Tag: population-health-environment

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Telling our story: capturing the complexity of Blue Ventures’ integrated work

By Charlie Gough, marine scientist, and Laura Robson, community health coordinator What do you get if you put twelve evaluation specialists in a small room with four Population-Health-Environment (PHE) [1] practitioners? Five hours of mind-blowing conversations about capturing the complexity of...

/ Jul 8, 2013
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Uncovering family planning needs in Belo sur Mer

By Lison Garrel, Safidy (Community Health) Programme Coordinator, Belo sur Mer My involvement with Blue Ventures started at the beginning of 2013, with a two-month mission to Belo sur Mer on Madagascar’s west coast. The aim: to conduct an assessment...

/ Jul 2, 2013
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Fisher exchanges to change fisheries

by Shawn Peabody, Country Director, Madagascar Examples of coastal communities coming together to take on overfishing and reduce destructive fishing aren’t too hard to find. In nearly every region there are good examples of these “positive deviants”, as the literature...

/ Jul 1, 2013
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Staff Q&A with Jo Hudson, Conservation & Communications Officer

In the ninth instalment in our series of Q&As with Blue Ventures staff, we ask Jo Hudson, our Conservation & Communications Officer, some searching questions about science, conservation and superpowers… What is your scientific background? I did a BSc in Environmental Science...

/ Jun 19, 2013

Symposium on ecological and social resilience in New York

By Kame Westerman, Blue Ventures Velondriake LMMA Coordinator from 2010 – 2102, Madagascar A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend the American Museum of Natural History’s symposium on ecological and social resilience in island systems, which brought...

/ May 13, 2013
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The choice is yours: Safidy reproductive rights training

By Brian Jones, Conservation Coordinator, Toliara, Madagascar While in Andavadoaka a few months ago for the Velondriake Association’s election and first general assembly of 2013, I was lucky enough to catch the Safidy programme’s quarterly review and reproductive rights training...

/ May 9, 2013
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When there are no more fish in the sea

Cuaming Island, Philippines Rogelio Angco traces the neat rows of numbers with his finger as he recounts the details of the ‘Barangay Profile’; the chart framed above his desk. This table keeps a meticulous record of the makeup of the...

/ May 3, 2013
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Addressing population dynamics in the global context

by Dr Vik Mohan, Director of Sexual and Reproductive Health Programme, UK Late last year, I flew out to a cold and snowy Copenhagen to attend a meeting of the Population and Sustainable Development Alliance (PSDA). The PSDA (formerly the...

/ Feb 14, 2013
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Have you ever encountered a live sea cucumber?

by Taylor Mayol, Communications and Programme Development Officer, Madagascar I hadn’t either until just a few months ago. I knew I was in for a wild ride during my fellowship after I dove into a crystal clear turquoise bay in...

/ Feb 1, 2013
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Ravao’s story: from 12 children to community health worker

By Dr Vik Mohan, Medical Director, UK I recently spent a hectic and intense couple of weeks in the village of Andavadoaka, the village where our community health programme is based, during my annual visit to Madagascar. Although I founded this initiative...

/ Nov 15, 2012
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Calling all mothers: Safidy has a new home and maternal & child health programme!

by Dr Clarisse Razanamampionona, Safidy’s Doctor, and Samantha Cockburn, Medical Elective Student. Safidy is part of Blue Ventures’ integrated Population, Health, and Environment (PHE) approach to conservation in the Velondriake area of southwest Madagascar. Safidy, which means “choice” or “freedom...

/ Sep 10, 2012
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Addressing gender differences in natural resource management

by Kame Westerman, Velondriake MPA Project Coordinator, Madagascar Octopus is the most commercially valuable species within the Velondriake LMMA (locally managed marine area), bringing in a substantial portion of household income. Traditionally, women harvest octopus most frequently, venturing out on shallow...

/ Jun 15, 2012

Conserving biodiversity in an ever expanding world

by Jo Hudson, Science Intern, London Dr Vik Mohan, Director of the Blue Ventures Sexual & Reproductive Health programme, joined John Williams  and David Lopez-Carr (both from the University of California)  to speak (via a live weblink) at the Woodrow Wilson...

/ Apr 3, 2012
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Sustainably developing the environment? Oxfam says it’s possible

by Jo Hudson, Science Intern, London Often it seems that poverty reduction and environmentalism are at loggerheads – as one is in direct competition with the other, often for space, funding and support. But a new report by Oxfam, published...

/ Feb 14, 2012