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Training is Tied to Everything: A Perspective from PMA2020 Learning Ambassador Victoria Oladoyin

Every year, PMA2020 hosts a Bootcamp training for selected individuals from the global team. The 2018 Bootcamp, focused on training design and facilitation, providing skills to our global team staff how to more effectively teach PMA2020 protocols and questionnaires, as well as how to better organize and and facilitate large trainings. The Training Design and Facilitation Bootcamp was co-organized by Sarah Nehrling, PMA2020's Training and Education consultant, Shani Turke, Francophone Program Officer, and three Learning Ambassadors from Nigeria, Kenya, and Burkina Faso: Victoria Oladoyin, Antony Mwangi, and Fiacre Bazié, respectively. This was the first Bootcamp co-led by country team members and it laid the foundation for greater South-to-South collaboration in the future. In September, Victoria sat down with Sarah to talk about her experience as a Learning Ambassador, lead facilitator, and participant in the Training Design and Facilitation Bootcamp that PMA2020 hosted with its country partners in Kenya in August 2018. Read more >>

The Women Behind the Data: An Interview with Two Supervisors from PMA2020 Nigeria

Behind every PMA2020 dataset is a team of people working tirelessly to accurately represent the stories of women and girls, families and households, and the state of their country’s health facilities. They transform human experiences into valuable, usable data that are disseminated throughout the world to inform stakeholders and policy decisions. Two such women, Abisola Olapeju and Oby Emesi, are field supervisors for PMA2020’s population-based survey projects in Nigeria. Somewhat coincidentally, they both studied public health in the United Kingdom before returning home to Nigeria. Abisola worked with the UK National Health Service on sexual health improvement and maternal and infant health; and Oby focused on occupational and environmental health. When they each heard about PMA2020, they were excited about the possibility of continuing their public health work in their own country. Read more >>

PMA2020 Survey Results Bring Together Data and Advocacy for Family Planning Monitoring in Burkina Faso

In June 2017 the PMA2020/Burkina Faso team met with the Group Technique en Santé de la Reproduction (GT/SR), a technical working group made up of public sector and civil society representatives, established to monitor the country's progress towards their family planning strategic objectives. The Ministry of Health Division for Family Health, which also leads family planning programming for the Ministry, along with the GT/SR, have begun to rely on PMA2020 data to track progress towards family planning and reproductive health goals. Read more: In English, en français

PMA2020 Data Use in Uganda

In Uganda, PMA2020 data have been welcomed by the national Ministry of Health and key stakeholders to track progress towards national goals and commitments on family planning targets. Dissemination events for PMA2020 survey results have been drawing increasing crowds with each subsequent round of data collection. The dissemination of data from the fourth round in August 2016 drew over 60 participants from the government and key stakeholders. Read more >>

From Resident Enumerator to Supervisor: Helina Kebede, PMA2020/Ethiopia

Helina is a resident enumerator from Ethiopia who has first-hand experience interacting with the faces behind the numbers – women in communities where Helina herself lives. She has made best friends through the PMA2020 RE network, some of whom even joined her to celebrate her baby boy’s recent first birthday. “I got best friends from there, through PMA... I like them so much,” she explains. Helina also understands the significance of the data for her country: “It is so important when we have good quality data that we can access, it is so good for the government for planning." Read more >>

From Resident Enumerator to Supervisor: An Interview with an Outstanding Women Working for PMA2020/DRC

Ruth SANGA KANDU is a graduate nurse. She is the family planning focal point and has been working as a resident enumerator (data collector) for PMA2020 in Kongo Central since 2016 when the PMA2020 survey was first conducted in that province. Ruth was recently promoted to Supervisor; her enthusiasim and dedication to PMA2020 is an asset to the project. Read more: In Englishen français

PMA2020 Program Receives National Media Coverage in Burkina Faso

Dr. Georges Guiella who serves as Principal Investigator for the PMA2020 program in Burkina Faso was recently featured on Le 19h30, a national television program in Burkina Faso. In the interview, Dr. Guiella explained the imperative role that the PMA2020 survey has played in rapidly generating nationally representative data to inform policy decision-making and in strengthening local research capacity since the project launched in 2014. Read more >>

Burkina Faso: Resident Enumerators Maimouna and Sylvie Promoted to Supervisors

As PMA2020/Burkina Faso enters its third round of data collection, the team is proud to recognize the superb performance of Maimouna Compaoré and Slyvie Diessongo, who were Resident Enumerators (REs) during the first two rounds of data collection in Burkina Faso and have both been promoted to field supervisor. In their new position, they will now lead and support a group of REs for the third round. During rounds one and two, both Maimouna and Sylvie worked in the Ouagadougou region, where they continue to work, and each is now responsible for supervising 10 REs. Read more >>

