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  • BALANCED South-to-South Exchange Promotes PHE Based on Philippines Success
    Thursday, June 24, 2010 - 10:50

    In February 2010, the USAID-funded BALANCED Project sponsored a South-to-South learning opportunity for government and non-governmental officials to see up close how local stakeholders in the Philippines implement integrated Population, Health and Environment (PHE) approaches there. Hosted by PATH Foundation Philippines, Inc. (a BALANCED Project partner), ten developing country representatives from six African and Asian countries spent two weeks visiting three PHE learning sites and a marine protected area in Bohol province, in the central Philippines. PFPI has been working for the past ten years on the Integrated Population and Coastal Resource Management Initiative (IPOPCORM) and has a wealth of lessons learned and best practices to share with people who are new to PHE.

    Since the collective goal of the BALANCED Project is to promote PHE approaches worldwide as an effective development strategy, PFPI and partners implemented the study tour based on PFPI’s proven experiences with audiences new to PHE. The Project places great value on the importance of “seeing is believing,” and the South-to-South Exchange was the most effective way to promote PHE. Study tour participants learned from the experiences and insights of a wide range of stakeholders. Representatives came from Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Tanzania , the Philippines and the USA. At the end of the tour, they voiced a better understanding of how PFPI addresses population pressures in the broader conservation context, through mechanisms such as community-based distributors of contraceptives (CBDs), PHE peer educators and local and regional government officials who promote integrated approaches to coastal conservation that support family planning as a means to reduce fishing efforts and improve food security.

    For more information on the PHE South-to-South Exchange, please visit

  • BALANCED Staff Blog on Reflections from PHE South-to-South Exchange in the Philippines
    Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 10:14

    Elin Torell from the University of Rhode Island's Coastal Resources Center offers her thoughts on lessons learned from the February 2010 BALANCED-sponsored South-to-South Exhange on Integrated Population, Health and Environment (PHE). Together with developing country representatives from seven Africa and Asia countries, Torell spent two weeks visiting PHE learning sites and a marine protected area in Bohol province in the central Philippines. Read more about her impressions at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Environmental Change and Security project blog at

  • BALANCED Project Launches Newsletter Showcasing PHE Approaches and Highlighting East Africa Champions
    Friday, April 9, 2010 - 16:18

    TheBALANCED Project announces the publication of its first Newsletter, designed to increase awareness among PHE practioners of the breadth and scope of various approaches to Population, Health and Environment (PHE) projects. We aim to support the global PHE community of practice, and we hope you find this newsletter includes important lessons, insights and challenges from existing PHE efforts. We are also pleased to feature two dynamic PHE champions from Ethiopia and Tanzania and we hope you enjoy their brief stories.

    Please find the newsletter at"

    The newsletter is published twice per year as a PDF document on the BALANCED website. Each issue has a theme and we are interested in garnering suggestions for future issue themes. If you have a PHE project and PHE champion to highlight, please get in touch with us. We also invite your comments and questions at

  • PATH Review of Family Planning and Global Environment Linkages Highlights PHE Contributions to Human Well-being
    Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 11:31

    According to a recent publication from health organization PATH, there are multiple areas of mutual benefit for integrated family planning and environmental conservation in the context of human well-being. Unmet need for family planning is highest in the remote rural communities on the biodiversity frontiers, and partnerships between health and conservation groups have demonstrated tangible improvements in human health and improved resource conservation, in the context of Population, Health and Environment (PHE) approaches.

    After reviewing past PHE investments and initiatives by donors and NGOs, the publication points out the role of the USAID- supported BALANCED Project in scaling up and promoting PHE as a proven development approach. Case studies in Philippines and Uganda demonstrate the opportunities and challenges of operationally linking family planning and environmental initiatives on the ground.

    The Outlook Issue, titled Family Planning and the Environment: Connected through Human and Community Well-being, was authored by PHE expert Dr. Lynne Gaffikin. Dr. Gaffikin serves as a member of the BALANCED Project Advisory Committee and President of Evaluation and Research Technologies for Health (EARTH) Inc.

    To read this issue of Outlook, please see

  • Wilson Center Session Highlights Role of PHE in International Family Planning
    Monday, March 29, 2010 - 11:00

    On March 16, 2010, the Woodrow Wilson Center hosted an event called, “Maintaining Momentum: Highlights from the Uganda International Family Planning Conference.” The purpose of the session was to reflect on the accomplishments of the milestone family planning conference, in which 50 organizations convened in Kampala, Uganda in November 2009. The panel participants also reflected on future initiatives to strengthen family planning in the broader global health context.

    Sahlu Haile, with the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, called attention to one of the conference’s impacts – increased attention to family planning in Sub-Saharan African countries such as Ethiopia. Haile specifically mentioned the conference had spurred a national effort in Ethiopia in December 2009, bringing together diverse NGOs to develop research capacities, generate evidence and strengthen monitoring and evaluation practices, especially for Population, Health and Environment (PHE) approaches.

    At the November 2009 Conference, PHE Champions from four countries, including Ethiopia, presented their success stories with integrating family planning information and service delivery into conservation projects, reaching difficult-to-reach audiences with much needed health services: Champions from the Philippines, Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia participated in a panel, organized by the USAID-funded BALANCED and BRIDGE Projects (,showcasing PHE approaches.

    Joan Castro, Path Foundation Philippines, Inc (PFPI) Executive Vice President and BALANCED Project’s PHE Technical Assistance Lead