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Campeones de la gestión del conocimiento de FP de África Oriental

Los defensores de la gestión del conocimiento desempeñan un papel importante en la gestión del cambio para la planificación familiar y la salud reproductiva (FP/RH) programas. También conocido como KM Champions, Activistas del conocimiento, o Coordinadores de Conocimiento, they are not knowledge managers but part-time volunteer knowledge change agents—facilitating knowledge acquisitions from knowledge innovators and enabling the sharing and effective utilization of such knowledge.

The Role of the KM Champions

The Knowledge Management ASK Framework

The Knowledge Management ASK Framework

Knowledge Management Champions, commonly referred to as KM Champions, are an important pillar for projects, programas, organizaciones, los paises, or regions that seek to integrate and institutionalize knowledge management in their work.

En este de Africa, KM Champions contribute to three main areas in delivering family planning and reproductive health programs, namely:

  • Abogacía—disseminating the knowledge management messages and influencing action.
  • Support—acting as local representatives for knowledge management activities in their countries.
  • Knowledge brokering—linking partners to information, conocimiento, and family planning and reproductive health resources and advocating for their utilization.

These three areas make up the ASK Framework of knowledge management.

Building Capacity

En África Oriental, Conocimiento ÉXITO (KS) has for the last six months engaged 13 KM Champions. Employing various activities, including capacity building, KS equipped them with skills in sourcing, intercambio, and effectively using critical knowledge for better FP/RH outcomes.

Members of this cohort also benefited from online engagement with the East African family planning Community of Practice and the Anglophone Africa Learning Circles. Estas recursos provided further opportunities to explore and practice the techniques of knowledge management.

A Community of Practice is a platform for practitioners in the region to generate, administrar, y utilizar vías de conocimiento e información dentro de la disciplina de planificación familiar y salud reproductiva.

Activities of the KM Champions

KM Champions in Rwanda engaged the country’s FP2030 Technical Working Group, which was also an opportunity to introduce the work of KS in the region to FP2030 country focal points.

Kimana. Credit: Yagazie Emezi/Getty Images/Images of Empowerment.
Kimana is a fourth-year medical school student attending the second regional Medical Students for Choice conference, where attendees learn best practices around contraceptive use. Crédito: Yagazie Emezi/Getty Images/Imágenes de empoderamiento.

en tanzanía, KM champions engaged 10 youth-led service organizations, Trabajadores de la salud, and government leaders, who are key actors in tackling family planning and reproductive health matters. The subjects discussed during the stakeholders’ engagement meetings included:

  • Linking communities to information and services.
  • Use of digital media to share family planning.
  • Reproductive health information among young people and use of music, dance, and drama to reach communities with information on FP/RH.

The organizations that were engaged included African Youth and Adolescents Network, Population Service International, Conquistadores Internacional, Young and Alive Initiative, y Mtwara Clinical Officers Training College Sexual Health Club.

Subvención inocente, a KM Champion from Tanzania, noted that the Sexual Health Club in Mtwara designed a Tuongee UZAZI WA Mpango Facebook page, or “Let’s talk about Contraceptives.” It provides real-time responses to young people’s contraception questions. Connecting young people to information and knowledge about FP/RH has been a big achievement of the club.

“We, the KM Champions in Tanzania, are proud to have engaged youth-led organizations on knowledge management practices; available family planning and reproductive health resources; and how Knowledge SUCCESS platforms could help them source, Cuota, and effectively utilize such knowledge for improved family planning and reproductive health outcomes,” said Fatma Mohamed, a KM Champion from Tanzania.

KM Champions from across the East Africa region coordinated Twitter chats on International Youth Day and World Contraception Day. Engaging KM Champions in key advocacy calendar events not only helps them gain visibility but also promotes their work.

Impact Registered

KM Champions acknowledge that the knowledge and skills they acquired on storytelling and knowledge management practices have helped them to understand and apply better, more relevant remedies to the reproductive health challenges in their community. The KM Champions are leading discussions in the FP/RH Community of Practice. Por ejemplo, some are part of the National Technical Working Groups in their respective countries, supporting advocacy and knowledge brokering.

Technical Working Groups are comprised of policymakers, representantes de la sociedad civil y directores de programas, asesores tecnicos, and convenors who advise governments on family planning policies and can contextualize guidelines from a global perspective.

Erick Niyongira

Erick Niyongira, Rwandan KM Champion.

Erick Niyongira, a KM Champion from Rwanda, said, “KM Champions are important actors in family planning and reproductive health programming. We help bridge implementation gaps by ensuring that stakeholders find, Cuota, and utilize the knowledge they need, which transforms the lives of women, hombres, parejas, and families.” Niyongira noted that through effective collaboration with KM champions, organizations can achieve much more in advancing the provision of services and reducing the unmet need for family planning.

KM Champions play an important role in increasing the visibility of Knowledge SUCCESS’ work in the East Africa region. They have helped disseminate knowledge management messages from Knowledge SUCCESS to target audiences and have continuously advocated for knowledge sharing and positive learning behaviors. They link local partners to communities and assist project managers in understanding country contexts.

Challenges Encountered

Niyongira notes that family planning and reproductive health programs are making a big impact on communities, evidenced by the increasing uptake of modern contraceptives. While the Champions rightfully contribute to this success, they face several challenges.

KM Champions are volunteers; due to competing work priorities, it is sometimes difficult to seamlessly implement their activities to achieve stated objectives in a timely manner.

Limited opportunities for meaningful youth engagement in decision-making is another challenge. Niyongira explains, “The most active KM Champions are the youth, but the youth have limited access to decision and policymaking platforms, which limits their abilities to effectively engage critical stakeholders to make impact.”

