June 14, 2017 | 11:29 am | Aubrey Weber, FHI 360
[Originally posted on the PSI Impact blog here.] Instances of early pregnancy, gender-based and intimate partner violence, and child marriage are an unfortunate reality for millions of women. In many settings, sustained improvements in family planning and sexual and reproductive health will only be obtained by addressing the social norms—unspoken rules that govern behavior—that inhibit family planning access and use.
May 31, 2017 | 9:56 am
A new article published in mHeath Journal — “Implementation of CycleTel Family Advice: an SMS-based service to provide family planning and fertility awareness information in India” — details the success and challenges of sharing reproductive health knowledge through mobile technology. Authored by Nicki Ashcroft, Victoria Shelus, Himanshu Garg, Courtney McLaron-Silk, and Victoria Jennings of Georgetown University’s Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH), the article explains results of a 2015 study ofCycleTel™ Family Advice.
“Building a better wheel” based on evidence: Reflections on the Learning Collaborative’s Scale-Up meeting
May 1, 2017 | 2:04 pm
Marta Pirzadeh, MPH, is Senior Technical Officer in Research Utilization at FHI 360. She has over fifteen years of experience in the public health field with a primary focus on youth, maternal and infant health, HIV prevention, and sexual and reproductive health programming. The quintessential question “why reinvent the wheel?” can be applied to many global health and development problems. Sometimes the phrase is used when activities are perceived as duplicating something that already exists, when in reality, the activities may possess additional value. Sometimes ideas are re-packaged or enhanced to meet current demands and new evidence. As global health and development professionals, we improve outcomes by scaling up what we know works—not “reinventing the wheel,” but building a better wheel. The better wheel is based on an existing framework, evidence, and lessons learned. Can we say the same for scaling up normative change interventions?