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Blanca Rico

The PLP broadened my understanding of women’s rights,
gender and
health in other countries."

- Blanca Rico, Mexico




The Population Leadership Program (PLP) brings together professionals from developing countries to expand their leadership skills, and partners with them to create systemic improvements in population issues, family planning, and reproductive health at the local, national, and international levels.

PLP activities taking place between now and August 2008 will build on the legacy of the PLP by laying the groundwork for an ambitious, multi-sectoral approach to strengthening public health systems. Based on PLP efforts and successes over the past eight years, we are developing a major initiative to support stronger, more effective public health systems by building capacity in selected regions for public health policy research, analysis, and advocacy, dissemination of best practices, and leadership development.

Six target countries have been identified for the coming year's work, based on input from Fellows about capacity building initiatives, the PLP network, and related projects currently in progress at UW. The six countries are Ethiopia, India, Pakistan, Peru, Sudan, and Uganda.