E2A Events


Diving in: Exploring evidence and learning from a decade of programming for married youth and first-time parents

When: April 26-27, 2017

Where: E2A office

Hosts: E2A and Pathfinder; this is an invite-only technical consultation

This one-and-a-half day, in-person meeting will bring invited technical experts together to “dive in” to the evidence and learning from a range of programs that have applied social norm and behavior change approaches along with service delivery strategies to increase contraceptive use among married youth and first-time parents.

Atelier technique pour la région d’Afrique de l’Ouest francophone sur la santé sexuelle et reproductive des adolescents et des jeunes

This regional meeting in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso will join governments, civil society, donors, NGOs, regional and international partners, and youth leaders to 
examine how we can intensify investments in evidence-based practices—particularly through national Costed Implementation Plans (CIPs) for Family Planning. The meeting will foster knowledge exchange and technical reflections by country teams, and most importantly, support the implementation and scale-up of best practices in youth contraceptive programming.

The meeting will seek to be a venue for:

  • Sharing and examining evidence-based practices for accelerating access to and quality of contraceptive services and for increasing contraceptive uptake among young people.
  • Identifying opportunities for strengthening the operationalization of CIPs and the Ouagadougou Partnership Youth Think Tank road map through application and scale-up of evidence-based practices.
  • Engaging young people in identifying opportunities for applying evidence-based practices within CIPs and mechanisms for their involvement in implementation of the CIPs.  All youth at the meeting will participate in a one-day workshop prior to the technical meeting where they will prepare for their engagement with country teams on strengthening CIPs.

Webinar series on expanding contraceptive choice: actionable strategies and solutions to reach adolescents and youth

This webinar series is hosted by the working group advancing the use of the Global Consensus Statement: Expanding Contraceptive Choice for Adolescents and Youth to Include Long-Acting Reversible Contraception

Learn how health providers, professional associations, young people, health systems specialists, researchers, and donors have successfully advocated for and implemented programs that expand method choice to include longacting reversible methods (LARCs) for youth and adolescents through this four-part webinar series.

Webinar 1: Beyond Bali: shifting from thought to action, March 29, 2017, 10 - 11 am EST

What are the different programmatic strategies that have been implemented in low- and middle-income countries to expand method choice to include LARCs for sexually active young people?What tools and approaches have been used to address quality of care and provider bias, and measure uptake of LARCs? 

Anna Temba of Pathfinder International will share how youth friendly-services were mainstreamed in service delivery points in urban public health facilities to increase uptake of contraceptive services, particularly of long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs).  The presentation will also cover the role of community health workers in client mobilization, counseling, and collecting clients’ feedback.

Gillian Eva of Marie Stopes International (MSI) will focus on how MSI is meeting youth demand for LARCs through innovative programming. This will include discussion of MSI’s youth strategy, youth voucher program in Madagascar, youth-friendly provider training, and counseling approaches (including a counseling app). 

Listen to the recording of the event here.

Presentations: Gillian Eva Presentation; Anna Temba Presentation

Webinar 2: The missing links, Exact date to be announced

What additional evidence is needed to support implementation of the Global Consensus Statement for expanded method choice at global, regional and national levels? 

Webinar 3: The Global Financing Facility and FP2020, Exact date to be announced

What are the Global Financing Facility and FP2020 synergistic contributions to improve AYSRH, including expanding method choice for youth?

Webinar 4: The Global Consensus Statement as a tool for advocacy, Exact date to be announced

How has the Global Consensus Statement been successfully used as an advocacy tool for influencing policy and program for expanding method choice to include LARCs for adolescents and youth, and how can it be used as an advocacy tool in the future?

