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That One Thing

Too much information can often be just as counterproductive as a lack of information. We’re hearing from our FP/RH colleagues that this challenge is especially ringing true today as experts release new knowledge related to COVID-19 on a daily basis. Information overload can feel overwhelming and even paralyzing.

That’s why we launched That One Thing, a weekly update recommending the one tool, resource, or newsworthy item that FP/RH professionals should focus their attention on that week.

Issue 32 – November 24, 2020

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COVID-19 has highlighted and emphasized many aspects in our daily life, including our adaptability as humans, as well as the monumental gaps that still require attention. The COVID-19 pandemic has been identified as particularly harsh for gender equality and advancing women’s rights and empowerment.

Since the Beijing Platform for Action, the United Nations has published trends and statistics on gender equality every five years. Today we bring to you the World’s Women 2020, which takes stock of the progress in advancing women’s rights, empowering women and girls, and ensuring gender equality in the world community.

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World's Women 2020: Trends and Statistics
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This collection of 100 data stories provides up-to-date assessments of progress towards gender equality in the following six critical areas, including, under each area, the impact of COVID-19 on women:

  • population and families
  • health
  • education
  • economic empowerment and asset ownership
  • power and decision-making
  • violence against women and girls

Individuals can search stories and data sets by topic area or by region.

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https://worlds-women-2020-data-undesa.hub.arcgis.com/?utm_campaign=That%20One%20Thing&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8Eg1TztcFH6OaLXosqY86Hps4D7I4dcMn537ECDERSY9V7hEzoCQ6jPMpQOeeQ0uXN6aXv

Issue 30 – November 17, 2020

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Despite some progress in representation of women in different contexts, especially in East Africa, men lead much of the decision making in the voluntary family planning and reproductive health sector. COVID-19 has led to a rise in domestic violence, unplanned pregnancies, and restrictions to adequate health care services in East Africa.

Our pick this week focuses on the significance of gendered governance–the analysis of decision-making structures between men and women–in the provision of reproductive health care and voluntary family planning in the region.

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Gendered Governance in the Provision of Voluntary FP/RH in the East Africa Region
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Despite progress in the global representation of women in political, educational, and economic contexts, power dynamics still rule much of the voluntary family planning and reproductive health sector in East Africa.

Join the Knowledge SUCCESS East Africa team and Advocacy Accelerator for a lively discussion on:

  • Power dynamics in the East Africa region that hinder access to FP/RH
  • The intersection of the current governance landscape, gender equity, and the health sector impact on FP/RH care, and
  • Policy measures that will improve gender parity and empower women to make voluntary FP/RH decisions.

This event is November 18 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm East Africa time.

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https://knowledgesuccess.org/event/gendered-governance-in-the-provision-of-voluntary-family-planning-and-reproductive-healthcare-in-the-east-african-region/?utm_campaign=That%20One%20Thing&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_t5ElAz4odypItEgYRSx4-RL9JqOwwmX7qAdp2xmzvEiF3MRjYRBliH-mj0WA74OUkgDDu

Issue 29 – November 10, 2020

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Contraceptive-induced menstrual changes can impact people’s lives in significant ways, and these changes are often the reason why people decide whether or not to use contraception and which contraceptive they choose. Understanding these impacts is essential to designing and implementing effective programs to meet the needs of women and girls, couples and families.

Our pick this week focuses on contraceptive-induced menstrual changes and features a collaborative format to engage participants in identifying research, programs, policies and product development priorities.

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Virtual Technical Consultation on Contraceptive-Induced Menstrual Changes
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Hosted by FHI 360 through the Envision FP and Research for Scalable Solutions (R4S) projects with support from USAID, this meeting will bring together participants over the course of two days to review the evidence around contraceptive-induced menstrual changes. Participants will focus on user experiences and perspectives and collaboratively identify priorities for paths forward.

This event will take place on November 17 and 18 (for 2 hours on Day 1 and 2.5 hours on Day 2).

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https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUpfu-vrjopG9I5n7TlqRLqEbza-9xwUVPx?utm_campaign=That%20One%20Thing&utm_medium=email&_hsmi=99412548&utm_content=99411642&utm_source=hs_email

Issue 28 – November 3, 2020

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Research on the gendered impacts of COVID-19 has largely focused on the negative roles and vulnerabilities of men. But what about opportunities for positive change? How can health programs engage men and boys to address gender-related challenges in the context of the pandemic? Our pick this week is a virtual event hosted by gender experts that brought together participants working in global health to share experiences and learnings.

