New HIP Brief on Mass Media Programming in Family Planning

Mass Media: Reaching audiences far and wide with messages to support healthy reproductive behaviors

Mass media programming in reproductive health can influence individual behaviors by providing accurate information, building self-efficacy, and promoting attitudes and social norms that support healthy reproductive behaviors. This new High Impact Practices in Family Planning (HIP) brief describes the evidence on and experience with mass media programming in family planning.

Mass media programming is one of several proven HIPs identified by a technical advisory group of international experts. [] A proven practice has sufficient evidence to recommend widespread implementation as part of a comprehensive family planning strategy, provided that there is monitoring of coverage, quality, and cost as well as implementation research to strengthen impact.

Download the HIP Mass Media brief [] and visit to learn more about High Impact Practices in Family Planning.

Debra L. Dickson | Knowledge for Health (K4Health)
Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP)
111 Market Place, Suite 310, Baltimore, MD 21202 | | 410-659-6300


New training course and upcoming webinar (DisasterLit & HIFA)

NEW! Disaster Information Specialist course

We are excited to announce the latest online Disaster Information Specialist course:

Packing Your Digital Go-Bag: Essential Disaster Health Information on Your Mobile Device

This one-hour, self-paced, online course discusses key resources that responders and disaster/emergency preparedness professionals should consider installing on their mobile devices as part of their preparedness activities. This course fulfills one of the requirements of the Medical Library Association Disaster Information Specialization, Advanced Level. (1 MLA CE credit)

Next week: Disaster Information Specialist webinar

Humanitarian Evidence Week: Improving the availability of reliable health information
Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. EST / 3:00 p.m. GMT (UTC) (note different start time)

Speakers will provide an overview of two powerful platforms that promote access to health information for those involved in humanitarian action. Ms. Robin Taylor will describe the scope of the Disaster Lit® database and the process used by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) to select high-quality resources, freely available on the internet, about the medical and public health aspects of disaster and public health emergency preparedness and response. Dr. Neil Pakenham-Walsh will discuss how his organization, Healthcare Information For All (HIFA), promotes communication among stakeholders to realize a vision of a world where every person will have access to the healthcare information they need to protect their own health and the health of others.

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HIFA Blog: Month in review, September 2017 – Family Planning

Quote of the month: “If a woman becomes pregnant while wearing an Intra-Uterine Device, this device can enter the baby’s body, even in his brain.” (A misconception about the dangers of using IUDs, reported by Andre Shongo, HIFA Member and Country Representative, Democratic Republic of the Congo)

A woman’s right to health also means a right to contraception. Yet there is a huge unmet need for family planning and contraception (FP/C) across low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and Latin America. In July 2017, the UNFPA reported that some 214 million women worldwide who want to avoid pregnancy are not using safe and effective family planning methods. Of the estimated 206 million pregnancies in 2017 in developing regions, 43% are unintended (Guttmacher Institute). One of the contributory factors is “lack of access to information and/or services”…..more

WHO: Consultation on the thirteenth General Programme of Work (GPW13)

Everyone is invited to comment on the draft GPW13 here:

1 November 2017

WHO has published its draft 13th General Programme of Work (GPW13).

Strategy on a page:

WHO Impact Framework:

Full text:

The draft 13th General Programme of Work will be discussed at a Special Session of WHO’s Executive Board on 22 and 23 November.

To continue the inclusive process of developing GPW 13, these draft documents are now open for comment. Feedback from Non-State Actors will be provided to WHO’s Executive Board to inform their deliberations. Please send comments before November 15th.

Relevant dates

25 August: Posting of the Draft concept note towards WHO’s 13th General Programme of Work 2019–2023 on the WHO website.
28 August to 13 October: Open period for feedback through regional committees and informal web-based consultation.
1 November: Posting of the Draft 13th General Programme of Work (GPW13) on the WHO website.
1–15 November: Informal consultation on the Draft 13th General Programme of Work (GPW13)
22–23 November: Special session of the Executive Board to consider the Draft GPW13 (subject to the session being requested).
22–27 January 2018: 142nd session of the Executive Board to further consider and submit GPW13 to the World Health Assembly in May 2018.

Best wishes, Neil

Let’s build a future where people are no longer dying for lack of healthcare information – Join HIFA:

Tropical Disease Research Implementation Toolkit

Dear colleagues,

I would like to bring your attention to a revised version of the TDR Implementation Research Toolkit which is now available on line at This version is divided into seven nonlinear modules.

The modules of the toolkit can be explored sequentially from the introduction to the end or taken as specific modules depending on the unique needs of individuals or research teams.

Presented visually on the landing page, each module includes ‘signposts’ to relevant sections of other modules as well as important ‘key messages’ to encourage the users navigate the site in their own way.

We invite you to explore the site and send us feedback / comments on your experience with the Toolkit using feedback forms provided on each page.  Your feedback will help us improve on the content and experience of this learning resource.

