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Webinar: Family Planning in Latin America and the Caribbean

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Join a webinar on family planning in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The one-hour webinar will take place July 7 at 10:00am EDT and will focus on the new Family Planning in Latin America and the Caribbean: The Achievements of 50 Years report. The webinar will be led by Jane T. Bertrand, PhD, MBA, with MEASURE Evaluation and Tulane University; Roberto Santiso-Gálvez, MD; Victoria M. Ward, PhD; Marguerite Farrell, MSc, with USAID; and Jennifer Slotnick, MSc, with the USAID LAC Bureau.

The report examines the specific role of voluntary family planning in accelerating fertility decline in the LAC region since the mid-1960s. The current strength of family planning programming throughout the LAC region represents a major achievement in international development, both in terms of health and women’s rights.

Lessons from the LAC region may also prove useful for countries in other regions as they strive to meet the Millennium Development Goals, reduce maternal and child deaths, and achieve health equity for their citizens.

Register to attend the webinar.

Extended Deadline: Call for Best Practices for Adolescent/Youth-friendly HIV Services

MEASURE Evaluation welcomes proposals for inclusion in a Compendium of Best Practices for Adolescent/Youth-friendly HIV Services. The goal of this activity is to answer critical questions that move forward USAID’s mission of supporting (a) the adoption of evidence-based practices in adolescent/youth-friendly HIV care and services to help at-risk adolescents (age 10-19 years) and youth (age 15-24 years) stay HIV-free, and (b) the provision of comprehensive packages of HIV prevention, care, treatment, and retention services to adolescents/youth living with HIV in order to promote their successful transition to adulthood.

The deadline for submission of best practices is extended to July 21, 2015.

Add your voice, knowledge and expertise in answering these questions:

  • What are the most practical and innovative approaches to providing adolescent/youth-friendly HIV prevention, care, treatment and retention services and supports?
  • What creative, promising and proven strategies and approaches can we rely on to ensure that services and supports are clinically effective, culturally appropriate, and achieve desired outcomes among adolescents/youth?
  • What are the best practices for engaging adolescents/youth in planning, implementing and evaluating HIV-prevention, care, treatment, and retention services?
  • What practical strategies can be utilized to support and sustain adolescent/youth-led organizations to ensure authentic adolescent/youth voices in HIV prevention, care, treatment, and retention services?

This environmental scan of adolescent/youth-friendly HIV services focuses on persons aged 10-24 years in 22 countries receiving support from the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). These countries include Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Haiti, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

See the full Call for Best Practices for Youth-friendly HIV Services.

Bangladesh Urban Health Survey 2013 Final Report

Bangladesh Urban Health Survey 2013 Final ReportThe 2013 Bangladesh Urban Health Survey (UHS) is a representative household survey of slums and non-slums of City Corporations and other urban areas that was implemented through a collaborative effort of the National Institute of Population Research and Training (NIPORT), Measure Evaluation, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, and icddr,b. Associates for Community and Population Research, a Bangladeshi private research agency, conducted the field survey in the City Corporation areas, municipalities and large towns with population over 45,000.

The 2013 UHS is a follow-up survey conducted after seven years from the first UHS conducted in 2006. Primarily the survey was designed to examine the changes in the health and service utilization profile of the urban population with explicit attention to examine differences between slum and non-slum groups. The information collected in the 2013 UHS will be instrumental in determining directions for the urban health program in Bangladesh. Data concerning important urban health issues like migration, fertility and family planning, maternal and newborn health, childhood mortality, child health, feeding practices, and nutritional status etc. are crucial in designing policies and programs. Hopefully, intra-urban differentials in health service utilization between two surveys will be helpful to demonstrate an increased commitment to improving the lives of urban people in Bangladesh.

Access the report.

Reading: Data Fluency

Data Fluency: Empowering Your Organization with Effective Data Communication
Gemignani, Zach, Chris Gemignani, Dr. Richard Galentino and Dr. Patrick Schuermann. Indianapolis, IN: John C. Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2014.

Offering help in bridging the gap between the volumes of data collected by organizations and people who can make use of it, the authors provide knowledge and techniques to help users create focused data presentation tools including visualizations, dashboards, and key metrics. Topics covered in the book include data reporting and communication, audience and user needs, layout and styling, and common design failures.

Ending Child Marriage: Using data to protect the young

Day of the African Child

Efforts to end child marriage in Africa are the focus of this year’s observance of the Day of the African Child, on June 16. In Kenya, despite legislation prohibiting marriage before the age of 18, the practice under “customary” law – marriages according to customs of communities of one or both parties – and Islamic law sets no minimum age. Many young girls, especially in rural areas, are given in marriage by their parents in exchange for livestock or goods or because they are seen as an economic burden. A recent study showed 43 percent of girls were married before age 18 and just under 12 percent of boys.

As the Government of Kenya seeks to combat these early marriages, it needs reliable data to inform policies and pinpoint districts where more resources are needed for programs to safeguard children from early marriage – programs such as improved access to education, health information, and child protection services.

MEASURE Evaluation PIMA (MEval-PIMA) is currently working to address this data challenge in the Kenyan child rights and welfare sector, working with the country’s Department of Children Services. Kenya’s child protection system promotes the well-being of children through the prevention of violence, abuse, exploitation, and neglect, and by ensuring prompt and coordinated action in response to such events. Data necessary for the Child Protection Information Management System helps guide national-level allocation of resources, as well as the planning and targeting of education and health interventions, among others.

Read the full article.

Seminar on Strengthening the Routine Health Information System of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in Bangladesh

Seminar on Strengthening the Routine Health Information System of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in BangladeshThe U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and its implementing partners are collaborating with the Bangladesh Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) to help develop a routine health information system (RHIS) in the country. A seminar held January 13, 2015 as part of the  next phase of activities for strengthening the RHIS was organized by USAID partners implementing the RHIS in Bangladesh.

Among issues that emerged from the seminar are the following:

  • There is a need for bringing collection of data and their use for health service deliveryinto a regulatory framework so as to ensure the privacy of sensitive personal data and to stop misuse.
  • Strengthening RHIS is urgently needed to ensure comprehensive, quality routine dataand use of information for decision making at different levels, from local to central.
  • There should be a strong coordination mechanism in order to avoid duplication of workamong different stakeholders.
  • Providing a unique health ID to track all service recipients should be explored.
  • Focus should be given to a common web-based platform to ensure interoperability and avoid duplication of efforts.

Access the full report.

Exposure to Spousal Violence and Dating Violence Perpetration

Exposure to Spousal Violence in the Family, Attitudes and Dating Violence Perpetration Among High School Students in Port-au-Prince

This study examined the associations of exposure to spousal violence in the family and personal and peer attitudes with dating violence (DV) perpetration among high school students in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Participants were 342 high school students in Grades 10 to 12 who stated that they had ever been on a date.

Multiple linear regression methods were used to examine correlates of the scale of DV perpetration. Findings showed that personal acceptance of DV mediated the association between exposure to wife-perpetrated and husband-perpetrated spousal violence in the family and DV perpetration for girls. Boys who were exposed to husband-perpetrated spousal violence in the family had significantly higher levels of psychological DV perpetration than those who were not. Contrary to expectations, exposure to wife-perpetrated spousal violence in the family was negatively associated with psychological and physical/sexual DV perpetration by boys, after controlling for other factors.

Overall, perceived peer tolerance of DV was more strongly associated with DV perpetration than personal tolerance of DV, and was the only significant correlate of psychological DV perpetration for girls. Perceived peer attitudes also moderated the association between boys’ exposure to spousal violence in the family and DV perpetration. Implications for future research and policy are discussed.

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