Abt Associates: Bold thinkers driving real-world impact
In an effort to bring the latest information on family planning to more people in developing countries, Abt Associates is using technology to reach out to a diverse range of people in a cost-effective way.
More than 550 people from 80 countries logged on to an electronic conference May 8-9 to share experiences and learn more about expanding use of long-acting and permanent methods of family planning. Closing remarks were posted on May 10.
The electronic conferencewas organized and hosted by the Strengthening Health Outcomes through the Private Sector (SHOPS) project, led by Abt Associates and funded by USAID. Six Abt staff members gave presentations as did representatives from the USAID Office of Population and Reproductive Health and the USAID Bureau for Global Health.
On a specially designed interactive web site, participants viewed 15 presentations on topics ranging from barriers to long-acting and permanent methods of family planning (LA/PM) to the importance of private sector participation the delivery of such services. The conference also offered live chat sessions, the chance to share personal experiences, and the ability to ask questions to the pool of participants.
Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research, evaluation and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Known for its rigorous approach to solving complex challenges, Abt Associates is regularly ranked as one of the top 20 global research firms and one of the top 40 international development innovators. The company has multiple offices in the U.S. and program offices in more than 40 countries.