Context

GROWING INTEREST FOR AN
INTEGRATED APPROACH
This graphic, featured in the ENGAGE video, “Population, Health, and Environment Working Together,” illustrates the links emphasized in the PHE approach.

Activities

LEADING THE WAY IN EXPANDING SUPPORT
Members of the Ugandan media visit Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH) a PHE project in southwestern Uganda on an IDEA-supported media study tour to learn about how their work benefits the health of families and protection of wildlife.

Results

BUILDING AWARENESS & FOSTERING CHAMPIONS
Ethiopia’s Minister of Environment and Forestry Belete Teferu delivered the opening message at the 2013 International PHE Conference. He noted the success of integrated PHE efforts in his country, including greater empowerment for girls and women, improved reproductive health, and how they both have helped Ethiopia’s environment. (Also pictured: Julia Henn, USAID and Lester Coutinho, formerly with the David and Lucile Packard Foundation)
This ENGAGE presentation provides an overview of the PHE approach and how it can help solve challenges in remote and vulnerable communities.
The goal of the HoPE-LVB ENGAGE presentation is to improve understanding of the Health of People and the Environment in the Lake Victoria Basin project and the population, health, and environment approach.

PHE ETHIOPIA CONSORTIUM

IDEA supports PHE Ethiopia Consortium as a national PHE champion. With support from IDEA, the PHE Ethiopia Consortium has played a critical role in raising the profile of the PHE approach among policymakers within Ethiopia and internationally. IDEA supports the Consortium to directly engage with high-level policymakers through one-on-one meetings, PHE project site visits, and periodic policy dialogues. These engagements have led to the expansion of the PHE approach in Ethiopia and requests by policymakers for PHE Ethiopia’s multisectoral policy work. Today, the PHE Ethiopia Consortium is seen as a national and regional leader and an example of the success country networks can accomplish in raising the profile of the PHE approach among key audiences.

The Gurage People’s Self Help Development Organization (GPSDO) is a member of the PHE Ethiopia Consortium. Beneficiaries of PHE projects, like those of GPSDO pictured above, often include women who learn skills for alternative livelihood activities and strive for greater economic and household decisionmaking power.

Takeaways

LOOKING BACK & MOVING FORWARD
  • Concise, nontechnical information empowers leaders and decisionmakers beyond the health community with a better understanding of the connections among population, health, the environment, and development. It also builds a broad multisectoral base of support for family planning.
  • Periodic policy dialogue that brings together policymakers, champions, researchers, and implementers mobilizes support for increased investments in integrated PHE strategies and can result in scaling up the approach.
  • Connecting PHE implementers with regional and national PHE networks and global advocates creates a worldwide PHE policy community with a stronger collective and coordinated voice that can influence national development plans and the international development agenda.
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