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[afro-nets] Nominations for 6th Annual MAQie Award!

  • From: "Megan O'Brien" <mlobrien@jhuccp.org>
  • Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2007 14:17:36 -0400

Dear Colleagues:

It's time to nominate the next recipients of the 6th Annual MAQie Award!

The Maximizing Access and Quality (MAQ) Initiative brings together staff from USAID/Washington, Missions, and the cooperating agency (CA) community to identify and implement practical, cost-effective, focused, and actionable interventions aimed at improving both the access to and quality of family planning and selected reproductive health services. Removing barriers, promoting access, and improving quality by focusing on specific practical improvements can serve the needs of clients and thereby markedly improve programs.

So, what is the MAQie Award?

The MAQie Award recognizes special contributions to the advancement of Access and Quality. The following general characteristics are considered when selecting the winning contribution:

? Potential for important and substantial impact on field programs
? Practical and realistic
? Evidence-based
? Innovative
? Collaborative

MAQie Categories

The MAQie recognizes outstanding public health professionals in two areas: Field-Based Leadership, for example, a Ministry of Health or CA country representative; and Global Technical Leadership, for a US-based practitioner. Please send two nominations, one for each category, to Liz Greene at egreene@usaid.gov <mailto:egreene@usaid.gov> by Friday, September 14, 2007, and include the nominee's name, organization, and special contribution to MAQ.

The Awards will be given at the Global Health Bureau Mini- University "Knowledge Extravaganza Session" from 3:15-4:30 on Friday, October 5, 2007, at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services.

Last year's MAQie Award winners were:

For Field-Based Leadership, Dr. Binta Keita for her enthusiastic and unflagging dedication to improving the quality of and extending access to family planning and reproductive health services in Mali, including the creation of a national reproductive health working group and annual family planning action plan, the institutionalization of an annual nationwide family planning campaign, support for community mobilization and training, and the introduction of new and innovative tools and ideas.

For Global Technical Leadership, Dr. Roberto Rivera for more than four decades of dedicated and productive work to improve access to and the quality of family planning, including: research on new and existing contraceptive methods; significant contributions to WHO's Medical Eligibility Criteria and Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use, and the International Family Planning Clinical Handbook; as well as notable contributions to the revitalization of the IUD, development of LAM, and high quality protection of human research subjects.

Questions? Contact Liz Greene at
mailto:egreene@usaid.gov> .

Megan O'Brien
Program Specialist
The INFO Project
Johns Hopkins University
Center for Communication Programs
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Baltimore, MD 21202
Tel: +1-410-223-1714
Fax: +1-410-659-6266
E-mail: mailto:mlobrien@jhuccp.org