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Emerging Strategies to Engage Men and Boys in Addressing the Gendered Impact of COVID-19: A Virtual Forum
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On September 22, 2020, the Interagency Gender Working Group’s Male Engagement Taskforce hosted an online forum that highlighted strategies to shift harmful masculinities to mitigate the pandemic’s effects within relationships, households, and communities.

The task force presented its framework for engaging men and boys to address gendered impacts of COVID-19, while program implementers shared results from their work in Zambia, Guatemala, and Uganda.

This post provides a brief event recap as well as links to video recordings of each presentation, Q&A sessions, break-out discussions, and presentation slides.

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https://www.igwg.org/2020/10/emerging-strategies-to-engage-men-and-boys-in-addressing-the-gendered-impact-of-covid-19-a-virtual-forum/?utm_term=0_a24996ea0a-04196fe06e-60911167&mc_cid=04196fe06e&mc_eid=728d38d59c&utm_campaign=That%20One%20Thing&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_8yNBYJCBRKIotaCWycBrMOO-UYabxbMUFv5rWbdeMdhkwCB9PhdE0EAlAe3xRe6-OmOCa

Issue 27 – October 27, 2020

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How can voluntary family planning programs harness the power of digital technology—from using telemedicine to access clients or improving health management information systems—to benefit individuals, providers, and program managers? Our pick this week is a compendium of rich case studies that explore how 30 countries around the world have implemented different digital technologies and share what’s worked and what hasn’t.

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PACE Digital Health Compendium
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PACE’s new interactive Digital Health Compendium enables users to explore case studies across a range of digital health technologies used to enhance family planning programs, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa, but also in other regions of the world.

Case studies include a description of the digital health intervention, program context, and, if available, important findings and lessons learned. The compendium will be updated regularly with new case studies following calls for submissions.

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https://thepaceproject.org/digital-health/?utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8qNExVREZYjTy4OEKr2K_EBkNM7klDdjNZl6r7-SkTmZbgKx-ypMnFkfACH8MHk3wTtoR7

Issue 26 – October 20, 2020

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Many countries have ambitious family planning (FP) goals, including expanding access to and choice of high-quality care and products. Our pick this week focuses on engaging the private sector within national stewardship and financing systems for voluntary family planning.

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Expanding Access to Voluntary Family Planning Services in Mixed Health Systems
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In “Expanding Access to Voluntary Family Planning Services in Mixed Health Systems: Lessons from linking private health care networks to domestic financing,” Results for Development (R4D) and Population Services International (PSI) share best practices and lessons learned through the implementation of the USAID-funded Support for International Family Planning and Health Organizations 2: Sustainable Networks (SIFPO2) initiative (April 2014 – Dec 2020).

This comprehensive report covers:

  • Rationale for public-private engagement;
  • Overview of the approach and frameworks applied under SIFPO2;
  • How teams in Nigeria, Tanzania, Cambodia and Uganda developed options for better private sector-led engagement with the public sector;
  • Examples of the enablers and barriers encountered in progressing toward a well-functioning mixed health system; and
  • Recommendations and reflections for public sector counterparts.
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https://r4d.org/resources/expanding-access-to-voluntary-family-planning-services-in-mixed-health-systems/?utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&_hsenc=p2ANqtz--lTn2Q0t6PMSgFI_2CjQ4rPzdT1TcTw9BgmYeD8_mFd8n7cMTEU7GUI8_Z33o1VWVE5x5j

Issue 25 – October 12, 2020

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The COVID-19 pandemic and associated disparities among marginalized populations have reinvigorated the discussion on universal health care (UHC). Our selection this week focuses on the connection between UHC and voluntary family planning, and a call to build the evidence on why voluntary family planning is an essential building block.

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ICFP Community Action Alert on Universal Health Coverage
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This website from the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) builds a community of knowledge exchange and dives into how voluntary family planning and UHC go hand-in-hand. The site includes practical recommendations, tools for integration, and project examples from various partners.

Don’t miss the content series, Not Without FP, that ICFP recently launched in connection to their conference theme! Have a story to tell or a resource to share? ICFP is looking for content contributions to be featured on the theme resource page and the blog.

