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Haiti: All Eyes on the New Paternity Act

Haiti: All Eyes on the New Paternity Act
Photo credit: Health Policy Project
Making great strides toward the equal protection of children, the government of Haiti signed into effect a new law, Loi sur la paternité, la maternité et la filiation, in June of this year (Moniteur No 105). The law, commonly known as the Responsible Parenthood Act, requires parents to afford equal opportunities to children born in- and outside of wedlock.

The USAID-funded Health Policy Project (HPP) AKSE (Aksyon Kolektif pou Sekirite kont Eksplwatasyon—“collective action for security against exploitation”), implemented by Futures Group, is collaborating with the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and Women’s Rights (MCFDF) to promote the application of the new law. HPP AKSE works with local partners to strengthen human rights protections and expand access to sexual and gender-based violence and child protection services for vulnerable groups. Read more

Modeling Projections Help Ukraine Propose Most Efficient HIV Investment

Even in the midst of conflict, Ukraine is focusing attention on HIV, and working with international partners to address the problem.

Since the mid-1990s, the estimated number of new HIV infections among adults in Ukraine has declined, but among certain key populations at high risk of infection—such as men who have sex with men and clients of female sex workers—the incidence continues to increase. Since 2009, a strategic plan has guided Ukraine’s National AIDS Programme (NAP), largely with support from the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, but it has not offered adequate access to prevention, treatment, and care to these key populations most in need of services. Read more

Supporting a Renewed PEPFAR Commitment to Children Living with HIV

PEPFAR and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) recently announced a $200 million Accelerating Children’s HIV/AIDS Treatment (ACT) initiative, which aims to double the number of children receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) across 10 priority African countries over the next two years. They made this commitment as ministers of health and finance and other delegates gathered in Washington, D.C. for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, hosted by President Obama earlier in August. Read more

New Law on Child Adoptions Launched in Haiti

New Law on Child Adoptions Launched in Haiti
Mme Arielle Jeanty Villedrouin, director of l’Institut du Bien-Être Social et de Recherches, or IBESR speaks about the new adoption law.
In partnership with the Institute for Social Welfare and Research (l’Institut du Bien-Être Social et de Recherches, or IBESR), the Health Policy Project AKSE program organized a high-level workshop in mid-July to discuss the "Adoption Reform Act" in Haiti. The new law, passed in October 2013, was designed to enshrine the principle that international adoptions should be considered above all as a measure to protect the welfare of children and to ensure that children’s best interests are taken into account in adoption proceedings. Read more

Futures Group and GRM International pleased to be part of successful AIDS conference

Futures Group and GRM International pleased to be part of successful AIDS conference
AIDS 2014, held in Melbourne, Australia this year, is the foremost international gathering in response to the HIV and AIDS pandemic.
Futures Group and GRM International employees joined together with an international gathering of 12,000 scientists, researchers and advocates at the 20th International AIDS Conference, held in Melbourne, Australia this month.

From July 20-25, and for several pre-conference presentations, Futures Group and GRM organized, presented and contributed to a large number of conference sessions and presentations on every day of the week-long summit. Our group’s work highlighted some of the most cutting-edge progress being made in the HIV and AIDS response in various key populations and all corners of the globe – from Asia to Africa. Read more

Futures Group and GRM International sessions at the Melbourne International AIDS Conference

Futures Group and GRM International sessions at the Melbourne International AIDS Conference
More than 14,000 people will be "stepping up the pace" at the 20th International AIDS Conference, which takes place in Melbourne, Australia
Futures Group and GRM International are pleased to be participating in the 20th International AIDS Conference, held in Melbourne, Australia from July 20-25, 2014. GRM and Futures Group, along with our in-country partners and collaborators, will be participating in a number of sessions and presentations throughout the week. Read on for a full schedule of events. Read more

Celebrating World Population Day—A Matter of Perspective

Celebrating World Population Day—A Matter of Perspective
World Population Day 2014 focuses on the reproductive health and family planning needs of young people.
As we celebrate World Population Day 2014, the USAID-funded Health Policy Project, led by Futures Group, commits to helping countries follow through on their FP2020 commitments. Read more

The EU-funded Institutional and Technical Support Project holds closing event in India

The EU-funded Institutional and Technical Support Project holds closing event in India
Workshop delegates gather to celebrate ITS achievements.
After three successful years, the ITS team recently held an end of project event to recognize the project’s impact and discuss how new initiatives can continue the momentum in health systems strengthening. Speakers and delegates included senior policy makers from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), senior representation from NIHFW, representatives from the SIHFWs, donor partners and health professionals from other organizations. Read more

