Resources

Resource Library

  • The Success of a PHE Provider in Educating a Muslim Community
    Abdalah Masingano, A PHE Champion
  • PHE 101 Bibliography November 2010
    The purpose of this basic bibliography is to provide people who have limited experience with or exposure to Population, Health and Environment (PHE) approaches with a brief, illustrative sample of documents describing the basic elements of a PHE project. The documents listed here provide an overview of the rationale for PHE programs, basic program design and monitoring components, and select country examples of successful programs. These documents are included as part of the PHE Toolkit (http://www.k4health.org/phe_toolkit). The BALANCED Project intends to update this list on a periodic basis as new material becomes available.
  • Topic Mapping for Organizing Document Collections Online: An example of the population, health and environment (PHE) approach and the Knowledge for Health platform
    The document describes the purpose of the PHE Toolkit and the steps that the BALANCED Project took in order to organize existing PHE resources, develop the topic map to include key aspects of PHE approaches and establish the broad overarching framework for helping new and familiar audiences to use the PHE Toolkit in an efficient and user-friendly manner. At the same time, there are several guidance documents now on how to create a toolkit on the K4Health toolkit site, located at http://www.k4health.org/toolkits. This document references guides developed by the USAID-supported Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project and complements their technical guidance for toolkit development.
  • Population, Health and Environment (PHE) Approaches and Links to Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
    The second issue of the BALANCED Newsletter has the theme of “Population, Health and Environment (PHE) Approaches and Links to Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation.” This Newsletter contains five articles which explore the links between climate change and opportunities for PHE projects and practitioners to address climate change in their work and vice versa—i.e., for PHE approaches to inform climate change adaptation approaches.
  • PHE Champion: Albert Lotana Lokasola: Improving Human Health and Conservation in the Democractic Republic of Congo
    In the remote forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Albert Lotana Lokasola is helping improve human well-being by bringing much-needed health services to the communities living in and around the Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve. Read more about his important work in this PHE Champion profile.
  • The BALANCED Project Launches New Initiative to Integrate Family Planning and Reproductive Health into Marine Conservation in the Philippines
    Please see the project announcement about the new BALANCED initiative in the Philippines to increase access to health services in marine biodiviersity areas in four provinces. With support from USAID/Philippines, BALANCED partner PATH Foundation Philippines Inc (PFPI) will work with Local Government Units (LGUs) on this latest Population, Health and Environment (PHE) Project.
  • Mrs. Ruth Siyage: Promoting Family Planning and Livelihoods for a Healthy Environment in Uganda
    Mrs. Ruth Siyage is a Population, Health and Enviroment (PHE) champion, promoting family planning and livelihoods for a healthy environment in Uganda. She works with the Conservation through Public Health (CTPH) near the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP) in Uganda's Kishande village, in the Bujengwe Parish, Kanungu District.
  • Mr. Sam Rugaba: Encouraging Childhood Education and Birth Spacing as Approach to Conservation in Uganda
    Mr. Sam Rugaba is community conservation health worker in Uganda, where he promotes childhood education and encourages family planning in order to help communities protect natural resources. Sam's community selected him to represent them in the Conservation though Public Health (CTPH) Population, Health and Environment program because of his respect in the community, his trustworthiness, and his good communication skills. Please read more about Sam in this PHE Champion profile.
  • Population, Health, Environment Situational Analysis for the Saadani National Park Area, Tanzania
    This study summarizes the results of a behavioral monitoring system (BMS) conducted in Tanzania in June 2009. The study was co-sponsored by the BALANCED Project and the Sustainable Coastal Communities and Ecosystems (SUCCESS) Project. Both projects are funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The Tanzania Coastal Management Partnership (TCMP) implements both projects, serving as a catalyst for effective and sustainable change that both safeguards coastal resource assets and improves the quality of life for those who live and work along the coast.
  • Practice, Harvest and Exchange: Exploring and Mapping the Global Population, Health, Environment (PHE) Network of Practice
    The purpose of this paper is to describe the global Population, Health and Environment (PHE) network of practice as it currently exists and to explore methods of communication, shared learning and further advocacy and promotion of PHE approaches to new audiences. As an example, the report highlights the emerging PHE network of practice in Tanzania and how relationships are formed among diverse stakeholders. The report makes recommendations for the further exploration of emerging partner networks for better understanding the network characteristics of champion individuals and communities, and for tracking the emergence of social capital and the role of networks in scaling-up PHE worldwide.
  • An Assessment of the Benefits of Integrating Family Planning and Environmental Management Activities in the Visayas Region of the Philippines
    The purpose of the research presented here is to further evaluate the assumption that the integrated delivery of reproductive health and environmental management practices in one project results in added-value. Value-added is defined as meaning that the integration of the reproductive health and environmental management components will enhance the levels of success of each to the extent that their levels of achievement will be greater than if the projects were delivered separately.
