Increasing Access to Health Information at the Workplace: One Step to Delivering on SDG #3 in Global Supply Chains

by Carolyn Rodehau
Apr 5, 2016 12:30 PM ET

“We can’t get any.”

“We ran out.”

“We don’t know where to find them.”

These are common responses by factory nurses and managers when asked if they have health education materials available for their workers in low and middle income countries.

This is an easily fixable problem for many formal workplaces around the world – if we avoid the typical and unsustainable approach of paying print shops to produce colorful, glossy documents.  Workplaces have the necessary resources – desktop printers and internet connections – to make health information available at a low cost, based on immediate need. Meeting this need would help advance progress to Sustainable Development Goal #3 - Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

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Carolyn Rodehau with Meridian Group International, Inc., serves as the Program Associate for workplace policy and programming on the USAID-funded Evidence Project. In this capacity, Ms. Rodehau supports the management and implementation of the RAISE Health Initiative and the Cambodia Worker Health Coalition, which focus on advancing policy change around corporate policies and programs to expand access to women’s health services and family planning in low and middle income countries. Prior to joining the Evidence Project, she served as the Program Manager for the Health and Nutrition Global Initiative at Save the Children (SC), which ensures the delivery of quality programming across SC’s global Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (MNCH) portfolio through technical capacity strengthening, communications, and knowledge management activities targeting the organization’s seven regional offices and 48 country offices. Ms. Rodehau holds a B.A. in Law and Society from American University and a Postgraduate Certificate in Global Health from John Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is currently pursuing a MSc. in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.