During the May 2021 proceedings of the bi-annual Global Implementation Conference (GIC), ExpandNet members laid out ExpandNet’s systematic approach to scale up and shared experience from using ExpandNet/WHO tools to achieve scale up results. In an “Ask the Expert” session entitled Scale Up and Sustainability in Global Settings, Dr. Alexis Ntabona from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Laura Ghiron from the United States briefly introduced ExpandNet’s framework and scale-up learning from almost two decades of work and responded to participants’ questions about scaling.
Thereafter, a “Master Class” entitled Experience Using ExpandNet/WHO Tools to Achieve Country Ownership and Sustainable, Scalable Implementation Results featured ExpandNet member Charles Kabiswa from Uganda, Dr. Ntabona and Ms. Ghiron. During this session the speakers shared the ExpandNet/WHO framework, tools and approach followed by scale-up experience from: 1) the integrated population, health and environment project HoPE-LVB in Uganda and Kenya that applied ExpandNet tools from the earliest stages of project conceptualization through to management of the scale-up process; and 2) an effort to accelerate implementation of a national family planning reform agenda for integrating contraceptive care competencies in nursing and midwifery training curricula in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The next GIC is being planned for 2023 in Colorado, USA, with the hope to have even greater global participation. Stay in touch with the Global Implementation Society and the GIC planning at the following website: https://globalimplementation.org