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  • BALANCED and WWF Co-Host Designing for Behavior Change Workshop in Tanzania
    Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - 09:52

    The BALANCED Project and World Wildlife Fund-US (WWF) co-hosted a five-day Designing for Behavior Change (DBC) workshop in Bagamoyo, Tanzania from September 13 to 18, 2010. This workshop taught project field staff and managers from several conservation organizations in East Africa the skills and tools to apply a behavioral approach to designing or refining integrated Population, Health, and Environment (PHE) projects. The participants learned how to:

    - Plan, implement, monitor and evaluate effective behavior change strategies;
    - Use the simple tools to identify key factors that influence behavior change to ensure that behavior change activities are selected based on their potential ability to address these key factors and to effect sustainable behavior change;
    - Identify barriers, real or perceived, to the desired behavior promoted by the project as well as perceived benefits of the desired behavior;
    - Plan effective behavior change strategies based on use of the DBC tools.

    The DBC workshop was attended by 13 participants from Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda and facilitated by Linda Morales, WWF-US consultant, and BALANCED team member, Ricky Hernandez.

    Designing for Behavior Change (DBC) is built upon the BEHAVE framework developed by the Academy for Educational Development (AED) to improve child and maternal health (MCHN) programming and incorporates lessons learned from a variety of countries where it has been implemented. The DBC curriculum is being revised for the PHE context and will be available to the PHE community in 2011.

  • BALANCED Assists the PROGRESS Project with PHE Activity in Kenya
    Wednesday, July 14, 2010 - 11:32

    In June 2010, the BALANCED Project worked with representatives from Family Health International (FHI) and the Greenbelt Movement (GBM) in Kenya to help develop an information, education and communication materials (IEC) strategy for their Integration of Family Planning Messages and Referrals into the Greenbelt Movement Program in Kenya project. Under the auspices of the US Agency for International Development (USAID)-supported Program Research for Strengthening Services (PROGRESS) Project, FHI and GBM are striving to increase access to and utilization of family planning (FP) services for among the women involved in tree planting activities to enhance women’s health and contribute to environmental sustainability as part of a population, health and environment (PHE) operations research activity.

    BALANCED Project PHE Technical Assistance Lead Joan Castro delivered a small, targeted workshop designed to teach participants how to: conceptually link their conservation, livelihoods, nutrition, gender, HIV and FP activities; develop integrated PHE messages based on these linkages; and craft components of the education and empowerment package (EEP) for the PHE strategies and interventions in their project areas.

    This June 2010 workshop represents an important component of the BALANCED Project’s post-training support strategy, which is to continue providing technical assistance and other forms of support to the individuals and organizations the Project has trained as they implement PHE activities on-the-ground. In February 2010, Caroline Mackenzie from FHI Kenya traveled to the Philippines to participate in the BALANCED South-to-South Exchange on PHE for government and nongovernmental officials. Combined, these training workshops and South-to-South Exchange have helped increase PROGRESS partners’ awareness of the benefits of the PHE approach and strengthened in-country capacity to implement PHE approaches. 

    For more information on the PROGRESS Project, please see http://www.fhi.org/en/Research/Projects/Progress/index.htm

  • BALANCED and the World Conservation Society/Uganda Explore PHE Approaches
    Wednesday, July 14, 2010 - 11:54

    On June 15, 2010, BALANCED Project staff facilitated the Integrated Approaches to Family Planning, Health and Natural Resource Management Workshop, organized by the WILD Programme of the World Conservation Society (WCS) in Uganda. Fifteen representatives from various organizations, namely WCS, Jane Goodall Institute, Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH), Straight Talk and Family Health International (FHI)/Uganda, came together to gain a broader understanding of integrated and holistic approaches to development that simultaneously support family planning (FP), preventive health, and natural resource management (NRM) interventions. Participants also learned about the different integrative mechanisms and implementation modalities for delivery of linked FP, health and NRM interventions and identified areas of support for integration.

    Through collaboration with in-country organizations working in conservation and health, the BALANCED Project and WCS/Uganda provided a venue and an opportunity for organizations to: share and learn about successful PHE projects around the world; identify entry points for PHE in their existing projects and program; and access capacity building resources provided by BALANCED. After the meeting, Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, the founder and chief executive officer of CTPH expressed that such meeting “puts us many steps ahead in the right direction.”

    For more information on WCS’s WILD Programme, please see

     

    http://www.wcs.org/where-we-work.aspx.

  • BALANCED Project Requests PHE Resources for PHE Toolkit
    Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 16:19

    The BALANCED Project is soliciting PHE resources. The PHE Toolkit was launched last December and since then the BALANCED Project has made substantial improvements to it. We are continually updating it and adding new documents as best we can – stay tuned for new additions over the summer.

    However, this toolkit is really for the entire PHE community, so we invite you to: 1) visit the toolkit and explore all the documents; and 2) help us populate the toolkit with documents that should be there. We really need your help to add any new or former documents, manuals, reports, training materials, videos and other resource materials on PHE that are currently not on the toolkit. One of the key objectives of this web site is to house a rich collection of PHE materials that are available to development practitioners worldwide.

    To suggest documents for us to add, visit the K4health site at www.k4health.org and create a user account and password. Once you are logged in to the K4Health site:

    Go to Toolkits (left menu, 3rd tab down)
    Select the PHE Toolkit (far right column of the table listing the toolkits)
     Click the box labeled "Join the Discussion" (far right above the photo)
    Select the topic "Content Suggestions" - this is the space reserved for posting suggestions on documents to upload and add to the collection.
     Enter your suggestion and attach the document to your message. Or, you can include a link to a document that is hosted on another website.

    Please send your suggestions and then ask your friends and colleagues who are interested in PHE to do the same. Please note that BALANCED Project staff will moderate this discussion section, so users will see their suggestions only after their post has been approved.

  • BALANCED Project Helps WCS Zambia Integrate Family Planning Into Their Livelihoods and Conservation Initiative
    Friday, June 25, 2010 - 11:02

    The BALANCED Project is working with Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Zambia to integrate family planning and health into their very successful Community Markets for Conservation (COMACO) Initiative.

    Check out COMACO's exciting newsletter and look for the BALANCED team member article, "COMACO Takes Farmer Training to Another Level " under Farm and Land Use in the newsletter at http://www.itswild.org/newsletter/n0510.htm.

    This document is also located on the PHE toolkit under East Africa Experience.