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FHI 360 staff receive awards in family planning and reproductive health

November 07, 2018

woman with babyFHI 360 staff have been recognized for outstanding leadership in family planning and reproductive health by two award programs, one from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the other from the editors of Contraception, the peer-reviewed journal of the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals and the Society of Family Planning.

USAID awarded the Marjorie C. Horn Operations Research Award to Dr. Marsden Solomon, Deputy Chief of Party of Afya Uzazi in Kenya, for his extraordinary efforts in family planning and operations research. Dr. Sheila Macharia, Senior Health Advisor at USAID Kenya, was a co-recipient.

“This award recognizes their sustained leadership and tireless efforts to move evidence into practice, including specifically their contributions to integrating family planning and reproductive health with other health services and broader development programs; expanding access to and choice of contraceptive methods through task-shifting; and supporting operations research to continue strengthening the delivery of services in Kenya and beyond,” stated Mihira Karra, Division Chief of USAID’s Bureau for Global Health, Office of Population and Reproductive Health, Research, Technology and Utilization Division.

USAID established the award in 2003 to honor the life and legacy of Marjorie C. Horn, a leader in family planning and reproductive health operations research.

In addition, an article by Dr. David Hubacher received Contraception’s 2017-2018 Daniel R. Mishell Jr., MD Outstanding Article Award. The journal’s editors selected the three strongest published papers from the previous 12 months, from a field of over 400 submissions. Dr. Hubacher’s article was “Not seeking yet trying long-acting reversible contraception: A 24-month randomized trial on continuation, unintended pregnancy and satisfaction.”

“The selection criteria focus on articles that best demonstrate high-quality methodology, an excellent presentation of results and a discussion that showed an exceptional understanding of the impact of the article relative to other literature and, when relevant, clinical practice,” said the editors.

Read more about FHI 360’s work in family planning and reproductive health.

Photo credit: Jessica Scranton/FHI 360