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Creating a sustainable infrastructure to support scale-up and capacity building of Parenting for Lifelong Health human-digital parenting programmes


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Reporting by Hannah Clark

January has seen yet another busy month for Parenting for Lifelong Health. Following on from our success in December, we secured a second project with the World Health Organisation where we will be assisting in the development of their Parenting Intervention Handbook on how to select, design, evaluate, implement, monitor, and scale up evidence-based parenting interventions to prevent maltreatment and enhance parent-child relationships in children aged 0-17 years. We’re also starting to take our first exciting steps forward with our Policymaker Engagement Project Tanzania, in partnership with the National Institute of Medical Research, and held successful meetings in Uganda as part of the Learning Component on Scaling National Parenting Programmes with the Global Partnership to End Violence.

January has also been a big month in terms of growing our core team. We are thrilled to announce the recruitment of Laurie Markle as our Chief of Solutions. Laurie joins us from UNICEF where she served as the global lead and digital engagement advisor for UNICEF’s Internet of Good Things (IoGT). Laurie has 15 years’ experience in digital development, building national education and WASH information systems, strengthening health data collection, and expanding access to information-for-decision-making in Africa and Asia through regional economic community partnerships. She resides in Washington, DC with her husband, two sons, dog, two hermit crabs, and a hamster.

In addition to having finalised the recruitment for our Director of Operations in South Africa, PLH is also celebrating the appointment of another Trustee: Patrick Hoffmann from Generali who will be advising PLH on engagement with the private sector and venture philanthropy among other things.

Reporting by Hannah Clark

The last two months have seen a lot of successes for Parenting for Lifelong Health (PLH). Firstly, PLH has received charitable status in the UK from the Charities Commission for England and Wales. We are also excited to share the recruitment of two new Trustee's: Bahbak Miremadi from Elephant Healthcare and Toyin Olakanpo from LUMOS. Secondly, PLH took a huge step forward by landing their first two projects in partnership with the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, a project focused on learning about national scale-up of parenting programmes in Kenya and Uganda, and the Pan American Health Organisation, a project focused on mapping parenting programmes in Latin American and the Caribbean. In addition, we are well on our way to securing a third project partnership with UNICEF in Cambodia, which will focus on the design and deployment of the RapidPro based parenting chatbot 'ParentText'. 
Behind the scenes our team has been working on forming a strategic work plan between Global Initiative to Support Parents (GISP) partners by representing PLH at their in-person meetings. We also put PLH's best foot forward at the reSHAPE event, which focuses on the great things Oxford University's external ventures are achieving in the world. In addition, our chairperson, Professor Lucie Cluver, presented at The Human Safety Network (THSN) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) conference in Venice and presented on parenting and PLH at USAID internal learning group. Meanwhile, our CEO Professor Jamie Lachman represented PLH at Home Start Worldwide Conference in Malta. Jamie and Lucie also represented PLH at the THSN Networks 2022 meeting in Venice where they shared about PLH’s experience with transformative partnerships and working with the private sector.