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EngenderHealth: Access to and Awareness of Comprehensive Abortion Care in Ethiopia

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Neesha Goodman
Anna Sackett
Rachel Vasilver

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EngenderHealth

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Students worked with EngenderHealth on policy and regulations review on family planning and abortion care in Ethiopia.  EngenderHealth is a leading international reproductive health organization working to improve the quality of health care in the world’s poorest communities. EngenderHealth empowers people to make informed choices about contraception, trains health providers to make motherhood safer, promotes gender equity, enhances the quality of HIV and AIDS services, and advocates for positive policy change. . Specifically, through communications with Ethiopian colleagues, the team-

  • Reviewed the status of implementation of these policies and regulations at Woreda (district) and Kebele (village) health care facilities.
  • Identified gaps and obstacles to policy implementation at the service delivery level.
  • Based on international standards, developed recommendations for policies and guidelines to strengthen family planning and safe abortion care.

 

EngenderHealth: SMS Feasibility Study for Ghana Health Program

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Alexis Thomas
Maria Hoffmann
James Cerqua

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EngenderHealth

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EngenderHealth works to improve the health and well-being of people in the poorest communities of the world. We do this by sharing our expertise in sexual and reproductive health and transforming the quality of health care. We promote gender equity, advocate for sound practices and policies, and inspire people to assert their rights to better, healthier lives. Working in partnership with local organizations, EngenderHealth adapts its work in response to local needs.

Students worked with EngenderHealth’s ACQUIRE Project (Access, Quality, and Use in Reproductive Health). This project works globally to advance and support the availability, quality, and use of facility-based reproductive health and family planning services at every level of the health care system and to strengthen links between facilities and communities.

Cellular telephone communication is widespread in Ghana and many other West African nations and text messaging (SMS) because it is less expensive and more reliable, is fast becoming a major mode of communication. Its use for dissemination of continuing medical education messages to health care providers has been very limited. Yet – this population is largely literate and could use text messaging to receive updates and messages. EngenderHealth in Ghana would support from a Practicum team to research:
1 What types of technology exist to send SMS messages to a targeted list of health care providers? And what is the cost? Are companies who provide these technologies available in West Africa? Can these technologies be “implemented” from the US or other locations and text messages sent to Ghana?
2 What types of technology exist for health care providers to request information on specific health care topics – by sending in a SMS code? (Example: Text 1510 for information on vasectomies)
3 Has SMS technology been used in other countries to provide reminders or health information to providers? Was it effective? What lessons were learned?
4 How could an EngenderHealth country office or project (which might include multiple countries) best make use of SMS technology to keep providers updated on the latest health topics?

Students worked closely with Kerry Bruce, Senior Technical Officer of Quality Health Partners at EngenderHealth, based in New York City, to recommend a specific technology that could be implemented to support this project.

 

EngenderHealth: Analysis of Family Planning Methods in Ghana: Use, Limitations, and Recommendations

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Anita Rohira
Meriame Filali Adib
Marybec Griffin-Tomas
Natalie Cline

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EngenderHealth

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EngenderHealth would like a student team to conduct a desk review of existing policies and regulations on family planning and abortion care in Ethiopia.  Through communications with Ethiopian colleagues, the team will :

  • Review the status of implementation of these policies and regulations at Woreda (district) and Kebele (village) health care facilities
  • Identify gaps and obstacles to policy implementation at the service delivery level
  • Based on international standards, develop recommendations for policies and guidelines to strengthen family planning and safe abortion care.

Ethiopian project staff will provide Ethiopian documents for review and will be available via email and telephone to provide any additional input.  A final report indexing and outlining all critical documents, summarizing findings and key recommendations will be due at the end of the internship.

EngenderHealth is a leading international reproductive health organization working to improve the quality of health care in the world’s poorest communities. EngenderHealth empowers people to make informed choices about contraception, trains health providers to make motherhood safer, promotes gender equity, enhances the quality of HIV and AIDS services, and advocates for positive policy change. The non-profit organization works in partnership with governments, institutions, communities, and health care professionals in more than 40 countries around the world. Over 65 years, EngenderHealth has reached more than 100 million people.


EngenderHealth: AIDS, Population and Health Integrated Assistance in Kenya

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Youssef Benlamlih
Mary Elliott
Sharmila Hargrove
Cristal Solorio

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EngenderHealth

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EngenderHealth implements the AIDS, Population and Health Integrated Assistance (APHIA II) in Nyanza Province in Kenya.  APHIA-II, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is designed to contribute substantively to the United States Government and Government of Kenya goals in HIV and AIDS, TB, and to a more limited extent, Reproductive Health/Family Planning (RH/FP), malaria and maternal and child health (Maternal Child Health). The activity objective of APHIA-II is Healthier behaviors and increased use of high quality HIV/AIDS, RH/FP and MCH services. Within APHIA-II/Nyanza the project supports community-based dialogue groups and school-based peer education.

As APHIA-II draws to a close after 5 years, EngenderHealth is interested in evaluating the outreach and community education through dialogue groups and peer education. Quantitative and qualitative data have been collected on each dialogue group and peer education session. Monthly data have been collected on number of participants per session by topic discussed, and information on key issues discussed, questions asked, problems/challenges faced, and recommendations for improvements and new activities.

EngenderHealth is interested in working with GPIA Practicum students to analyze these data.  The students would report the findings of these analyses in an evaluation technical brief that would contribute to APHIA-II/Nyanza’s closeout project report. There is quantitative and qualitative data, and the primary analysis needed is a qualitative analysis of the monthly reports, with a thematic analysis to see issues discussed, problems faced, and solutions/recommendation to address these. The deliverable will be assembling findings together with the quantitative data and writing a technical brief to outline the results.

Students would work closely with EngenderHealth staff in New York, and would also work virtually with APHIA-II/Nyanza staff who are located in Kisumu, Kenya.