SPECIAL EVENT: Meeting everyone’s needs in humanitarian emergencies

The Geneva Learning Foundation and CARE International are pleased to offer this special event open to all.

How is your organisation doing with gender equality during humanitarian emergencies?

During this special event, you will learn from Isadora Quay, CARE International’s global coordinator for gender in emergencies, how Rapid Gender Analysis (RGA) can help equip your organisation to meet standards on gender equality, even in complex emergencies.

The revised IASC Gender Handbook recommends Rapid Gender Analysis (RGA) as the approach to gender analysis in emergencies. 

Date and time: Friday 27 September 2019 at 14h (2 PM) Geneva (check time)

This event will also launch the call for applications to the Gender Scholar Programme, a new partnership between CARE International and the Geneva Learning Foundation, and its first course on RGA.

In this short video, Isadora Quay introduces herself and explains why she is excited about this upcoming RGA course.

Avez-vous un intérêt pour les registres numériques de vaccination (RNV)?

La Fondation Apprendre Genève a le plaisir d’annoncer le lancement par l’Organisation pan-américaine de la Santé (OPS) de son programme Scholar, avec un cours inaugural en espagnol sur le thème des registres numériques de vaccination (RNV).

Si vous souhaitez suivre ce cours en anglais ou en français, nous vous invitons à déclarer votre intérêt. Accédez au formulaire…

Veuillez partager cette invitation avec vos collègues et réseaux de confiance.

Lorsque vous enregistrez votre déclaration d’intérêt, le lien pour télécharger la publication “Registre numériques de vaccination: considérations pratiques pour la planification, le développement, la mise en œuvre et l’évaluation, 2018” (en anglais) s’affiche à l’écran.

Si vous parlez espagnol ou travaillez avec des hispanophones, vous trouverez l’annonce complète du cours et le dossier de candidature via ce lien

Are you interested in Electronic Immunization Registries (EIR)?

The Geneva Learning Foundation is pleased to announce that the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) has just launched its Scholar programme with an inaugural course in Spanish on the topic of electronic immunization registries (EIR).

If you would be interested in taking this course in English or in French, please complete this form to express your interest.

Upon registering your interest, the link to download the publication Electronic Immunization Registry: Practical Considerations for Planning, Development, Implementation and Evaluation, 2018 will be displayed on your screen.

If you are a Spanish speaker or work with Spanish speakers, you will find the full course announcement via this linkPlease share this call for expressions of interest with your trusted colleagues and networks.

Obed Nuobe: Project acceleration leads to more pregnant women vaccinated in Suaman District, Ghana

GENEVA, 2 August 2019 (The Geneva Learning Foundation) – Obed Nuobe has been a Health Information Officer in the Suaman District, Ghana, since 2015. In July 2019, he completed the “Reducing Inequities and Improving Coverage” Scholar course.

He is one of more than 600 Alumni of the WHO Scholar programme from 53 countries who joined the Impact Accelerator last month, signing a Pledge to “work with others to transform projects led by Scholars into action and results that will improve immunization outcomes.”

Obed Nuobe

“When I analysed the data in our District, I saw that only 51.7% of pregnant women received the Td2 + vaccines in 2018. Our target was 80% – and we were a long way from meeting it.”

“Our expected pregnancy rate shows that we should be vaccinating about 93 women per month to meet the annual target. We averaged 47. Yet 95% of pregnant women who visit our health facilities are checked for HB and tested for HIV. So there was a gap in the system somewhere.”

“The District Health Director and Management team were enthusiastic to change this. We met with midwives and community health nurses in April 2019.”

“The new maternal health booklet includes space for Td 1-Td 5 , so it is easy to see whether someone has been vaccinated when they go for an ante-natal check-up (ANC)”

“But the midwives thought that they were not allowed to give vaccinations. We also found out that ANC days were conducted without Td vaccines and most women went away without seeing Community Health Nurses due to long waiting times, or the Nurse not vaccinating that day.”

“We confirmed that midwives can give the Td vaccines. We supported the facilities to make a list of defaulters, and made it available so that when women go for ANC or check-up, midwives could easily see who was missing the vaccination, and get them vaccinated.”

“I also had to visit two facilities whose midwives had not been at our meeting in April to share this information with them.”

“In May 2019 we vaccinated 104 pregnant women, and in June 82: a lot better than the 47 we were achieving before. I have developed a weekly reporting form, so that we can track data as we go, rather than waiting for the end of the month.”

“Very few districts in Ghana meet the target of 80% of pregnant women reached with the Td2 + vaccines. If we can show the impact of what we have done, we hope our approach will be adopted by other Regions, and then nationally.”

