Register Now - Knowledge Management Course

Emily Haynes

Dear Colleagues,

Registration is open to enroll in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH) Summer Institute course, “Knowledge Management for Effective Global Health Programs.”


This acclaimed 3-credit course taught by Knowledge SUCCESS Project Director Tara Sullivan and Knowledge SUCCESS Deputy Project Director Sara Mazursky is offered through the JHSPH Summer Institute of Health, Behavior, and Society. Find information related to this course here.


Course Dates:    June 7 - June 11, 2021

Location:            Virtual


Course Description:

Knowledge management (KM), organizational learning (OL) and adaptive management in international development lead to better development programs. Upon successful completion of this 3-credit course, students will be able to:

  • ​​Define knowledge management and related principles
  • Explain challenges to implementing KM programs
  • Help determine the best KM approaches for real-life public health programs

Students will also join a global network of alumni who share experiences and resources related to using the learned KM and OL practices in their work. 


Registration ends in two weeks on May 31.  Current and returning JHSPH students may register on the JHSPH website; all others, please register at the general Johns Hopkins non-degree registration system, choosing "Summer Institute in Health Behavior and Society" from the dropdown menu). Information about JHSPH tuition fees is available at the Health, Behavior, and Society Summer Institute tuition page.


If you have questions regarding how to register for this course and any other inquiries, please reach out to Emily Haynes at emily.haynes@....


Thank you,




Emily Haynes (she/her)

Program Specialist | Knowledge SUCCESS

Center for Communication Programs

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Tel: 513-502-5920 | Email: emily.haynes@...


Building Resilient Sexual and Reproductive Health Supply Chains during COVID-19 and Beyond

Danielle Fortin

The COVID-19 pandemic has created acute disruptions to public health supply chains, revealing underlying vulnerabilities in the global supply ecosystem and increasing uncertainty in both the supply and demand of life-saving SRH medicines and products. A crisis of this magnitude demands that we understand what worked well, what did not, and how best to plan for the future, even as the pandemic continues. 


John Snow Inc. (JSI), in partnership with the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition, conducted a rapid assessment to uncover these issues, culminating in a new report: Building Resilient Sexual and Reproductive Health Supply Chains During COVID-19 and Beyond Community Roadmap for Action and Technical Findings. The focus is on harnessing the collective action of the entire SRH community to tackle the “big” challenges along the supply chain and make progress against both emerging and long-standing issues to ensure clients have access to SRH products wherever and whenever they seek them.


The full reporting with key technical findings and the community action plan is available here.

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COVID-19 Safe Abortion Response Map - Webinar 26 May

Carolin Ekman

Dear colleagues, 

Join this webinar on how organizations have adapted their safe abortion and post-abortion care (PAC) programs to the evolving COVID-19 context. 
Please feel free to use the attached flyer as you share this widely within your network.

WHO/IBP Implementation Stories: Africa, Wednesday, June 2, 9:00 Washington | 14:00 Abuja | 15:00 Geneva | 16:00 Nairobi

Ados May


WHO/IBP Implementation Stories: Africa


Wednesday, June 2

9:00 Washington | 14:00 Abuja | 15:00 Geneva | 16:00 Nairobi | Click here for your local time zone.


The IBP Network will host a webinar focusing on the Implementation Stories from Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. In an effort to share these experiences widely amongst the FP/RH community, the IBP Network hosted a contest calling for field-based program implementation stories. Join us to learn how documenting these stories can help us understand and learn from real-life experiences implementing High Impact Practices (HIPs) and WHO guidelines and encourage learning and sharing of experiences related to scaling up evidence-based interventions in FP/RH.


Speakers include:


  • Carolin Ekman, WHO/IBP Network
  • Alex Omari, Knowledge SUCCESS
  • Olufunke Fasawe, Clinton Health Access Initiative - Nigeria
  • Paula Tavrow, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health - Kenya
  • Anna Temba, EngenderHealth - Tanzania
  • Irene Mirembe, IntraHealth - Uganda
  • Taurai Bhatasara, Ministry of Health and Child care - Zimbabwe



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Join us May 19! Webinar on The Catalytic Opportunity Fund for DMPA-SC Scale-up

Beth Balderston


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Subject: Webinar 19 May: The Catalytic Opportunity Fund for DMPA-SC Scale-Up



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The Catalytic Opportunity Fund for Scale-Up of DMPA-SC: Learning from high-impact, short-term funding opportunities

Over the past two years, a number of implementing partners have leveraged the Catalytic Opportunity Fund (COF) to support the scale-up of DMPA-SC in focal countries.

The COF is a rapid funding mechanism administered by CHAI and managed by the DMPA-SC Operations Group, a group that responds to operational and service delivery issues in DMPA-SC and self-injection introduction and scale-up. The fund aims to support short-term DMPA-SC scale-up activities that unlock or generate additional resources. COF grantees carry out a diverse range of activities with short-term, small grants that make significant contributions to the national introduction and scale-up of DMPA-SC in their countries.