Health Policy Project Awarded Program to Improve Human Rights in Haiti

To improve child protection services and decrease the incidence of human rights abuses that affect women, children, and sexual minorities, the U. S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded a program to the Futures Group-led Health Policy Project (HPP) designed to improve both policies and services. Read more

Building Public-Private Partnerships to Improve Health Services in Afghanistan

In 2012, with support from the USAID-funded Health Policy Project (HPP), the Directorate of Private Sector Coordination (DPSC) of the Afghan Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) established the Public-Private Dialogue Forum, which engages key private sector entities and MoPH staff to discuss private health sector concerns and reviews policies and regulations that affect the private health sector and potential public-private partnerships. The forum, which meets quarterly, offers a valuable opportunity for leaders in the private health sector to meet face-to-face with Minister of Public Health Dr. Suraya Dalil, who chairs the gatherings. Read more

MEASURE Evaluation Holds End-of-Phase-III Event

MEASURE Evaluation Holds End-of-Phase-III Event
How MEASURE Evaluation accomplishes its mission
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded MEASURE Evaluation held its end of project meeting earlier this month. Close to 175 people attended the day-long event, which provided a look at the project’s accomplishments over the past six years, as well as the project’s history. MEASURE Evaluation helps to identify data needs, collect and analyze technically sound data, and use that data for public health decision making. During the event, past project directors spoke about the progress and evolution of the project, including its predecessor the EVALUATION Project. Read more

GRM Futures Group Welcomes Lisa Matt as Director of Global Operations

GRM Futures Group Welcomes Lisa Matt as Director of Global Operations
Lisa Matt, GRM Futures Group's Director of Global Operations
International development specialist Lisa Matt has joined GRM Futures Group as the new Director of Global Operations. GRM Futures Group is a group of international development companies that encompasses GRM International, Futures Group, the Effective Development Group, and theIDLgroup. Read more

New: Users’ Guide for Framework on Voluntary Rights-Based Family Planning Programs

New: Users’ Guide for Framework on Voluntary Rights-Based Family Planning Programs
Voluntary Family Planning Programs that Respect, Protect, and Fulfill Human Rights: Conceptual Framework Users’ Guide (Beta Version)
Futures Group and EngenderHealth, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, developed a practical Users' Guide to accompany Voluntary Family Planning Programs that Respect, Protect and Fulfill Human Rights: A Conceptual Framework. The guide aims to help facilitators orient stakeholders on the voluntary, rights-based family planning conceptual framework and assist them with applying it during assessments and action planning related to strengthening human rights in FP programs and using it to monitor, evaluate and hold programs accountable. Read more

The Most Important Meeting in Town

The Most Important Meeting in Town
"Toward Universal Health Coverage by 2030" by World Bank Photo Collection
Last week, as thousands of people gathered in Washington to admire the cherry blossoms, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank held their annual spring meetings. A key event of the meetings, co-hosted by the World Bank and World Health Organization (WHO), was titled “Universal Health Coverage by 2030,” and it was described by one of the meeting’s panelists as the “most important meeting in town.” Read more

Five Action Steps for Inspiring and Achieving Gender Equality in Health: International Women’s Day

Five Action Steps for Inspiring and Achieving Gender Equality in Health: International Women’s Day
Photo credit: Health Policy Project
Since the first International Women's Day in 1911, women have unequivocally increased their social, economic, and political rights and empowerment and achieved greater freedoms across the board. Globally, a greater proportion of girls are attending school, and more women are employed and hold political office than ever before. More women are able to choose the timing and number of children they want, through increased contraceptive access and choice. Maternal mortality rates are on the decline. Read more

The Case for Regional Public Health Goods in the Pacific

Public health goods and services are increasingly provided at the global and regional level, in recognition of health problems transcending national boundaries. The Pacific can benefit from the increased provision of regional public health goods, as Pacific nations face similar health problems and inefficiencies due to limited economies of scale. Read more

RAPID Informs Study of Effect of Population Growth on Environment in Jordan

In Jordan, local newspapers and online news sites are highlighting a national study that shows the impact of population growth on natural resources and the environment. The study, prepared by the Higher Population Council with technical assistance from the Health Policy Project (HPP), stresses the importance of boosting the country’s self-sufficiency in food, protecting natural resources and the need for policy and legislation to address environmental and population issues. Read more

Call for Abstracts: Climate Change and Adaptation in Sub-Saharan Africa: Challenges and Responses