“For me, it was important to engage with the District health management team for them to give remedial input into my plans. We do not have resources for now, but we can go around the system to continue to improve it!”

What difference did the Impact Accelerator make?

“I had started implementing my project before the Accelerator [launch pad, a four-week exercise] began,” explains Obed. So what difference did it make to work with Scholars from Ghana and other countries, all of them working to implement projects that began as course work? “It was very positive that the Accelerator kept tracking progress of my project and asking for the next steps.”

“The Ghana Scholars country group [formed by the country’s Alumni during the Impact Accelerator] meets every Sunday evening. We are expected to tell other group members what we have done in the previous week. We also give input to other Scholars facing challenges in implementing their projects.”

“The best thing about the Accelerator exercise was the focus on action on the ground, rather than theory and planning.”

This article was first posted on the Impact Accelerator, a new platform open to Scholar Alumni who have pledged to work together to achieve impact.

About the WHO Scholar programme

The Geneva Learning Foundation’s Scholar Approach is a state-of-the-art evidence-based package for capability development required to lead complex change. This unique Approach has already been shown to not only enhance competencies but also to foster collaborative implementation of transformative projects that begin as course work and end with impact.

  • WHO has used the Scholar Approach since 2016 to support country-level action planning and capability development to improve immunization outcomes:
  • The WHO Scholar programme’s network is growing rapidly, with 4,467 English speakers and 2,968 Francophones from 90 countries having participated in the programme’s activities.
  • Working together, Scholars have used WHO guidelines to develop more than 2,000 peer-reviewed, context-specific projects, with over 90% reporting that they routinely use what they learned from the programme.
  • Over 400 programme participants have served as Accompanists, supporting their peers and exercising leadership in new ways that challenge failed, conventional training-of-trainer and cascade models.
  • In some countries, Scholars have spontaneously initiated informal, self-led and motivated groupings of professionals operating across agencies that may provide a different kind of lever for systemic change than traditional top-down approaches to addressing immunization challenges.
  • Building on these emergent dynamics, Scholars are now being invited to join the first Impact Accelerator, working with colleagues from their country toward collaborative project implementation.
  • The programme is fully digital, with no upper limit to the number of participants, and has mobilized participants without having to offer per diem, travel, or hotel accommodation.

The WHO Scholar programme is being developed by the Geneva Learning Foundation and its partners for the World Health organization, with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).

Accélérateur d’impact: un événement exceptionnel pour faire le point sur les enquêtes de couverture vaccinale (ECV) post-campagne

GENÈVE, le 15 juillet 2019 – 858 personnes étaient inscrites pour participer à cet événement sous l’égide de l’Accélérateur d’impact le 15 juillet 2019.

Avec la participation de Carolina Danovaro (OMS), Mamadou Diallo (UNICEF), David Koffi (ADS), et Carol Tevi-Benissan (OMS).

Voici l’enregistrement de l’événement.

Une ASV est toute activité vaccinale conduite en plus des services de vaccination systématique.

 Les enquêtes de couverture vaccinale post-campagne:

Consulter la page de l’OMS à propos de la couverture vaccinale

Qu’est-ce que l’Accélérateur d’impact?

  • Un système pour faire mieux, plus vite, et ensemble. 
  • Une composante de l’Approche Scholar développée par la Fondation Apprendre Genève.

WHO Scholar programme webinar series #4: Reducing missed opportunities for vaccination (MOV)

This blog post is part of a series about the WHO Scholar programme’s webinar series in May and June 2019 about reducing inequities and improving coverage for immunization. Learn more and register for the webinars

Over 2,200 immunization professionals from 96 countries registered to participate in the World Health Organization Scholar programme’s first open webinar series on reducing inequities and improving coverage for immunization. The third webinar led by WHO’s Samir Sodha focused on immunization in the second year of life (2YL).

Watch the recording of this WHO Scholar programme webinar

WHO Scholar programme webinar series #3: Reducing inequities in urban immunization

This blog post is part of a series about the WHO Scholar programme’s webinar series in May and June 2019 about reducing inequities and improving coverage for immunization. Learn more and register for the webinars

Over 2,200 immunization professionals from 96 countries registered to participate in the World Health Organization Scholar programme’s first open webinar series on reducing inequities and improving coverage for immunization. This webinar led by UNICEF’s Godwin Mindra focused on how to address inequitable immunization coverage in the urban context.

Watch the recording of this WHO Scholar programme webinar

The role of education in transforming for impact: A contribution to the OECD Forum 2019

By Reda Sadki (The Geneva Learning Foundation)

The assumption that countries have the capacity to take on recommendations from the best available knowledge, achieve understanding, and turn them into effective policy and action, leaves unanswered the mechanisms through which a publication, a series of meetings, or a policy comparison may lead to change. 