Join the PATH-JSI DMPA-SC Access Collaborative’s Learning and Action Network (LAN) for a knowledge-sharing webinar to learn from successful DMPA-SC Scale-up COF grantees, representing the Society for Family Health, Pathfinder International, Marie Stopes and Jhpiego, about its impact on their work and key lessons learned. This virtual discussion will encourage all stakeholders—program implementers, researchers, government officials, health providers, and members of civil society—to consider applicable strategies and mechanisms for efficient, sustainable, and scalable product introduction.

Date: Wednesday 19 May 2021

Time: 9:00 EST/13:00 GMT/15:00 CAT

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(English, French and Spanish) Lanzamiento del consenso estratégico interagencial para la reducción de la morbi-mortalidad materna para 2020-2030

Ados May



Le Groupe de travail régional pour la réduction de la mortalité maternelle (GTR) vous invite au webinaire de lancement du Consensus stratégique interagences pour la réduction de la mortalité maternelle: orientations stratégiques pour la décennie 2020-2030

El Grupo de Trabajo Regional para la Reducción de la Mortalidad Materna tiene el agrado de invitarle al lanzamiento del consenso estratégico interagencial para la reducción de la morbi-mortalidad materna para 2020-2030

The Regional Task Force for the Reduction of Maternal Mortality invites you to the launch of the Interagency Strategic Consensus for the Reduction of Maternal Mortality and Morbidity: Strategic Directions for the Decade 2020-2030



El Grupo de Trabajo Regional para la Reducción de la Mortalidad Materna tiene el agrado de invitarle al lanzamiento del consenso estratégico interagencial para la reducción de la morbi-mortalidad materna para 2020-2030

Cuándo: miércoles, 26 de mayo de 2021

Hora: 9 Panamá y México; 10 EEUU; 11 Brasil

Idiomas: Español, Inglés, Francés

Enlace de registro:


El Grupo de Trabajo Regional para la Reducción de la Mortalidad Materna (GTR) invita al seminario web de lanzamiento del Consenso Estratégico Interagencial para la Reducción de la Morbi-mortalidad Materna: orientaciones estratégicas para el decenio 2020-2030, un documento que hace un llamado a los gobiernos y socios estratégicos para dar prioridad a la reducción de la mortalidad materna prevenible en América Latina y el Caribe (ALC) a partir de la asignación de recursos y de la adopción de estrategias innovadoras, costo-efectivas y basadas en la última evidencia disponible.

A pesar de los progresos realizados en la última década, la región vio un estancamiento en la reducción de la mortalidad materna. Más aún, la pandemia por la COVID-19, puede llevar a un retroceso importante si no se toman medidas urgentes. La Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS) ha efectuado estimaciones que permiten imaginar tres escenarios de mortalidad materna en el marco de la pandemia por la COVID-19, uno de mínima, en el que las cifras regionales de la Razón de la Mortalidad Materna (RMM) retrocederían unos 5 años, uno de media, en el que podría llegar hasta los 13 años, y uno de máxima, que podría replegarse hasta 20 años.


¿Qué es el Consenso?

El consenso estratégico interagencial recomienda una serie de medidas prioritarias para acelerar la reducción de las muertes maternas y que permitirán la creación de condiciones de mayor equidad en el acceso y cobertura universal de la salud sexual y reproductiva de calidad para las mujeres, niñas, niños y adolescentes de la región.


¿Cuál es el resultado esperado del seminario web?


Se espera que la reunión contribuya a alertar acerca de la necesidad de reinvertir y retomar la prioridad en la salud materna y a presentar un análisis actualizado de la situación de la mortalidad materna en la región y de las diferentes intervenciones, basadas en la mejor evidencia disponible, para mejorar la salud materna.


En el seminario web participarán representantes de agencias de las Naciones Unidas, de gobiernos y de la sociedad civil para presentar el panorama regional sobre mortalidad materna, las prioridades del Consenso Estratégico y ejemplos de cómo se han aterrizado dichas prioridades a nivel nacional, seguido de una sesión de preguntas y respuestas.


¿Qué es el GTR?

Es un mecanismo interagencial formado por agencias técnicas de las Naciones Unidas, organismos bilaterales y multilaterales de cooperación, organizaciones no gubernamentales y redes profesionales de la región creado en 1998 cuyo cometido es la promoción del trabajo colaborativo y las sinergias regionales para para implementar políticas y programas de reducción de la morbi-mortalidad materna en ALC). Sus miembros incluyen la Oficina Regional del Fondo de Población de las Naciones Unidas para América Latina y el Caribe, el Centro Latinoamericano de Perinatología, Salud de la Mujer y Reproductiva de la Organización Panamericana de la Salud/Organización Mundial de la Salud, Management Sciences for Health, Jhpiego/Momentum Country and Global Leadership, el Fondo de las Naciones Unidas para la Infancia, la Agencia de los Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional, el Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo, el Banco Mundial, la ICM, la Federación Latinoamericana de Sociedades de Obstetricia y Ginecología, Federación Internacional de Planificación de la Familia Región del Hemisferio Occidental e Iniciativa para la Aplicación de Mejores Prácticas (IBP).