Read the Consensus Statement  #MyMethodMyChoice #FP2020Progress


Webinar: Why Worry about University Students? Strengthening University-Led Youth-Friendly Service (YFS) Models in Kenya and Niger

When: Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 9-10 am EST

Where: Go to Webinar

Through its technical support to Kenyatta University in Kenya and implementation of the University Leadership for Change Program at Abdou Moumouni University in Niger, E2A brings attention to the common challenges that hinder these young people’s access to quality sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services - from student’s limited knowledge and agency when it comes to their SRH and rights, to poorly equipped clinics and service providers unprepared to meet the specific needs of youth, to unsupportive social norms within university settings and home communities. As E2A wraps up its work with these two universities, this webinar provides an opportunity to share the two experiences and illustrate how universities can do more to strengthen and scale up effective YFS models for delivery of SRH programming for students. Presentations and discussions will focus on efforts to improve the service-delivery models at each university, the scale-up of interventions to additional campuses, and evolving model(s) of YFS at universities that could be adapted globally. Register here


  • Cate Lane, Youth Advisor, USAID, Bureau of Global Health, Office of Population and Reproductive Health


  • Abdoulaye Ousseini, Pathfinder International/Niger
  • Katie Chau, Senior Youth Advisor, E2AProject
  • Anjala Kanesathasan, Senior Gender Advisor, E2A Project
  • Sophia Mwende, Kenyatta University, Kenya


  • Valentina Baltag, WHO
  • Mbayi Kengudie, USAID/West Africa

Leadership Universitaire pour le Changement en SSRAJ au Niger:une expérience participative de la mise à l’échelle

E2A’s Community of Practice on Systematic Scale-Up will be holding a webinar in French on January 26 on the systematic approach to scale-up planning applied by E2A’s University Leadership for Change (ULC) Program in Niger. ULC improved access to sexual and reproductive health services among youth through a comprehensive approach to behavior change that engaged university students as peer leaders to reach fellow students and youth in communities across Niger. Please share the following announcement widely with your French-speaking colleagues.

quand: jeudi le 26 janvier, 13h à 14h GMT 

où: webinaire

Rejoignez la Communauté de pratiques de la mise à l’échelle pour un webinaire passionnant sur une intervention qui a mis au point une approche integrée du changement de comportement avec des étudiants universitaires au Niger afin d’améliorer l’accès et la qualité des services de santé sexuelle et reproductive.

Les intervenants partageront leurs expériences avec l’application de l’approche ExpandNet / OMS pour le passage à grande échelle du projet Leadership Universitaire pour le Changement en SSRAJ à l’Université Abdou Moumouni de Niamey. L’équipe mettra l’accent sur la documentation et la mise en oeuvre du modèle de leadership universitaire pour le changement afin d’assurer une approche appropriée et plus durable pour le passage à grande l’echelle. Inscrivez-vous ici.


  • Abdoulaye Ousseini, Conseiller technique pour les jeunes, Pathfinder International
  • Katie Chau, Conseillère technique pour les jeunes, Evidence to Action Project
  • Regina Benevides, Conseillère technique pour les jeunes, Evidence to Action Project


Recent Developments at the Gates Institute & Celebration of Pathfinder International/E2A New Office Opening

When: Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 9-10 am EST.

Where: 1250 23rd Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

Recent Developments at the Gates Institute - two presentations and a facilitated discussion, 3 - 5 p.m.

PMA2020: A Pocket-Sized Solution to Data Collection
Speaker: Scott Radloff, Senior Scientist and Director, PMA2020
Topics Covered: What is PMA2020, Progress to Date, Key Learning, Survey Expansion (new countries, modules, questions, and approaches)

Sex in the City: Scaling Urban Reproductive Health Solutions
Speaker: Jose “Oying” Rimon, Director, Bill & Melinda Gates Institute and Concurrent Director, The Challenge Initiative
Topics Covered: What is The Challenge Initiative, Launch Plans, PMA/Agile Monitoring Component

Opening remarks will be made by Rita Badiani, E2A Project Director. Facilitated discussions following each presentation will be led by Reshma Trasi, Director of Research & Metrics, Pathfinder International.

Listen to the recording of the event here.

Celebration of Pathfinder International’s New Office Opening, 5 - 6 p.m. 

Please join us for hors d’oeuvres and cocktails to celebrate the grand opening of the new Pathfinder International/Evidence to Action Project office.

