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Capacity-Building Workshop English (5:09)

Capacity-Building Workshop English

Mirka Negroni, Country Director, Mexico and local consultants (2009)

 In February 2009, the USAID | Health Policy Initiative, in Mexico City, hosted representatives from 45 NGOs to build organizational capacity and support civil-society participation in the national response to HIV. The training enabled the NGOs to draft grant proposals that subsequently were funded. Videos in English and Spanish.

Capacity-Building Workshop Spanish (5:09)

Capacity-Building Workshop Spanish

Mirka Negroni, Country Director, Mexico and local consultants (2009)

In February 2009, the USAID | Health Policy Initiative, in Mexico City, hosted representatives from 45 NGOs to build organizational capacity and support civil-society participation in the national response to HIV. The training enabled the NGOs to draft grant proposals that subsequently were funded. Videos in English and Spanish.

Central America: Promoting a Strategic Response to HIV (1:34)

Central America: Promoting a Strategic Response to HIV

Lucia Merino (2008)

Lucia Merino, Chief of Party for PASCA, discusses her work in five countries in Central America to strengthen the region's response to HIV. The project helps countries to translate policies into concrete actions and monitor policy implementation to ensure that target populations are reached and policies achieve the desired results. (In Spanish with English subtitles)

Contraceptive Security (6:56)

Contraceptive Security

Tanvi Pandit-Rajani and Margot Fahnestock (2007)

Policy specialists Tanvi Pandit-Rajani and Margot Fahnestock review the history of contraceptive security and discuss the key role that policy plays in ensuring availability of contraceptive methods. They also provide basic information about programs to ensure contraceptive security and suggest some key resources.

Equity in ART Access in Ethiopia (4:10)

Equity in ART Access in Ethiopia

Dr. Yared Mekonnen (2010)

HPI’s research in Ethiopia found that access to antiretroviral therapy has improved, especially since ART services were offered in health centers. More can be done to reduce stigma, to counsel PLHIV, and to continue progress in equity in ART access.

How has Policy Development Led to Increased Resources for Health? The Case for Kenya (16:07)

How has Policy Development Led to Increased Resources for Health? The Case for Kenya

(2010)

Dan Wendo, Kenya Country Director

Dr. Wendo describes policy work in Kenya that led to increased resources for health, including HIV and family planning and reproductive health programs. The project worked at all levels: (1) at the national level, to estimate the costs to implement National Plans of Action; (2) at the health systems level, to introduce guidelines, operational manuals, and computerized financial information systems; (3) at the health facility level, to train facility managers on supervision, waivers and exemptions for the poor; and (4) at the community level, to improve the capacity of civil society organizations in regard to advocacy, resource mobilization, governance, accountability, and HIV-related program work. Provision of direct management support for health facilities led to better revenue collection, increased insurance reimbursement, and greater access to services by the poor—building a solid foundation for sustainable health systems. utures Group hosted this event at the National Press Club in February. In his presentation Dan went over what had to be done in Kenya to mobilize resources for orphans and vulnerable children. He goes over what was done at the national level, how the cost sharing system and the management of health facilities were improved and the work done with civil society organizations.

Integrating Family Planning into the Poverty Reduction Strategy Process (10:33)

Integrating Family Planning into the Poverty Reduction Strategy Process

Maria Borda and William Winfrey (2007)

Maria Borda and William Winfrey of the Health Policy Initiative describe the project’s work to raise the profile of family planning in Mali’s Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP), as well as in other documents that outline country economic and social policies and form the basis for loan or debt relief from the World Bank and IMF. They discuss successes and lessons learned in the process of incorporating family planning issues into Mali’s PRSP.

Jamaica: Working to Insure People Living with HIV (3:01)

Jamaica: Working to Insure People Living with HIV

Kathy McClure (2009)

In this video, Kathy McClure, Country Representative for the Health Policy Initiative in Jamaica, describes how the Jamaican Business Council on HIV and AIDS is working with insurance companies to set up insurance coverage for people living with HIV and AIDS.

Jamaica: Working with the Business Council: Identifying Needs of the Private Sector (4:35)

Jamaica: Working with the Business Council: Identifying Needs of the Private Sector

Kathy McClure (2009)

Kathy McClure, Country Representative for the Health Policy Initiative in Jamaica, discusses her work with the Jamaican Business Council on HIV and AIDS to identify the needs for programs to address HIV issues.

Kenya: Addressing Barriers to Family Planning (4:14)

Kenya: Addressing Barriers to Family Planning

Beatrice Okundi (2009)

Beatrice Okundi, a health specialist for the Health Policy Initiative in Kenya, describes her work with various government agencies and health professionals to integrate family planning and HIV services in Kenya.