In conjunction with the University of North Carolina Water Institute’s 2014 NEXUS Conference on Water, Food, Climate and Energy in Chapel Hill, NC March 5-8, 2014, Futures Group is organizing a side event on Climate Change and Adaptation in sub-Saharan Africa: Challenges and Responses. Panelists are sought to address issues and challenges facing African countries as they seek to adapt to climate change. Read more

Health Policy Project India Dialogue: Leadership for Family Planning

India is making strides to help accomplish FP2020 and millennium development goal commitments. The Policy Unit at the National Institute of Health and Family Welfare (NIHFW), set up as part of the USAID-supported Health Policy Project, organized a national dialogue on the need and importance of advancing medical education and curriculum for family planning (FP) in India. Read more

Tracking Cervical Cancer on Mobile Devices in Kenya

Tracking Cervical Cancer on Mobile Devices in Kenya
Dr. Mbithi, head of clinical team at Mbagathi HIV Clinic, tests out the cervical cancer screening mobile tracking technology.
January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. Cervical cancer is a major health threat to women in developing countries where screening services can be limited. The Health Management Information Systems (HMIS) team at Futures Group is leveraging mobile technology to fight cervical cancer in Kenya. Read more

Project SEARCH Commemorates Its Work in End of Project Meeting

More than 70 people attended the Project Supporting Evaluation and Research to Combat HIV/AIDS (SEARCH) end of project meeting earlier this month. Representatives from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Project SEARCH implementing partners, including Boston University, FHI 360, Futures Group, Johns Hopkins Center for Communications Programs and the Population Council, shared highlights of their work under the project on January 13, 2013 in Washington, DC. Read more

Reflecting on the Past and Focusing on the Future

In 2013, Futures Group continued to adapt and grow in a dynamic, challenging environment. Most importantly, we continued to live out our mission to develop and deliver innovative, locally relevant, evidence-based solutions to improve the health and well-being of people worldwide. Read more

Building Afghanistan’s Capacity to Improve Healthcare Efficiency and Sustainability

Building Afghanistan’s Capacity to Improve Healthcare Efficiency and Sustainability
Mohammad Zawoli recently completed a master’s degree in health economics. Photo Credit: Health Policy Project
With support from the Health Policy Project, the Health Economics and Financing Directorate (HEFD) of the Afghanistan Ministry of Public Health (MOPH), is building the country’s capacity to improve healthcare efficiency and sustainability by sponsoring a work-study program for HEFD staff to obtain a master’s in health economics. Read more

Dr. Suneeta Sharma Appointed HPP Project Director

Dr. Suneeta Sharma Appointed HPP Project Director
Dr. Sharma speaking at the GRM Futures Group Maternal and Child Health Panel Discussion in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Dr. Suneeta Sharma takes the helm of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Health Policy Project. Read more

Institutional and Technical Support Project Holds Event on Its Progress

Institutional and Technical Support Project Holds Event on Its Progress
Bhupinder Aulakh, Futures Group India Managing Director (left) and National Institute of Health and Family Welfare Director Jayanta K. Das
The European Union-funded Institutional and Technical Support Project (ITS) held an event in New Delhi, India to share the project's progress, lessons learnt and next steps in capacity strengthening of the National and State Institutes of Health and Family Welfare. Read more

Futures Group to Showcase Work at mHealth Summit

Futures Group to Showcase Work at mHealth Summit
During the mHealth Summit, stop by Booth #1413 as we share our latest innovations and provide technology demonstrations.
Futures Group staff from around the world will present the latest mobile platforms that integrate social innovation, crowd sourced solutions at this year's mHealth Summit. Read more

World AIDS Day: VP of Ghana Oversees Launch of New System to Address HIV-related Discrimination

World AIDS Day: VP of Ghana Oversees Launch of New System to Address HIV-related Discrimination
Lauretta Vivian Lamptey, Commissioner of CHRAJ, and Vivian Fiscian, a Health Policy Project consultant. Photo Credit: Health Policy Project.
HIV-related stigma and discrimination remains a serious challenge in Ghana. Now, those experiencing discrimination in Ghana can turn to the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) for help. At World AIDS Day events in Wa, Ghana on December 2nd, H.E. Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, Vice-President of Ghana, oversaw the launch of a new web-based system for handling cases of HIV-related discrimination. Read more

Futures Group at the 2013 International Conference on Family Planning

Futures Group at the 2013 International Conference on Family Planning
Health Policy Analyst Bernice Kuang speaks with a passerby at the Futures Group and Health Policy Project booth at the conference.
More than 3,000 participants, including close to 30 Futures Group staff atteneded the 2013 International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia November 12-15, 2013. Read more