Please RSVP to Jennifer Parker, jparker@e2aproject.org, as soon as possible if you will be attending either or both of the events.

Taking Evidence to Action: Scalable approaches to expanding contraceptive choice for women and youth in four African countries

When: Monday, October 3, 2016, 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. (lunch will be served)
Where: Kaiser Family Foundation, Barbara Jordan Conference Center, 1330 G St NW, Washington, DC

Countries around the world have made ambitious pledges to work toward universal access to sexual and reproductive health services—which includes quality family planning services that offer women and girls a wide range of contraceptive methods. Those pledges culminated most recently in commitments under the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health. To succeed in these efforts, effective family planning interventions need to move beyond small-scale projects to reach much larger populations by applying systematic approaches to scale-up.

Join us for a rare opportunity to engage with Pathfinder International’s country representatives from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Niger, and Nigeria about how interventions implemented under the E2A Project were systematically designed and implemented in ways that looked ahead to future scale-up. The country representatives will describe how they used E2A’s approach of taking evidence to action to ensure the interventions’ potential for scale. Learning on how the interventions helped to expand contraceptive choice for underserved communities, and in particular reach adolescents and youth, will be highlighted.


  • Patricia McDonald, Senior Technical Advisor, USAID, Office of Population and Reproductive Health
  • Teshome Woldemedhin, a Global Health Fellow at USAID and Senior Youth and Sexual and Reproductive Health Advisor for the Office of Population and Reproductive Health


  • Aben Ngay, Country Representative, Pathfinder International, Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Mengistu Asnake, Country Representative, Pathfinder International, Ethiopia
  • Sani Aliou, Country Representative, Pathfinder International, Niger
  • Farouk Jega, Country Representative, Pathfinder International, Nigeria 

Listen to a recording of the event, here.

More than the sum of parts: How applying the integrated population, health, environment approach leads to increased demand for and use of family planning and maternal health services

When: Monday, June 20, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Where: E2A Office

Join East African staff from the HoPE project at the E2A office to learn about and discuss the project’s impact on family planning and maternal health services.
Please RSVP to Jennifer Parker, jparker@e2aproject.org, or listen remotely here.

More about HoPE: Since 2011, HoPE has been working to model and scale up a promising cross-sectoral approach - known as “population, health and environment”- to address the interrelated challenges faced by marginalized, rural communities in Uganda and Kenya. HoPE addresses food security, unmet need for family planning, environmental degradation, high risk of maternal and infant mortality, water and sanitation, and lack of economic/livelihood opportunities. HoPE reaches underserved communities with much needed information and services in an integrated way. 

Webinar: From pilot to scale: Institutionalizing the Population-Health-Environment approach for sustainable development in East Africa

When: Wednesday, June 22, 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Where: Go To Webinar

Hosts: E2A/IBP Community of Practice on Scale-Up and Population Reference Bureau 

Our community of practice will co-host a webinar with the Population Reference Bureau entitled “From pilot to scale: Institutionalizing the Population-Health-Environment (PHE) approach for sustainable development in East Africa.” The webinar will focus on the Health of People and Environment (HoPE) project in the Lake Victoria Basin. During the webinar, East African staff from the HoPE project will share how the project is unique in its specific focus on designing for, and sustainably scaling up the project approach to new areas using ExpandNet guidance.

More about HoPE: Since 2011, HoPE has been working to model and scale up a promising cross-sectoral approach - known as “population, health and environment”- to address the interrelated challenges faced by marginalized, rural communities in Uganda and Kenya. HoPE addresses food security, unmet need for family planning, environmental degradation, high risk of maternal and infant mortality, water and sanitation, and lack of economic/livelihood opportunities. HoPE reaches underserved communities with much needed information and services in an integrated way. Register here.