Kenya: Increasing Equitable Access to Family Planning (17:12)

Kenya: Increasing Equitable Access to Family Planning

(2009)

This video, shot on location in Kenya, describes the Health Policy Initiative’s activities to involve the poor in family planning programs, break down barriers to access to reproductive health (RH) services, engage men in RH programs, and support advocacy work in Kenya.

Kenya: Mobilizing People Living with HIV (2:24)

Kenya: Mobilizing People Living with HIV

Dorothy Odhiambo

Dorothy Odhiambo, HIV/AIDS Specialist for the Health Policy Initiative in Kenya, describes her work to form six networks of people living with HIV (PLHIV). The PLHIV networks participate in multisectoral coordinating bodies and have formed support groups at the community level.

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Kenya: Use of Civil Society in Advocacy (1:58)

Kenya: Use of Civil Society in Advocacy

Dan Wendo, Country Director, Kenya (2009)

The Health Policy Initiative and its predecessor, the POLICY Project, have worked on HIV and reproductive health issues in Kenya for about a decade. The project’s use of civil society organizations in advocacy related to HIV and reproductive health has made major progress in creating a dialogue with political leaders in Kenya.

Malawi: Distribution of Injectable Contraceptives to Rural Areas (3:52)

Malawi: Distribution of Injectable Contraceptives to Rural Areas

Olive Mtema (2009)

Olive Mtema, Senior Policy and Advocacy Advisor for the Health Policy Initiative in Malawi, discusses her work to recruit volunteers to do family planning work in rural areas.


 

Mali: The Power of engagement English (19:28)

Mali: The Power of engagement English

(2010)

Here we take a comprehensive look at HPI’s projects in Mali on issues like HIV AIDS and reproductive health.  This video is a series of interviews in Mali with religious, political and other leaders who work with HPI.  (French with english subtitles)

Mali: The Power of engagement French (19:28)

Mali: The Power of engagement French

(2010)

Here we take a comprehensive look at HPI’s projects in Mali on issues like HIV AIDS and reproductive health.  This video is a series of interviews in Mali with religious, political and other leaders who work with HPI. 

Mali: Working with Religious Leaders (2:40)

Mali: Working with Religious Leaders

Modibo Maiga (2008)

Modibo Maiga, former Country Director of the Health Policy Initiative in Mali, describes the project’s successful collaboration with Muslim and Christian leaders to speak openly on HIV issues and spark a strong, new faith-based response to HIV.

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Mexico: Empowering Vulnerable Groups to Combat HIV (1:08)

Mexico: Empowering Vulnerable Groups to Combat HIV

Mirka Negroni (2008)

Mirka Negroni, Country Manager of the Health Policy Initiative in Mexico, describes her work with HIV-positive women to organize them into a legally recognized network and gain the skills needed to engage in policy dialogue and advocacy on HIV issues.

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Mobilizing Public Sector Resources for the Poor in Peru (14:41)

Mobilizing Public Sector Resources for the Poor in Peru

Suneeta Sharma (2007)

Dr. Suneeta Sharma, Deputy Director for Family Planning/Reproductive Health at the Health Policy Initiative, describes the process used in Peru to address the difficulties faced by poor, indigenous women in obtaining health services. To address this issue, a team of local experts involved the poor in every step of the process, which involved defining the problem, diagnosing the causes, developing a strategy, mobilizing resources, scaling up, and evaluating impact on equity.

Moving From Policy to Action, End of Project Symposium (11:18)

Moving From Policy to Action, End of Project Symposium

Bridget McHenry (2010)

Opening Plenary- Global Advocacy for Safe Motherhood

Bridget McHenry – Senior Program Advisor, White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood

Moving From Policy to Action, End of Project Symposium (5:45)

Moving From Policy to Action, End of Project Symposium

Scott Radloff (2010)

Opening Plenary- USAID Perspective

Scott Radloff – Director, Office of Population and Reproductive Health, USAID

Moving From Policy to Action: End of Project Symposium (8:31)

Moving From Policy to Action: End of Project Symposium

Nancy McGirr (2010)

Session 1: Making Policy Work- Overview

 Nancy McGirr – Senior Deputy Director, USAID | Health Policy Initiative TO1 (Futures Group)

Moving From Policy to Action: End of Project Symposium (11:26)

Moving From Policy to Action: End of Project Symposium

Margot Fahnestock (2010)

Session 1: Making Policy Work- Making Injectables Available in Malawi

Margot Fahnestock – Program Officer, Population Program, Hewlett Foundation

Moving From Policy to Action: End of Project Symposium (10:06)

