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The Inside the FP Story podcast explores the details of family planning programming. Season 2 is brought to you by Knowledge SUCCESS and the World Health Organization (WHO)/IBP Network. It will explore implementation experiences from 15 countries and programs around the world. Over six episodes, you will hear from the authors of a series of implementation stories as they offer practical examples and specific guidance for others on implementing high-impact practices in family planning and using the latest tools and guidance from WHO.

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Inside the FP Story is a podcast with and for the family planning workforce. Each season, we publish honest and open conversations with family planning program experts around the world as they share what has worked in their settings—and what to avoid.

In early 2020, the WHO/IBP Network and Knowledge SUCCESS launched an effort to support organizations to share their experiences using high-impact practices and WHO guidelines and tools in family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) programming. From a pool of over 100 submissions, 15 organizations were selected to share their implementation experiences.

Building off the interest of these implementation experiences, Knowledge SUCCESS and the WHO/IBP Network partnered for season 2 of Inside the FP Story. You’ll hear directly from the 15 organizations as they dive into the details of their implementation experiences and chart a roadmap of lessons and recommendations that others can apply in their programs.

A woman listens carefully to the advice of an ASHA. This image is from "Fixed-Day Static Approach: Informed Choice and Family Planning for Urban Poor in India” IBP Implementation Story by Population Services International (PSI), India.
A woman listens carefully to the advice of an ASHA. This image is from "Fixed-Day Static Approach: Informed Choice and Family Planning for Urban Poor in India” IBP Implementation Story by Population Services International (PSI), India.

This season features a “craft academy” in Benin that teaches girls about contraception as they create beaded jewelry, a mobile service delivery program serving women in rural Guatemala, a program working to remove taxes on contraceptives in Madagascar, and much more. Guests from 15 countries around the world discuss not only what they did but how they did it. Season 2 of Inside the FP Story features implementation experiences mobilizing and reaching communities, engaging adolescents and providing adolescent-friendly services, and shaping supportive systems for FP/RH programs.

Tune in for new episodes every Wednesday, from January 12 through February 16, to explore the amazing and diverse world of FP/RH programs.

Inside the FP Story, Season 2, is available on Knowledge SUCCESS’ website, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. You can also find Spanish and French transcripts of each episode at KnowledgeSUCCESS.org.

Season Two of Inside the FP Story Launches
Sarah V. Harlan

Partnerships Team Lead, Knowledge SUCCESS, Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

Sarah V. Harlan, MPH, has been a champion of global reproductive health and family planning for nearly two decades. She is currently the partnerships team lead for the Knowledge SUCCESS project at the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs. Her particular technical interests include Population, Health, and Environment (PHE) and increasing access to longer-acting contraceptive methods. She is a co-founder of the Family Planning Voices storytelling initiative (2015-2020) and a co-author of several how-to guides, including Building Better Programs: A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Knowledge Management in Global Health.

Anne Ballard Sara, MPH

Senior Program Officer, Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

Anne Ballard Sara is a Program Officer II at the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, where she supports knowledge management research activities, field programs, and communications. Her background in public health includes behavior change communication, family planning, women’s empowerment, and research. Anne served as a health volunteer in the Peace Corps in Guatemala and holds a Master of Public Health from George Washington University.

Elizabeth Tully

Program Officer II, Knowledge SUCCESS / Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

Elizabeth (Liz) Tully is a Program Officer II at the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs. She supports knowledge and program management efforts and partnership collaborations, in addition to developing print and digital content, including interactive experiences and animated videos. Her interests include family planning/reproductive health, the integration of population, health, and the environment, and distilling and communicating information in new and exciting formats. Liz holds a B.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences from West Virginia University and has been working in knowledge management for family planning since 2009.

Ados Velez May

Senior Technical Advisor, IBP, World Health Org

Ados is a Senior Technical Advisor at the IBP Network Secretariat. In that role, Ados provides technical leadership engaging the network member organizations on a variety of issues such as documenting effective practices in family planning, dissemination of high-impact practices (HIPs), and knowledge management. Prior to IBP, Ados was based in Johannesburg, as a regional advisor for the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, supporting a number of member organizations in Southern Africa. He has over 20 years of experience in international public health program design, technical assistance, management, and capacity building, focusing on HIV/AIDS and Reproductive Health.

Nandita Thatte

IBP Network Lead, World Health Organization

Nandita Thatte leads the IBP Network housed at the World Health Organization in the Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research. Her current portfolio includes institutionalizing the role of IBP to support the dissemination and use of evidence-based interventions and guidelines, to strengthen the linkages between IBP field-based partners and WHO researchers to inform implementation research agendas and foster collaboration among the 80+ IBP member organizations. Prior to joining WHO, Nandita was a Senior Advisor in the Office of Population and Reproductive Health at USAID where she designed, managed, and evaluated programs in West Africa, Haiti and Mozambique. Nandita has a MPH from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and a DrPH in Prevention and Community Health from the George Washington University School of Public Health.

Carolin Ekman

Communications and Knowledge Management, IBP Network

Carolin Ekman works for the IBP Network Secretariat, where her main focus is on communications, social media and knowledge management. She has been leading the development of the IBP Community Platform; manages content for the network; and is involved in various projects related to storytelling, strategy and rebranding of IBP. With 12 years across the UN system, NGOs and the private sector, Carolin has a multidisciplinary understanding of SRHR and its wider impact on wellbeing and sustainable development. Her experience spans across external/internal communications; advocacy; public/private partnerships; corporate responsibility; and M&E. Focus areas include family planning; adolescent health; social norms; FGM; child marriage; and honour based violence. Carolin holds a MSc in Media Technology/Journalism from the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, as well as a MSc in Marketing from Stockholm University, Sweden, and has also studied human rights, development and CSR in Australia and Switzerland.

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