- Helping Kenya’s County Leaders Advocate for Increased Health Investments
- Posted May 10, 2016 NAIROBI—In 2013, Kenya began decentralizing its government, devolving authority from the central government out to 47 newly-created counties. For Kenya’s county leaders, this has meant—among other things—the need for a quick education on navigating the intricate process through which funds are allocated to support county-level health services.
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- HPP Holds Working Meeting on Ensuring Responsible PEPFAR Transitions for Key Populations
- Posted March 30, 2016 WASHINGTON, DC—On March 24, the USAID- and PEPFAR-funded Health Policy Project (HPP) hosted a “Working Meeting on Ensuring Responsible PEPFAR Transitions for Key Populations.” The event was attended by a wide variety of stakeholders, including representatives from USAID, the CDC, and OGAC. Participants both discussed and strategized around the challenges facing key populations (KP) programming as funding from PEPFAR and other donors declines. Deborah Kaliel, Senior Sustainability and Capacity Building Advisor for USAID’s Office of HIV and AIDS, contextualized the meeting, noting the growing awareness that donor cutbacks will disproportionately affect key populations, particularly in countries with concentrated epidemics.
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- HPP Staff Participate in White House Conference on HIV Stigma Reduction
- Posted March 9, 2016 WASHINGTON, DC—How do we measure HIV stigma, and what is the connection between reduced HIV stigma and improved health outcomes, if any? On March 3, the Office of National AIDS Policy held a conference on this topic, “Translating Research into Action: Reducing HIV Stigma to Optimize HIV Outcomes.” At the event, researchers, policy analysts, and community stakeholders discussed best practices on measuring/monitoring HIV stigma, tracking its relationship to HIV outcomes and service implementation, and promising interventions to reduce HIV stigma
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- Health Policy Project Celebrates 2016 International Women's Day
- Posted March 8, 2016 WASHINGTON, DC—On March 8 the USAID-funded Health Policy Project (HPP) celebrated International Women’s Day with a focus on empowering women leaders. HPP’s Empowering Women Leaders for Country-Led Development program fostered yearly cadres of women champions from six African countries to engage in family planning and reproductive health decision making and advocate for policy change. Through a three-week intensive skills-building workshop; seed funds to implement local advocacy; extended south-to-south coaching; and ongoing technical assistance and networking support, these women leaders are having a lasting impact.
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- Something to Build On: “Innovation Exchange” Celebrates HEPP’s Close, and a New Beginning in Guatemala
- Posted February 24, 2016 GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala—The USAID-funded Health and Education Policy Project (HEPP) hosted an event on February 18 to mark the program’s conclusion and launch its successor, Health and Education Policy Plus (HEP+). The event brought together more than 150 people from USAID, HEPP, and partners, as well as representatives from government ministries and civil society organizations. HEPP and HEP+ are Guatemala-specific country programs of the Health Policy Project (HPP) and Health Policy Plus (HP+), tailored to include education components.
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