People-Planet Connection is a learning and collaborative space for global development professionals who are interested in the intersections between human population, health, and the environment.
Population Health and Environment
[UPDATED JULY 2016] Population, health and environment (PHE) projects work to deal with the relationships between people, the environment, and public health. In integrating those subjects, the goals are to improve health, encourage communities to engage in sustainable practices, and preserve the natural resources and ecosystems.
This quote from the Pathfinder International site explains this connection:
Across the world, the hope for sustainable and equitable development is being threatened by poor health and environmental degradation—particularly poor access to reproductive health care, needlessly destructive extraction of natural resources, and inadequate local governance structures. The resulting high rates of disease, maternal and child death and disability, irreparable harm to natural environments, pressure on food systems, and the loss of local livelihood undermine the quality of human life everywhere. The urgency and interconnectedness of these challenges require integrated solutions—such as the global development approach known as Population, Health, and Environment (PHE).
In this Trending Topic, we present a set of materials that shows how practitioners conceptualize and implement PHE integration in the field, and what kinds of tools they use at the community level to achieve ‘value added’. We encourage you to register on our site and contribute your own project materials or useful tools in order to enrich this collection.
Additional Resource - Hot Off the Press!
PHE is a field still in development, and peer reviewed literature on the value added of the approach is just now emerging. We are pleased to be able to present to you a link to a paper recently released:
The Impact of Population, Health, and Environment Projects: A Synthesis of the Evidence, 2015 - This report synthesizes the available research from the latest generation of population, health, and environment (PHE) projects, providing a detailed account of the benefits of integrated projects and gaps in the evidence base.
In this course one canl explore the ways in which population, health, and the environment interact in people's lives, and have the opportunity to gain an insider's view of 1) the basics of integrated PHE programming, 2) successful PHE programs from around the world, and 3) tools and resources that can help you develop integrated programs.
The intended audience for this Toolkit is practitioners, program managers and health, conservation and development professionals interested in projects and policies that integrate community development activities with a focus on environment and health interventions.
This manual provides guidance for field-based conservation practitioners in developing countries on integrating health and family planning into community conservation projects.
Population-health-environment (PHE) is a development approach that recognizes the interconnectedness between people and their environment, and supports multi-sector collaboration and coordination.
This manual aims to guide international development project designers through the steps essential to an integrated project.
The FHI 360 PROGRESS project (2008-13) added to the evidence base on multi-sector integration, providing guidance on how development organizations can successfully expand their program model to include family planning services.
The key PHE indicators relate to the USAID Global Health Initiative (GHI) principle of creating global health partnerships to maximize benefits and increase impact by working across sectors. They do not focus specifically on any one area (population, health, or the enviro
This guide was developed for two types of training: 1) Training-of-trainers (TOT) events where facilitators learn how to train Population-Health-Environment (PHE) community-based distributors (CBDs) and PHE Adult Peer Educators (PEs) on community-based education and distribution of family planning (FP) methods within the context of an integrated
This guide addresses the role of youth in protecting and conserving the environment, ecosystems, physiology, gender, sexuality, fertility, contraception, safer sex, sexually transmitted infections, HIV/AIDS, and related reproductive health topics that will encourage youth to become stewards of the environment and their sexuality.
The purpose of this guide is to provide field-based practitioners of Population, Health and Environment (PHE) projects with a comprehensive set of ideas and resources for project implementation, from project design to evaluation.
This training toolkit aims to increase the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) capacity, skills and knowledge of those who plan, implement, and evaluate innovative, integrated health and community development programs in low-resource settings.
This training guide was developed for use in courses to train population, health and environment (PHE) Community-based Distributors (CBDs) who work on integrated PHE activities.
This guide was designed for facilitators and trainers who work with NGOs implementing population, health and environment (PHE) activities to use in developing an SBCC intervention that supports the achievement of the PHE project’s goals and objectives.
The training materials in this package consist of the following: 1) Facilitator's Guide, 2) Participant Manual, 3) A case study from the Philippines.
Also included are the following PowerPoint Presentations -
This job aid is used by HoPE-LVB project peer educators in Kenya and Uganda to provide information on PHE issues in communities around the Lake Victoria Basin.
The HoPE-LVB Project employs a PHE approach that gives underserved families and communities living in the Lake Victoria Basin the knowledge and skills to improve their health, reduce poverty and increase their capacity to sustainably manage natural resources.
This training resource was produced as part of the USAID-supported Program on Research for Strengthening Services (PROGRESS) Project in Kenya.