Health Policy Project

The Health Policy Project has ended, but work continues under a new USAID five-year project, Health Policy Plus (HP+).


Karen Foreit/Health Policy Project 



GIS Training for HIV Monitoring and Evaluation

Mapping and spatial analysis has become a critical component of the HIV response. Tools such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) allow program planners to visualize with increasing precision where HIV infections are concentrated, giving them a greater understanding of how to drive down rates of infection. This self-directed training created by the Health Policy Project is designed to arm HIV data analysts, monitoring and evaluation officers, and/or strategic information officers with the skills to visualize and interpret HIV data in map format. Users will learn which skills and mapping techniques are most useful to employ in the context of  generalized vs. concentrated HIV epidemics, as well as how maps are best interpreted and disseminated to policy audiences. The training is free, and uses the open-source QGIS software. Users will need to download the workbook exercises and accompanying data sets available on the home page. 


DemProj, contained in the Spectrum suite, is one of the most widely used software models for making population projections. Researchers, planners, and policymakers can use the model findings to inform research activities, program planning, and policy development. Divided into three parts, this elearning course provides (1) a review of the basic demographic concepts and measures of population and the processes that influence population growth, (2) step-by-step instructions in using DemProj to make population projections, and (3) a series of useful exercises and "quiz" questions to reinforce concepts.

Gender and Sexual and Reproductive Health 101

Gender inequality hinders the achievement of family planning (FP) and reproductive health (RH) goals. Inequities among women and men increase vulnerabilities to ill-health by promoting high-risk behaviors, limiting open communication between partners, and decreasing access to health services and information. In response, the "Gender and Sexual and Reproductive Health 101" course is designed to introduce health policymakers, advocates, and program managers to gender issues and approaches for gender integration. The course explores gender issues as they affect individuals, families, and communities and introduces students to gender analysis. The course also describes the various steps for integrating gender throughout the program cycle. The course can be accessed through the Global Health e-Learning Center. Access is free, but you will need to set up a username and password. Gender and Sexual and Reproductive Health 101 Course Handout

HIV Stigma and Discrimination

The fear of stigma and discrimination negatively affects the ways in which individuals and families protect themselves and provide care for those affected by HIV and AIDS. It can make individuals reluctant to disclose their status or access HIV testing, treatment, and care. HIV-related stigma can impede governments from effectively addressing the epidemic, especially because the most-at-risk populations are often the most marginalized groups in society. These factors increasingly challenge efforts to stem the epidemic. The "HIV Stigma and Discrimination" course introduces key concepts, explores the impact of stigma and discrimination on behavior and HIV responses, and shares promising practices for addressing them. The course can be accessed through the Global Health e-Learning Center. Access is free, but you will need to set up a username and password. HIV Stigma and Discrimination Course Handout

Seminar on Policy Approaches to EQUITY in Health

The two-day seminar, "Policy Approaches to EQUITY in Health," is designed to assist stakeholders with developing a greater understanding of how to incorporate equity approaches in their country programs. The seminar shares effective approaches and proven methodologies for addressing population and health in the context of poverty. Although the intended audience is technical staff working in health in USAID and USAID-supported projects, the presentations use key concepts and non-technical language to allow for greater accessibility and ease of understanding. Click here for course materials.

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The Health Policy Project is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development under Agreement No. AID-OAA-A-10-00067, beginning September 30, 2010. The project's HIV-related activities are supported by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). It is implemented by Futures Group, in collaboration with Plan International USA, Avenir Health (previously Futures Institute), Partners in Population and Development, Africa Regional Office (PPD ARO), Population Reference Bureau (PRB), RTI International, and White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood (WRA). The information provided on this Web site is not official U.S. Government information and does not represent the views or positions of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the U.S. Government.

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