Working Holistically

31
Jul

Madagascar PHE Network: Celebrating three years!

Three years ago today, a diverse group of health and environmental actors came together and decided to establish… the Madagascar PHE Network! These actors recognised the value of cross-sector collaboration for increasing access to health services and strengthening community-based natural resource management in Madagascar’s biodiversity hotspots, and wanted to create a platform through which they ...
25
Jul

DW: Madagascar: No more fish? We’ll farm seaweed instead

DW recently published a piece about the impacts of declining fish stocks and climate change on coastal communities in Madagascar, and the alternative livelihoods that these communities are turning to as fishing becomes unsustainable. In Tampolove, a small village in the south of Madagascar, where people's diet consists mainly of fish and rice, fishers have started farming ...
10
Jul

Ambitious commitment to scale up family planning service delivery

The challenge of achieving contraceptive equity for the most marginalised women and girls is being placed centre-stage at the Family Planning Summit in London this week, as Blue Ventures announces a bold commitment to increase access to family planning services for hard-to-reach communities by scaling up cross-sector partnerships among health and environmental organisations. The Family ...
10
Jul

Thomson Reuters Foundation: The untold cost of cost-effectiveness in family planning

As family planning actors across the world race to increase service uptake against a backdrop of unprecedented funding cuts, providers are being forced to deliver more with less, often prioritising easily accessible urban populations. Yet resourceful mechanisms do exist for reaching isolated and under-served communities. This thought-provoking article by Blue Ventures' Health-Environment Partnerships Manager, Laura Robson, published by the Thomson ...
1
Jun

Hot Hungry Planet: The Fight to Stop a Global Food Crisis in the Face of Climate Change

In Lisa Palmer's book Hot Hungry Planet: The Fight to Stop a Global Food Crisis in the Face of Climate Change, published in May 2017, she writes at length about the integrated Population-Health-Environment (PHE) approach, and its capacity to help communities manage their natural resources and their health. Blue Ventures has been integrating the PHE approach ...
24
May

TEDxExeter: How listening to communities can help save our oceans

Our Medical Director Dr Vik Mohan recently spoke at TEDxExeter 2017 about Blue Ventures' holistic approach to conservation, which developed through listening to the coastal communities we work with in Madagascar. Women told us how they were desperate for better access to family planning services. Men were keen to use family planning too. Dwindling fisheries could no ...
4
May

FHI 360: Research on integrated development ~ these are a few of my favourite things

FHI 360 has listed Blue Ventures' PHE approach and results as an example of promising and important integrated development in their Research & Evaluation blog. Blue Ventures was founded as a marine conservation program. Yet after listening to several of the coastal communities they work with in Madagascar, they came to understand the key linkages people perceived between ...
10
Mar

Madagascar PHE Network: PHE resources launched!

In response to requests for technical support from environmental organisations collaborating with health service providers in isolated and biodiverse areas across Madagascar, we’re delighted to share this comprehensive Population-Health-Environment (PHE) partnerships guide and integrated PHE community outreach tool. Read the full story on the Madagascar PHE Network's website. Download the resources here.
8
Mar

The Huffington Post: Can adolescent health education support marine conservation?

"When Barry Segal first visited Rwanda back in 2007, he observed that many organizations were working to solve similar problems with little collaboration. He believed he could make an impact simply by investing in great organizations and by bringing them together. Here is a great example of how this looks when it works." Nicholas Reed-Krase, ...
27
Feb

New Research: Integrated health-environment programme leads to contraceptive uptake & fertility decline

Incorporating family planning services within community conservation initiatives can address the unmet reproductive health needs of hard-to-reach populations, enabling couples to access contraception and avoid unintended pregnancies. This is the finding of a paper just published in Studies in Family Planning, which reports on changes in modern contraception use and general fertility rates between 2009 ...
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