The Leadership Development for Mobilizing Reproductive Health Program (LDM), implemented by the Institute of International Education (IIE) West Coast Regional Center, invests in emerging and established reproductive health leaders who live and work in the poorest regions of five focus countries: Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, and the Philippines. Many of these leaders work on such pressing global health issues as HIV/AIDS, adolescent reproductive health, gender-based violence, and access to quality family planning services and improved maternal health care. The program is made possible by the generous support of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
Since 2000, over 900 men and women have accessed leadership development opportunities through the LDM program. The majority participated in short-term leadership or reproductive health training courses in their own countries or in regional settings. Recruiting individuals from private, public and civil society organizations, LDM has recognized the need to link leaders from multiple sectors in order to comprehensively promote population and family planning issues.
The vision for the current phase of the LDM program is that leaders will work individually, collectively and organizationally to affect systematic changes that strengthen family planning and reproductive health policies and services, resulting in improved reproductive health outcomes for the most vulnerable populations.