Issue 2, September 2020

What's New With the HIPs

Welcome to the second issue of the High Impact Practices in Family Planning (HIP) Newsletter!

The purpose of this newsletter is to inform you of new HIP materials, webinars, and other activities and initiatives on a quarterly basis. Please share widely and sign up for future newsletters using the link below.

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Celebrate World Contraception Day

September 26th marks the 13th annual World Contraception Day, a global campaign aimed at improving awareness of available family planning methods and enabling users to make informed decisions about their reproductive health. 

Join the HIPs Partnership in raising awareness about the HIPs by sharing some of our #WCD2020 tweets!

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Recent & Upcoming HIP Webinars

The HIPs Partnership is pleased to share the recordings for three recent webinars, including two recently conducted in French. Thank you to all of the partners who shared their time and expertise to produce these webinars! 

Community Group Engagement: Changing Norms to Improve Sexual and Reproductive Health  / Groupe d’engagement communautaire : Changer les normes en vue d’une amélioration de la santé sexuelle et reproductive (French, June 2020 – recording/slides)

Post-abortion Family Planning: A critical component of postabortion care / Planification familiale après avortement : Une composante essentielle des soins après avortement (French, October 2020 – recording/slides)   

These webinars were designed by the IBP Network and the Ouagadougou Partnership in response to a growing need to learn more about High Impact Practices (HIPs) through interventions that can optimize investments in family planning. / Ces webinaires ont été conçu par Le Réseau IBP et Le Partenariat de Ouagadougou en réponse à un besoin croissant de mieux connaître les pratiques à haut impact (PHI) à travers des interventions qui peuvent optimiser les investissements dans la planification familiale.

Moderators from Pathfinder and the MOH Togo introduced the Community Group Engagement webinar featuring presenters from Breakthrough Action, Ministry of Health Benin, Institute of Reproductive Health/Mali, and Handarey Mali. Presenters outlined the CGE strategic planning guide and the implementation of Tékponon Kiuagou in Bénin and Mali, and the Handarey approach in Mali.

Moderated by representatives from the Ouagadougou Partnership and Pathfinder International/Evidence to Action, the Postabortion Family Planning webinar included an overview of the brief, the global context presented by WHO/Africa Regional Bureau, and country examples from Côte d’Ivoire presented by the Directorate of the National Mother and Child Program (Direction de Coordination du Programme National de Santé de la Mère et de l’Enfant), and IntraHealth International/Sénégal, the latter program specifically adjusted to include elements of care for adolescents and youth.

Task Sharing Family Planning Services to Increase Health Workforce Efficiency and Expand Access (August 2020 – recording/slides) Presenters by representatives from Abt Associates and FHI 360 provided an overview of task sharing and the task sharing strategic planning guide. PSI presented the application of the guide to inform its approach to mobile outreach in rural Niger. IntraHealth highlighted three task sharing approaches used in South Sudan which resulted in improved access to both an increased number of clients served, especially youth, as well as an expansion in the mix of voluntary family planning methods offered.

UPCOMING: Stay tuned for upcoming webinars on Supply Chain Management (English) and Domestic Public Financing/Financement public national (French). Sign up here to be notified when dates are announced!

Social and Behavior Change Expert Selection

The HIPs Partnership recently sent out a call for technical experts in Social and Behavior Change to lead updates to the existing briefs. The results of the call for applications for Social and Behavior Change experts are now in. Out of a field of over 200 global candidates, 19 technical experts were selected after a rigorous vetting process by the HIP co-sponsors: FP2020, IPPF, UNFPA, USAID, and WHO. Please join us in congratulating the following selected experts: 
  • Shittu Abdu-AguyeJohns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs - Nigeria
  • Robert AinslieJohns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs
  • Olusegun AwolaranWest African Health Organization
  • Modupe Balogun-KukuAdvocacy Working Group, Ogun State, Nigeria
  • Angela Brasington - USAID
  • Arzum Ciloglu - Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs
  • Norbert CoulibalyUnité de Coordination du Partenariat de Ouagadougou (UCPO)
  • Busara Chiza DrezgicEngenderHealth- Tanzania
  • Debora Freitas LopezUniversity Research Co., LLC
  • Jennifer Gayles Save the Children
  • Eftu Hussien - IntraHealth
  • Joan Kraft - USAID
  • Rebecka LundgrenCenter on Gender Equity and Health/University of California San Diego, Institute for Reproductive Health/Georgetown University
  • Ahmednasir MuseEngenderHealth -  Ethiopia
  • Collins OtienoPlanned Parenthood Global-Africa Region
  • Shefa Sikder - CARE USA
  • Joanna SkinnerJohns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs
  • Lynn Van LithJohns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs
  • Claudia VondrasekJohns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs
Three new HIPs briefs will replace the current briefs which focus on channels (Mass Media, Community Group Engagement, Digital Health for SBC) in favor of an ecological approach that focuses on factors that incorporate multiple channels - individual beliefs, joint-decision-making, and norms.

The SBC - Individual expert group will work on an individual’s belief that the benefits outweigh the consequences of family planning (pros and cons) in relation to one’s goals and aspirations and attitudes on safety and effectiveness.
The SBC - Interpersonal expert group will work on joint-decision making - open communication among partners and friends about family planning, including negotiation among partners.
The SBC - Community expert group will work on norms – an individual's belief that family, religious leaders, and community leaders approve of family planning.

The virtual kick-off workshop for the Social and Behavior Change writing group will be on October 27th and will be facilitated by colleagues from Knowledge SUCCESS.

Call for HIP Concept Notes

The HIPs Partnership is accepting concept notes for new HIP briefs or strategic planning guides. The deadline for submission is October 23rd, and all submissions will be reviewed at the December TAG meeting. Concept notes should be no longer than one page. For more information on the criteria for submission, please see Submit New Concepts. Please email your submission to

June TAG Meeting Report

Interested in the discussion from the most recent Technical Advisory Group Meeting? Read the full meeting report here
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