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