We’ve interviewed Dr. Joan L. Castro, M.D. as a transformative leader and healthcare professional dedicated to reshaping public health.
In a society deeply rooted in traditional family customs, it is not common for low-and middle-income families, who live with their parents and siblings together to discuss family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) practices, it remains a taboo.
Since May 2021, MOMENTUM Nepal has worked with 105 private sector service delivery points (73 pharmacies and 32 polyclinic/clinics/hospitals) in seven municipalities across two provinces (Karnali and Madhesh) to expand their access to high quality, person-centered FP services, especially for adolescents (15-19 years), and young adults (20-29 years).
On August 16, 2023, Knowledge SUCCESS hosted a webinar titled ‘Strategies to Engage the Private Sector in FP/RH: Insights, Experiences, and Lessons Learned from Asia’. The webinar explored strategies to engage the private sector, as well as successes and lessons learned from implementation experiences from RTI International in the Philippines and MOMENTUM Nepal/FHI 360 in Nepal.
In July 2023, as part of the Asia region Learning Circles cohort 3, twenty-two professionals working in various capacities in sexual and reproductive health (SRH) came together to learn, share knowledge, and connect.
Blue Ventures started integrating health interventions, addressing a huge unmet need for family planning. We came to understand that we were addressing a health need which is part of a broader ecosystem consisting of conservation, health, livelihood, and other challenges.
Knowledge SUCCESS’ Brittany Goetsch chatted recently with Dr. Mohammad Mosiur Rahman, Professor, Department of Population Science and Human Resource Development, University of Rajshahit, the principal investigator (PI) of the research team, to learn how they used secondary data sources to explore the similarities and differences in facility readiness to provide FP services across 10 countries.
A team of four faculty - Isha Karmacharya (lead), Santosh Khadka (co-lead), Laxmi Adhikari, and Maheswor Kafle - from the Central Institute of Science and Technology (CiST) College wanted to study the impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on FP commodities procurement, supply chain, and stock management in Gandaki province to determine if there were any variations and effect on FP service delivery. One of the team members from Knowledge SUCCESS, Pranab Rajbhandari, talked with the study’s Co-Principal Investigator, Mr. Santosh Khadka, to learn about their experiences and learning of designing and implementing this study.
In March 2023, Knowledge SUCCESS (KS) embarked on a process of engaging and supporting Asia KM Champions. KS identified 2-3 champions coming from each of the USAID priority countries in Asia (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and the Philippines) for a total of 12 KM Champions in the region looking to further strengthen knowledge sharing within and across countries in Asia and to contextualize responses to each countries’ knowledge management needs.
Introducing our new blog series that highlights local research produced with support from the D4I project, 'Going Local: Strengthening Local Capacity in General Local Data to Solve Local FP/RH Development Challenges.'