  • The BALANCED Project Seed Grant Program Concept Note Criteria and Application
    The BALANCED Project includes a directed grants program that extends technical and financial assistance to eligible organizations for integration of family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) into on-going conservation and/or rural development activities in BALANCED focus countries. We are 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 in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste that are interested in potential seed grant funding for two years (from August 1, 2011 to July 30, 2013) for the approximate amount of $40,000 ($20,000 per year).
  • Research Brief: Assessing the Benefits of Integrating Family Planning and Environmental Management Activities - Lessons Learned from the Philippines.
    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. In light of the growing interest in evidence to support the position that integrated projects create synergies and add value, the "Building Actors and Leaders for Advancing Community Excellence in Development" (BALANCED) Project—funded by the United States Agency for International Development through a cooperative agreement with the University of Rhode Island, PFPI and Conservation International—conducted research that tested this value-added hypothesis. The study investigated what factors contributed most in obtaining benefits from this integrated PE approach. The authors found that the level of participation was a key determinant of benefits. Other factors found significant in determining the degree of benefits included type of nongovernmental organization activities, context factors inherent to a community (e.g., population size and density) and individual characteristics of those who participated in the project. This brief summarizes the findings from this research study.
  • Population, Health and Environment (PHE) Youth Peer Education: A Guide for Training Youth Peer Educators Working on Integrated PHE Activities
    In Africa, 20 percent of the population is comprised of youth between the ages of 15 to 24 years. On this continent, young women are vulnerable to unintended pregnancies that can negatively affect their health, education, and life goals. According to a 2007 Guttmacher Institute study of about youth in Africa, teens are concerned about and want to protect themselves from both unplanned pregnancy and HIV, but misinformation about sex and its consequences is common. Many adolescents do not receive the education and services they need. Population, health and environment (PHE) projects address health and conservation needs in remote areas of high biodiversity in many parts of Africa. In response to the need for improved to information and family planning for youth, the BALANCED Project developed a resource called, Youth Peer Education: A Guide for Training Youth Peer Educators Working on PHE Activities. This Guide was designed for facilitators who will be training PHE Youth Peer Educators as part of the PHE project activities. It contains information about the linkages between population, health, and environment, the role of youth in protecting and conserving the environment, ecosystem and on gender, sexuality, fertility, contraception, safer sex sexually transmitted infections, and related reproductive health topics that enable youth to become stewards of the environment and their sexuality.
  • Integrated PHE for Resilient Coastal Communities:Tanzania Case
    This BALANCED Project presentation was delivered by Patrick Kajubili and Elin Torell from the University of Rhode Island's Coastal Resources Center at the Environmental Change and Security Program event highlighting PHE Approaches in Tanzania on July 19, 2011. 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.
  • PHE Champions: Zo Zatovonirina, Improving Human Health and Conservation in Madagascar’s Forest Communities
    Please read more about Zo's efforts to improve human health and protect the environment in the forests of Madagascar.
  • 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
    The manual 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. The curriculum includes basic topics that PHE community-based distributors (CBDs) and PHE Adult Peer Educators (PEs) need to know in order to discuss basic ecology, PHE linkages, and reproductive health/family planning with community members within a PHE context. The modules include the latest in international family planning norms and guidance on sexually-transmitted infections/diseases including HIV as recommended by the World Health Organization. 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.
  • Coffee Farmer and Extension Manager Promotes Health and Livelihoods in Rwandan Coffee Communities
    Mr. Pascal Gakwaya Kalisa has produced coffee in the densely-populated country of Rwanda for the past nine years. A proud member of the 1,200 member Maraba Coffee Cooperative in Huye District, in the Southern Province of Rwanda, Kalisa knows that a larger income alone does not ensure a better quality of life for his fellow coffee farmers and their families.
  • Mrs.. Jeanne Nyirakamana: Reaching Rural Rwandans with Integrated Health and Livelihood Messages
    For the past three years, Jeanne Nyirakamana has served as the Head of the Health program of the "Sustaining Partnerships to Enhance Rural Enterprise and Agribusiness Development" (SPREAD) Project in Rwanda. Supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development through Texas A&M University, the SPREAD Project is integrating a dynamic coffee production and quality improvement program with health outreach to improve community well-being. Read more about Jeanne's integrated community health and education efforts here.
  • The BALANCED Project Expands Efforts to Integrate Family Planning and Reproductive Health into Marine Conservation in the Verde Island Passage and Danajon Bank, Philippines
    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). Read more about this award in the attached project announcement.
  • Baseline Survey (2011) for Population, Health and Environment Scale-up Project in the Philippines
    This report describes the results of a baseline survey conducted in 2011 in 40 randomly-selected villages in Bohol and the Verde Island Passage in central Philippines where the BALANCED-Philippines Project is scaling-up population, health and environment (PHE) approaches. The survey looked at basic reproductive health, disease management, livelihood and marine protection behaviors among men and women in vulnerable marine communities on the island of Bohol, areas previously involved in integrated PHE projects. The report then compares these Bohol behaviors to those of men and women in "new" (PHE) sites in the Verde Island Passage. The report findings are designed to inform the BALANCED-Philippines Project (2010-2013), which aims to build 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. The $1.8 million BALANCED-Philippines Project is funded by the USAID/Philippines Office of Health and Office of Energy, Environment and Climate Change. According to the survey analysis, households in project coastal villages depend on the productivity of the marine environment for their livelihoods. The report also makes recommendations for increasing the amount and quality of public participation in project activities in order to maximize health and conservation outcomes. At the end of the project in 2013, the survey will be replicated in randomly-selected villages in the two seascapes to assess the PHE scale-up approach.
