Our Work in West Africa
In the past, there has been a tendency across West Africa for each country to conduct their own family planning (FP) pilot before making bold policy improvements such as authorizing task-sharing or self-injection of the injectable contraceptive DMPA-SC. This impression that each country’s operating environment is unique enough to require its own pilot has for many years been enforced by a lack of information sharing beyond formal end-of-project reports that take many years to appear and are not written as how-to guides to start a program. A series of similar pilots repeated in one country after another is one example of how a lack of efficient information sharing can slow progress and waste time and funds, ultimately affecting quality of care.
The Knowledge SUCCESS West Africa team addresses these challenges by using knowledge management (KM) tools and techniques to improve documentation, and information sharing, use, and dissemination, to make programs more effective and promote best practices and lessons learned. Appreciation for this model of KM as a tool to achieve a country’s FP goals is increasing at national and regional levels.