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https://icfp2021.org/icfp-community-action-alert-on-uhc/?utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_U6mrYwXrvfLVOTMjEbrp42IEF4MZ2KaH86QBqPlrNl_bKvZO-Swr0WVh6vrTBcxgXMsMc

Issue 24 – October 5, 2020

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Since 1950 (just 70 years ago) the world’s population has nearly tripled from 2.5 billion to more than 7.8 billion. Will this rapid increase will continue or slow? Studies on population projections have tried to answer that question. No matter what the projections, they have implications for policies, programs, and spending on resources. It’s important to critically analyze projections and their underlying assumptions– the subject of a webinar for our pick this week.

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What to Expect When You're Projecting? Interrogating Population Projections and Their Fertility Assumptions
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Join HealthPolicy+ on October 13 from 9:00- 10:00 AM EDT, for a discussion exploring population projections and their competing perspectives on the future of childbearing in low- and middle-income countries.

Speakers will provide a critical review of diverging fertility assumptions underlying prominent population projections and consider the implications for health policy, programming, and funding.

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https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/966444741703618830?utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-87d1wLgT02pZ-56NK-qiezIbY-dHzq7XMSWgsn6JhNDMJdzCXkEHG_CebDRAn9SELtqEZX

Issue 23 – September 29, 2020

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The COVID-19 pandemic has continued to challenged us in numerous ways, and ensuring access to essential care is perhaps one of the most critical. Countries have worked tirelessly to maintain access to maternal, newborn and child health, voluntary family planning, and reproductive health care to ensure that the needs of women and girls, couples and families are met. Our pick this week provides an important opportunity to reflect and highlight country successes and learnings to continue to adapt to an uncertain world.

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Continuity of Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health, Family Planning, and Reproductive Health Care in the Time of COVID-19: Webinar 3
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Join MOMENTUM on October 7 from 8:00- 9:30AM EDT, as they conclude their three-part webinar series on maintaining Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health, Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care in the time of COVID-19.

Featuring speakers from USAID, Management Sciences for Health, MOMENTUM, UNICEF, and the Ministry of Health in Malawi, this webinar will highlight country successes, challenges, lessons learned, and concrete strategies to maintain access to essential care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Issue 22 – September 22, 2020

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“There is a diversity of important resources on family planning and reproductive health, but they are only available in English.”

This is the sentiment that FP/RH professionals working in French-speaking countries often express. Our selection this week responds to this need by curating a collection of quality French resources developed by global and regional experts into one, easy-to-navigate place.

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20 Essential FP/RH Resources for Francophone Programs
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This collection, curated by Knowledge SUCCESS and Family Planning 2020, is for family planning professionals who design and implement programs in low- and middle-income French-speaking countries.

Our interactive hub highlights research, recommendations, and best practices on a range of priority topics, including self-care, FP and HIV integration, and social and behavior change, and points to regional leaders in francophone FP programming.

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Issue 21 – September 14, 2020

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Our selection this week focuses on self care and method choice, two concepts that are central to ensuring women and couples can make decisions about contraception that are voluntary, client-oriented, informed, and supported.

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Reimagining Method Choice in the Era of Self Care
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Join the Method Choice Community of Practice for a webinar to Reimagine Method Choice in the Era of Self Care on September 16 from 8:00-9:15am EDT.

Join panelists and speakers from PATH, PSI, Kasha Global, E2A, and USAID to:

  • Learn about the concepts of self care and method choice and how they intersect,
  • Hear concrete examples from Benin and Rwanda, and
  • Discover recent innovations in products and practices that enable women and girls to have more active participation in their health.
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Issue 20 – September 9, 2020

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For years, as a strategy to increase domestic funding for voluntary family planning, advocates have talked about how investment in voluntary family planning will advance countries’ broader health and development goals.

Our selection this week takes learnings from health programs related to HIV and immunization, which have been experimenting with incentives and performance-based structures to raise domestic funding, and applies them to a new framework for family planning resource mobilization.

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Can Advocates and Technical Partners Catalyze a Trend Shift in Domestic Resources for Family Planning?
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Join HP+ and colleagues on September 15 at 9:00am EDT to explore this question: What can work for family planning to catalyze domestic financing, in line with countries’ broader health and development goals?

HP+ will introduce a new framework, designed to help development partners and advocacy groups work with country governments identify and implement change-making interventions in four areas: advocacy, capacity development, policy, and expansion of the family planning market.

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https://unfoundation.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7dHHN-PeToaZaiCNVd-p2A?utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8ZClDlmts45itLfsKzjF3ckuh27A19UGvJAZx0TgpgT8T9gLmIg0EpFOto3LG535q2g6Nj
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