PMA2020 Spotlight: Assumpta Nangonzi, Resident Enumerator, PMA2020/Uganda

Assumpta’s background is in environment health science, although her passion spans multiple areas within global health. Assumpta started working as a data collector in 2014 during the first round of data collection in Uganda and has been with the project since. Assumpta is also a Program Officer for Policy and Advocacy at a global advocacy organization called Group for Health, Human Rights and HIV/AIDS (AGHA-Uganda) in Kampala. As both an advocate and a researcher, Assumpta is exposed to unique perspectives that allow her to speak credibly and passionately in both realms. She cites PMA2020 as the main data source for her family planning advocacy. Read more >>

PMA2020 Francophone Teams Exhibit South-South Collaboration through Joint Data Management Workshop

While most people were prepping for the holidays last month, data management teams from two of PMA2020’s Francophone geographies, DRC and Niger, were busy organizing a collaborative data management workshop. The Niger team – consisting of co-data managers Abdou Maina and Ibrahim Maazou– hosted the workshop at the offices of the “Institut National de la Statistique du Niger (INS)”, PMA2020’s implementing partner in Niger. Maazou and Maina were joined by DRC Data Manager Michel Kayembe Bikulu and Assistant Data Manager Maurice Kabango Mutuale. Read more: In English, en français

20 Questions with Manju Godara, Resident Enumerator, PMA2020/India

What does your typical day look like? During PMA2020 field work, I usually am in the field interacting with various people in different households, and on other days, I am busy doing household chores and other activities. I do not get much free time!
What is your favorite thing about working with PMA2020? I like talking to women from different societies and collecting the data using new mobile technology.
What are some valuable lessons learned from your time in PMA2020? I have learned how to operate Android phones, and how to ask questions tactfully to get responses for difficult and private questions. I have also realized the importance of education, and so I have enrolled myself for further studies. Read more >>

20 Questions with Temitope Erinfolami, Data Auditor, PMA2020/Nigeria 

How did you get involved with PMA2020? My involvement with PMA started in 2015 in the second round. I was drafted in as a member of the data team. 
Why do you think PMA2020 is important? PMA is important because it presents the real picture of basic public health issues in developing countries for which data was not previously available or for which data quality was poor and unusable. 
What are some valuable lessons learned during your time working with PMA2020? I would have every child receive a quality education, especially the girl-child in sub-Saharan Africa. Read more >>

20 Questions with Rita Wiwa, Program Officer, PMA2020/Nigeria

What does your typical day look like? Meetings by phone or in person are a major part of my day. My job is to make sure my organization is well equipped to achieve and affirm our goals. 
If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be? The Queen of England. 
What are some valuable lessons learned during your time working with PMA2020? I have learned a few things: the importance of cooperation to achieve a target goal, that there is unity in diversity, that it is important to eradicate misconceptions about family planning, and how to make our environment conducive for living. Read more >>

20 Questions with Mossi Mariama Hima Magagi, Supervisor, PMA2020/Niger

What skills do you most frequently employ in your work with PMA2020? My experience--that is to say my data collection know-how. My first experiences with socio-anthropologic and demographic research goes back to 2000.  My empirical knowledge allows me to adapt easily to any kind of situation I encounter while collecting data, and to solve the problems.
Why do you think PMA2020 is important? I would say it is a very important project because it not only provides young people with job opportunities, but it also provides users with quality data in regards to family planning indicators and certain characteristics of women of reproductive age. It also reinforces the national capacities in terms of collecting and analyzing data.​
What is the most interesting thing you have learned while working with PMA2020? I have learned a lot in terms of data collection by working with Open Data Kit (ODK). Read more >>

Data Become Personal to Resident Enumerators

What happens when the population data that you collect become so personal and real that they impact you – literally? After the first day of training for the new PMA2020/Uganda schistosomiasis survey, field supervisors mentioned that their Resident Enumerators (data collectors) had asked them about the possibility of being tested for schistosomiasis. Why wouldn’t they want to know their status, after all? Read more >>

20 Questions with Ernest Ekutor, Coordinator for PMA2020/Ghana

What is your favorite thing about working with PMA2020? I love working with the large group of people across the country of Ghana. The modern way of collecting data on the smartphone is so awesome, and PMA2020 gave me the exposure to that platform. For that, I am truly grateful to my supervisor and to Hopkins. The Hopkins team is just amazing, and I enjoy working with them. 
If you could describe PMA2020 in a few words...? Most reliable data!​
What are some valuable lessons learned in your time with PMA2020? Once you set a target to do something, you should be able to deliver. PMA2020 works with time and within that stipulated time, results must come in. We try as much as we can to deliver results. For me, this is a great lesson that will help with other endeavors. Read more >>

