The Policy, Advocacy, and Communication Enhanced for Population and Reproductive Health (PACE) project is pleased to launch a completely revised Population, Health, and Environment (PHE) toolkit. The toolkit is hosted on the Knowledge for Health (K4Health) website.

“We hope that the revised PHE toolkit will serve as the top “Go To” resource for people around the world, including those who are already passionately committed to PHE and those who may be learning about PHE for the first time,” said Kristen P. Patterson, program director for Population, Health, and Environment with Population Reference Bureau.

The updates to the PHE toolkit include streamlining and reorganizing the structure and modifying the contents to ensure that recent research, evaluations, and other resources are all available. Rather than serving as a repository of every available PHE publication, the redesigned toolkit showcases the best and most recent resources, along with classic PHE reference materials. As Craig Leisher, the director of Monitoring and Evaluation with The Nature Conservancy’s Africa Region said, “The PHE Toolkit is the encyclopedia of PHE knowledge to date.” The toolkit has new subsections dedicated to the East African Community and the Lake Victoria Basin Commission, which collectively reflect the increasing support for PHE and the growing community of practice in East Africa. Added resources include documents that focus on PHE and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as population dynamics and climate change.

Daniel O. Adero, the Knowledge Management program officer for PHE with the Lake Victoria Basin Commission, said, “The PHE approach is a very integral part in today’s development. However, many people are still struggling to understand this concept. The revamped PHE toolkit should assist them by providing a number of resources about PHE and how to integrate. Organizations working on environmental, conservation, and health issues around the Lake Victoria Basin should not hesitate to visit this resource. Apart from being a one-stop shop for providing resources one may need to integrate PHE, the toolkit is very easy to use.”

The updated toolkit offers the best available knowledge and practices on how to design and implement, communicate, promote, and advocate for PHE programs, including:

  • Information about integration benefits, PHE links, and current initiatives.
  • Guidance on and experiences with program design, training materials, implementation, data collection, monitoring and evaluation, and scale up and replication of PHE efforts.
  • Research, project/program evaluations, and conference documents.
  • Guidance and examples of effective policy, advocacy, and communications materials and strategies.

PACE will continue to regularly update the toolkit so that the most recent information about PHE projects, and the most recent research and tools, are easily accessible. The PHE toolkit is available online.


HoPE-LVB: A PRB ENGAGE Presentation

The ENGAGE presentation, “HoPE-LVB,” aims to improve individuals’ understanding of the HoPE-LVB project (Health of People and the Environment in the Lake Victoria Basin) and the population, health, and environment (PHE) approach. This process includes mobilizing political commitment and resources to strengthen this and other PHE projects. The presentation is designed to promote policy dialogue on the relationship between population, health, and environment; and the challenges faced by communities in the Lake Victoria Basin. Target policy audiences include government policymakers, civic and religious leaders, health and environment sector leaders, program officials, advocates, journalists, and others.

Developed under the USAID-funded Informing DEcisionmakers to Act (IDEA) project, this and other ENGAGE presentations examine the relationship between family planning and sustainable national development. ENGAGE presentations are dynamic, multimedia policy advocacy tools, appropriate for a variety of developing country contexts, to engage global leaders and country-level policymakers in critical discussions about family planning, population growth and the intersection with other key development issues.

“HoPE-LVB” is available as a narrated presentation and can be downloaded from the PRB website or streamed via PRB’s YouTube channel; CD-ROMs are also available on request. A presentation guide is available to provide facilitators with skills and resources to effectively deliver and lead discussion about the presentation.

With funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development, IDEA—Informing Decisionmakers to Act—increases support among policy audiences for effective health and population programs around the world. By increasing the flow of accurate, understandable information about population, family planning, and reproductive health to policy audiences, IDEA enhances efforts carried out by civil society, the public sector, the development community, and donors. Under IDEA, PRB has developed a series of dynamic multimedia ENGAGE presentations to engage global leaders and country-level policymakers in issues related to family planning, reproductive health, and other key development issues.