Entries by Joanna Skinner | Director of Program Integration | HC3

Digging into SBCC for Integrated Health Programs

When should you use SBCC to address multiple health behaviors and outcomes? How is it different from addressing one health outcome? What have we learned about integrated SBCC programs that can guide others? The Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3), under its work with the UN Commission on Life Saving Commodities brought together a small group […]

New Report Examines the Drivers of Advanced Maternal Age and High Parity Pregnancies

What drives women to have pregnancies after the age of 35 or to have five or more children? Both of these pregnancies present high risks to both the mother and newborn. Women aged 35 or older are more prone to pregnancy complications, as well as greater risk of maternal mortality. Adverse outcomes for the newborn […]

New Toolkit for Life-saving Commodities Builds Advocacy Capacity

HC3’s Demand Generation Implementation Kit for under-utilized, life-saving commodities is a capacity-building tool for program implementers to create communication strategies for increased commodity demand. Closely related is the need for advocacy at global and national levels – and PATH’s new advocacy toolkit provides the tools necessary to promote, inform and convince decision-makers to act. Scaling Up Lifesaving Commodities for […]

Demand Generation Implementation Kit to Launch in Addis

Mark Your Calendars for November 12th in Addis Addis 2013 here we come with our new Demand Generation Implementation Kit in hand and ready to launch! We are in the midst of our final preparations for the upcoming and much anticipated International Conference on Family Planning starting November 12 -15th in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. We look forward […]

New Study Shines Light on Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancy for Postpartum Women

Postpartum women are among those with the highest unmet need for family planning, yet few studies have demonstrated how family planning services can be integrated with maternal and neonatal care to meet their needs. The Healthy Fertility Study (HFS) set out to do just that. A recent article by Ahmed and colleagues, published in the Global Health: Science […]

Creating Demand for Life-Saving Commodities is Key

The “Follow-Up Meeting on the Recommendations of the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities” opened today in Dakar, Senegal, during which the eight “pathfinder” countries participating in this initiative presented highlights from their country plans. Demand generation, for which HC3 is leading implementation at the global level, was featured in 7 of the 8 country plans – […]

Underutilized Commodities for Health

When the inaugural issue of the Global Health: Science and Practice (GHSP) Journal was launched this week I was delighted to see articles on the use of chlorhexidine for umbilical cord care to improve newborn survival and the promise of contraceptive implants to meet growing family planning demand. What do these two articles have in common? They both discuss one […]