Webinar: Lessons Learned From First Generation of AYSRH Programming Scale Up Efforts

When: Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 9-10 am
Where: Go To Webinar

Please join us for the fifth in a series of technical exchanges on AYSRH topics hosted by E2A and the Youth Health and Rights Coalition. In early April, the World Health Organization, along with the IBP Initiative, USAID, UNFPA, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Pathfinder International and its E2A Project, hosted a global consultation to draw out lessons learned from the first generation of scaled up Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health programs. The meeting included sharing and analysis of the scale-up experiences from nearly 20 countries. This webinar will recap key takeaways from the meeting, summarize recommendations and the way forward, and discuss further dissemination of the lessons learned. Register here.


  • Dr. Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli, Senior Scientist, Department of Reproductive Health Research, World Health Organization 
  • Additional discussants 

Webinar: Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptive Methods – Expanding the Range of Contraceptive Options for Youth

When: Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 9-10 am
Host: Health Communication Capacity Collaborative 

E2A's Senior Research Advisor, Fariyal Fikree, will be a presenter during this upcoming webinar. She will discuss a case study from Ethiopia, which tested a successful model for expanding method choice to include long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) for youth at youth-friendly service sites. Other presenters will describe important milestones surrounding youth and LARCs: strategies for improving policies, tips for empowering youth-friendly service providers, and social and behavior change communication tools for promoting conversation between providers and youth. Register here.

Presenters include: 

  • Cate Lane, Youth Technical Advisor, USAID: The Importance of Youth SRH, Youth Access to Effective Contraception and Barriers to Access 
  • Rena Greifinger, Technical Advisor for Youth and Girls, PSI: Creating a Dialogue and a Call to Action for LARCs and Youth
  • Fariyal Fikree, Senior Research Advisor, E2A: Expanding Method Choice to Include LARCs by Youth-friendly Service Providers: A Case Study from Ethiopia
  • Allison Mobley, Family Planning Senior Program Officer, Health Communication Capacity Collaborative: SBCC Materials to Spark LARC Conversations among Youth and Providers

International Conference on Family Planning

When: Monday, January 25 - Thursday, January 28, 2016
Where: Nusa Dua, Indonesia

Every other year since 2009, the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) has brought together the family planning community to share best practices, celebrate successes, and chart a course forward. At the fourth ICFP in Indonesia, E2A staff and affiliates will present on a variety of salient topics that include: expanding contraceptive method choice, including long-acting reversible contraception for youth; strengthening postabortion care family planning services; designing programs for eventual scale-up; designing training curricula for family planning and reproductive health practitioners; addressing the family planning needs of marginalized populations; and engaging faith-based networks in Africa for the delivery of family planning and reproductive health services. You can see a schedule of E2A presentations and events at the upcoming ICFP here.

Finding the Path: Increasing Contraceptive Choice in Africa’s Most Populous Countries

When: Monday, October 5, 2015, 2:00-4:00 pm
Where: Wilson Center, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC
Host: E2A 

More than 225 million women in developing countries want to avoid pregnancy but are not using a safe and effective family planning method. Join us in a discussion with international reproductive health experts from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Tanzania to discuss efforts to expand access to voluntary contraceptive and family planning services for those who need it most. Specific topics include expanding contraceptive method mix through community-based channels, provision of postpartum intrauterine devices, community-based access to injectables, and adding the Standard Days Method to the contraceptive method mix.


  • Dr. Mengistu Asnake, Country Representative, Pathfinder International/Ethiopia
  • Dr. Farouk Jega, Country Representative, Pathfinder International/Nigeria
  • Mustafa Kudrati, Country Representative, Pathfinder International/Tanzania
  • Aben Ngay, Country Representative, Pathfinder International/DRC

Moderator: Ann Hirschey, Chief, Service Delivery Improvement Division, USAID Office of Population and Reproductive Health 

Webinar: Learning through Implementation: Reaching First-Time Parents and Young Married Women in Burkina Faso

When: Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 11:30 am-1 pm
Where: Online
Hosts: E2A and Pathfinder International

Through an intensive qualitative monitoring and documentation process, E2A and Pathfinder International recently co-authored a technical brief that discusses key findings from a project led by Pathfinder International, which has supported increased contraceptive use among young married women, including first-time parents, for the healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies. During this webinar, participants will learn more about the importance of addressing the specific needs of first-time parents; the approach taken by E2A and Pathfinder International to ensure learning, documentation, and evidence generation were embedded in the project design; and the findings, which were mainly derived from the perspectives of local frontline implementers.  