More information is available at and

Robert TERRY
Manager  Knowledgge Management
Tel. direct: +41 22 791 2632
Tel. mobile: +41 79 244 6091
TDR Friends | Twitter | YouTube
The Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases
World Health Organization
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CH-1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland

The use of video to communicate research results was discussed at a recent TDR technical update to staff at the World Health Organization. Policy-makers in The Gambia who viewed a video that included the perspectives of participants in a research trial found that it strengthened their understanding and motivated them to make changes. […]

Full text:

The Tricky Trio: Gauteng Health officials duck and dive

Top Gauteng Health officials who have so far avoided giving evidence before the Life Esidimeni inquiry into the deaths of 144 mental patients are being tracked down and subpoenaed. The SA Police head of detective services told the hearings that a team of investigators he appointed had struggled to obtain information from the national and provincial departments of health.

Evidence this week identified mental health boss Makgabo Manamela as helping establish an NGO which took 72 patients of whom 5 died…..more

WONCA E-Update Friday 27th October 2017

WONCA E-Update
Friday 27th October 2017

WONCA News – October 2017
The latest WONCA News (October 2017) is accessible via the WONCA website, with lots of WONCA news, views and events. This month’s WONCA News even contains a Spanish supplement, as a service to all our Spanish-speaking colleagues

Policy Bite: Shared principles of primary care
This month’s policy bite is co-authored by Professor Ruth Wilson, North America Region President, and Professor Amanda Howe, WONCA President. We know the importance of strong primary care as a key component of a high performing health care system. However the terms “primary care” and “primary health care” are often used loosely, and there is a need to define and characterise good primary care. The article identifies eight principles of primary care, recently endorsed by many primary care and family medicine organizations in North America, for consideration.

Two WONCA Leaders receive Prestigious Award from World Psychiatric Association
Professor Michael Kidd AM, WONCA Immediate Past President and Professor Gabriel Ivbijaro MBE, a former chair of the WONCA Working Party on Mental Health, have been awarded honorary membership of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA). These awards are in recognition of the recipients’ hard work and contribution to psychiatry and mental health. Honorary membership is one of the highest honours that the WPA can bestow on an individual. We warmly congratulate them both.

WONCA Featured Doctor – Dr Jacqueline Ponzo (Uruguay)

One of this month’s Featured Doctors is Adj Professor Jacqueline Ponzo of Uruguay. Jacqueline is President-elect for the WONCA Iberoamericana-CIMF Region and will assume office at the 2018 World Council meeting. She is Adjunct Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of the Republic (UDELAR), in Uruguay. She is in charge of the residency program in Family and Community Medicine (FMC) in Uruguay, and responsible for the courses of Methodology of Research and Epidemiology, for postgraduate FCM. She is also a researcher and has promoted both the development of research in the community space, and the training of young researchers. This has allowed the emergence of a Research Area in the Department of Family and Community Medicine of UDELAR.

WONCA Global Jobs Portal
A reminder about the WONCA Global Jobs Portal. This is a space where you can advertise a post – or the place to go if you’re looking for a job vacancy. It can be accessed at:

WONCA Working Party on Women – Meeting in Chiawelo


The WONCA Working Party for Women & Family Medicine (WWPWFM) was involved in various activities recently and the working party executive would like to share a summary report.

1. The 5th WWPWFM interim meeting held August 14 – 17, 2017 in Soweto, South Africa.

Our host was Prof. Shabir Moosa and the Chiawelo Health Center community – (Shabir is centre front in group photo above)….more

Stable middle-class in SA may be smaller than thought, study shows

Until recently, SA’s emerging black middle class was hailed as the sign of a new, deracialised postapartheid economy. But research shows the stable middle class may be much smaller than previously thought.

Statistics SA has found that 55% of South Africans are poor, unable to meet their most basic needs. This means only about 45% of the population are not poor. Not being poor is an inadequate indication that the same will be true in the near future. Many people who are not poor are in precarious economic situations. Our research shows almost one in two South Africans who are not poor are at risk to falling into poverty….more

What NDZ stands for

The crowd packed into the Osizweni Community Hall is oblivious to the bitter Tuesday night cold as ANC presidential hopeful Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma wraps up her address to a party cadres’ forum in the township in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal.

The crowd – predominantly women and young people from the ANC’s Emalahleni region – breaks into Dlamini-Zuma’s unofficial campaign anthem, On Your Marks, Get Set, We Are Ready for Nkosazana…..more

Traditional Birth Attendants 2015

This is the TBAs Video that was shot in 2015, the 10th Anniversary of the Association of TBAs in Cross River State, Nigeria. It was shot by the Dr Bassey Kubiangha Education  Foundation (BK Foundation) whose main objective is Health Promotion in the state. The President of the Association was informed about the visit but there were no prepared questions and she did not know that the interviewer would request to talk to the mothers. Their answers were carried verbatim.

