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  • BALANCED Project East Africa PHE Course Completed in February 2013
    Monday, March 11, 2013 - 21:07

    The BALANCED Project conducted a two-week course entitled, “Building Community Resilience: Integrating Population, Health and Environment (PHE)”, in Bagamoyo, Tanzania from February 18-28, 2013. Sixteen participants from Ethiopia, the Gambia, Kenya, Mozambique, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda completed the training in PHE concepts relating to family planning, health, climate change, coastal resources management, resilience, behavior change communication, systems thinking, advocacy, scaling up and monitoring and evaluation (M&E).

    For more information, please see the report at


  • BALANCED Project Announces February 2013 East Africa PHE Course in Tanzania
    Saturday, November 3, 2012 - 11:19

    The USAID-supported BALANCED Project is pleased to announce a two-week skills-building course on Population, Health and Environment (PHE) for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and institutions already implementing PHE or interested in implementing PHE projects in Africa. The course will take place in Tanzania from February 18-28, 2013. 

    The course is designed to promote advanced thinking, lessons learned and practical tips on PHE implementation.The course is unique in that it builds technical and management skills and knowledge while also providing professional skills development. Please see the attached brochure for more details, and we hope to see you in Tanzania in February 2013.  Please see the PHE course brochures, both the short and long versions, posted on the Resources Page.


  • Ethiopia PHE Champion Advocates for Integrated Approaches at April 18 Aspen Institute Panel
    Monday, April 23, 2012 - 12:56

    Shewaye Deribe from the Ethio-Wetlands Natural Resource Association (EWNRA) in Ethiopia participated in a panel called, "A Long Walk to Water: Women, Population & Access to safe Water," on April 18, 2012. Deribe discussed the challenges of natural resource management in the face of changing climatic conditions and increasing population growth. He then described how EWNRA integrated family planning and reproductive health services with support from the BALANCED Project. According to his presentation (located on the Resources page), integrated health and conservation approaches lead to a better life for all community members, especially women and children.

  • PBS News Hour highlights PHE Outreach in Bohol, Philippines
    Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 17:46

    This 10 minute clip from the PBS News Hour program highlights the complex links between increasing population growth, food security and resulting pressures on the marine environment in the rural fishing village of Humay-Humay in southern Philippines. With the highest population growth rate in the southeast Asia, the Philippines faces increasing pressures on its coastal resources, which provide food for rural poor populations. In response to these pressures, PATH Foundation Philippines, Inc. (PFPI) and other NGOs are implementing integrating Population, Health and Environment (PHE) approaches to increase community access to family planning (FP) products and help families to space their children. Dr. Joan Castro, Executive Vice President for PFPI and the Technical Lead for the BALANCED Project, explains the PHE project rationale and human well-being benefits in this village and many others in southern Philippines.

  • The BALANCED Project Expands Efforts to Integrate Family Planning and Reproductive Health into Marine Conservation in the Verde Island Passage and Danajon Bank, Philippines
    Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 17:18

    December 20, 2011

    Kingston, RI. The Coastal Resources Center (CRC) at the University of Rhode Island (URI) announces a new $800,000, two-year investment by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Energy and Environment in the Philippines. These funds will complement existing USAID/Philippines investments of $500,000 over two years to improve access to family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) services in this area in the provinces of Batangas, Oriental Mindoro and Occidental Mindoro, Bohol and Leyte, and to tie these health interventions directly to ongoing or new marine conservation activities. The Building Actors and Leaders for Advancing Community Excellence in Development (BALANCED) Project will use the funds to build the leadership and implementation capacities of national and local governments and stakeholders to respond in an integrated manner to interrelated population, health and marine environmental issues in the globally-significant Verde Island Passage Marine Biodiversity Corridor and the Danajon Double Barrier Reef (Visayan Bioregion).

    Awarded in 2008, the BALANCED Project is a five-year Population, Health and Environment (PHE) technical leadership initiative awarded by the USAID Office of Population and Reproductive Health. CRC and its partners—PATH Foundation Philippines Inc. (PFPI) and Conservation International (CI)—have many years experience in integrated natural resources management, population and health. PHE programs promote holistic approaches to development—approaches that address the complex connections between humans, health and environment.

    With this additional funding from USAID/Philippines, BALANCED-Philippines will build capacity and empower local communities in the two target marine regions to meet their expressed needs for improved health and marine conservation outcomes. PFPI and CI-Philippines, working closely with Local Government Units (LGUs), will increase access to voluntary family planning services and information, build community awareness about the underlying linkages between reducing population pressure and improving coastal resources management, and empower stakeholders to implement environmentally-friendly livelihoods.

    The Project also aspires to create an enabling environment among policymakers at all levels, from local to national and international scales, that promotes integration of PHE into governmental policies and frameworks. Dr. Joan Castro, PFPI Executive Vice President and BALANCED Project PHE Technical Lead, says, “By demonstrating that integrated PHE approaches like this provide concrete improvements in human health and well-being, BALANCED-Philippines is strengthening the message that cross-sectoral collaboration really works and provides a multitude of benefits to communities.”

    According to BALANCED Project Director, Linda Bruce, “USAID/Philippines has provided BALANCED-Philippines with funding from both the health sector and the environment sector. This unprecedented investment by a USAID mission in the BALANCED Project demonstrates the role of the Philippines as a global leader in the international PHE community.”