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The Regional Task Force for the Reduction of Maternal Mortality invites you to the launch of the Interagency Strategic Consensus for the Reduction of Maternal Mortality and Morbidity: Strategic Directions for the Decade 2020-2030, a document that calls on governments and strategic partners to prioritize the reduction of preventable maternal mortality in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) through the allocation of resources and the adoption of innovative, cost-effective strategies based on the latest available evidence.

When: Wednesday, 26 May 2021

Time: 9:00am (Panama and Mexico) | 10:00am (USA) | 11:00am (Brazil)

Languages: Spanish, English, and French


Registration link:

Despite the progress made in the last decade, the region has seen a stagnation in the reduction of maternal mortality. Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic may lead to a significant setback if urgent actions are not taken. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has made estimates that allow us to imagine three maternal mortality scenarios in the framework of the COVID-19 pandemic: a minimum one, in which the regional Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) figures would go back about 5 years, a medium one, in which it could reach 13 years, and a maximum one, which could be retracted up to 20 years.

What is the Consensus?

The interagency strategic consensus recommends a series of priority measures to accelerate the reduction of maternal deaths and that will allow the creation of conditions of greater equity in access and universal coverage of quality sexual and reproductive health for women, girls, boys and girls. adolescents in the region.

What is the expected outcome of the webinar?

The meeting is expected to contribute to raising awareness of the need to reinvest and reprioritize maternal health and to present an updated analysis of the maternal mortality situation in the region and the different interventions, based on the best available evidence, to improve maternal health. Representatives from United Nations agencies, governments and civil society will participate in the webinar to present the regional overview on maternal mortality, the priorities of the Strategic Consensus and examples of how these priorities have been implemented at a national level, followed by a questions and answers session.

What is the GTR?

It is an interagency mechanism formed by technical agencies of the United Nations, bilateral and multilateral cooperation organizations, non-governmental organizations and professional networks of the region created in 1998 whose mission is to promote collaborative work and regional synergies to implement policies and programs to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality in LAC. Its members include the Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean of the United Nations Population Fund, the Latin American Center of Perinatology, Women and Reproductive Health of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization, Management Sciences for Health, MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership/Jhpiego, United Nations Children's Fund, United States Agency for International Development, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, the International Confederation of Midwives, the Latin American Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology Societies, International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region, and the Implementing Best Practices (IBP) Initiative.




Welcome New IBP Member Organizations

Nandita Thatte

Dear IBP Colleagues,


Please join me in welcoming 6 new organizations to the IBP Network. We are thrilled to have these new member organizations with us representing a range of disciplines from research and academia, to behavioral science, and civil society. Please see a short description about each organization and contact information below.


We look forward to working together as part of the WHO/IBP Network!


With best wishes,




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Howard Delafield International

HDI works with an integrated approach to generate social impact grounded in behavioral science and catalyzed by creative solutions through tools such as emerging technology, applications of marketing, communications, media, events, and sustained by strategic public-private sector partnerships and coalitions. Areas of focus include infectious diseases, vaccines, women and children’s health and empowerment, gender equality, water, sanitation, and hygiene, environmental conservation, democracy, human rights and governance, and human trafficking. Howard Delafield International collaborates across sectors to combine theories from the behavioral and social sciences with principles and best practices from game-based learning, human-centered design, social marketing, and entrepreneurship to help organizations generate new ways to take on pressing health and environmental issues, both globally and locally. HDI is currently implementing a USAID funded project Game of Choice, Not Chance™ is a brand for mobile games using play to empower the choices and voices of young people. The first game is being co-designed with girls in India to provide an entertaining and safe space where they may explore, discover, and learn through interactive role-play in a virtual world. Within the game, girls can experience the power of their decisions, get connected to vital information and real-world resources, and become better equipped to shape their futures with confidence. Game of Choice, Not Chance is a response to USAID’s interest in Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) Approaches to Fertility Awareness and Adolescent Reproductive Health. Howard Delafield International is implementing the youth-centered initiative implemented through a consortium that includes India-based partners, Indusgeeks, Vihara Innovation Network, and Girl Effect, and U.S-based Cycle Technologies, and NAM ER Technology. 

Points of Contact:  Kavita Ayyagari, kavita@... and Cynthia Hannah, cynthia@...