20 Questions with Kindo Boukary, PMA2020/Burkina Faso Trainer and Supervisor 

What is the biggest challenge you face in your work? The biggest challenge is to collect quality data that will serve my country. To achieve this goal, requires regular monitoring of REs and the fulfillment of tasks entrusted to me​.
If you could describe PMA2020 in a few words...? Fast and reliable data collection​.​
Who is your role model and why? The father of the Burkinabé revolution, Thomas Sankara. He was a brave and humble man. Through his determination and courage, he contributed his stone to the building of Burkina Faso. He remains a model for all the youth of Burkina Faso – even for all of Africa. Read more >>

20 Questions with Pierre Akilimali Zalagile, PMA2020/DRC IT Programmer 

Why do you think PMA2020 is important? We are getting very good data in a short amount of time and engaging the local population in collecting this data. 
What are some valuable lessons learned from your time in PMA2020? By working in a large team like that of PMA2020, we can learn a lot from each other. Working with such a multidisciplinary team saves time and allows us to obtain high-quality results. 
How would you encourage young students hoping to do similar work that you are doing? I would share my knowledge and skills with them that I've learned from working on PMA2020. I would also encourage them to work in teams and learn from each other. I would oversee their initial work, and then encourage them to achieve their own spot. Read more >>

20 Questions with Mahari, PMA2020/Ethiopia Field Coordinator

What is your favorite thing about working with PMA2020? It makes me familiar with the latest technologies of data collection and dissemination. It is also a great pleasure to get the opportunity of working with very intellectual and decent people.
If you could describe PMA2020 in three words, what would you say? Smart, Swift and Trustworthy!
Why do you think PMA2020 is important? I believe that it is wise to make decisions based on frequent and reliable data. PMA2020 is a pioneer in delivering cost effective, timely and reliable data to policy makers and programmers. Therefore, PMA2020 is very important to ensure the availability of such data, which most organizations and governments are in need of. Read more >>

Resident Enumerator Shares About Passion in Community Participation

The moment I was offered the opportunity to work with PMA2020 as a Resident Enumerator, I was excited about this new project I was going to be a part of. As we finished training and we were dispatched, it was an opportunity to put theory into practice and to enhance my interviewing and people skills. My field placement has been an incredible experience and avenue for me to learn more and practice my field skills with the guidance and support from my supervisor. I had an opportunity to grow both as an individual and as a team player to realize my true passion in community participation and to appreciate the work we do with communities. Read more >>

Resident Enumerator Annet Wins Scholarship and Pursues Dream Master's Program

"It was always my dream to go for further studies; and I am currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Environment and Natural Resources at Makerere University. Why am I saying this? PMA2020 project is one of the factors that contributed to my winning of the scholarship!!! As I applied, one of the requirements was being a staff or working with Makerere University. Therefore I am indebted to Makerere School of Public Health – PMA2020 Project for having employed me, recommended me and qualifying me as a potential candidate for the project. I am achieving my dream. Long live School of Public Health, long live PMA2020." Read more >>

Kenya Resident Enumerator Christine Wangeci Shares Testimonial

"The people of my enumeration area had several concerns and were glad to have someone ask them about their health, water and reproductive health issues. These are dear issues to them and this brought a ray of hope and a sign that someone cared. My job has now changed my status in my area of residence. I am now known by majority of residents in my area. I now feel confident and more motivated to continue working in my EA to collect and submit data, which I know that after analysis and presentation to the government, residents from my area will benefit from increased access to and quality of family planning services." Read more >>

Transparency and Accountability: Taking the Measure of Family Planning Programs

"We were very excited when our survey showed that Kenya’s current CPR for married women is at 58 percent. This means that the government has exceeded its 2015 goal! Analysts are now busy studying the data to figure out exactly where and why the improvement happened. As a PMA2020 Resident Enumerator, I feel a great sense of achievement for what we’re accomplishing. I know that my work, and the work of the other Resident Enumerators, is playing a significant role in helping Kenya improve the reproductive health of all its citizens." Read more >>

Resident Enumerator to Field Supervisor: An interview with two young women working on PMA2020/Ethiopia 

The PMA2020/Ethiopia project is now entering its third round of data collection, and the team recently promoted two data collectors in recognition of their hard work and excellent performance in the field. Yemisrach Kebede and Bezawork Ayele were data collectors during prior rounds of data collection and are now working as field supervisors for round 3. Read more >>