Moving From Policy to Action: End of Project Symposium

Nadia Carvalho (2010)

Session 1: Making Policy Work- Opening the Door to Programs: Vietnam’s HIV Law

 Nadia Carvalho – Senior Policy Advisor, USAID | Health Policy Initiative TO1 (Futures Group)

Moving From Policy to Action: End of Project Symposium (9:39)

Moving From Policy to Action: End of Project Symposium

Lucia Merino (2010)

Session 1: Making Policy Work- Keeping Watch: Accountability for FP/RH Laws in Guatemala

Lucia Merino – Chief of Party, USAID | Health Policy Initiative TO4 - PASCA (Futures Group)

Moving From Policy to Action: End of Project Symposium (5:55)

Moving From Policy to Action: End of Project Symposium

Elizabeth Schoenecker (2010)

Session 1: Making Policy Work- Discussant

Elizabeth Schoenecker – Chief, Policy, Evaluation, and Communication Division, Office of Population and Reproductive Health, USAID

Moving From Policy to Action: End of Project Symposium (10:58)

Moving From Policy to Action: End of Project Symposium

Suneeta Sharma (2010)

Session 2: Going the Extra Mile, Achieving Equity - Overview

Suneeta Sharma – Deputy Director FP/RH, USAID | Health Policy Initiative TO1 (Futures Group)

Moving From Policy to Action: End of Project Symposium (10:44)

Moving From Policy to Action: End of Project Symposium

Himani Sethi (2010)

Session 2: Going the Extra Mile, Achieving Equity- New Approaches for Reaching the Poor in India

Himani Sethi – Senior Program Specialist, Health Policy Initiative/India (Futures Group)

Moving From Policy to Action: End of Project Symposium (10:32)

Moving From Policy to Action: End of Project Symposium

Dan Wendo (2010)

Session 2: Going the Extra Mile, Achieving Equity- Focus on the Poor in Kenya’s FP/RH Strategy

Dan Wendo – Former Country Director, Health Policy Initiative/Kenya (Futures Group)

Moving From Policy to Action: End of Project Symposium (11:51)

Moving From Policy to Action: End of Project Symposium

Mirka Negroni (2010)

Session 2: Going the Extra Mile, Achieving Equity- Integrating Gender Equity in Mexico's Response to HIV

Mirka Negroni- Country Manager, Health Policy Initiative/Mexico (Futures Group)

Moving From Policy to Action: End of Project Symposium (55:39)

Moving From Policy to Action: End of Project Symposium

Davidson Gwatkin (2010)

Session 2: Going the Extra Mile, Achieving Equity - Discussant

 Davidson Gwatkin – Senior Fellow, Results for Development Institute; Senior Associate, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Moving From Policy to Action: End of Project Symposium (9:23)

Moving From Policy to Action: End of Project Symposium

Rachel Sanders (2010)

Session 3: Spending Wisely, Models Can Help- Overview

Rachel Sanders – Policy Analyst, USAID | Health Policy Initiative, TO1 (Futures Group)

Moving From Policy to Action: End of Project Symposium (13:03)

Moving From Policy to Action: End of Project Symposium

Millicent Obaso (2010)

Session 3: Spending Wisely, Models Can Help- More Resources for Family Planning in Tanzania

Millicent Obaso – Chief of Party, Tanzania – USAID | Health Policy Initiative, TO5 (Futures Group)

Moving From Policy to Action: End of Project Symposium (11:14)

Moving From Policy to Action: End of Project Symposium

Steven Forsythe (2010)

Session 3: Spending Wisely, Models Can Help-  Allocating HIV Resources Effectively: Faster, Cheaper, Better

Steven Forsythe – Project Director, Costing Task Order, USAID | Health Policy Initiative (Futures Institute)

Moving From Policy to Action: End of Project Symposium (8:25)

Moving From Policy to Action: End of Project Symposium

Lori Bollinger (2010)

Session 3: Spending Wisely, Models Can Help- Scaling Up Male Circumcision Programs: Costs and Benefits

Lori Bollinger – Vice President, Futures Institute

Moving From Policy to Action: End of Project Symposium (5:37)

Moving From Policy to Action: End of Project Symposium

Nalinee Sangrujee (2010)

Session 3: Spending Wisely, Models Can Help- Discussant

Nalinee Sangrujee – Senior Economist, Global Division of HIV/AIDS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Moving From Policy to Action: End of Project Symposium (3:33)

Moving From Policy to Action: End of Project Symposium

William McGreevey (2010)