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ideas42 is a leading non-profit behavioral design lab that leverages rigorous research from the fields of behavioral economics, cognitive science, and psychology to address a range of social problems and improve millions of lives. We use the behavioral sciences to help us understand the nuances of human behavior and why people make the decisions they do. Our deep expertise across a range of domains has showed us that context matters, that asking the right questions is critical, and that simple solutions are often available, but frequently overlooked or dismissed. We work to identify the subtle but important contextual details that can have a disproportionate impact on outcomes. ideas42 has developed a rigorous methodology to identify behavioral barriers that inhibit people from acting in accordance with their own broader preferences, and to design tailored solutions to overcome those barriers. We also educate thought leaders, policy-makers and practitioners about behavioral science, and how it can help to solve social problems. We run bespoke education programs to provide an introduction to the design of behaviorally informed policies, programs and products, and work extensively with partners to develop in-house behavioral capacity through our Behavioral Design Teams. Our work spans more than 45 countries and encompasses global and domestic health, economic mobility, international development, education, consumer finance, criminal justice, and energy efficiency, which enables us to draw insights from a wide range of sectors. Within our global health portfolio, we have partnered with a wide range of governments, foundations, and non-profit organizations in the areas of family planning, and maternal and child health, nutrition, HIV, and malaria. We bring expertise in applied behavioral science, innovative approaches to co-design and capacity building, and a management approach to support diffusion of innovation at scale.

Point of Contact: Rahin Khandker, Vice President, rkhandker@...


Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia 

UPCH is a private nonprofit university located in Lima, Peru. It was named in honor of Cayetano Heredia, one of the eminent Peruvian physicians of the 19th century. The university is overseen by a board of trustees (patronato) and is not owned by any private or state entity. It is considered one of the top medical schools in Peru, along the Faculty of Medicine "San Fernando" of National University of San Marcos, and is currently one of the major producers and publishers of scientific research in the country.

Point of Contact:  Carlos Cáceres, carlos.caceres@...



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MIT World Peace University, Faculty of Sustainability Studies, Pune India

Background: Understanding that the ecosystem we find ourselves in is the most complex and important organism on the planet which must be maintained, MIT–WPU has established its Faculty of Sustainability Studies. MIT–WPU has already pledged itself to upholding the sustainability goals as laid down by the UN. The Faculty of Sustainability Studies is a realization of that commitment by being an interdisciplinary- higher education response to the global commitment to sustainable development and envisages to promote “a world of universal respect for human rights and human dignity, the rule of law, justice, equality and non-discrimination”. The Faculty of Sustainability Studies has created an undergraduate program, five postgraduate programs, and a Ph.D. Program. The faculty is building partnerships with the government, NGO’s and voluntary agencies to offer this program. The faculty’s teaching, training, and social engagement will be focusing on social innovation and creating values to promote sustainable and inclusive development.

Point of Contact: Dr Joe Thomas, Associate Dean, Joe.thomas@...



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University of Global Health Equity, Rwanda

UGHE brings a new approach to recruiting and training health professionals. An initiative of Partners In Health and led by internationally recognized faculty and staff from around the world, UGHE is an independent university that builds on PIH’s three decades of experience in delivering health services to some of the world’s poorest communities. Our unique focus on practical experience outside the classroom ensures that students understand the complexity of delivering care in all settings. We prepare our students to serve in any environment with humility and compassion. By infusing the best new ideas in higher education and partnering with top universities and faculty from all over the world, UGHE students become changemakers. Our graduates will serve as government officials developing innovative policies to expand life-saving programs. They will be clinicians who diagnose and treat physical and social factors making their patients sick. They will lead programs and NGOs to improve health and save lives. Our vision is a world where every individual—no matter who they are or where they live— can lead a healthy and productive life.

Point of Contact: Tsion Yohannes, ytsion@...



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Development Research and Projects Center, Nigeria

dRPC is a registered intermediary non-profit origination established with a mission of strengthening the capacity (organization and technical capacity) of civil society organizations to design and implement transformative and sustainable development interventions which engage government and address felt needs of the vulnerable and excluded such as women and girls. Our vision is for an ethical, inclusive and sustainable model of development engaging beneficiaries, civil society organizations as catalytic agents of change and government agencies for scale up, sustainability and ensuring public interest and public good.

Point of Conatct: Stanley Udika Ukpai, Partnerships Director, stanleyukpai@...





Nandita Thatte, DrPH

Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health

World Health Organization

Geneva, Switzerland

Email: thatten@...



Nandita Thatte, DrPH

Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health

World Health Organization

Geneva, Switzerland

Email: thatten@...



