- May 2010 Feature: West Africa
- April 2010 Feature: Indonesian First Regional PD Forum
- February 2010 Feature: MRSA
Last month, members of the PDI traveled to West Africa to collaborate in two different PD events, including a Peace Corps training in Burkina Faso, which focused on girls’ access to education, as well as a meeting in Dakar, Senegal in collaboration with Helen Keller International (HKI) which focused on linking PD practitioners together and the creation of a regional PD network. Summaries of the work that was done in West Africa, along with resources including photos, PowerPoint presentations, quotes, and videos, are available below.
May 2010 PD Champions
Check out our featured PD Champions, Djibril Cisse (Deputy Country Director of Helen Keller International Senegal) and Siaka Konate (Independent PD Consultant). Bios and photos of both Champions are available here on the PD Champions page, and videos of both Champions dicussing the work they are doing in West Africa are available below.
Positive Deviance Meeting in Dakar, Senegal
April 8, 2010
On April 8, 2010, PDI team members attended a half day meeting on the Positive Deviance approach in Dakar, Senegal in partnership with the Helen Keller International (HKI) Senegal office.
- broaden the scope of PD applications by exploring with participants various uses of PD, including: hospital acquired infections, child trafficking and child soldiers, education, corruption, female genital mutilation, and maternal health
- provide an opportunity for the participants to begin forming local and regional sector-related PD networks.
Helen Keller International (HKI) is an organization committed to the eradication of preventable blindness and to ensuring that children and adults no longer suffer the debilitating effects of poor nutrition. Spanning 22 countries around the world, the entire organization works tirelessly towards this goal. To learn more about the work that HKI is doing in Senegal, and around the world, please click here.
- Brochure: Helen Keller International - Senegal (French)
- Brochure: Helen Keller International - Senegal (English)
- Photo Gallery: PD meeting in Senegal
Positive Deviance Peace Corps Workshop in Burkina Faso
April 12-16, 2010
From April 12-16, 2010 a five day workshop was held in Ouayiguya, Burkina Faso, West Africa to train Peace Corps (PC) staff, volunteers and host country nationals in the PD methodology. The workshop focused on using the PD approach in the context of a pilot project addressing girls’ access to education.
Participants included 11 Peace Corps Voulnteers (PCVs) and their counterparts, five ministry of education directors, as well as three APCDS from neighboring countries of Togo, Mali and Niger. Participating Burkina Faso Peace Corps staff included the Associate Peace Corps Director (APCD) for girls education and empowerment, the APCD for secondary education, and the program assistant for secondary education and girls education and empowerment. Key participants also included the principals of the schools in the three sites used for the training: Thiou, Kalo and Tangaye and community members who welcomed the workshop participants with open arms.
- Participant Quotes: Selected Quotes from Peace Corps workshop partcipants regarding what they learned about the PD approach and what new skills they learned
- Photo Gallery: PD Peace Corps Workshop in Burkina Faso
Generic French Resources:
- Brochure: French PDI Brochure
- Field Guide: Petit Guide de l’Approche de la Déviance Positive (French Field Guide)
- Presentation: L’Approche de la Déviance Positive PowerPoint presentation
First Regional PD Forum
From Villages to Hospitals: Success Stories Against All Odds
January 19-21, 2010
From Villages to Hospitals; Success Stories against All Odds brought together 143 people for the First Regional PD Forum in Bali, Indonesia, January 19-21, 2010. The interactive agenda and the variety of participants produced an event of amazing energy and unique connections that few will soon forget. It was an occasion to listen to the many stories from “ordinary people trying to do extraordinary things." The forum was organized by PDI, PDRC, the Ministry of Health and UNICEF.
The the forum had three main objectives:
- to bring together various implementers, researchers and donors to share and learn from each other
- to broaden the scope of PD applications by exposing participants to various uses of PD outside of nutrition; hospital acquired infections, child trafficking and child soldiers, education, corruption, female genital mutilation, and maternal health
- to provide an opportunity for the participants to begin forming regional and sector related networks.
Below you will find links to video footage of participants at the forum, two full summaries of the forum, as well as the presentation slides used by the speakers at the event.
Particpant Video Footage:
To view videos of participants speaking about the importance of the forum, please visit the links below.
