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New Partnerships in East Africa Support Regional Family Planning Goals

USAID’s East Africa Regional Mission has engaged Knowledge SUCCESS to help six local partners strengthen their work and programs in family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH). The new work is led by Amref Health Africa and supported by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, who serves as prime for the overall Knowledge SUCCESS award.

East Africa’s Culture of Knowledge Sharing

Knowledge SUCCESS received funding from USAID’s East Africa Regional Mission to support Regional Intergovernmental Organizations (RIGOs) and other nonprofit partners in achieving FP/RHprogrammatic goals. Since 2019, the Knowledge SUCCESS East Africa team has nurtured a culture of knowledge sharing in the region.  Through events, strategic partnerships, and the establishment of an active regional community of practice (TheCollaborative), the team strengthens capacity in and practice of knowledge management (KM), with the ultimate goal of improving health systems, programs and policies.

“Knowledge management can be instrumental in addressing knowledge gaps and help to increase efficient learning across sectors,” said George Kapiyo, who will lead this project with his team from Amref Health Africa, based in Nairobi, Kenya. “We therefore aim to work with regional networks and professional organizations to pull out the FP/RH program successes of their work and make linkages to other technical and development priorities.”

The East Africa team has embraced KM approaches, like storytelling, that reflect the cultural heritage of the region. Efforts to help people find, share, and use information are more likely to be successful and sustained when matched to the local context.

The new work will focus on six organizations: East, Central and Southern Africa Health Community (ECSA-HC), East, Central and Southern Africa College of Nursing and Midwifery (ECSACON), Partnership for Population Development- Africa Regional Office (PPD-ARO), Eastern Africa National Networks of AIDS and Health Service Organisations (EANNASSO), East African Health Platform (EAHP), and the FP2030 East Africa Hub.

Building-off Relationships and Providing Tailored KM Support

In response to regional family planning priorities, such as increased access to and demand for youth-responsive FP/RH services, East African regional entities implement integrated programming to achieve goals. 

Patrick Mugirwa speaking during a conference.“Despite the strong regional collaboration and coordination on family planning goals in East Africa, challenges remain in a lack of both organization capacity for KM and collaboration among networks and entities in the region.” Said Kapiyo. “Similar to other regional development contexts, a large number of actors and information can sometimes cause knowledge to become fragmented and lost.” 

In alignment with this, Patrick Mugirwa, Director of Partners in Population and Development – Africa Regional Office (PPD-ARO), stated, “PPD-ARO appreciates the  partnership with Knowledge  SUCCESS which goes towards improving its KM systems and processes  to enhance its convening ability, thereby improving commitment by member states to advancing KM by advocating for the inclusion of KM in their countries’ commitment plans.”

Knowledge SUCCESS will engage these six organizations in a variety of tailored KM activities, including but not limited to:

  1. Enhancement of RIGO websites to improve usability and promote knowledge sharing and use.
  2. Development of KM strategies and sustainability plans to integrate KM at the organizational level and promote a sustained culture of knowledge sharing.
  3. Facilitation of knowledge exchange sessions, including Learning Circles and KM trainings, which create a space for reflection on successes and challenges among peers.
  4. Development of content pieces in different formats (written, audio, and video), to document and package program experiences and best practices into different formats so others can use those learnings to inform their programs.
  5. Implementation of monitoring, learning, and adaptation activities including after-action reviews, pre- and post- surveys, and other learning assessments. Part of KM implementation includes evaluating the success of KM tools and techniques, and evolving or shifting as-needed. We will use these strategies to instill a culture of learning and reflection to improve the KM strategies.

Dr Gloria Musibi posing for a photo“Improved KM and knowledge sharing within our organization is critical for creating to help us achieve our family planning goals,” said Dr Gloria Musibi, president of East, Central and Southern Africa College of Nursing and Midwifery (ESCACONM), on the new partnership.

 She added, “In alignment with USAID’s commitment to collaboration, learning, and adapting (CLA), we are excited to partner with Knowledge SUCCESS in the region.”

Recent and Upcoming Achievements through KM Activities

Knowledge SUCCESS has already conducted an interactive training with the RIGOs to strengthen their understanding of KM and its value to their organization and its work. The training also served as an important bridge to gain support for KM – both from leaders of the organization to establishing champions within the organization, which will play an important role in sustaining KM initiatives moving forward.

