Alaa Zaza

Alaa Zaza is an education and child protection specialist with 15 years of experience in inclusive education and school social work. Alaa has targeted experience in education in emergency, early childhood development, social emotional learning, psychosocial support, and peace- and conflict-sensitive education. Alaa led the development of early grade literacy and numeracy curricula and associated assessments.…

Lessons Learned on Scaling Aflasafe Through Commercialization in Sub-Saharan Africa

This strategic brief is an overview of lessons learned on scaling Aflasafe through commercialization in sub-Saharan Africa. The resource describes that challenges to scale-up include low awareness, inadequate market incentives, and poorly enforced policies. It also gives an overview of the five-phase “science to scale” process, and how this was implemented in-country. Finally, the brief…

Our Journey from Incubation to Market: Status of Aflasafe Commercialization in Africa

Aflasafe requires an innovative approach for technology transfer and commercialization. This brief reviews the five steps to Aflasafe’s commercialization, provides an overview of country progress, and describes where Aflasafe has successfully been commercialized on the African continent as of November 2019. The brief also discusses challenges encountered, lessons learned, and next steps for Aflasafe expansion…

Nathalie Albrow

Nathalie Albrow brings 18 years of experience in global health, managing complex multi-year, cross-sectorial development programs across regions, from stand-alone bilateral projects to large-scale, centrally-funded awards through their life cycle. Her passions center on maternal and child health, nutrition, and behavior change. Nathalie oversaw country programs on SPRING (Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition…

To Squash Superbugs, Look to Behavior Change

In Alexander Fleming’s 1945 Nobel Prize acceptance speech, in honor of his discovery of penicillin, he included a cautionary tale of a young man who was plagued by a sore throat and cough during a leisurely walk home after a long day’s work. The man in Fleming’s story passes a local pharmacy and purchases antibiotics.…

News: Delving into Social and Behavior Change at the #SBCCSummit

Intractable development challenges demand solutions that shift norms, change behaviors, and amplify the voices of those who have the most at stake. Social and behavior change communication (SBCC) make these solutions possible. At the 2018 International SBCC Summit — Shifting Norms, Changing Behavior, Amplifying Voice: What Works? — global practitioners convene to explore what works…

Technical Brief: Private Sector Engagement in Behavior Change Communications Initiatives

Between 2010 and 2014, the USAID Zambia Communications Support for Health (CSH) program collaborated with the Zambian government to implement four health communication campaigns: the CSH-designed Safe Love HIV Prevention campaign, USAID’s STOP Malaria, Mothers Alive, and The First 1,000 Most Critical Days nutrition campaigns. To expand the reach and impact of these initiatives, CSH…

Technical Brief: Behavior Centered Programming in Zambia

The USAID-funded, Chemonics-implemented Zambia Communications Support for Health (CSH) program aimed to strengthen the institutional capacity of organizations throughout the Zambian health sector to use communications as a tool to influence and improve critical health-seeking behaviors. To achieve this, CSH used a communications methodology called Behavior-Centered Programming (BCP), which served as a framework for selecting…

Reducing Obstetric Fistula in Rwanda

Obstetric fistula is a childbearing injury that occurs when a perforation develops between the bladder or the rectum and the vagina. The USAID Rwanda Family Health Project (RFHP), in conjunction with the Ministry of Health of Rwanda, formulated an approach to promote early care-seeking behavior for women who have fistula and to address prevention of…

Increasing Demand for and Supply of Non-Scalpel Vasectomies

Vasectomies are one of the most effective forms of contraception currently available, with a failure rate of 0.15 (typical use) as compared to 9.0 for oral contraceptive pills. The USAID-supported Rwanda Family Health Project (RFHP) worked closely with the Rwandan Ministry of Health to increase use of vasectomy by addressing issues related to demand for…

Catalyzing Behavioral Change

The quality of life in Zambia has improved considerably in the 50 years since its independence. But the country’s health sector still faces daunting challenges, including high levels of HIV infection, child stunting, maternal deaths, and malaria-related illness. In partnership with the Zambian government, the USAID Communications Support for Health (CSH) project used national health…

Dr. Kartlos Kankadze

Dr. Kartlos Kankadze has 19 years of experience in health program management and clinical practice in tuberculosis, HIV, infectious diseases, and reproductive health in Eastern Europe. Kartlos is currently the senior technical advisor for the GHSC-PSM project. Previously, he was the director of the HRH2030 Philippines buy-in and served as chief of party for the…