à haut impact (PHI) en 2020. 


Le webinaire a été conçu par par Le Réseau IBP et Le Partenariat de Ouagadougou en réponse à un besoin croissant de mieux connaître les pratiques à haut impact (PHI) à travers des interventions qui peuvent optimiser les investissements dans la planification familiale. Le webinaire fournira également des informations sur la prestation de services et les interventions sur les systèmes efficaces qui peuvent être mis à l'échelle et institutionnalisés pour assurer un plus grand impact.


Vous trouverez plus d'informations en cliquant sur les liens :


Objectifs :


  • Apprendre davantage sur les pratiques à haut impact, la gestion et la planification.
  • Mieux connaître son intégration dans les objectifs régionaux et globaux et la dimension de la couverture universelle
  • Acquérir des exemples de succès et de difficultés de la mise en œuvre au niveau national/régional


Inscrivez-vous au webinaire dès aujourd'hui en cliquant sur le lien ici :


Webinaire ID :  170-925-771


Nous nous réjouissons de votre participation !   

Présentateurs :


  • Norbert Coulibaly, Partenariat de Ouagadougou
  • Ginette Hounkanrin, Pathfinder International/E2A
  • Chilanga Asmani, OMS
  • Fatou Rachel Sarr Aw, IntraHealth
  • Seidou Kone, PNSME Côte d'Ivoire



      #HIPs4FP et @ibp_network


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Webinar: Preparing the Supply Chain for the Next Emergency

Nadia Olson

Dear Colleagues,
Topic: Preparing the Supply Chain for the Next Emergency
Date: Wednesday, September 16,
Time: 9:00 EDT / 13:00 GMT

Webinar Information:
We invite you to join JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. for a webinar sponsored by the Building Capacity to Improve Pharmaceutical and Medical Commodity Management In Humanitarian and Disaster Settings program, funded by USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), now the Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA). This program supports BHA implementing partners to improve supply chain practices in their crisis response efforts.

We will be discussing how lessons learned and supply chain improvements made in the post-crisis phase of an emergency can better prepare the health supply chain to respond to subsequent emergencies. See the attachment for more details. 


PHONE: 703.528.7474 | WWW.JSI.COMFBTwitter 

YOU'RE INVITED: Method Choice + Self Care

Ilayda Orankoy


Reimagining Method Choice in the Era of Self Care


September 16   |   8:00–9:15 AM EDT  |  Webinar

Facing a global pandemic, in a world where millions lack access to family planning, and health systems are overburdened, it's more important than ever for women to be able to take greater control of their reproductive health.

Join the Method Choice Community of Practice, led by the Evidence to Action (E2A) Project, for a webinar on two important areas for ensuring women and couples can make decisions about contraception that are voluntary, client-centered, informed, and supported.

  • Learn more about the concepts of self care and method choice, especially how they intersect.
  • Hear from experts and implementers with concrete examples from their work in Benin and Rwanda.
  • Discover recent innovations in products and practices that enable women and girls to have more active participation in their health.


Martha Brady, MS, Director of Sexual and Reproductive Health at PATH, who will leverage her work leading a global team of researchers and implementers to share the latest on self care products and practices.

Dorine Irankunda, MD, Clinical Advisor, PSI, who will discuss the introduction of the Caya Diaphragm in Benin, which is guided by a quality-of-care approach to self care.

Natacha Mugeni, MSc, Health Coordinator, Kasha Global, Rwanda, who will share an innovative private-sector approach to self care and method choice in East Africa. 

With remarks by... 

Rita Badiani, MSc, Director of the Evidence to Action Project, USAID’s flagship for strengthening family planning and reproductive health service delivery.

Patricia MacDonald, RN, MPH, Senior Family Planning/Reproductive Health Technical Advisor at the Office of Population and Reproductive Health, USAID. 

Moderated by…

Eric Ramirez-Ferrero, PhD, MPH, Technical Director of the Evidence to Action Project, led by Pathfinder International.


Photo: TAGAZA DJIBO for Pathfinder International, with methods courtesy of Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition




My Body, My Voice: International Safe Abortion Day Briefing

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You are warmly invited to the next virtual briefing in our Spotlight series, on Monday 28th September 10:00-11:00am EST / 15:00-16:00pm BST:

My Body, My Voice: International Safe Abortion Day Briefing

Globally, one in four pregnancies end in abortion. Yet, with abortion still highly stigmatised, many of these experiences remain silenced. To mark International Safe Abortion Day, MSI is holding a virtual briefing with partners at Ipas and the Asia Safe Abortion Partnership to launch new data on global trends in safe abortion access

On the 28th September, MSI will publish this year's update of our annual My Body, My Voice report, launching new findings from interviews with over 1,800 women who accessed a safe abortion service with MSI. Whilst every woman’s experience is unique, these responses can help to identify global trends and solutions, based on what women want and value, from how women hear about abortion services, to how they access them, and the community support experienced along the way.

Given the focus of this year’s International Safe Abortion Day on self-managed abortions, the briefing will include presentations on how we can support self-administration safely, including via pharmacy provision and accompaniment models.

The briefing will feature a series of short presentations followed by a live audience Q&A.

Register for the briefing.

All webinars are recorded and shared via the Spotlight blog



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Webinar tomorrow: The Gendered Experience of Youth Leadership in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Bridging the Chasm - September 10th, 8:00 Washington, 14:00 Geneva, 15:00 Nairobi, 17:30 New Delhi

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The Gendered Experience of Youth Leadership in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Bridging the Chasm







Young people are participating in and leading sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) initiatives in unprecedented ways—and this surge of effort has generated both new impacts and new learning. Part of this learning is around the issue of gender: we now know that young women and young men have radically different experiences working as advocates on SRHR issues. Young women experience more harassment, backlash, and insecurity on the job. And they struggle to balance SRHR leadership roles with gendered demands on their time and autonomy.


