– The Building Actors and
Leaders for Advancing Community Excellence in Development (BALANCED) Project
announces the launch of a new source of information and resources on Population,
Health and Environment (PHE). The new PHE “toolkit” is an online library of
documents and resources on projects, policies, training materials, case studies
and research related to PHE. It provides one central repository to which health,
family planning, development and conservation program managers and implementers,
policymakers, researchers, academics and educators can contribute their own PHE
information and knowledge, and where they can easily locate and access the best
resources contributed by others.
The PHE toolkit is housed on the US Agency for International Development
(USAID)-supported Knowledge for Health (K4Health) website located at
http://www.k4health.org/phe_toolkit. The K4Health platform currently consists of
five publically accessible toolkits on family planning, reproductive health and
HIV/AIDS. Additional toolkits on a wide variety of health-related topics are
also under construction. The PHE toolkit is one amongst a larger collection of
toolkits, which collectively form an updated and vibrant health information
community of practice.
The PHE toolkit is made possible through the collaboration of Johns Hopkins
University Center for Communication Programs (JHU/CCP) and the BALANCED Project.
BALANCED is spearheaded by the Coastal Resources Center (CRC) at the University
of Rhode Island and its partners – PATH Foundation Philippines Inc. and
Conservation International. This interactive online resource represents the
dynamic collaboration of several PHE partner organizations, which helped to
build the overall toolkit framework and recommended resources.
The PHE toolkit builds on the previous PHE website that was designed and
managed by CDM International as part of the USAID-supported Environmental Health