  • EWNRA Population, Health and Environment in Ethiopia Presentation at Aspen Institute
    Shewaye Deribe from the Ethio-Wetlands Natural Resource Association (EWNRA) delivered this presentation as part of a panel at the April 18, 2012 Aspen Institute entitled, "A Long Walk to Water: Women, Population & Access to Safe Water." Shewaye discussed the challenges with ecosystem-based management of resources and changing climatic conditions in his native country of Ethiopia. In response to these threats and increasing population growth, EWNRA partnered with the BALANCED Project to integrate family planning and reproductive health services into existing conservation activities.
  • BALANCED Newsletter April 2012: How Population, Health and Environment Approaches Contribute to Progress on the Millennium Development Goals
    This issue of the BALANCED newsletter examines how PHE approaches contribute to achievements in Millenium Development Goals 3 - Gender Equality; 4 and 5 - Child and Maternal Health; and 7 - Environmental Sustainability. The introductory article highlights potenital messages for policymakers to strengthen international support for integrated health, development and conservation projects and the impacts on human well-being.
  • Population, Health and Environment (PHE) Community-Based Distribution and Peer Education System: A Guide for Training PHE Adult Peer Educators
    This training guide is designed for Adult Peer Educators (APEs) who carry out integrated PHE activities in developing countries in Africa and Asia. APEs are mainly responsible for providing integrated PHE information, education, communication (IEC) messages and materials and for motivating the community and family planning (FP) clients to engage in pro-health, pro-environment behaviors. This APE guide contains 12 modules for a three-day workshop. The modules cover the basic topics that PHE Adult PEs need to know to discuss basic ecology, PHE linkages, and reproductive health/family planning with community members within a PHE context. The modules include the latest in international FP norms and guidance on sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). Some of the information on contraceptive methods and STIs was adopted from The Population Council’s "Balanced Counseling Strategy Plus: A Toolkit for Family Planning Providers Working in High HIV/STI Prevalence Settings." This Guide is based on the BALANCED Project publication "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", which was adapted from the "Community-Based Integrated Reproductive Health and Coastal Resource Management Training of Trainers Manual for Community Health Outreach Workers," developed by PFPI under its USAID and David and Lucile Packard Foundation-supported Integrated Population and Coastal Resources Management (IPOPCORM) initiative and from other resources. It was adapted after testing in Tanzania and Ethiopia
  • Population, Health and Environment (PHE) Community-based Distribution and Peer Education System: A Guide for Training PHE Community-based Distributors
    This training guide was developed for use in courses to train population, health and environment (PHE) Community-based Distributors (CBDs) who work on integrated PHE activities. A PHE CBD is a Ministry of Health (MOH) community volunteer, local storeowner, storekeeper, accredited drug dispensary, community village worker, or a member of a people’s organization (PO) or a cooperative, etc. that/who is trained to provide information on PHE, family planning (FP) methods, and the stocking and sales of FP commodities. MOH CBDs are often trained not only to deliver FP messages, but to deliver as well various health (malaria, maternal and child health, etc.) messages and to provide free FP commodities from the health centers. This training guide should be used to train new PHE CBDs over the suggested two-day period. This training guide contains 12 modules covering the basic topics that PHE CBDs need to know to discuss basic ecology, PHE linkages, and reproductive health/family planning with community members within a PHE context. The modules include the latest in international FP norms and guidance on sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). This Guide is based on the BALANCED Project publication "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," which is geared for training master trainers who will, in turn, train PHE adult peer educators and PHE community-based distributors (CBDs). This PHE CBD Training Guide is only for training new PHE CBDs.
  • Reference Guide for PHE Community-based Distributors and PHE Adult Peer Educators
    This Reference Guide is intended for population, health and environment (PHE) community-based distributors (CBDs) and PHE adult peer educators (PEs) who have attended the training on the PHE Community-Based Distribution and Peer Education System and who work on integrated PHE activities. It includes key information from the training that PHE CBDs and PHE adult PEs need when providing community members with information on PHE, including family planning (FP) and modern contraceptive methods.
  • BALANCED Project February 2013 East Africa PHE Course in Tanzania - Course Overview
    The USAID-supported Building Actors and Leaders for Advancing Community Excellence in Development (BALANCED) 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. This is the short version of the course overview. More details can be found in the long version of the course overview, also posted here on the Resources page.
  • BALANCED Project February 2013 East Africa PHE Course in Tanzania - Course Overview Long Version
    The USAID-supported Building Actors and Leaders for Advancing Community Excellence in Development (BALANCED) 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 5 page version of the course brochure for more details.
  • Summary of the East Africa Population, Health and Environment Course in Tanzania, February 2013
    The USAID-supported 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).