Knowledge for Health

A frontline health worker (FLW) uses a smartphone to photograph a client she is counseling in Kannauj, Uttar Pradesh, India. © 2016 Girdhari Bora/ SIFPSA mSehat, Courtesy of Photoshare

We all need access to the latest, up-to-the-minute, evidence-based information to do our jobs well. But for health professionals — from community health workers and physicians to program managers and policy makers — having the appropriate information and the ability to share it effectively can be a matter of life and death. If the information is out-of-date or misleading, or it isn’t communicated accurately or in time, the health consequences can be serious.

Knowledge for Health (K4Health) is the flagship knowledge management project of USAID. K4Health collects, curates and adapts the latest evidence and best practices on family planning, reproductive health and other global health areas, and then provides the tools that make it easy to share with the people on the ground who need it the most.

Towards this vision, K4Health develops and manages an unparalleled repository of freely accessible family planning and related health knowledge resources. These include:

K4Health strengthens the knowledge management capacity of health-focused institutions and organizations, by providing training and professional development opportunities. It also partners with governments and health ministries to incorporate knowledge management into governance and planning. K4Health also conducts research on knowledge management-driven global health interventions.

Recently:

  • With Family Planning 2020, created Family Planning Voices, which provides a platform for people to tell their own stories about family planning and connect with others doing similar work around the world.
  • In collaboration with the East African Health Research Commission, launched the East Africa Health Research Journal.
  • In 2017, 2.1 million users visited K4Health’s portfolio of web-based platforms curating up-to-date resources on knowledge management, family planning/reproductive health and other health areas.

K4Health also leads various communities of practice online and in-person, including the Global Digital Health Network, Post Abortion Care Connection and Global Health Knowledge Collaborative.

More on K4Health

Funding:

USAID

Location:

East Africa, Caribbean, Uganda and South Africa

Duration:

2013-2018

Implementing Partners:

FHI360; IntraHealth International; Management Sciences for Health

Contact:

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