The ultimate goal of knowledge management in global health programs is to ensure that evidence is applied at all levels of the health system. However, researchers, policy-makers, and program implementers have identified numerous barriers and challenges to getting evidence used. Translating evidence into action at the global, regional, and national levels calls for two-way knowledge exchange between research producers (researchers) and evidence users (policymakers, program implementers, service providers).Read More
“120 Under 40: The New Generation of Family Planning Leaders” recognizes and highlights the achievements of the next generation of family planning leaders worldwide. 120 Under 40 shines a light on the “positive disruptions” made by young leaders in family planning, enabling others to model their behavior and build on their success. 120 Under 40 is organized by the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with sponsorship from Bayer.
As you walk through the supermarket, you’ve probably noticed labels like “Rainforest Alliance Certified,” “Fair Trade,” or “Green Seal.” These certifications were created to help consumers use their purchasing power to reward companies that treat workers fairly and limit their harm to the environment. What’s missing is health, particularly women’s health. Too often these standards focus narrowly on occupational safety rather than addressing broader, but relevant, health needs of workers.
Some advocates are trying to change that, arguing that the private sector can – through their operations and supply chains – have a major impact on gender equity and health issues like maternal, newborn, and child health; access to family planning; and reproductive health.Read More
Public-private partnerships create “win-win” opportunities for both the public and private sectors and have become essential elements of development projects. Traditionally, these partnerships have focused on providing funding or sharing business know-how. However, with business at the table shaping the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the private sector is increasingly recognized as a key player in delivering development solutions directly through their own operations. One company that has stepped up to this challenge is Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.). Through its Worker Well-being program, LS&Co. is moving beyonda“donoharm” compliancemodelof laborrightsinitsglobalsupplychain, and has integrated the health and well-being of the workers that produce their clothing into their core business agenda.Read More
Reflecting on what is needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, I am struck by how much work is needed to secure the place of reproductive health in discussions on gender equality and women’s economic empowerment.
From the United States Chamber of Commerce forum to the U.N. Women and U.N. Global Compact Annual Women’s Empowerment Principles Event, so much of the agenda focuses on supporting and fostering women-owned businesses and entrepreneurship, increasing the representation of women on boards and in the C-suite, and encouraging girls and young women to pursue careers in STEM fields. There is no question that these initiatives are of critical importance.Read More