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  • International Delegates Commend PHE Initiatives in Bohol, Philippines
    Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 14:03

    “Good governance, active community participation, and passionate organization members are impressive”"

    This is one of the lasting impressions expressed by delegates of the recently concluded South to South Exchange on Integrated Population, Health and Environment (SSE-PHE) for Executives of Government and Non-Governmental Organizations, which the Philippines hosted from February 1-8, 2010.

    The SSE-PHE was a cross-institutional learning opportunity targeted at executives of health, development and conservation organizations interested in pursuing integrated PHE programming. Organized by the USAID-funded BALANCED Project, this South-South exchange strengthened the participants’ knowledge of community-based and integrated PHE systems and service delivery mechanisms and promoted alliances among government and non- governmental decision and policy makers.

    During the exchange, ten government and non-governmental executives from Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Philippines, Tanzania and United States conceptualized PHE frameworks, visited learning sites, and developed their own site-specific PHE action plans based on the whole experience.

    The SSE-PHE showcased the Integrated Population and Coastal Resource Management (IPOPCORM) Initiative of PATH Foundation Philippines Inc (PFPI) in the Province of Bohol. The IPOPCORM approach encourages integration of reproductive health and family planning into coastal resource management strategies to address food security in the coastal communities.

    The participants’ visits to PFPI’s learning sites in the Municipalities of Talibon, Ubay and Bien Unido enabled them to learn more about best practices and actual, ongoing PHE integration through meetings and interviews with local government unit officials and other stakeholders such as women, youth, couples, and fisher folks.

    The exchange ended on a high note with the development of site-specific action plans by the participants to be implemented in their respective countries and projects. The BALANCED Project, a global initiative that promotes and supports integrated PHE programs, will continue to provide technical assistance and support to these action plans to integrate PHE in their respective countries.

  • BALANCED Study Tour Showcases PHE Successes in the Philippines
    Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 22:47

    As part of the USAID-funded BALANCED project, PATH Foundation Philippines, Inc. (PFPI) will conduct a South-to-South Exchange on Integrated Population-Health-Environment (SSE-PHE) for Executives of Government and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) from February 1-8, 2010. The SSE-PHE is a cross-institutional learning opportunity targeted at executives of health, development and conservation organizations interested in pursuing integrated programming in conservation, health and family planning. Taking place in Bohol, Philippines, the exchange spotlights the experience of the “gold standard” PHE approach employed in the Integrated Population and Coastal Resource Management (IPOPCORM) project. This successful PHE initiative was managed by PFPI and implemented in partnership with local government units and community-based organizations. The SSE-PHE seeks to build relationships among more than 15 government and NGO executives from Tanzania, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Indonesia and the Philippines, while simultaneously exposing them to a successful PHE model. Participants will have the opportunity to jointly develop a plan of action for adapting best practices in PHE service delivery for replication in their respective country settings.

  • UNFPA Highlights Women’s Roles in PHE Projects in the Philippines
    Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 22:52

    On its website, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) calls attention in a video to the important role women play in marine conservation in Bohol, Philippines, focusing on the poor community of Ubay. The video depicts how women have helped establish and maintain fishing sanctuaries, restore mangrove swamps and mobilize reproductive health outreach in response to local needs.  With the support of PFPI, a BALANCED project partner, peer educators in the community teach others about family planning and community-based distributors provide contraceptives to couples in remote villages. According to UNFPA, these integrated population, health and environment (PHE) efforts are particularly important in areas threatened by global warming, where women need to play active roles in adapting to changing conditions. For more information, please read the UNFPA State of World Population 2009 report, called Facing a Changing World: Women, Population and Climate. Also watch the Philippines video at www.unfpa.org.

  • Emerging Opportunities for PHE in Tanzania: USAID Tanzania Supports Pwani Integrated Coastal Management and Human Well-Being Project
    Friday, December 18, 2009 - 12:48

    The Coastal Resources Center (CRC) at the University of Rhode Island (URI) is pleased to announce its recent award from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Tanzania for continued support for integrated coastal management and development along the Tanzanian mainland coast and Zanzibar’s western shores. Building on the experience and investments of URI CRC and project partners over the past five years, the Pwani Project: Conservation of Coastal Ecosystems in Tanzania aims to sustain the flows of environmental goods and services, improve critical coastal habitats, and improve the well-being of coastal residents in these threatened seascapes.

    Pwani means coast in Swahili, which depicts the project’s target area. Pwani project partners include the Tanzania Coastal Management Partnership (TCMP), UZIKWASA, a local NGO focusing on HIV/AIDS prevention and livelihood development, the Government of Tanzania, and other partners.

    This ecosystem-based management initiative targets an area stretching from Bagamoyo to Pangani town, focusing on the Saadani National Park (SANAPA) and the Wami River estuary. An additional area of focus is the Menai Bay Conservation Area on Zanzibar.

    One aspect of the project will help promote integrated health and conservation objectives, designed to improve community health and well-being. In collaboration with the USAID-funded BALANCED project, the Pwani project will respond to community needs for improved health services and information through intersectoral HIV/AIDS action planning, community-based family planning distribution systems, informal training and education programs designed to raise awareness and change behaviors related to HIV/AIDS. The project will also address the links between population pressures and improved coastal resources management. The BALANCED project is currently working in SANAPA to integrated family planning into existing coastal resource efforts, and in collaboration with Pwani partners, will expand PHE efforts to Pwani focal areas.

    For more information, please contact Elin Torell at elin@crc.uri.edu.

  • BALANCED Launches New PHE Toolkit
    Tuesday, December 15, 2009 - 22:39

    On December 16, 2009, the BALANCED project launched the new Population, Health and Environment (PHE) toolkit as part of the new Knowledge for Health (K4Health) portal found at http://www.k4health.org/phe_toolkit The new PHE “toolkit” is an online library of documents and resources on projects, policies, training materials, case studies and research related to PHE. It provides one central repository to which health, family planning, development and conservation program managers and implementers, policymakers, researchers, academics and educators can contribute their own PHE information and knowledge, and where they can easily locate and access the best of that contributed by others.

    The PHE toolkit is made possible through the collaboration of Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs (JHU/CCP) and the BALANCED Project. This interactive online resource represents the dynamic collaboration of several PHE partner organizations, which helped to build the overall toolkit framework and recommended resources.

    Please visit the PHE toolkit on the K4Health website. We welcome feedback and recommendations for additional resources to help us refine this valuable resource. For more information, please contact BALANCED@crc.uri.edu.