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Practitioners Weigh In on the Impact of PHE Networks

Promoting, Collaborating, and Implementing Cross-Sectoral Programs


In March 2022, Knowledge SUCCESS and Blue Ventures, a marine conservation organization, collaborated on the second in a series of community-driven dialogues on People-Planet Connection. The goal: to uncover and amplify the learnings and impact of five national PHE networks. Learn what network members from Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Uganda, and the Philippines shared during the three-day dialogue.

The Importance of Networks in PHE Programs

Population, Health and Environment (PHE) networks consist of organizations and institutions—most often in the conservation and health sectors—who acknowledge the interlinkages between the health of communities and that of the environment. They come together to implement an integrated PHE approach toward sustainably improving the health of communities and conserving the environment.

A Peace Corps Volunteer plants seedlings with his students.
Credit: Peace Corps.

Blue Ventures (BV) has been implementing the PHE approach for more than a decade and a half. The marine conservation organization has witnessed how cross-sectoral collaborations maximize community-level impact. As a member of the PHE Network in Madagascar, BV has been collaborating with health organizations within this network to improve access to health services for coastal communities in Madagascar. PHE networks offer a great platform for various organizations to unite and integrate health-environment activities in an impactful way. It is, therefore, important for them to thrive. This dialogue was focused on bringing together various PHE networks for a knowledge-sharing session that included:

  • Establishing collaborative and impactful PHE networks.
  • Understanding the various PHE models.
  • Sharing what has worked and what has not worked in various contexts.

Learnings Shared During the Dialogue

The three-day dialogue provided rich information-sharing across the national PHE networks as well as for those considering the establishment of a new network in their setting. We synthesized those learnings and key takeaways into The Impact of PHE Networks, an interactive site that summarizes the value of PHE networks, how they operate, and what lessons have been learned along the way.

The Participating PHE Networks

  • PHE Ethiopia ConsortiumDialogue Lead: Endashaw Mogessie.
  • Madagascar PHE NetworkDialogue Lead: Nantenaina Andriamalala.
  • Kenya PHE Network, Dialogue Leads: Doreen Othero, Felix Otiato.
  • Philippines PHE Network, Dialogue Leads: Faith Bacon, Dr. Joan Castro, Naida Pasion, Norma Pongan.
  • Uganda PHE Network, Dialogue Leads: Charles Kabiswa, Raymond Ruyoka.
Dugongs, a type of large marine mammal, being released by the community of Maliangin, Malaysia within the Maliangin marine sanctuary.
Edith Ngunjiri

Technical Advisor, Blue Ventures

Edith Ngunjiri is a technical advisor, Health-Environment Partnerships, working with Blue Ventures (BV), where she supports the integration of health-related interventions within BV’s marine conservation programs. Her interests lie broadly in the link between population health and the environment, sexual and reproductive health as well as facilitating effective partnerships for maximum impact. She holds a BSc. in Environmental Health and an MSc. in Public Health and has been working in various health-integrated programs since 2011.

Elizabeth Tully

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

Elizabeth (Liz) Tully is a Senior Program Officer 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.

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