Using knowledge exchange to support innovations in PMR for child health
Lessons learned on using a community of practice to support near real-time monitoring of local health and nutrition interventions in Eastern and Southern Africa
The Eastern and Southern Africa region Programme Monitoring and Response (PMR) Initiative has a knowledge exchange component to support information sharing and to foster continual learning by UNICEF, government staff and other partners in implementing countries. Activities include peer-to-peer learning among the four pilot countries – Kenya, Swaziland, Uganda and Zimbabwe – grounded in an online community of practice (CoP) which extends lessons globally.
Supported by the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the PMR Initiative is supporting decentralized government to synthesize the near real-time monitoring (NRTM) of localized data in health and nutrition with community feedback. The aim is to strengthen evidence-based decision-making and planning at the district, ward and village levels where services are delivered, and to involve the community in improving outcomes for women and children such as on maternal health and reducing stunting.