Mobile Outreach Services: Addressing inequities in access to family planning services and commodities Webinar

August 30, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. EST. Mobile Outreach Services: Addressing Inequities in Access to Family Planning Services and Commodities, the fifth installment in our High Impact Practices webinar series.  Download the Webinar Presentations.

Evidence demonstrates that mobile outreach services can successfully increase contraceptive use, particularly in areas of low contraceptive prevalence, high unmet need for family planning, and limited access to contraceptives, and where geographic, economic, or social barriers limit service uptake. When mobile outreach services are well-designed, they help programs broaden the contraceptive method mix available to clients, including increasing access to long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) and permanent methods (PMs).

Presenters (see bios below):

  • Marguerite Farrell
  • Tom Ellum
  • Ibrahim Muhammad Ibrahim

Marguerite Farrell
Marguerite Farrell is a Health Officer and the Private Sector Team Leader in the Service Delivery Improvement Division, in USAID’s Global Health Bureau, Office of Population and Reproductive Health. She is the Chair of the Family Planning Graduation Working Group. Ms. Farrell has worked in health for 34 years and in international health for twenty six years. She has worked for Project Hope in child survival and village banking, for Development Associates as an evaluation expert and country manager for reproductive health on the Family Health Training Project.  After working for Development Associates, Ms. Farrell was a resident advisor for Margaret Sanger Center International in the Philippines on a UNFPA project.
Tom Ellum
Tom Ellum, as the Outreach Channel Director at Marie Stopes International, oversees the strategy and standards for outreach teams serving rural locations and urban slums in 26 countries. He serves on the board of MSI’s Nigeria and Tanzania programs. Previously he worked for MSI as Country Director in Papua New Guinea and Director of Operations and Programs in Sierra Leone – both of which have large, challenging but high-performing outreach operations. Prior to MSI, he worked in business intelligence in online travel, mobile technology, cloud computing and venture capital in Europe, Middle East, Asia and North America.
Ibrahim Muhammad Ibrahim
Ibrahim Muhammad Ibrahim is the Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN). He is a trained physician with a good track record of planning, co-ordinating and implementing large-scale public health programs at a national level in Nigeria. Ibrahim has worked on Reproductive Health, HIV and AIDS programmes and Maternal Child Health. He has skills in research, management, strategic leadership, advocacy, policy development and analysis. He has over seven years’ experience of working at the senior management level for the Ministry of Health (State and Federal), and five years’ experience as CEO of planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria – providing reproductive health services nationwide.

Eva Ros – Facilitator
Eva Ros is the Country Support Director at Family Planning 2020. She leads outreach and support to the 69 FP2020 focus countries. She is an international public health professional with 17 years of experience in family planning/reproductive health and HIV/AIDS programs in more than 25 countries. Recently, Eva was the director for global partnerships for the USAID-funded Leadership, Management and Governance (LMG) Project at Management Sciences for Health (MSH).  Previously, she was at the IFC (World Bank Group), where she worked closely with governments and other multi- and bi-lateral donors to identify, design, and implement public-private partnerships.