HIPs Webinar on Social Franchising, August 23, 2018

Dear Colleagues,

Please join us on August 23, 2018 from 09:30 to 10:30 Washington / 16:30 to 16:30 Addis Ababa for a webinar on Social Franchising the next installment in our 2018 High Impact Practices webinar series.

The webinar will explore several perspectives and experiences on implementing this promising service delivery practice. A social franchise is a network of private-sector health care providers that are linked through agreements to provide socially beneficial health services under a common franchise brand. This type of network can be particularly important for expanding availability and improving the quality of family planning services in the private sector, particularly for provider-dependent methods such as intramuscular injectable contraceptives, contraceptive implants, and intrauterine devices (IUDs). This brief describes the potential impact of social franchising on key family planning outcomes. It also provides useful guidance on how social franchising can be used to increase access to high-quality family planning products and services.

Download the Social Franchising brief here, and register for the webinar today. We look forward to your participation!

For more information on the HIPs, and to view previous webinars, please visit: https://www.fphighimpactpractices.org/.





Our Panelists:


Martyn Smith, FP2020 (Moderator)

Martyn Smith serves as the Managing Director for Family Planning 2020 (FP2020). He has extensive leadership experience in the FP/RH health sectors in both Africa and Asia across the last 10 years, with a further 10 years of international experience in both the private and NGO sectors across three continents. From 2008 to 2013, he led and transformed Marie Stopes International organizations in India and Sierra Leone before taking on a technical role as MSI’s deputy regional director for Asia.

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Sarah Thurston, Population Services International (PSI)

Sarah serves as Senior Technical Advisor for PSI-SIFPO2, working across a range of interventions to strengthen private health sector delivery of family planning method choice, including through social franchising. With 13 years’ experience in technical and programmatic roles focused on West Africa and South Asia, Sarah has worked and published on social franchising, public-private partnerships, health financing, and commodity security for large service delivery organizations like PSI and MSI and in humanitarian assistance.


Tesfaye Mesele, Marie Stopes International-Ethiopia

Tesfaye works for MSI Ethiopia as Director of private sector support and informatics. He introduced a new social franchise strategy for Marie Stopes International Ethiopia in 2017, which brings massive change on individual franchisee quality and productivity improvement. Tesfaye has substantial experience on health sector development particularly on the health and livelihood of women and children. Currently, Tesfaye’s focus is on health care financing and social franchise business sustainability to increase access to equitable SRH services.


Ados V. May, MPA | IBP Initiative Secretariat | Senior Technical Advisor

1299 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 550 | Washington, DC 20004 | www.ibpinitiative.org

o: +1 202 808 3846 | m: +1 202 999 8816 | email: ados.may@phi.org | Skype: adosmay

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