WHO & HIFA: Maintaining essential health services during the pandemic: Deep dive, 10 May-25 June 2021

Neil Pakenham-Walsh

Dear colleagues at IBP,
HIFA invites you to join our forum in readiness for a major thematic discussion in collaboration with WHO, starting 10 May.
We shall be exploring in depth on how to maintain essential health services during the pandemic: reproductive health, child health, mental health, non-communicable diseases, surgery, emergency care, care for those who are vulnerable. These explorations will unfold on the HIFA discussion forums (English, French, Portuguese, Spanish) week by week over 6 weeks, guided by an expert working group of representatives of WHO and other organisations.
Throughout the discussion we are keen to hear from IBP members about maintaining essential reproductive health services. Has COVID-19 disrupted the provision of services in your country or facility? What has been the impact of such disruptions on service delivery and health outcomes? What approaches have helped (or might help) to address these issues? 
Our reference document is the official WHO guidance (2020): Maintaining essential health services: operational guidance for the COVID-19 context interim guidance (June 2020).
If you are not already a HIFA member, please join today in readiness for the discussions!
See more here:
With thanks,
Dr Neil Pakenham-Walsh MB,BS
Coordinator, Healthcare Information For All
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HIFA works with the World Health Organization and others to improve the availability and use of reliable healthcare information and protect people from misinformation
20,000 members, 400 supporting organisations, 180 countries, 12 projects, 6 forums, 4 languages 

Announcing HOT4FP tool from HRH2030 - Please see resources at the bottom of the page

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HRH2030 Highlights: May 2021



Director's Digest


Nearly six years have gone by since we launched the HRH2030 program—can you believe it? In this month’s Director’s Digest, Wanda Jaskiewicz announces the second in our series of legacy events and shares some of our ongoing work in supporting human resources for health around the world. Learn more.


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News & Stories


Upcoming Event: Six Years in 60 Minutes: Learning from the HRH2030 Program 
On Tuesday, May 18, we’re hosting the second live event in our HRH2030 End-of-Program Legacy series. It is going to be fun, fast-paced, and filled with guests from around the world, sharing programmatic achievements from six years of helping countries to build, manage, and optimize the health workforce for improved health outcomes. We’ll also be joined by Francis Omaswa of ACHEST, Tana Wuliji of the WHO, and Diana Frymus of USAID for a moderated discussion. You won’t want to miss this, so register here.  




International Day of the Midwife: Integrating Midwifery Data to Strengthen Indonesia’s HRIS
The International Day of the Midwife is being celebrated today, under the theme, “Follow the Data: Invest in Midwives.” Following the data first requires having the data – meaning accurate, robust information on how many midwives are within a country, where they are deployed, what they need to maintain their licensing status, and more. Our work with the Indonesian Ministry of Health (MOH) recently marked a milestone, when the MOH signed an agreement with Indonesia’s Midwifery Association to share data and work together to better manage and optimize midwives’ contributions to the health workforce. Learn more.



Integrating the Health and Social Service Sectors to Achieve Health for All
Did you miss our World Social Work Day event in March – the one that kicked off our HRH2030 End-of-Program Legacy series? The one that had representatives from the Global Social Workforce Alliance, the World Health Alliance, the Colombian Family Welfare Institute, and three USAID implementing partners? If so, we’ve got you covered. We’ve summarized the important takeaways about how a more integrated social service and health sectors could accelerate progress to health for all in this blog.



Responding to Togo's Malaria Challenges  
Malaria remains a leading cause of illness and death in many countries, and through our Capacity Building for Malaria activity, HRH2030 continues to support National Malaria Control Programs (NMCPs) to make progress toward their malaria control and elimination goals. Last month, in advance of World Malaria Day on April 26, we checked in with Dr. Tinah Atcha-Oubou, coordination director for Togo’s NMCP, for an update on progress made in Togo over the past three years. Read our Three Questions with Dr. Atcha-Oubou.  



Looking Back at World Health Worker Week
Throughout April, we partnered with the Frontline Health Workers Coalition, Chemonics, IntraHealth International, and Women in Global Health on a video testimonial social media campaign celebrating World Health Worker Week—and turning it into a month-long campaign. From the theme, “Listen to Health Workers,” we heard directly from nearly two dozen health workers—nurses, community health workers, midwives, a physician, a data clerk, pharmacists, and three social workers—about what they need to be safer, healthier, and better prepared to do their jobs. Watch and listen to health workers!






HRH Optimization Tool for Family Planning
We are pleased to announce the second tool in our “Human Resources for Health Optimization Tool” suite – HOT for Family Planning, or HOT4FP for short. With USAID’s support, we have developed this new tool to increase health workforce efficiency in providing client-centered family planning services by identifying and addressing HRH bottlenecks at frontline health facilities. Learn about this newly launched tool.



About HRH2030

Since 2015, we have worked in 29 countries. USAID's HRH2030 program strives to build the accessible, available, acceptable, and high-quality health workforce needed to improve health outcomes. Learn more.




These materials are made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the terms of cooperative agreement no. AID-OAA-A-15-00046 (2015-2020) in partnership with The U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The contents are the responsibility of Chemonics International and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government. 



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Register Now! Evaluating the Favorability of National Family Planning Policy Environments Using the Youth Family Planning Policy Scorecard

Christine Power

Dear IBP colleagues,

PRB is pleased to share that the April 2021 update to the Youth Family Planning Policy Scorecard is now live! The Scorecard allows users to assess the extent to which a country's current policy environment enables and supports youth access to and use of family planning. The digital platform allows users to curate their own country-specific scorecard(s) from the list of 28 countries and includes analyses for six new countries: Bangladesh, India, Malawi, Nepal, the Philippines, and Zambia. We’re excited to offer this updated resource in both English and French.