  • Callie Simon, Senior Technical Advisor for Applied Learning in SRHR, Pathfinder International
  • Abdoul Baldé, Program Manager, Pathfinder International West Africa Region  
  • Katie Chau, Senior Youth Advisor, E2A

Moderator: Margot Fahnestock, Program Officer, Global Development and Population Program, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation 

Register for the webinar here.

Webinar: Putting the "S" into AYSRH: Sexuality, Sexual Health, and Human Rights

When: Monday, September 28, 2015, 9:00-10:30 am
Where: Online
Hosts: E2A and the Youth Health and Rights Coalition

Please join us for the fourth in a series of technical exchanges on AYSRH topics hosted by E2A and the Youth Health and Rights Coalition. 
Although there is growing awareness of the rights-based approach to AYSRH, the majority of adolescents and young people are still denied  their right to access comprehensive information and services related to sexuality and sexual and reproductive health and rights. While progress has been made since the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development, discrimination against young people’s sexuality and inequalities continue to limit the scope, reach and impact of  sexual health and rights interventions for young people. 

Join us for a discussion on how can we advance an agenda that ensures young people’s access to information and services and entitles them to make autonomous informed choices, while firmly positioning sexuality and sexual health as priorities in policies, programs, and service delivery.


  • Bergen Cooper, Senior Policy Research Advocate, Center for Health and Gender Equality
  • Katie Chau, Senior Youth Advisor, E2A
  • Dorothy Aken'Ova, International Centre for Reproductive Health and Sexual Rights Nigeria
  • Rajat Khosla, World Health Organization

Register for the webinar here

Webinar: Postpartum family planning in Cameroon: Beginning with the end in mind

When: Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 9:30-10:30 am
Where: Online
Host: E2A Project

This webinar will focus on the E2A Project's postpartum family planning program in Cameroon. Presenters will share how E2A applied ExpandNet’s approach to scaling up—Beginning with the end in mind—when designing the program to ensure that activities implemented at four demonstration hospitals could later be scaled up to additional sites.


  • Boniface Sebikali, Senior Clinical Training Advisor, IntraHealth International
  • Léa Monda, Technical Advisor, Management Sciences for Health Cameroon, E2A
  • Salwa Bitar, Senior Advisor for Scale-Up, E2A
  • Gwendolyn Morgan, Deputy Director, E2A

Moderator: Salwa Bitar, E2A

You can listen to the webinar here and view the presentation here.

Webinar: Shifting Mindsets to Make Change Stick: Fostering Change for Scale-up

When: Friday, July 17, 2015
Where: Online
Host: Community of Practice: Systematic Approaches for the Scale-up of Family Planning/Reproductive Health Best Practices

The webinar will seek to do the following: 

  • Present the body of knowledge about effective change & summarize key points about what that research suggests about effective change. 
  • Show evidence that using a systematic approach to scaling up (and monitoring scale-up) can increase chances of success. 
  • Introduce the Guide to Fostering Change as a collective body of learning that provides an overarching pathway for scaling up. 
  • Highlight key parts of the guide, with an emphasis on the principles of change and how the guide is designed to support practioners to set shared direction, champion the change and scale up efforts. 

Register here.

Reading Materials: 
Guide to Fostering Change to Scale Up Effective Health Services
View the presentation from the webinar and listen to the recording.

Hands on for scaling up family planning and reproductive health best practices: Experiences & Challenges from Africa

When: June 15, 2015, 9 am-5 pm
Where: Capital Hotel & Spa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Host: Community of Practice: Systematic Approaches for the Scale-up of Family Planning/Reproductive Health Best Practices 

The community of practice that is facilitated by E2A and the IBP Consortium - Systematic Approaches for the Scale-up of Family Planning/Reproductive Health Best Practices - will lead a preconference workshop preceding the IBP Consortium's Semiannual Meeting in Addis Ababa. Participants will: discuss principles of successful scale-up; through case studies, gain practical experience with applying systematic approaches to scale-up; share country experiences with using those approaches; and identify steps toward increased use of systeamtic appraoches to scale-up in the region. 

