– 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 Project.