Join us at our upcoming launch event (in English, with live French translation) where panelists will provide an overview of the Scorecard, provide insight into the methodology, summarize the most recent results, and leave time for Q&A.
Evaluating the Favorability of National Family Planning Policy Environments: PRB’s April 2021 Update to the Youth Family Planning Policy Scorecard
Tuesday, May 11 from 9:00 am-10:00 a.m. (EST)

Register for the Scorecard launch event here. 

Please feel free to contact the Scorecard team for more information or if you would like to share new policy documents for the next update.

Christine Power


FW: WHO Publication: Values and preferences of contraceptive methods: A mixes methods study among sex workers from diverse settings

Nandita Thatte

Dear IBP Colleagues,


Please see the new publication below (and attached) from WHO Colleagues on Values and Preferences of Contraceptive Methods. This research was conducted to inform a Guideline Development Group’s deliberations in July 2019 when new data addressing contraceptive safety for women at high risk of HIV infection was discussed.


On behalf of my colleagues in the Department of HIV, Hepatitis and STIs, we are pleased to share our recently published study, ‘Values and preferences of contraceptive methods: A mixes methods study among sex workers from diverse settings’ with you.  The article appears in the Volume 29, Issue 1 of the journal Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters.  It can be accessed via through the following link:


For convenience, we attach the PDF file of the publication.  Please do share this information widely through your networks and among colleagues.  The research was conducted to inform a Guideline Development Group’s deliberations in July 2019 when new data addressing contraceptive safety for women at high risk of HIV infection was discussed.


With kind regards,

Mary Lyn, Virginia and Rachel


Mary Lyn Gaffield, PhD


Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research

WHO Country Office, Belarus (50% secondment through BOOST Initiative)

Email: gaffieldm@...  Office: +41.22.791.1806  Mobile: +41.79.517.2177 Web:,


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Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health

World Health Organization

Geneva, Switzerland

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Two HIP Products Available for Public Comment

Ados May


There are two High Impact Practices in Family Planning (HIP) products that are now open for public comment: a new HIP brief on Social Norms and a Strategic Planning Guide on Equity. Please see the links to the documents below:

Social Norms: Promoting collective support for family planning


Creating equitable access to family planning information and services

Note: the page is password-protected, and the password is: hips4fp

The comment form can be found by scrolling down to the bottom of the page.

We welcome your input. Please also feel free to share with your colleagues. Comments are due Friday, May 14 at 5:00pm EDT.


GFF CSOs Newsletter, April 2021

Ramatoulaye Diallo

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Budget advocacy and accountability for health financing and universal health coverage - Written by Ramatoulaye Diallo CEFOREP

