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Session: Population, Reproductive Health and the Environment: Implementing, and Evaluating Effective Integrated Programs
3143.0: Monday, November 8, 2004: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Population, Reproductive Health and the Environment: Implementing, and Evaluating Effective Integrated Programs
Links between population growth, resource use, reproductive health (RH), and the environment have become topics of growing interest in recent years. Better understanding these links is essential to implementing integrated population, health, and environment (PHE) programs, and ultimately, to improving health and environmental outcomes. A central hypothesis of integrated PHE activities is that the synergies produced will make interventions more effective and sustainable than if they had been pursued in a vertical, sector-specific fashion. While there is wide agreement that synergies exist, how to measure them has proved to be a challenge to practitioners. Identifying which activities complement each other and how they do so will go a long way towards establishing the validity of this relationship. This panel begins with a general exploration of the links between the RH and environment fields, and the challenges to measuring synergies, outcomes, and effectiveness. The final three panelists will then discuss how innovative monitoring and evaluation approaches that attempt to identify synergies are being applied in integrated PHE programs and projects in the developing world. Identifying comprehensive and accurate indicators and measurements for the effectiveness of PHE interventions, and replicating them across project settings, is a critical step in convincing policymakers and organizations about the benefit of such integration. A new generation of these programs is being implemented by field-based projects in Bolivia, Philippines, Kenya, and other countries. Managers of field-based projects, and the government agencies, donors, and foundations that support them, stand to benefit directly from quantifiable evidence.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the session, the participants in this session will be able to: 1) describe links and potential synergies between population, health and environment programs, 2) articulate specific activities that increase the combined effectiveness of integrated population, health, and environment activities, and 3) identify evaluation methods and indicators that measure the added value of integrated projects
Moderator(s):Deborah McFarlane, DrPH, MPA, MPH
10:30 AMWhy you should care that we use more than our share of the Earth's resources--and what you can do about it
Richard Grossman, MD, MPH
10:44 AMElusive metrics: The challenge of evaluating operationally linked reproductive health and natural resource conservation in communities
Robert Engelman, MS
10:58 AMTangible metrics: Achieving measurable results in population, health and environment through multisectoral collaboration in Madagascar  [ Recorded presentation ]
Eckhard Kleinau, Dr PH, MD, Odile Randriamananjara, MD, DTM
11:12 AMWithdrawn -- "Fisheries, family planning and food security in the Philippines: Making the link
Joan R. Castro, MD, Leona A. D'Agnes, BS, Carmina Aquino, MD
11:26 AMPopulation and the environment: Linking community reproductive health to Kakamega forest conservation in Western Kenya
Jacob Ochieng, Monica Oguttu, Solomon Orero, MD, Kitche Magak, MA
11:40 AMLearning from population and environment programs in Bolivia and the Philippines  [ Recorded presentation ]
Catharine McKaig, DrPH
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.
Organized by:Population, Family Planning, and Reproductive Health
Endorsed by:International Health; Socialist Caucus; Women's Caucus
CE Credits:CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

The 132nd Annual Meeting (November 6-10, 2004) of APHA