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The USAID | Health Policy Initiative project is over. The current policy-focused USAID project is Health Policy Plus (HP+).

Communities of Practice

International AIDS Economics Network

 

The International AIDS Economics Network (IAEN) provides a global mechanism to debate and inform the vital economic and policy steps necessary to reach a solution to the HIV epidemic. The principal objective of the IAEN is to assist AIDS economists and policymakers in developing countries to interact more effectively with global colleagues to promote compassionate, cost-effective responses to the epidemic. While developing country specialists seek to leverage one another's efforts and disseminate best practices, they seldom have ready access to international forums in which to collaborate. The IAEN provides developing country policymakers with such a forum.

Latin America and Caribbean Contraceptive Security Initiative (LACDAIA)

The virtual communication network for contraceptive security (CS) committees in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is hosted by the USAID Allnet Alliance Network. The communication network promotes exchange of information, lessons learned, and experiences among CS committees and members. Among the key issues explored are logistics, financing, and resource allocation for contraceptive security. To further support ongoing efforts to promote equitable access to family planning programs and services, the network also facilitates collaborative dialogue toward achieving contraceptive security. To access the forum, please visit: www.lacdaia.org.
 
The LACDAIA site hosted by Communities at USAID

 Leadership Forum on Health Information Systems

Leadership Forum on Health Information Systems

The www.hisforum.org  website supports the Leadership Forum on Health Information Systems (HIS). The first regional forum was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in August 2009 for Eastern Africa and plans are currently underway to support a similar event for Southern Africa. The organizers hope to sponsor similar forums in West Africa, Asia, and Latin and Central America.

The aim of the HIS Forum is to strengthen and accelerate country-owned and country-led strategies for managing HIS. The forum serves as a venue for sharing approaches and linking countries with potential sources of technical and financial resources for strengthening HIS. It builds on existing strategic planning and ongoing efforts for strengthening national HIS.

While participation in the forums is by invitation only, access to the website is open. You can post comments any time. The site is moderated.
 

MAT Policy Advocacy Toolkit

The MAT Policy Advocacy Toolkit documents best and promising practices and strategies to assist advocates, policymakers, and other stakeholders in building, improving, and monitoring public policy for successful implementation and scale-up of Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT) .

Objectives
  • Assess the extent to which current laws and policies enable or restrict implementation of MAT
  • Identify strategies to overcome these policy barriers
  • Design tools to monitor incremental policy advocacy and implementation progress

The resource materials used and developed under this activity are maintained at a restricted website for the use of the team and consultants. These materials may be accessed upon request to kwillson@futuresgroup.com. To request a password, please send a brief description of the nature of your interest, professional affiliation, and name in the text of an email. You will receive an agreement acknowledging your duty to respect copyright and your understanding of the non-official nature of the materials on the website. 

Online communities of practice provide people with a desire to address, discuss, and share their knowledge on a particular topic or issue with the means to do so. This informal website and blog is meant to facilitate such sharing within the project team as well as access to the final toolkit.

Stigma Action Network

The Stigma Action Network aims to create a global network that will allow people involved in program design, research, and advocacy on HIV-related stigma and discrimination to share information, tools, and experiences; strategize on how to fill research, program, and policy gaps; and coordinate efforts to expand strategies for reducing HIV stigma worldwide. The network will have the potential to create efficiencies within the HIV stigma-reduction community and maximize impact through improved communication, coordination, and partnership building. 

Click here to visit the Stigma Action Network website and join the e-Forum.

Youth-policy.com

Youth-policy.com is an online resource for improving youth reproductive health (YRH) and HIV/AIDS policies worldwide. This site features a searchable database containing more than 100 full-text policies addressing YRH from various countries.