The joint learning program on health financing launched in November 2020 by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the Global Financing Facility (GFF), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, CSU 2030 and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health... READ MORE...
Plaidoyer et redevabilité budgétaires en matière de financement de la santé et de couverture sanitaire universelle - Écrit par Ramatoulaye Diallo CEFOREP
Le programme conjoint d’apprentissage sur le financement de la santé lancé au mois de novembre 2020 par le Fonds mondial de lutte contre le sida, la tuberculose et le paludisme, le Mécanisme de financement mondial (GFF), Gavi, l’Alliance pour les...  LIRE LA SUITE...
In Senegal : COSC GFF invests in the continuity of services of RMNCAH-N despite Covid-19 - Written by Ramatoulaye Diallo CEFOREP
With the support of Evidence 4 Action MamaYe/Options, 4 organizations designated as champions of the Coalition of Senegalese Civil Society Organizations, COSC-GFF, CICODEV Africa, CEFOREP, Reseau Siggil Jiggen and Toi du Monde Senegal, conducted a rapid assessment of the continuity... READ MORE...
Au Sénégal : la COSC GFF s’investit dans la continuité des services de SRMNEA-N malgré la Covid-19 - Écrit par Ramatoulaye Diallo CEFOREP
Avec le soutien de Evidence 4 Action MamaYe/Options, 4 organisations désignées championnes de la Coalition des organisations de la société civile sénégalaise, la COSC-GFF,CICODEV Africa, CEFOREP, le Réseau Siggil Jiggen et Toi du Monde Sénégal, ont effectué une évaluation rapide sur la continuité et la disponibil... LIRE LA SUITE...
Ivorian Civil Society Works to Improve Quality of RMNCAH Services - Written by Ramatoulaye Diallo CEFOREP
As part of the GFF CSO Hub-supported project on citizen commitment and accountability, and in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene, the National Federation of Health Organizations of Ivory Cost (FENOS-CI)... READ MORE...
La société civile ivoirienne s’active pour une meilleure qualité des services de SRMNIA - Écrit par Ramatoulaye Diallo CEFOREP
Dans le cadre du projet soutenu par le GFF CSO Hub, sur l’engagement citoyen et la redevabilité, et en collaboration avec le Ministère de la Santé et de l’Hygiène Publique, la Fédération Nationale des Organisations de Santé de Côte d’Ivoire... LIRE LA SUITE...
Profiles of young people doing amazing work at country level
Profils de jeunes qui font un  travail remarquable au niveau national
Oury Kamissoko: young activist involved in the GFF process in Mali - Written by Ramatoulaye Diallo CEFOREP
Oury Kamissoko, 21 years old, is passionate about the sexual and reproductive health rights of adolescents and youth, for which she has been involved for several years in youth associations and movements. READ MORE...
Oury Kamissoko : jeune militante engagée dans le processus GFF au Mali - Écrit par Ramatoulaye Diallo CEFOREP
Agée de 21 ans, Oury Kamissoko est une grande passionnée des droits en santé sexuelle et reproductive des adolescent(e)s et jeunes (SRAJ), pour lesquels, elle s’est engagée depuis plusieurs années, au sein... LIRE LA SUITE...
Hawa Bâ pleads for the effective involvement of youth in the GFF process in Mauritania - Written by Ramatoulaye Diallo CEFOREP
Young Mauritanian civil society activist, Hawa Bâ is the president of the network of young ambassadors for reproductive health and family planning... READ MORE...
Hawa Bâ plaide pour l’implication effective des jeunes dans le processus du GFF en Mauritani - Écrit par Ramatoulaye Diallo CEFOREP
Jeune activiste de la société civile Mauritanienne, Hawa Bâ est la présidente du réseau des jeunes ambassadeurs pour la santé reproductive... LIRE LA SUITE...
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This Bi-Monthly Newsletter is co-produced by the Africa Health Budget Network (AHBN), Abuja, Nigeria and Regional Centre for Training, Research and Advocacy in Reproductive Health (CEFOREP) based in Dakar, Senegal on behalf of the Civil Society Coordinating Group for the GFF. All enquiries should be sent to info@...g
Ce bulletin bimensuel est co-produit par le Réseau africain du budget pour la santé (AHBN), Abuja, Nigeria et Centre Régional de Formation, de Recherche et de Plaidoyer en Santé de la Reproduction (CEFOREP), basé à Dakar, Sénégal, au nom du Groupe de coordination de la société civile pour le GFF. Toutes les demandes de renseignements doivent être envoyées à info@....
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Webinar on May 5th: International Day of the Midwife

Ados May




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Research dissemination webinar: Valuing women's leadership to improve maternal and child health in West Africa: the case of Bajenu Gox in Senegal.

Ermel Johnson

Save the date: 4 May 2021, from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm


Research dissemination webinar on: Valuing women's leadership to improve maternal and child health in West Africa: the case of Bajenu Gox in Senegal



Webinar description:


Decision-making at the family level in a context of socio-cultural constraints is a limiting factor and requires more attention in community-based interventions.


In many West African cultures, women are the custodians of customs and ensure its implementation even if they do not always participate in decision-making. This position and the powers vested in women vary between cultures. In Senegalese culture, the Bajenu Gox, who is the ‘godmother of the neighbourhood’, plays this role.


By Ministerial Order No. 7507 MSP DS-DSR dated 24 August 2010, President Abdoulaye WADE set up a national programme to promote the Bajenu Gox as a social mediator in the communities.


As part of the Canadian initiative Innovation for Maternal and Child Health in Africa (ISMEA), IPDSR/UCAD in collaboration with the NGO AcDev conducted implementation research from 2015 to 2020 on the role of the Bajenu Gox in improving the health of mothers and children and on models for their sustainability and motivation.

At the end of the project's implementation, the edifying results allow us to describe the profile of the Bajenu Gox, its contribution to the health system in Senegal and the strategies for the sustainability of the associations and the care of the Bajenu Gox.


Thus, the webinar aims to share Senegal's experience in developing female leadership that can enable community health actors in other countries to identify community actors with roles and powers similar to those of the Bajenu Gox and build community interventions.


NB: English and Portuguese Interpretation will be provided.


Register here:



SRH Research Prioritization in World Health Organization Africa Region

Ados May

Dear colleagues

Hope you are staying well and keeping safe. This mail is to share the results of collaborative work on research prioritization with World Health Organization Africa Region to identifying relevant areas in comprehensive sexual and reproductive health and rights. These priorities can help in making choices that benefit women, adolescents, children and the wider society. It is expected that these SRH priorities will guide the region’s SRH work for the next three to five years.


World Health Organization Africa Region also took the lead in publishing these articles:


Thought it will be of interest to you. Feel free to share it among your networks.

Best regards



Moazzam Ali MBBS, PhD, MPH | Epidemiologist. Medical Officer | World Health Organization. Avenue Appia 20, Geneva 27, CH-1211 Switzerland | Tel: +41 (22) 791.3442  |  Mobile +41 (79) 477 0431 |  E-mail: alimoa@...  | Moazzam’s ORCID | Moazzam’s PubMed |





Are you a policy-maker or programme managers interested in supporting the development of an implementation guide for home-based records?