Getting government leadersattention was difficult, especially in explaining the importance of knowledge management in delivering effective FP/RH programs. Grant, the KM champion from Tanzania explained that youths face tremendous challenges in navigating stringent government protocols, which cause a loss of crucial information along the way and disillusionment among the youth.

An additional challenge is limited resources for online engagement. With the movement restrictions imposed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, KM Champions in Uganda encountered challenges interacting with stakeholders virtually, especially in remote areas where internet connectivity is difficult.

Girls participating in a sexual reproductive health class. Credit: Jonathan Torgovnik/Getty Images/Images of Empowerment.
Niñas participando en una clase de salud sexual reproductiva. Crédito: Jonathan Torgovnik/Getty Images/Imágenes de empoderamiento.

Un camino a seguir

Continuous engagement with and support of KM Champions will help strengthen knowledge management practices and let policymakers, gerentes de programa, and technical advisors understand that knowledge management is essential for sustainable FP/RH programming in East Africa.

KM Champions recommended that formal introduction to their respective Ministries of Health is made to ease their access to such platforms and that FP/RH Technical Working Groups should be utilized to foster such engagements and collaboration.

The Champions embraced working collaboratively, aprendizaje, and sharing knowledge and country experiences. They called for more interactive ways of building strong networks including convening physical meetings when COVID-19 travel restrictions are relaxed.

Estudiantes de medicina asisten a la conferencia Estudiantes de medicina por elección, donde aprenden las mejores prácticas sobre el uso de anticonceptivos y el aborto seguro. Crédito: Yagazie Emezi/Getty Images/Imágenes de empoderamiento.
Alex Omari

Oficial de KM de África Oriental, Conocimiento ÉXITO, Amref Salud África

Alex es el Oficial Técnico de Planificación Familiar/Salud Reproductiva en el Instituto de Desarrollo de Capacidades de Amref Health Africa.. Se desempeña como Oficial Regional de Gestión del Conocimiento. (este de Africa) para el proyecto Knowledge SUCCESS. Alex ha terminado 8 años de experiencia en salud sexual y reproductiva de adolescentes y jóvenes (AYSRH) diseño de programa, implementación, investigar, y abogacía. Actualmente es miembro del Grupo de Trabajo Técnico para el programa AYSRH en el Ministerio de Salud de Kenia.. Alex es miembro electo de la Royal Society for Public Health (FRSPH) y ex coordinador de país de Kenia para la Alianza Internacional de Jóvenes para la Planificación Familiar (IYAFP). Tiene una licenciatura en ciencias (Salud de la población) y una Maestría en Salud Pública (Salud reproductiva) de la Universidad de Kenyatta, Kenia. Actualmente cursa su segunda Maestría en Políticas Públicas en la Escuela de Gobierno y Políticas Públicas (SGPP) en Indonesia, donde también es un académico de redacción de políticas de salud y salud pública y colaborador del sitio web para el Strategic Review Journal.

Sara Kosgei

Gerente de Redes y Alianzas, Amref Salud África

Sarah es la Gerente de Redes y Asociaciones en el Instituto de Desarrollo de Capacidades.. ella tiene más 10 años de experiencia brindando liderazgo a programas multinacionales orientados a fortalecer la capacidad del sistema de salud para una salud sostenible en el Este, Central, y el sur de África. También forma parte de la secretaría de Women in Global Health – Africa Hub con domicilio en Amref Health Africa., un capítulo regional que proporciona una plataforma para debates y un espacio colaborativo para el liderazgo transformador de género dentro de África. Sarah también es miembro de la Cobertura Universal de Salud (cobertura universal de salud) Recursos Humanos para la Salud (Su Alteza Real) subcomité en Kenia. Es Licenciada en Salud Pública y Maestría Ejecutiva en Administración de Empresas. (Salud global, Liderazgo y gestión). Sarah es una apasionada defensora de la atención primaria de la salud y la igualdad de género en el África subsahariana..

irene alenga

Líder de Gestión del Conocimiento y Participación Comunitaria, Acelerador de defensa

Irene es una economista social establecida con más de 13 años de experiencia en investigación, análisis de políticas, conocimiento administrativo, y compromiso de asociación. como investigador, ha estado involucrada en la coordinación e implementación de más de 20 proyectos de investigación socioeconómica en diversas disciplinas dentro de la Región de África Oriental. En su trabajo como Consultora de Gestión del Conocimiento, Irene ha estado involucrada en estudios relacionados con la salud a través del trabajo con instituciones centradas en la tecnología y la salud pública en Tanzania., Kenia, Uganda y Malawi, donde ha descifrado con éxito historias de impacto y ha aumentado la visibilidad de las intervenciones del proyecto.. Su experiencia en el desarrollo y soporte de procesos de gestión., lecciones aprendidas, y las mejores prácticas se ejemplifican en la gestión del cambio organizacional y el proceso de cierre de proyectos de tres años de la USAID| Sistemas de gestión de la cadena de suministro y DELIVER (SCMS) 10-año proyecto en Tanzania. En la práctica emergente del Diseño Centrado en las Personas, Irene ha facilitado con éxito una experiencia de producto positiva de extremo a extremo mediante la realización de estudios de experiencia del usuario mientras implementaba la USAID| Proyecto DREAMS entre niñas adolescentes y mujeres jóvenes (AGYW) en Kenia, Uganda, y tanzanía. Irene está bien versada en la movilización de recursos y la gestión de donantes., especialmente con USAID, DFID, y UE.

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