The CRS TBA Association, 12 years on, still meets on the last Friday of every month in the main hall of BK Foundation in Calabar, Nigeria. The agenda routinely includes lectures from invited skilled health workers from medical doctors to Nurses and Midwives.

Obviously the experience varies from country to country and within country too. Many countries still cite WHO as the organization whose recommendation makes them ignore TBAs. We look forward to that a clearer recommendation from the WHO on the role of this cohort of human resource because that will better guide countries on what to do given that the shortage of skilled manpower is not about to end in the near-term. In our experience TBAs are trainable and can play a positive role in care of pregnant women in LMICs if trained, equipped and monitored effectively.

Joseph Ana.

Africa Center for Clin Gov Research & Patient Safety

@ HRI West Africa Group – HRI WA
Consultants in Clinical Governance Implementation
Publisher: Health and Medical Journals
8 Amaku Street Housing Estate, Calabar
Cross River State, Nigeria


WONCA E-Update Friday 29th September 2017

WONCA E-Update
Friday 29th September 2017

WONCA News – September 2017
The latest WONCA News (September 2017) is accessible via the WONCA website, with lots of WONCA news, views and events.

Rural Roundup
This month’s “Rural Roundup” is written by Jesse Rockmore, a 4th year osteopathic medical student in the United States. As a member (and current Chair) of the National Rural Health Association Student Constituency Board, he is excited to share his personal experiences in rural health and the goals of the NRHA Student Group with rural physicians worldwide. Originally from a small town in the lower Appalachian Mountains in Georgia, poor access to primary and surgical care in his small town compelled him to pursue a career in rural health care. Read more about his choice of rural health, and why he chose osteopathic medicine.

WONCA SIG on Migrant Care, International Health and Travel Medicine
Continuing our series of reports on WONCA’s Special Interest Groups (SIGs); this week we feature the WONCA SIG on Migrant Care, International Health and Travel Medicine. As the Convenor, Dr Maria van den Muijsenbergh, reports, this WONCA SIG was established in 2008 with the aim of improving the knowledge and skills of general practitioners as well as the organizational and financial conditions to deliver culturally competent, good quality primary care to migrants of all kinds: travellers, economic migrants as well as refugees including the undocumented. As of July 2017, the SIG has grown to a group of 60 members, from 18 different nations. Its members are involved in international research, medical (postgraduate) education and health care delivery related to refugees and other migrants and travellers. This has been of especial significance in recent years, given the migrant crisis in Europe and other regions – and more recently in Bangladesh

2018 WONCA Europe Conference in Krakow

WONCA Europe and the College of Family Physicians in Poland are pleased to invite you to the 23rd WONCA Europe Conference which will be held from 24th to 27th May 2018 in Krakow, Poland. Krakow is a charming, mediaeval city, and an old capital of Poland, and offers its tradition, history, culture and unforgettable magical atmosphere, which attracts millions of visitors each year. The theme is “Family Medicine: Quality, Efficiency, Equity”, and keynote speakers include Prof. Michael Kidd, and Drs Sera Tort, Andrzej Rys, and Mukesh Chawla.

PEARLS – Practical Evidence About Real Life Situations
PEARLS are brief (minimalistic summaries) of Cochrane Primary care systematic reviews with the answer in the title (so you only read the ones you like). The following have just been added to the WONCA website:

520 Mixed evidence on interventions for improving outcomes in patients with multi-morbidity
519 Limited benefit from non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for chronic low back pain
518 Limited evidence for benefits of interventions to reduce sitting at work
517 Skin grafting and tissue replacement effective for diabetic foot ulcers
516 Legislative smoking bans improve health outcomes
515 Over-the-counter artificial tears effective for dry eye syndrome
514 Therapist-supported internet CBT effective for adult anxiety disorders
513 Limited evidence for effectiveness of home-based end-of-life care
512 Topical steroids effective for scalp psoriasis
511 Herpes zoster vaccine effective in older adults

Position Vacancy – Ulster University Foundation Dean of School of Medicine and Professor 

Ulster University is establishing a Graduate Entry Medical School with a particular emphasis on primary care and rural health. The University wishes to appoint an outstanding individual to lead development of the school. The appointment to Professor will be a permanent appointment, whist the Foundation Dean appointment will be for a period of four years in the first instance. Closing date for applications is 30th October 2017 and further details can be found at or via the WONCA Global Jobs portal –

MEC Gwen Ramokgopa spells out problems with health system

Poor management is at the heart of the issues plaguing the Gauteng health department, according to its political head, health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa.

Ramokgopa told Business Day on Wednesday that the poor management system, coupled with inadequate control and insufficient performance management, needed to be dealt with in order to advance public health in the province.

The MEC’s view is in line with the findings and recommendations contained in a ministerial task team report presented to Parliament’s portfolio committee on health by the health minister last week……more