Technology has already transformed the ability of international organizations to move from knowledge production and diplomacy to new forms of scalable, networked action needed to tackle complex global challenges. This has created a significant opportunity for leaders to deliver on their mission.

‘Skills’ are necessary but insufficient

Some organizations are already offering high-quality, multi-lingual learning. Many are using digital technologies to scale, often at the cost of quality, helping large numbers of learners develop competencies. Conventional courses seldom produce change, even if they become digital and scalable. On their own, these are no longer innovative – much less transformative – goals. Several international organizations have built corporate universities and other types of learning functions that remain confined to the margins of the business and under threat from the next restructuring. None of these initiatives have moved the needle of impact.

Transforming for impact

At the Geneva Learning Foundation, we have developed a low-cost, scalable package of interventions for international organizations to leverage digital transformation to: (1) bridge the gap between thinking and doing at country level; and (2) foster the emergence of country leadership for positive change.

In our first three years, we have worked with partners across several thematic areas, developing this package to translate global guidelines into effective local action, to support capability development from competency to implementation, and to perform multi-country peer review at scale.

  • Over 1,500 professionals in 90 countries have already participated in pilots.
  • 96% of graduates are applying what they gained from the best available global knowledge to implement projects and lead change.

A new economy of effort to produce change

This package can complement or replace existing low-volume, high-cost face-to-face workshops and conferences that are difficult to scale and measure.

  • It is entirely digital (motivating participants without offering travel, hotel, or per diem) and participants do not need to stop work to participate, significantly reducing both expenditure and opportunity cost, while improving efficacy.
  • It has fostered the emergence of informal, self-led and motivated groupings of professionals operating across agencies that may provide a different kind of lever for systemic change than traditional top-down approaches to addressing challenges and can replaced failed, conventional training-of-trainer and “cascade” models.

Recognizing the value of such emergent dynamics creates authentic opportunities to accelerate the transformation for impact.

Fostering such emergence is the hard part.

Sustainable transformation for impact

Last but not least, our business modelling demonstrates that, if the organization has healthy relationships with its stakeholders, financial sustainability (cost recovery) can be achieved within three years, so this is not one more mechanism dependent on donor good will.

As we have seen existing partnerships leads to promising results – above and beyond our own expectations – we are slowly growing in confidence about the strengths and sustainability of what began as a series of small-scale pilot projects and experiments.

Along the way, we have also learned how difficult it is to find the right mix of ingredients to move from ideas to successful execution to develop such a programme if it is to contribute to systemic change.

We will be at the OECD Forum on 20-21 May 2019 to share these promising results with organisations and governments that see the need for new, better ways of achieving change in policy and practice.

About the author

Reda Sadki (blog | Twitter) is the founder and president of the Geneva Learning Foundation, the Swiss non-profit organization with the mission to connect learning leaders to research, invent, and trial breakthrough approaches for new learning, talent and leadership as a way of shaping humanity and society for the better.

In the past, Reda Sadki worked for the United Nations, primarily for the World Health Organization, and at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

WHO Scholar webinars on reducing equities in immunization streamed on Facebook Live due to overwhelming demand

Over 2,000 immunization professionals have already registered to attend the webinar series offered by the WHO Scholar programme to support countries in planning and implementing immunization strategies to reduce inequities and improve coverage. More information about the webinars

Due to overwhelming demand beyond our initial capacity of 1,000 participants, we are now streaming each webinar on Facebook Live. (If you are already registered, you do not need to go to Facebook and may join using the invitation link you received by e-mail.)

  • These webinars are open to everyone.
  • There is no upper limit to the number of participants who can view the stream on Facebook.

If you find that you are unable to join the webinar room itself (using the ZOOM application), please view our Facebook page.

  • At the time of the event, you should see a prompt to view the Facebook Live stream.
  • If you like the page, you will then receive notifications when an event starts.
  • The recording of the webinar will be available on the Facebook page shortly after each event.

You are nevertheless encouraged to register for the WHO Scholar webinar series if you wish to receive automated reminders about each session.

About the WHO Scholar programme

The Geneva Learning Foundation’s Scholar Approach is a state-of-the-art evidence-based package for capability development required to lead complex change. This unique Approach has already been shown to not only enhance competencies but also to foster collaborative implementation of transformative projects that begin as course work and end with impact.

