GEMNet-Health Celebrates First Anniversary

The Global Evaluation and Monitoring Network for Health (GEMNet-Health) celebrated its first anniversary with individuals from the network’s nine member institutions and the U.S. Agency for International Development participating in a virtual meeting on July 24, 2013.

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The Global Evaluation and Monitoring Network for Health (GEMNet-Health) celebrated its first anniversary with individuals from the network’s nine member institutions and the U.S. Agency for International Development participating in a virtual meeting on July 24, 2013. MEASURE Evaluation hosted the online event, which included showing a video presentation of the network’s launch meeting, sharing highlights of the year’s accomplishments, and presenting plans for the next year through a conference using Adobe Connect.

GEMNet-Health’s member institutions in eight countries founded the network to improve monitoring and evaluation (M&E) training and research. MEASURE Evaluation assisted with the June 2012 launch and has served as the network secretariat by providing technical and administrative support to the group, including facilitating network activities, hosting meetings, and having staff members serve on committees. GEMNet-Health’s first year activities have involved creating bylaws and standards, developing an online inventory of partners’ M&E resources, conducting a series of webinars on M&E-related technical issues, and establishing an expert group for harmonizing M&E curricula.

Yemane Berhane, professor at the Addis Continental Institute of Public Health (ACIPH) in Ethiopia and chair of GEMNet-Health, said the network helps institutions connect with each other to share M&E resources that can benefit their programs. “The network is trying to promote communication and discussion among all members,” he said.

For its second year, Berhane said GEMNet-Health will focus on developing strategies for how it can achieve sustainability, increase membership, and add member institutions.

In addition to ACIPH, current GEMNet-Health members are Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia; Centre Africain d'Etudes Supérieures en Gestion, Senegal; Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública, Mexico; Mahidol University, Institute of Population and Social Research, Thailand; Public Health Foundation of India; School of Public Health, University of Ghana; School of Health Systems and Public Health, University of Pretoria, South Africa; and MEASURE Evaluation, USA.