GRM International Sponsors the World Food Prize

GRM International Sponsors the World Food Prize
Since 1986, the World Food Prize has honored individuals who have made contributions to improving the quality, quantity or availability of f
Futures Group's sister company GRM International sponsored the 2013 World Food Prize and Borlaug Dialogue held October 16-18, 2013 in Des Moines, Iowa. Read more

Bringing together Indonesia’s health community to discuss maternal and child health

Bringing together Indonesia’s health community to discuss maternal and child health
The eminent panel at Futures Group and GRM International's recent discussion on maternal and child health in Indonesia.
Futures Group and sister company GRM International recently convened a panel of eminent health and maternal and child health specialists at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Jakarta. In front of 100 sector stakeholders, the panel discussed what needs to be done leading up to 2015 to support Indonesia in achieving its Millennium Development Goals in maternal and child health. Read more

Futures Group and GRM International in Nigeria

Futures Group and GRM International in Nigeria
Futures Group and GRM International in Nigeria
Futures Group and sister company GRM International have been implementing programs to improve public health and human development in Nigeria since 1984. Our group has implemented programs from a number of governmental donors including the UK’s Department for International Development and USAID. Read more

Costing Task Order Holds End of Project Meeting

The USAID | Health Policy Initiative has marked the completion of the Costing Task Order. On September 10, 2013, the project held their end of project meeting “Informing Smart Investments Through Economic Analysis” to share highlights of their work. Read more

Futures Group Work Shared at International Population Conference

Futures Group Work Shared at International Population Conference
Futures Group staff presenting at the IUSSP Conference include (from left) Scott Moreland, Elizabeth McDavid, and Karen Hardee.
Futures Group staff joined close to 2,500 health researchers and practitioners from around the global at the 27th International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) International Population Conference in Busan, Korea. Read more

Futures Group Staff to Present at International Population Conference

Futures Group Staff to Present at International Population Conference
The 27th International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) Conference takes place in Busan, Korea from August 26-31, 2013.
Futures Group is pleased to participate at the 27th International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) Conference in Busan, Korea from August 26-31,2013. Read more

Understanding Demand for Data in Kenya

Understanding Demand for Data in Kenya
Kenya Division of Malaria Control Project Officers James Kiarie and Jacinta Opondo work with DDU Advisor Viola Rop (center) to apply DDU.
Futures Group, as part of MEASURE Evaluation PIMA, facilitated an ‘Applied Data Demand and Use’ workshop to Kenya government officials, including members of the Ministry of Health, about generating and understanding a demand for data. Read more

Conversations With America: Ten Years of America’s Global AIDS Response

Dr. Shannon Hader, Futures Group’s Vice President and Director, Center for Health Systems and Solutions will join Deborah Von Zinkernagel, Principal Deputy Coordinator for the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and Chris Austin, President, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer of Washington, D.C., for a Conversation with America hosted by the U.S. State Department. Read more

Futures Group in Rwanda’s New Times

In conjunction with the closeout of the MEASURE Evaluation project in Rwanda, the March 20 edition of Rwanda’s New Times featured a supplement highlighting the project’s work. Read more

International Women’s Day 2013

International Women’s Day 2013
Futures Group staff in Kabul, Afghanistan to observe International Women's Day.
Futures Group works each day to improve the health and economic wellbeing of women worldwide and recognizes the important role women play in fostering healthy families and communities. Read more

Futures Group in the News – March 7, 2013

Futures Group CEO Chris LeGrand discusses the impact of sequestration with Devex. He explained: “In recent years, our company diversified our client base and sectoral focus to help us to better weather shifts in client priorities and spending." Read more

Building Leadership in Data Demand and Use in Rwanda

Building Leadership in Data Demand and Use in Rwanda
Building Leadership for Data Demand and Use course. Photo: Futures Group
The Rwanda Biomedical Center recognized the need to build leadership capacity within the Rwanda health system, in an effort to promote the review and use of health information in decision-making. Read more

Untangling HIV Treatment as Prevention

Since the publication of the results of the HPTN 052 trial,1 “treatment as prevention” has become the new buzzword in the HIV/AIDS field. Advocates are hailing it as the beginning of the end of AIDS, researchers are talking about it at conferences, and countries are adding it to their national strategies. But there seems to be confusion as to what constitutes “treatment as prevention” and how it should be implemented programmatically. Read more

Futures Group Partner CEDPA Joins Plan International USA

Futures Group partner CEDPA (Centre for Development and Population Activities) merged with Plan International USA. Under this new arrangement, CEDPA will combine projects and personnel with Plan to strengthen existing programs and more effectively protect and promote the rights of women and children around the world. Read more

