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  • BALANCED Project Publishes Train-the-Trainer Guide for PHE CDB and Adult Peer Educators
    Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 10:04

    The BALANCED Project is pleased to make available a new training manual, entitled Population, Health, and Environment (PHE) Community-Based Distribution and Peer Education System: Train-the-Trainer Guide for Training PHE Community-Based Distributors and PHE Adult Peer Educators Working on Integrated PHE Activities.

    This Guide was developed by BALANCED Project staff and conservation and rural development organizations in training individuals to integrate community-based family planning and health into PHE projects through the use of community-based distribution and peer education approaches. Field-tested in Tanzania, Zambia and Ethiopia, the guide uses a unique training approach where training participants “learn-by-doing”, such as leading certain segments of the training themselves.

    We encourage colleagues to use this Train-the-Trainer curriculum for: 1) training-of-trainers events where facilitators learn how to train PHE (CBDs) and PHE Adult (PEs) on community-based education and distribution of family planning methods within the context of an integrated PHE intervention; and 2) workshops where local trained facilitators train PHE CBDs and PHE Adult PEs who work on integrated PHE activities. We welcome feedback from those of you who use it in your PHE work

  • Presentation on PHE Tanzania Highlights Successful Health and Livelihoods Efforts
    Monday, July 25, 2011 - 16:36

    On July 19, 2011, Patrick Kajubili and Elin Torell from the University of Rhode Island's Coastal Resources Center delivered a BALANCED Project presentation at the Environmental Change and Security Program event highlighting PHE Approaches in Tanzania . The presentation described CRC's efforts to integrate family planning services and outreach with livelihoods and coastal resources approaches in and around the Saandani National Park. Learn more about this exciting project at http://balanced.crc.uri.edu/sites/default/files/WWC%20Presentation%20July%2019.pdf.

  • Research Brief: Assessing the Benefits of Integrating Family Planning and Environmental Management Activities - Lessons Learned from the Philippines.
    Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 06:36

    This brief summarizes a study conducted in the Philippines by Pollnac and Dacanay in 2011, which assessed the benefits of the Integrated Population and Coastal Resource Management (IPOPCORM) project, an integrated population and environment (PE) project implemented by PATH Foundation Philippines Inc.(PFPI) in the Visayan region of the Philippines. (Research Brief)

  • The BALANCED Project Seeks Concept Notes for Seed Grant Program to Integrate Family Planning into Conservation Inititatives
    Monday, June 13, 2011 - 08:35

    The USAID-supported BALANCED Project is seeking concept notes from organizations working in conservation, natural resource management (NRM), rural development, livelihoods (for NRM), and/or health in areas of high biodiversity that are interested in integrating family planning and reproductive health services into existing activities.

    Organizations with on-going conservation and/or rural development activities in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste are encouraged to apply for potential seed grant funding. The funding would cover two years (from August 1, 2011 to July 30, 2013) for the approximate amount of $40,000 ($20,000 per year) inclusive of technical support and training. If you are interested in submitting a concept note for consideration, please review the attached guidelines and follow the instructions located on the RESOURCES page. We look forward to hearing from you.

    Download the guidelines in PDF

  • BALANCED Project Assists WCS Zambia with Family Planning Integration Efforts
    Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 12:25

    This spring, World Conservation Society (WCS) Zambia and its Commodity Markets  for Conservation (COMACO) Program is beginning to integrate family planning services into its existing livelihood and conservation program. Recognizing the importance of communities having a year round supply of food, the COMACO Program provides sustainable sources of alternative incomes and incentives for conservation to families living around national parks in the eastern Luangwa Valley. 

    For the past year, WCS Zambia has been promoting health and family planning messages about the links between markets, sustainable production practices, family health and planning and improved conservation. Following on these awareness raising activities, the COMACO Program recently received a small grant to improve access and use of family planning methods and services in the Mfuwe, Lundazi and Chama regions over the next two years. This family planning integration is made possible through financial support and targeted technical assistance from the USAID-funded BALANCED Project.

    For more information on the COMACO Program, please visit the website at www.itswild.org. More information on the BALANCED Project is at http://balanced.crc.uri.edu.