Annie Portela


The World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) are collaborating to strengthen implementation of home-based records.  An implementation guide to support countries in reviewing their home-based records is under development; Fuse ForeSight will  be supporting the development process.


As part of this effort, we are seeking policy-makers and programme managers of MNCH, nutrition or vaccine programmes who would like to contribute to the development of simple decision-making tools that would allow country actors to assess the current content of their home-based record as well as operational support by reflecting on some simple questions such as:

  • why have we included this information in the home-based record?
  • who uses this information (women, parent or carer; health provider; health programme data)?
  • what is the cost of including the information in the home-based record?
  • how is the design of a home-based record coordinated at country level?


Your input will involve providing feedback during short zoom calls that we are planning over the next 6 months.


If you are interested in participating, or if you have any questions, please contact Rich Radka (rich@...).


Many thanks in advance for your contribution.


Webinaire: l'échange d'apprentissage Sud-Sud du projet FP Accelerator de l'OMS

Carolin Ekman

Chers collègues,


L'approche de l'échange d'apprentissage Sud-Sud (SSLE) vise à faciliter l'apprentissage "de pair à pair" entre les pays. Dans le cadre du projet FP Accelerator de l'OMS, six pays se sont engagés dans ce processus, afin d'apprendre les uns des autres sur la mise en œuvre et l'élargissement des pratiques fondées sur des données probantes en matière de planification familiale et de contraception.

Dans ce deuxième webinaire de la série de webinaires sur le projet FP Accelerator de l'OMS, des représentants des ministères de la santé, des bureaux régionaux et nationaux de l'OMS et des partenaires de mise en œuvre partageront les enseignements tirés et les difficultés rencontrées lors de la réalisation de SSLE.


Pour plus de détails sur le webinaire du 26 avril 2021 qui aura lieu de 11h00 à 12h 30, regroupera le Nigeria, l’Ouganda, le Népal, le Sri Lanka, la Guinée et la Côte d’Ivoire , veuillez suivre le processus ci-dessous.


Avant le webinaire, veuillez gentiment :

1.     Vous inscrire à l'avance à cette réunion Zoom :

2.     Trouver l'agenda du webinaire ci-joint pour votre référence

                                                                    S'inscrire à l'avance

Après votre inscription, vous recevrez un e-mail de confirmation contenant les informations nécessaires pour participer à la réunion Zoom.

En cas de problème d'inscription, veuillez envoyer un courriel à Therese Curtin (curtinth@...), Isotta Triulzi (isottatriulzi@...) ou Komal P. Allagh (komal.allagh@...).


Nous nous réjouissons de vous rencontrer prochainement lors du webinaire !

South-to-South Learning Exchange to improve access to FP services - WHO FP Accelerator webinar 26 Apr!

Carolin Ekman

Dear Colleagues,

We invite you to join us in a webinar this upcoming Monday 26 April, organised by the WHO Family Planning Accelerator Project and the IBP Network. 


South-South Learning Exchange (SSLE) to improve access to Family Planning services

26 April 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM CET

The South-South Learning Exchange (SSLE) approach aims to facilitate “peer-to-peer” learning between countries. Under the WHO FP Accelerator Project, six countries have embarked on this process, to learn from each other about implementation and scale-up of evidence-based practices in Family Planning and contraception.

In this second webinar of the WHO FP Accelerator Project Webinar Series, representatives from MoHs, WHO regional and country offices, and implementing partners will share learnings and challenges while conducting SSLE.

For more details on the webinar, please see the attached flyer and agenda. 

Prior to the webinar please kindly:

1.     Register in advance for this Zoom meeting:

2.     Find the attached webinar agenda for your reference


Register in advance 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Zoom meeting. 
In case of any issues registering, please email: Therese Curtin (curtinth@...), Isotta Triulzi (isottatriulzi@...) or Komal P. Allagh (komal.allagh@...). 

We look forward to e-meeting you at the webinar soon!


Kind regards, 

Rita Kabra, Project Manager of the WHO FP Accelerator Project, SRH Department, WHO-HQ 

USAID Social & Behavior Change Research APS

Anita Dam

Dear IBP Colleagues,

We would like to let you know about a new USAID funding opportunity. Please see the Social and Behavior Change (SBC) Research Annual Program Statement (APS) with Round 1 (Opportunity #: 7200AA21APS00008).

Concept papers are due on May 14th, 2021.

Thank you,
Anita Dam & Julianne Weis

Anita Dam, MSPHProgram Analyst

USAID Contractor | Bureau for Global Health

Office of Population & Reproductive Health

Research, Technology & Utilization Division

500 D St. SW, UA 05.4.2E, Washington, DC 20547

Desk: (202) 916-2182 | Cell: (571) 218-2601

Email: andam@...

Global Health Technical Professionals Contract: Public Health Institute

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