Using Mobile Technology to Improve Family Planning and Reproductive Health

Using Mobile Technology to Improve Family Planning and Reproductive Health
Victor Katemana demonstrates IQSolutions to mHealth implementers from Ethiopia & Washington, D.C.
USAID and the Tanzanian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare hosted “Using Mobile Technology to Improve Family Planning and Health". The conference, held in Dar es Salaam, focused on how mobile phone technology can improve access to family planning and reproductive health services for people living in rural areas. Read more

Grant Management Solutions 2 Renewed

Grant Management Solutions 2 awarded to MSH partnership: Up to five more years of technical support to grantees of the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Read more

Information Communication Technology for Strengthening Health Systems and Policy

Information Communication Technology for Strengthening Health Systems and Policy
Futures Group India joins with Intel and the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) to host a seminar on Information Communication Technology (ICT) for strengthening health systems and policy. The seminar brings together ICT experts and innovators, public health specialists, and key stakeholders – all connected by the common thread of moving ideas to action.
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Futures Group Awarded USAID’s Implementation Science Investment Study

In August 2011, USAID released the Annual Program Statement (APS) “Implementation Science Research to Support Programs under PEPFAR”, and awarded a total of $21,029,441 for eight studies in seven countries. Each of the awarded studies will be for a maximum 3-year period of study implementation and with a total study budget of US$3 million or less. The scope of the APS encourages study proposals to address HIV technical-area-specific program areas, as well as how to strengthen the integration of programs across the prevention, care, and treatment continuum. Read more

First Lady of Tanzania Urges Women to Use Family Planning

First Lady of Tanzania Urges Women to Use Family Planning
Tanzanian First Lady Mama Salma Kikwete encourages women to use family planning at campaign launch. Photo: Humphleah’s International Limited
For the first time ever, Tanzanian First Lady Mama Salma Kikwete openly encouraged women to use family planning at the launch of a new national campaign to improve the health of women and girls. Read more

Gender-based Analysis Made Easy for More Gender-aware Health Programs

Gender-based Analysis Made Easy for More Gender-aware Health Programs
“Vote with Your Feet” exercise to discuss how beliefs about gender roles can carry over to professional life.
Futures Group, as part of the MEASURE Evaluation project, brought together eight district teams from Rwanda as well as international delegates from Botswana and Zambia to take part in a ‘Regional Forum on the Use of Gender Data in Subnational Decision Making’ held in Kigali, Rwanda in August, 2012. Read more

Futures Group Leads the Way for High Impact Operations Research in Nigeria

Futures Group Leads the Way for High Impact Operations Research in Nigeria
High Impact Research Approach Workshop in Lagos, Nigeria.
Futures Group, as part of the MEASURE Evaluation project, brought together representatives from the National Agency for the Control of AIDS along with other government agencies and research institutions to present the ‘High Impact Research Approach’ at a workshop in Lagos in June, 2012. Read more

Time for Health Economists to Shine?

The call to arms in global health these days is to increase efficiency and effectiveness in order to reach more individuals with higher quality, more accessible services. Achieving an AIDS-free generation and eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV are just two of the ambitious goals that have been targeted in recent months by global health leaders and policymakers. Read more

Forging Untested Ground to Save Lives

In Swaziland, a country that has been heavily impacted by HIV, the Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland is using all of the available tools in their toolbox to save lives. Read more

A Culture of Data Use in Rwanda, One Click Away

A Culture of Data Use in Rwanda, One Click Away
Sample Display for Rwanda Health Management Information System (HMIS)
As the Rwanda Ministry of Health (MOH) seeks to strengthen their Monitoring and Evaluation systems, they are at the forefront of finding innovative ways to meet the information needs of their health care providers with web-based software – the Rwanda Health Management Information System (R-HMIS). Read more

Looking forward to the Future

For Futures Group, 2011 proved to be a year filled with many triumphs, challenges and, above all, a year of positive change. Through our continued commitment, technical and operational excellence and drive for results, we end 2011 stronger and better able to develop and deliver innovative and locally relevant, evidence-based solutions to improve the health and well-being of people worldwide. Read more

Celebrating Forty Years of Thought Leadership

Celebrating Forty Years of Thought Leadership
For 40 years, Futures Group has created lasting solutions to come of the most pressing public health challenges facing nations. Four decades later, Futures Group continues to follow the footsteps of its founders, providing insight for a better world. Read more

Brian’s Story

Brian’s Story
Photo by: Scott Moreland
Brian Briscombe, a Senior Economist for Futures Group, understood that the ultimate success of the health insurance program was not simply getting women to healthcare facilities, but also offering services that protect and promote their well-being. Read more