E2A Community of Practice Meeting on Scale-up
USAID ASSIST's Dr. M. Rashad Massoud and Dr. Maina Boucar presented at the Community of Practice meeting on Scale-up convened by the Evidence to Action (E2A) Project on December 5 in Washington, DC. Ms. Rhea Bright presented on behalf of Dr. James Heiby of USAID to give USAID's perspectives on scale-up. Dr. Massoud framed the issues with his presentation, "How Can We Scale Up Successful Interventions". Dr. Maina Boucar then presented the case of how practices and strategies to improvement essential obstetric and newborn care that had been successfully applied in Niger were then applied in Mali, obtaining similar results but in a shorter time period, due to the deliberate spread strategy to operationalize practices proven in Niger in Mali, which has a similar health care setting.
E2A, in partnership with the Implementing Best Practices Initiative and E2A's core partner ExpandNet, leads the community of practice, Systematic Approaches for Scale-up of Family Planning/Reproductive Health Best Practices, which is hosted on the Knowledge Gateway. The goal of the Scale-up community of practice is to increase the use of systematic approaches for sustainably scaling up best practices in family planning/reproductive health (FP/RH). Members share their experiences and practical tools in this area through webinars, events, and online discussions. The community provides a venue for country-, regional- and global-level exchanges to facilitate learning about how best practices can benefit more people and foster policy and program development.