Please register here

For more information, please contact Salwa Bitar, sbitar@e2aproject.org, and Laurel Lundstrom, llundstrom@e2aproject.org.

Youth Friendly Services Without Boundaries: Introducing a New Decision Making Tool

When: June 24 , 2015, 9/9:30-10:00 am 
Where: E2A Office & live stream for remote connection
Hosts: E2A and Pathfinder International 

E2A and Pathfinder International present a new tool to help guide program designers in selecting and adapting appropriate youth-friendly service delivery models. The tool explores best principlesfor considering the context, desired outcomes, services to be offered, and needs and objectives for scalability and sustainability.
See the tool.

Listen to the live stream.

Regina Benevides, E2A Project (Click here for presentation)
Gwyn Hainsworth, Pathfinder International (Click here for presentation)
Katie Chau, E2A Project (Click herefor presentation)

E2A Webinar: Whose Story is it Anyway? The Use of Narrative for Behavior Change in AYSRH 

When: Thursday, June 4, 2015, 10:30 am-12 pm 
Where: Online
Hosts: E2A and Pathfinder International 

Narrative has been shown to motivate and support health behavior change in a far more engaging and three-dimensional way than informational approaches. Yet the use of narrative for behavior change among young people is often fragmented by the different public health discourses and sub-disciplines of behavior change, narrative/entertainment-education, and AYSRH. Each discipline looks at the topic through its own lens, which has led “narrative + behavior change + youth” to often be less than the sum of its parts. The discussions at this event will address the different storytelling methods and their impacts on behavior change, as well as the best-suited approaches for youth-related sexual and reproductive health problems.
Presentations from specialists in the fields of AYSRH, behavior change, and narrative will examine the theoretical underpinnings and practical implications of addressing youth health needs. 


  • Regina Benevides, E2A Project, AYSRH (Click here for presentation)
  • Amy Hill, Center for Digital Storytelling, Narrative (Click here for presentation)
  • Joseph Petraglia, Pathfinder International, Behavior Change (Click here for presentation)


  • Cate Lane, USAID 

A recording of the webinar can be accessed here
Perspectives from Regina Benevides, one of the presenters, on this topic are also shared in her recent blog post.

Diverse needs, diverse methods for adolescents and youth: Thinking outside the pill pack 

When: Friday, May 29, 2015, 9-11 am 
Where: PSI DC Office, 1120 19th Street NW, 7th Floor Conference Room, Washington, DC
Hosts: E2A and the Youth Health and Rights Coalition 

During this event, participants will listen to field staff from Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, and Tanzania talk about their experiences expanding method mix for adolescents and youth; discuss how to move beyond “family planning” and the implications of new methods and service delivery channels for adolescents and youth; and exchange ideas on challenges and responses at the programmatic and policy level to better meet the contraceptive needs of adolescents and youth.
Please RSVP to Kiki Kalkstein, kkalkstein@pathfinder.org, by Wednesday, May 27. 

Fact or Fiction: Uptake of long-acting reversible contraceptives among youth in Ethiopia 

When: Friday, May 29, 2015, 1-2 pm 
Where: E2A Office/Online
Host: E2A 

During this event, presenters will share preliminary results from an ongoing study in Ethiopia (Amhara and Tigray regions) that demonstrate the increased uptake of long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) among youth by creating a conducive demand, supply, and enabling environment. 


  • Fariyal Fikree, Senior Research Advisor, E2A
  • Kidest Lulu, Deputy Country Representative, Pathfinder International/Ethiopia 

Coming to the E2A office?
 Please RSVP to Laurel Lundstrom, llundstrom@e2aproject.org.
Joining online? Register here.