This session will draw on Youth Investment, Engagement and Leadership Development (YIELD) Project research findings to explore how gender influences the motivations, needs, experiences, and career trajectories of youth participants and leaders in SRHR initiatives. Insights will be shared about what prevents young women from achieving their full potential as leaders in SRHR efforts and youth leaders will discuss what can be done to help young women grow and thrive in meaningful SRHR careers.  Leave this session motivated and equipped to form equalizing alliances with young women—and help them thrive as the SRHR leaders they are meant to be.





Fila Magnus, IYAFP 

Hailing from sunny Malaysia, Fila Magnus sits on the Executive board of Carefugees, as well as the Youth Advisory Council of Child Helpline International. Currently serving as the Director of Communications for the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning, Fila is committed in ensuring that all young people are granted access to the knowledge and resources that they require to be able to make informed decisions and choices with regard to their autonomy and sexuality. Fila is based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


Judy Amina, Kenya Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Alliance 

Judy Amina is the Youth Country Coordinator for the Kenya Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Alliance implementing the Get Up Speak Out (GUSO) program.  The GUSO program aims to see that young people are empowered and claim their rights. Judy works to ensure that young people are meaningfully engaged and involved at all levels of programming.  She has previously worked with young people infected and affected with HIV in Kenya to advocate for their rights and to create a supportive environment free of stigma.  Judy is based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Ana Aguilera, EngenderHealth   

A passionate young leader and technical expert in adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), Ana Aguilera is dedicated to supporting SRHR programming with and for young people. She currently serves as Deputy Director of Adolescent and Youth SRHR at EngenderHealth, where part of her role is focused on working to more meaningfully and systematically engage with young people across programming, structures, and processes. As a member of the Gender, Youth and Social Inclusion (GYSI) team at EngenderHealth, she works collaboratively across regions and teams to better integrate a comprehensive GYSI lens into all that EngenderHealth does.  Ana is based in Washington, DC.


Emily Battistini, YIELD Project   

Emily Battistini brings 14 years of experience in qualitative and quantitative research, as well as specific expertise in women’s and children’s health. She has advanced degrees in medicine, public health, and political science from Columbia University – and has conducted research on a diverse range of topics. Her primary focus is on the intersection between health policy and women’s health. Ongoing projects explore the impact of youth leadership on global SRH efforts; gender discrimination and violence within the youth leadership space; the needs of very young adolescent girls in low- and middle-income countries; and the historical intersections between women’s movements and women’s healthcare policy in the United States. Emily is based in New York City.


Jennifer Catino, YIELD Project 

Jennifer Catino brings 20 years of global health and adolescent and youth program, policy and research experience, with a focus on gender and sexual and reproductive health. She has been working on the frontline of these issues, primarily with adolescent girls, over the past fifteen years, holding positions with Family Care International, EngenderHealth and the Population Council. As an independent consultant, Jennifer has led large-scale youth-centered evaluation, learning, landscaping, and mapping efforts with a diverse range of global partners. Jennifer is currently based in Barcelona, Spain.









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Survey question module on the effects of COVID on FP access and use

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Dear IBP members,


The R4S Project is pleased to share the attached module of questions developed to help document the effects of COVID-19 on family planning (FP) access and use.  This question module will capture the following information:

  • Unintended pregnancies
  • FP need and use
  • Source of supply
  • Method choice
  • Method switching
  • Barriers to obtaining methods
  • Interest in self-care options
  • Long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) removals


Generating comparable evidence from multiple countries and programmatic contexts is critical to advancing understanding of the effects of the pandemic and recovery process on FP access and use, supporting program adjustments and generating broader learnings to inform the response to future pandemics. As such, we encourage you to integrate these questions into ongoing or new studies and data collection platforms.  We will be using these questions under R4S, and are interested in collaborating with others who may use them to jointly produce learnings across their application to different settings. We will provide an editable Word version of the questions upon request.  Contact us at R4Sinfo@....


I hope these will be useful to you and your programs. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions.





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You're Invited: Saving Newborn Lives Legacy e-Talks

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We are marking the 20 years of Saving Newborn Lives (SNL) with a series of Newborn Health Legacy e-Talks. The online sessions will cover key newborn health topics, with discussions on the continued importance of newborn and perinatal health in times of crisis.

Please join us Tuesdays and Thursdays from Sep 29 – Oct 15, when experts and global leaders will present the groundbreaking work done in the last two decades by the newborn health movement, while also sharing implementation challenges, learnings and views about the way forward to further strengthen newborn health and survival.




What: Newborn Health Legacy e-Talks

When: Every Tuesday and Thursday from September 29 – October 15, 2020 (12pm-2pm GMT/8am-10am ET)

Registration Information and Schedule: 

Day 1: History and lessons learned

Register for Day 1 of SNL Legacy e-Talks Tue, Sep 29

Day 2: Counting newborns – history and progress

Register for Day 2 of SNL Legacy e-Talks Thu, Oct 1

Day 3: SNL country learning about effective coverage and sustainability

Register for Day 3 of SNL Legacy e-Talks Tue, Oct 6 

Day 4: Preventable infections and community outreach   

Register for Day 4 of SNL Legacy e-Talks Thu, Oct 8

Day 5: Complications around the time of birth – Intrapartum and Preterm  

Register for Day 5 of SNL Legacy e-Talks Tue, Oct 13

Day 6: State of the Word’s Newborns & what we need to do to meet SDG target by 2030 

Register for Day 6 of SNL Legacy e-Talks Thu, Oct 15











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