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Hugo Hoogenboom, a leader of EngenderHealth from 1981-1995, has passed away. We honor Hugo’s legacy by continuing to work for a world in which everyone has access to the info & services needed to make their own reproductive health choices.

Our statement: https://bit.ly/2PmPF1o

Why are sexual and reproductive health services not 'essential services' during the Corona virus pandemic? Covid 19 responses must include women's reproductive health needs. https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)31679-2/fulltext

Accessing #familyplanning services is critical in #COVID19 response!

Click below to see how our partners are responding and to learn how you can participate! https://bit.ly/3eSRJIR #FPinCOVIDResponse

We extend our condolences to the family of H.E. Benjamin W. Mkapa, former president of #Tanzania and founder of @MkapaFoundation.

We honor his championship of #genderequality and health systems strengthening.

#RIPMkapa

We're looking for an Associate Director, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. Come join our team, and pass the word!

Apply here: https://bit.ly/2BFx5OC

#SRHR #SRH #SRHRjobs #SRHjobs #Reprojobs #feministjobs #NGOjobs #nonprofitjobs #reprohealth #reprorights

We're looking for an Associate Director, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). Come join our team, and pass the word! Apply here: https://bit.ly/2BFx5OC

#SRHR #SRH #SRHRjobs #SRHjobs #Reprojobs #feministjobs #NGOjobs #nonprofitjobs #reprohealth #reprorights

A6) We must value ALL the work women do. The EquityTool by @Metrics4mgmt can be included as part of routine data collection on #COVID19 response; we must also measure the proportion of women out of paid workforce, the dependency ratio & educational status. #GenderData #DevexFOCUS https://twitter.com/devex/status/1288451736332574721

A3) Collecting #VAW data amid #COVID19 is difficult due to risk to women seeking help; lockdowns hindering movement to safe spaces; gaps in training for service providers; & ongoing gaps in data systems. We must address #VAW and #GBV despite the pandemic. #GenderData #DevexFocus https://twitter.com/devex/status/1288447944916639746

A5) National stats offices should ensure that collected data is not only gender disaggregated but also informed by age disaggregation & they should capture how national governments' #COVID19 response efforts are benefiting women & other vulnerable groups. #GenderData #DevexFocus

A4) The EquityTool developed by @Metrics4mgmt provides important estimates of wealth quintiles, while the Washington Group Short Set of Disability Questions provides an opportunity to assess the extent to which #COVID19 is affecting those w/ disabilities. #GenderData #DevexFocus

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Facilitative Supervision Handbook

Facilitative supervision is a major component of continuous quality improvement (QI) in health services. Facilitative supervision helps supervisors at all levels in an institution focus on the needs of the staff they oversee. Supervisors who use the facilitative approach consider staff to be their customers. This approach emphasizes mentoring, joint problem solving, and two-way communication between a supervisor and those being supervised.

The role of the facilitative supervisor is to set goals, motivate health care staff, and lead them through the process of change required to improve quality and meet clients’ needs. The most important part of the facilitative supervisor’s role is to enable staff to manage the QI process, so as to meet the needs of their clients and implement institutional goals.

The framework of clients’ rights and staff needs for quality services guides site managers, supervisors, and staff in their efforts to improve quality. All QI efforts rely on similar, well-accepted principles: the customer mindset; a focus on processes and systems; staff involvement and ownership; ongoing QI efforts; continuous learning, development, and capacity building; and cost consciousness and efficiency.

EngenderHealth has found that supervisors who possess the following characteristics, skills, and experience are better equipped to become successful facilitative supervisors:

  • Leadership qualities (ability to inspire and motivate others, foster trust, establish a non-threatening environment, and promote team work)
  • Good communication skills, especially active listening and constructive feedback (other skills/techniques needed include appropriate questioning technique, paraphrasing, clarification, and verbal and nonverbal encouragement)
  • A desire to empower others and provide opportunities for growth
  • An ability to work effectively in teams, encouraging different levels of staff to work together, delegate and complete work through others, and manage different personalities
  • Experience delivering reproductive health services
  • Technical knowledge
  • Flexibility
  • Openness to new ideas
  • Ability to train and coach or convey information to others
  • Empathy

The Facilitative Supervision Handbook helps supervisors to develop such skills. The handbook includes descriptions of the facilitative approach to supervision and the roles and characteristics of facilitative supervisors in involving staff in the QI process, leading staff through change, creating a nonthreatening environment, and helping staff use data for decision making.

You can download the entire handbook in six pieces, using the links below.

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