WHO has used the Scholar Approach since 2016 to support country-level action planning and capability development to improve immunization outcomes:

  • The network is growing rapidly, with 4,467 English speakers and 2,968 Francophones having participated in the programme’s activities.
  • Working together, Scholars have used WHO guidelines to develop more than 2,000 peer-reviewed, context-specific projects, with over 90% reporting that they routinely use what they learned from the programme.
  • Over 400 programme participants have served as Accompanists, supporting their peers and exercising leadership in new ways that challenge failed, conventional training-of-trainer and cascade models.
  • In some countries, Scholars have spontaneously initiated informal, self-led and motivated groupings of professionals operating across agencies that may provide a different kind of lever for systemic change than traditional top-down approaches to addressing immunization challenges.
  • Building on these emergent dynamics, Scholars are now being invited to join the first Impact Accelerator, working with colleagues from their country toward collaborative project implementation.
  • The programme is fully digital, with no upper limit to the number of participants, and has mobilized participants without having to offer per diem, travel, or hotel accommodation.

The WHO Scholar programme is being developed by the Geneva Learning Foundation and its partners for the World Health organization, with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).

Invitation: WHO Scholar webinar series to reduce inequities and improve coverage

Are you committed to reducing inequities and improving coverage in your country?

The WHO Scholar programme is pleased to invite you to:

  • attend the webinar series about reducing inequities and improving coverage for immunization
  • share the invitation with your trusted colleagues and networks

Should you register for these webinars?

Please register for these webinars only if:

  • You are truly committed to reducing inequities and improving coverage for immunization; and
  • You are sure to attend.

Why is the World Health Organization offering this webinar series?

WHO recognizes that countries may need support to plan and implement the strategies and activities included in guidelines.

Many new strategies and related guidance documents to reduce inequities and improve coverage have been developed at WHO based on the GRISP (Global Routine Immunization Strategies and Practices) and RED (Reaching Every District) guidelines.

The WHO Scholar programme is therefore offering a webinar series open to everyone, focusing on four topics within the broad GRISP umbrella:

  1. Reducing missed opportunities for immunization (MoV).
  2. Strengthening immunization in the second year of life (2YL).
  3. Integrating immunization across the life course and with other health interventions.
  4. Urban immunization and other targeted strategies to reduce inequities.

These open, interactive webinars:

  • aim to answer “How do I…?” with practical examples and methods shared by a global expert.
  • support the progress of participants, who will be able to engage directly with the presenters.
  • will be open to attendance by those who are not taking the course, with no upper limit to the number of attendees.

Who should participate?

You stand to benefit from these webinars if…

  • You work in the MoH or partner agency in the national or sub-national EPI programme or you are part of the WHO EPI staff in a country office.
  • You are part of national or sub-national planning processes (cMYP, annual planning, GAVI TCA/HSS planning)
  • You are motivated to implement innovative ideas to reduce inequities and increase immunization coverage in your country context.
  • You have innovative ideas but need support to move from idea to action.

Participants in the WHO Scholar Level 2 certification in reducing inequities and improving coverage are expected to attend these webinars.

Webinar 1. Establishing and strengthening immunization in the second year of life (2YL)

  • 15 May 2019 at 14h (2 PM) Geneva (check time)
  • Topic: Establishing and strengthening immunization in the second year of life: Practices for vaccination beyond infancy, WHO 2018.
  • Lead presenter: Samir Sodha (WHO)

Webinar 2. Immunization services throughout the life course

  • 16 May 2019 at 14h (2 PM) Geneva (check time)
  • Lead presenter: Emily Wootton (WHO)
  • Topic: Working together: An integration resource guide for immunization services throughout the life course

Webinar 3. Reducing inequities in urban immunization

  • 27 May 2019 at 14h (2 PM) Geneva (check time)
  • Topic: Urban immunization toolkit and guidelines on reducing inequities in immunization.
  • Lead presenter: Godwin Mindra (UNICEF)

Webinar 4. Reducing Missed Opportunities for Vaccination (MOV)

  • 29 May 2019 at 14h (2 PM) Geneva (check time)
  • Topic: Planning Guide to reduce Missed Opportunities for Vaccination
  • Lead presenter: Laura Nic Lochlainn (WHO)

Webinar 5. Deep dive on immunization services throughout the life course

  • 5 June 2019 at 14h (2 PM) Geneva (check time)
  • Topic: Working together: An integration resource guide for immunization services throughout the life course
  • Lead presenter: Emily Wootton (WHO)

Webinar 6. Deep dive on immunization in the second year of life (2YL)

  • 12 June 2019 at 14h (2 PM) Geneva (check time)
  • Topic: Establishing and strengthening immunization in the second year of life: Practices for vaccination beyond infancy
  • Lead presenter: Samir Sodha (WHO)