Contraceptive Technology Update with Jeff Spieler

When: April 29, 2015, 1-3 pm EST, or join us for lunch prior to the update at 12:30 pm
Where: E2A Office or remote via Go To Webinar

Jeff Spieler will be at E2A on April 29 to discuss need-to-know information on current contraceptive technology and insights into new technology that is currently being introduced and will be introduced in the near future. Those who cannot make it in person can join remotely via Go To Webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1029517083518749698.

About Jeff Spieler
Jeff Spieler has more than 43 years of experience working internationally on contraceptive research and development, family planning and reproductive health.  In December 2014, he retired and was the Senior Technical Advisor for Science and Technology in Population and Reproductive Health (PRH) at USAID.  Previously, in PRH at USAID he was the Senior Science Advisor (2007-2008), the Chief of the Research Division (1993-2007) and Biomedical Scientist (1983-1992).  Prior to joining USAID, Jeff spent 11 years as a Scientist in the Human Reproduction Programme at WHO in Geneva (1972-1983) and six years as a bench researcher at Lederle Laboratories (pharmaceutical company) in Pearl River, NY (1967-1972).  Jeff has a B.Sc. in Zoology, University of Florida (1967), a M.Sc. in Zoological Sciences and Reproductive Biology, Rutgers University (1971), and was awarded and Honorary Doctorate in Public Service from the University of Florida in 2002.

If you are coming to the E2A office, please RSVP to llundstrom@e2aproject.org.
Listen to a recording of the upate and view Jeff Spieler's presentation.

National Dissemination Event, Mozambique: E2A study on use of SMS with youth to affect changes in knowledge, attitudes, and self-efficacy related to contraception

When: March 27, 2015
Where: Maputo, Mozambique

E2A recently published an assessment of the mCenas! project in Mozambique, which was led by Pathfinder International. E2A assessed the comprehensive text message-based component of the project with reached young people 15-24 with information about sexual and reproductive health. Thestudy provides evidence on whether mCenas! was acceptable and had an impact on the knowledge, attitudes, and self-efficacy of male and female youth related to contraception in Mozambique. Findings will be used to inform future programs about the use of SMS to deliver sexual and reproductive health information to young people.

Workshop for the Prioritization and Dissemination of Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health (AYSRH) Best Practices in Niger

When:March 17-18, 2015
Where: Grand Hotel, Niamey, Niger
Hosts: E2A and Niger's Ministry of Public Health (MPH)

Representatives from the MPH and other relevant government ministries, donors, international and local nongovernment organizations, and student representatives from Niamey’s Abdou Moumouni University, where E2A currently supports an AYSRH program, will discuss best practices that could be applied to improve AYSRH. They will identify gaps and opportunities to strengthen support for AYSRH programs, make plans for assistance with reaching Niger’s national family planning goals and scaling up select best practices, and strengthen national stakeholder collaboration.

Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health: Progress and Possibilities 20 Years After ICPD

When: December 15, 2014, 2-5 pm
Where: National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20045
Hosts: E2A and Youth Health and Rights Coalition

Join us for the Washington, DC launch of a special supplement to the Journal of Adolescent Health. The five articles in the supplement take a closer look at progress and priorities for future investments in sexual and reproductive health services for adolescents, intimate partner violence and sexual violence, comprehensive sexuality education, an enabling environment, and young people’s right to participation and leadership. Authors and young people will share their insights.

Applying Approaches for Scaling up Family Planning and Reproductive Health Best Practices

When: Friday, December 5, 2014, 8:30 am – 5 pm
Where: Washington Marriott at Metro Center, 75 12th Street NW, Washington, DC
Host: Community of practice led by E2A and IBP Initiative 

The community of practice - "Systematic Approaches for Scale-up of Family Planning/Reproductive Health Best Practices" - led by the Evidence to Action (E2A) Project and the IBP Initiative will host a meeting with renowned global experts in scale-up to achieve the following:

  • Provide an overview  of  what we know, in scaling up of best practices. 
  • Discuss principles of successful scale up. 
  • Discuss what we don’t know and propose an agenda for future learning about scale up. 
  • Obtain hands-on application of two systematic approaches through case study exercises. 
  • Discuss and share experiences for scaling up and when to apply each one.
  • Identify next steps to increase the use of systematic approaches for scaling up.

