Using the PDIA Approach for Menstrual Hygiene in Nigeria

There have been a lot of problems and misconceptions surrounding menstruation in developing countries, particularly in Nigeria. Even when everyone can agree that menstrual hygiene management amongst adolescent girls and women in marginalized areas is very poor from the lack of modern facilities, there is an inability to implement a strategy that addresses this. In tackling this issue, PHAAE adopted the Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation (PDIA).

Identifying and Treating Gestational Diabetes Among Women Living with HIV in Ethiopia

This blog was originally posted on the Maternal Health Task Force website. Gestational diabetes may be a neglected contributor to the continuing high rates of maternal and neonatal mortality in sub-Saharan Africa. Without proper care, gestational diabetes—high blood sugar that is detected during pregnancy (and can include previously undetected pre-pregnancy diabetes)—increases the risk of eclampsia, [more…]

Engaged Youth in Arusha, Tanzania, Start TCI Club to Help Ensure a Healthy Future

This blog was originally posted on The Challenge Initiative website. The Challenge Initiative—implemented in Tanzania as Tupange Pamoja—encourages active participation of adolescents and youth in the design of health programming, including programs related to contraception and healthy futures. Recently, the Tupange Pamoja team met with students at Tumaini University in Arusha to talk about reproductive [more…]

If the Journey to Self-Reliance is to Succeed, We Need to Strengthen Local Capacity to Collaborate, Learn, and Adapt

This blog was originally published on the USAID Learning Lab website. USAID’s approach to development – the Journey to Self-Reliance – focuses our collective efforts on building the capacity and commitment of partner countries to lead their own development. As Administrator Mark Green has said, “the purpose of foreign assistance should be ending its need [more…]

Understanding the Resiliency of Maternal and Child Health Services in Latin America after the Zika Outbreak

This blog was originally published on the Health Research Program website. The Zika outbreak greatly affected several Latin American and Caribbean countries to the extent that the World Health Organization declared it an international public health emergency on February 1, 2016. USAID is assessing the extent to which the outbreak affected Maternal, Newborn and Child [more…]