The Need for Change Management
Health professionals around the world have the medical/clinical knowledge, technology, and experience to make substantial improvements in maternal and child health, reproductive health and family planning, HIV/AIDS, and other infectious diseases. Everyone working to improve health is fundamentally in the business of fostering, leading, or implementing change. But not everyone involved in this work has a clear pathway that links proven change practices with evidence-based clinical and programmatic practices. Many effective practices in Family Planning and Maternal and Child Health are known but are not being scaled-up. In many cases, the connection between technical knowledge and known approaches for successful change is missing. Change is often unplanned, leading to failures in scale-up. The VFCP marries technical knowledge about best practices in health with proven approaches to introduce and scale up change.