The meeting is being planned by the resource team that advises the community of practice, which includes the following entities: 

  • E2A Project, IBP Initiative, ExpandNet,  EngenderHealth, FHI 360, Futures Group, Georgetown University’s Institute for Reproductive Health, IntraHealth International, Jhpiego, Management Sciences for Health, Pathfinder International, University Research Co., LLC, US Agency for International Development, World Health Organization.

For supporting materials and presentations from the meeting, please click here.

For questions about joining the meeting, please contact Laurel Lundstrom at llundstrom@e2aproject.org. 

7th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation

When: December 8&9, 2014
Where: Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center
Host: National Institutes of Health, AcademyHealth

A forum for discussing the science of dissemination and implementation, the 7th annual conference aims to grow the research base by bridging the gap between evidence, practice, and policy in health and medicine. Attendees include researchers, evaluators, and implementers who are interested in identifying opportunities, challenges, and strategies for disseminating the findings and implementation of research to key stakeholders.
E2A's Senior Research Advisor, Fariyal Fikree, will present findings from E2A's Assessment of Postabortion Care in Four Francophone West Africa Countries

IBP Initiative Semi-Annual Meeting

When: December 10&11, 2014
Where: Residence Inn Marriott 7335 Wisconsin Avenue Bethesda, MD 20814
Host: IBP Initiative

E2A will participate in the upcoming semiannual meeting. Stay tuned for more information!

High-Level Consultative Meeting on First-Time Parents

Host: E2A (closed meeting)
When: Oct 27 & 28, all day
Where: E2A Office

First-time parents (FTP) - broadly defined as young married/in-union women under the age of 25 and their partners who are pregnant or already have one child - form a critical group for health and development practitioners.  FTPs have a range of critical reproductive, maternal and child health and other (e.g., education, economic) needs that are inadequately addressed.  At the same time, FTPs present a unique opportunity in reaching typically under-served adolescents and young people. Continuing to provide leadership in understanding and responding to the needs of this important group, E2A will convene a small group of experts on adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health and rights to review experience to-date and shape an appropriate package of services or a program model for responding to the specific needs of this population.  This convening is intended to be a two-day meeting of thought-leaders who are well steeped in the conceptual and practical grounding for working with youth, including first-time parents.   

Webinar: Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Exploring Real World Context and the Role of Implementers

Host: Pathfinder International, E2A
When: October 28, 2014, 11 am – 12 pm 
Where: Online

Where do implementers fit in the evolution of implementation science? How can the study of implementation evolve to address the dynamic contexts in which program implementers work to better support meaningful dissemination and scale-up?
Join E2A and Pathfinder International for a lively discussion with Laura Damschroder, MS, MPH, of the Veteran’s Affairs Center for Clinical Management Research and author of the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research, and a diverse panel of global health specialists as we explore the relevance of the CFIR domains of context to global health interventions, the implications for global health implementers and decision-makers, and how the conversation about what’s best for best practices may be shifting.
Click here to register for the webinar. 

Addressing the needs of first-time parents: A dialogue to advance programming

Host: E2A, Youth Health and Rights Coalition
When: Wednesday, October 29, 9 am -11 am
Where: E2A Office

The Youth Health and Rights Coalition and E2A Project will host the first in a series of technical exchanges on adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health topics. During this technical exchange, participants will:

  • hear the outcomes of an expert consultation on first-time parents (see event below), including married and unmarried young mothers; 
  • discuss first-time parent program experiences from Uganda and India; and 
  • exchange ideas on strategies to address the needs and rights of first-time parents. 


  • Regina Benevides, Senior Youth Advisor, E2A Project 
  • Susan Oregede, Pathfinder International, GREAT Project
  • Anindita Dasgupta, University of California at San Diego, CHARM Project
  • Moderator:  Ann Warner, Senior Gender and Youth Specialist, International Center for Research on Women

Seating is limited. Please RSVP to Kiki Kalkstein at kkalkstein@pathfinder.org.