Session 3: Spending Wisely, Models Can Help- Discussant

William McGreevey – Professor, Department of International Health, Georgetown University

Moving From Policy to Action: End of Project Symposium (11:18)

Moving From Policy to Action: End of Project Symposium

Ken Morrison (2010)

Session 4: Can You Hear Me Now? Voice and Accountability- Overview

Ken Morrison – Senior Technical Advisor, HIV, USAID | Health Policy Initiative, TO1 (Futures Group)

Moving From Policy to Action: End of Project Symposium (10:52)

Moving From Policy to Action: End of Project Symposium

Elizabeth Mallas (2010)

Session 4: Can You Hear Me Now? Voice and Accountability- Business Councils: Good for People, Good for Business

 Elizabeth Mallas – Manager, USAID | Health Policy Initiative (Futures Group)

Moving From Policy to Action: End of Project Symposium (14:03)

Moving From Policy to Action: End of Project Symposium

Famory Fofana (2010)

Session 4: Can You Hear Me Now? Voice and Accountability- Pulling Together: Parliamentarians and Faith Communities

Famory Fofana – Country Director, Health Policy Initiative/Mali (Futures Group)

Moving From Policy to Action: End of Project Symposium (12:28)

Moving From Policy to Action: End of Project Symposium

Amy Kay (2010)

Session 4: Can You Hear Me Now? Voice and Accountability- From Invisible to Integral: PLHIV in the Middle East

Amy Kay – Senior Technical Advisor, USAID | Health Policy Initiative, TO1 (CEDPA)

Moving From Policy to Action: End of Project Symposium (3:28)

Moving From Policy to Action: End of Project Symposium

Ron MacInnis (2010)

Session 4: Can You Hear Me Now? Voice and Accountability- Discussant

Ron MacInnis – Senior Advisor, International AIDS Society

Moving From Policy to Action: End of Project Symposium (22:35)

Moving From Policy to Action: End of Project Symposium

Sarah Clark (2010)

Sarah Clark – Project Director, USAID | Health Policy Initiative Task Order 1 and Vice President, Center for Policy and Advocacy, Futures Group

 Global Advocacy for Safe Motherhood

Moving From Policy to Action: End of Project Symposium (10:48)

Moving From Policy to Action: End of Project Symposium

Farley Cleghorn (2010)

Closing Plenary Summary Farley Cleghorn – Senior Vice President and Chief Technical Officer, Futures Group

Moving From Policy to Action: End of Project Symposium (6:32)

Moving From Policy to Action: End of Project Symposium

Paul Mahanna (2010)

Closing Plenary

USAID Perspective

Paul Mahanna – Deputy Director, Office of HIV/AIDS, USAID

Policy Approaches to Addressing Gender-based Violence (7:30)

Policy Approaches to Addressing Gender-based Violence

Anne Eckman

Gender specialist Anne Eckman provides basic information on policy approaches to address gender-based violence, including the scale of the problem and some policy solutions. She also suggests useful resources to assist people working on this topic.

Resources:
Approaches that Work: Gender-Based Violence Document

Policy Approaches to Addressing Poverty and Health (10:08)

Policy Approaches to Addressing Poverty and Health

William McGreevey (2007)

Dr. William McGreevey of the Health Policy Initiative summarizes policy approaches that can improve the health of the poor by increasing access to health services, thereby lessening the gap between the poor and the non-poor.

 

Policy Models for HIV/AIDS (47:58)

Policy Models for HIV/AIDS

John Stover (2009)

Describing work under the Health Policy Initiative, John Stover, President of the Futures Institute, reviews the Spectrum modeling software system, its associated models, and their applications to HIV and AIDS. He demonstrates some of the models, explains how Spectrum works, and discusses the role of models in health policy work.

Policy Models for Reproductive Health (55:14)

Policy Models for Reproductive Health

John Stover (2009)

Describing work under the Health Policy Initiative, John Stover, President of the Futures Institute, reviews the Spectrum modeling software system, its associated models, and their applications to reproductive health. He demonstrates some of the models, explains how Spectrum works, and discusses the role of models in health policy work.

Poverty and Health Equity within USAID's Global Health Framework (12:09)

Poverty and Health Equity within USAID's Global Health Framework

Mai Hijazi (2007)

Mai Hijazi, a Health Advisor at USAID, explains how the USAID Office of Population and Reproductive Health has incorporated poverty and equity into its strategy and framework. She also discusses the linkages between the broader policy framework and reproductive health programming.