Interactive training with the RIGOs in a conference room.
A training session with RIGOs, fostering understanding of Knowledge Management's value in the organization.

To support ECSACONM’s mission to promote regional collaboration and professional excellence in nursing and midwifery, we partnered with ECSACONM on the first of a series of webinars aimed at ECSACONM membership and the broader regional FP/RH community. Together we hosted a webinar on the Role of Nurses and Midwives in Accelerating Postpartum Family Planning in East Africa, to share experiences, best practices, and innovations in postpartum family planning to improve quality services in the region. 500 professionals from across Africa registered and 109 attended the actual webinar.

Looking ahead, Knowledge SUCCESS is supporting ECSACONM in the upcoming launch of their new and enhanced website – stay tuned for updates on this.

This award will help improve the system of knowledge generation, sharing, and use for FP/RH in the region, harnessed by fruitful partnerships and a shared goal of improving institutional capacity for KM, in turn leading to improved FP/RH outcomes. 

Jonniah Mollel speaking during a conference session
Jonniah Mollel, Executive Director of EAHP, speaking during a conference session.

Moving forward, 2024 marks the new era in all our spaces, websites being revamped, more active social media presence  and vibrant marketplace talks where Knowledge Management for Health practically cracks the code to Mashariki Afya wisdom*, thriving for greater impact in the health sector! says Jonniah Mollel, Executive Director of, The East Africa Health Platform (EAHP).

As we continue our impactful initiatives in East Africa, we invite you to stay informed and engaged. Explore the latest updates on our East Africa Regional work through our dedicated regional page or by following us on X. For professionals passionate about driving positive change in the region, we extend a warm invitation to join TheCollaborative

* “Mashariki Afya wisdom” is a Swahili saying to express a collective knowledge shared by a group of individuals or a community.

George Apiyo

Technical Officer, Knowledge SUCCESS, East Africa Region Buy-In

George is an SRHR Research Clinician, and Advocate in public health policy, governance and SRH health financing advocate with over 10 years’ experience in FP/RH clinical quality improvement, health systems strengthening, capacity building, knowledge management, project management and research across East Africa. He’s currently supporting the Knowledge SUCCESS East Africa Region Buy In . George has a rich understanding of the regional SRHR landscape, having led and supported regional SRHR programs such as the Catalytic opportunity funding for DMPA-SC scale up in Kenya and Rwanda with Kasha Global Inc. He supported the adaptation of the SRH Quality-of-Care framework for a multiregional youth focused ASRH project by Planned Parenthood Global in Kenya, Uganda, and Burkina Faso. George is adept at navigating complex challenges to elevate and uphold compliance standards in SRHR programming, proposal development, and grants management. He has a Master’s degree in Public health and a bachelor’s degree in clinical medicine & Community Health and is currently pursuing a PhD in Public Health specialising in Health Systems Management at the Great Lakes University of Kisumu, Kenya.

Wairimu Muthaka

Project Manager, Amref Health Africa

Wairimu Muthaka is a Project Manager at Amref Health Africa and is passionate about community development and dedicated to giving back and helping others. With her background in International Relations and International Business, she also has an immense appreciation for the critical role that global business and politics can play in today’s society. Wairimu has been working in the NGO field for over 9 years and has the privilege of creating impact at the community level through various roles and projects. More specifically, Wairimu has led an accelerator programme and worked with entrepreneurs to accelerate their innovations and business plans to create social impact. Wairimu has managed different projects and have led various trainings to build capacity, knowledge, and relevant skills across the continent.

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.

Natalie Apcar

Program Officer II, KM & Communications, Knowledge SUCCESS

Natalie Apcar is a Program Officer II at the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, supporting knowledge management partnership activities, content creation, and communications for Knowledge SUCCESS. Natalie has worked for a variety of nonprofits and built a background in planning, implementation, and monitoring of public health programming, including gender integration. Other interests include youth and community-led development, which she got the chance to engage in as US Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco. Natalie earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from American University and a Master of Science in Gender, Development, and Globalization from the London School of Economics and Political Science.