Projecting and Addressing the Health Needs of the Poor (12:09)

Projecting and Addressing the Health Needs of the Poor

John Stover (2007)

John Stover, President of the Futures Institute, explains how the Health Policy Initiative uses data and models to project the need for health services and target approaches to reach the poor. To determine the best ways to reach the poor, one must know the differences between the poor and the non-poor. The project is working to adapt its models to better serve the poor. Modeling and analysis helps policy champions advocate for political support and inform program planning and effective resource allocation.

Reaching the Poor in India: Using Vouchers to Expand Health Coverage in Uttar Pradesh (19:01)

Reaching the Poor in India: Using Vouchers to Expand Health Coverage in Uttar Pradesh

(2007)

Dr. Gadde Narayana, Director of the Innovations in Family Planning Services IFPS II Technical Assistance Project (ITAP) in India, describes an innovative way to expand health coverage in the state of Uttar Pradesh. ITAP analyzed reproductive health indicators by level of income in the state and found considerable inequities between the richest and poorest wealth quintiles. ITAP introduced a voucher system to allow poor women to obtain high-quality reproductive and maternal health services from public and private facilities. Dr. Narayana explains how the voucher scheme works, why it is successful, and the challenges that arise when implementing the system.

South Africa: Building Capacity of People Living with HIV (2:35)

South Africa: Building Capacity of People Living with HIV

Mogale Mashiapata (2008)

Mogale Mashiapata, Senior HIV/AIDS Specialist of the Health Policy Initiative in South Africa, explains the importance of a toolkit developed to build the capacity of PLHIV and reduce HIV-related stigma in South Africa. Entitled “To the Other Side of the Mountain,” the toolkit is a resource for PLHIV, government managers, and organizations providing services to PLHIV.

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Tanzinia: Working to Influence Leaders and the Public (3:37)

Tanzinia: Working to Influence Leaders and the Public

Millicent Obaso, Chief of Party, Health Policy Initiative, Tanzania (2009)

Under the Health Policy Initiative Task Order 1, the Tanzania team is working to influence leadership on FP and to obtain political support and resources for reproductive health programs. Previously the project introduced the RAPID presentations explaining the impact of continued high population growth rates on socioeconomic development. The project plans to hold more workshops with policy directors and parliamentarians. The project is also working to create awareness in the public using the media stations in Tanzania, which have been very supportive.

The Business Council Approach (6:12)

The Business Council Approach

Liz Mallas (2008)

HIV Program Advisor Liz Mallas of the Health Policy Initiative discusses the project’s work in Guatemala, Jamaica, and Mexico to create sustainable business councils actively striving to reduce HIV-related stigma and discrimination in the workplace. The business councils work with company leaders and managers to adopt workplace policies regarding HIV.

Vietnam: Preventing HIV among Injecting Drug Users (0:42)

Vietnam: Preventing HIV among Injecting Drug Users

Mauro Guarinieri (2008)

Mauro Guarinieri, Resident HIV Advisor for the Health Policy Initiative, Task Order 1, in Vietnam, describes his work to help the government to scale up services for injecting drug users, thereby strengthening HIV prevention efforts and enhancing equitable access to services.

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Vietnam: Shaping the Policy Environment for HIV (2:08)

Vietnam: Shaping the Policy Environment for HIV

Tran Tien Duc (2008)

Tran Tien Duc, Country Director of the Health Policy Initiative, Task Order 1, in Vietnam, describes the project’s work in the formulation and implementation of Vietnam’s new HIV Prevention and Control Law, which guarantees the rights of PLHIV. The project has helped to establish legal clinics to provide legal counseling and aid to PLHIV and to create treatment literacy materials.

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Violence in MSM Transgenders (17:42)

Violence in MSM Transgenders

Myra Betron

Gender-based violence perpetrated against men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgenders (TG) can increase their vulnerability to HIV infection. Few interventions address this vulnerability, however. The project pilot tested a system for integrating screening for violence against MSM and TG into HIV services. Pilot tests in Mexico and Thailand found that the screening tool was helpful to health providers and may provide the impetus to initiate involvement of the community-health system to respond to violence among marginalized populations. 

WomenLead (4:59)

WomenLead

Nabila Zar Malick (2010)

With support from the USAID | Health Policy Initiative, the Centre for Development and Population Activities held a three-week workshop in 2009 on WomenLead in Repositioning Family Planning and Reproductive Health. Attended by 26 women from eight countries, the workshop was designed to turn committed women leaders into skilled policy champions. This video features Nabila Malick, Director of Advocacy for Rahnuma Family Planning Association of Pakistan. She discusses her work with the media and youth volunteers to advocate for provision of reproductive health information in the schools.

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