DAY ONE Presentations- January 19, 2010
Welcoming Remarks: Dr. Arum Atmawikarta, Director for Health and Nutrition BAPPENAS
Presentation (PDRC Vision and Goals): Endang L. Achadi
Presentation (Shrimps, Shoots, Stories): Dr. Arvind Singhal
DAY TWO Presentations- January 20, 2010
Presentation (Addressing the issue of malnourished‐children under 5 by implementing PD in Babakan Madang sub‐district of Bogor District through developing a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program): Hatur Nuhun
Presentation (Nutrition with PD Approach): Plan International
DAY THREE Presentations- January 21, 2010
PDI's featured web content will focus on MRSA during the month of February. This page includes links to all of the MRSA related content on the PDI website, including articles, presentations, projects, and more.
- Buscell P, McCandless K, Singhal A. Saving Lives by Changing Relationships: Positive Deviance for MRSA Control and Prevention in a U.S. Hospital. Positive Deviance Wisdom Series, Number 3, 2009.
- MRSA Eradication and Prevention in the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS)
- MRSA Reduction in Canadian Hospitals
- MRSA Reduction in Colombian Hospitals
- Reduction of MRSA Infections in Hospitals in Indiana
- Reduction of MRSA Infections in Hospitals in Maryland
- Reduction of MRSA Infections in Hospitals in Massachusetts
- The Plexus Institute and PDI Collaborate to Reduce (MRSA) Infections in US Hospitals
Reflections from Jon Lloyd, MD: Deviating Positively to Foster Change in Social & Bio Systems
Reflections from Margaret Toth, MD:
06/20/08 - I See The Solution Differently Now: In this Reflection Margaret explains a response she wrote when asked a question about the risks involved with physicians not washing their hands. Margaret's response, which she recognizes as being a much different response from one she would have previously given, recognized that hand washing does not just apply to physicians and should not be the only consideration when discussing MRSA prevention. MRSA prevention, Margaret emphasizes, involves every person who comes in contact with the care environment and involves the entire community.
07/11/08 - Stories: Margaret shares stories that lie at the heart of Positive Deviance, including a story about a new physician from New Mexico who was surprised and horrified to discover that she was unknowingly carrying MRSA on her stethoscope. Margaret also shares a story that Jerry Sternin often told about Nasrudin and the donkeys.
- MRSA: This presentation by the Delmarva Foundation shows the how use of PD approach is used to stop the spread and acquisition of MRSA.
- MRSA:This presentation by Michael Gardam is entitled, "Positive Deviance: A Culture
Change Management Approach to Reducing Health Care Acquired Infections" and addresses the use of PD to reduce MRSA in the Canadian healthcare system.
- APIC. Guide to the Elimination of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Transmission in Hospital Settings. APIC March 2007
- Bradley, Elizabeth, et al. "Research in action: using positive deviance to improve quality of health care." Implementation Science 4:25 (2009): 1-11. Print.
· Buscell, P., "The MRSA Issue", Emerging, winter, pp. 1-24. 2006.
· Buscell, P. More We Than Me: How the fight against MRSA led to a new way of collaborating at Albert Einstein Medical Center. Plexus Institute. Deeper Learning. 2008; Vol 1, Issue 5.
· Buscell, P. Pathways to Prevention. Prevention Strategist. 2008; p 41-45.
- DELMARVA Foundation. Regaining Control of MRSA Matching the Solution to Problem by Applying a Social Change Approach.
· Krebs, Valdis, Holley, June. Building Smart Communities Through Network Weaving. 2002.
- Lindberg, C., Lloyd, J, & Buscell, P."RWJF Final Report", Plexus Institute, October 2008
- Lindberg, Curt, Patricia Norstrand, Mark Munger, Christine DeMarsico, and Prucia Buscell."Letting Go, Gaining Control: Positive Deviance and MRSA Prevention." Clinical Leader 2.2 (2009): 60-67. Print.
· Lloyd, J., Buscell, P., & Lindberg, C. 2008, "Staff-Driven Cultural Transformation Diminishes MRSA", Prevention Strategist, Spring, pp. 10-15.
- Macklis M.D, Roger. Successful Patient Safety Initiatives: Driven from Within. Group Practice Journal vol.50 (10) November/December. 2001. (Link to: Group_practice_journal.pdf)
- Marra A., Reis Guastelli L., Manuela Pereira de Arau´ jo C., et.al. Positive Deviance: A New Strategy for Improving Hand Hygiene Compliance. Infection Control and Hospital Epidimiology 31(1): 12-20, January 2010.
· Singhal, A, Buscell, P. From Invisible to Visible. Plexus Institute. 2009.
- Singhal, A, Greiner, K. Do What You Can With What You Have Where You Are. Plexus Institute Deeper Learning. 2007; Vol 1 Issue 4.
- Singhal A, McCandless K, Buscell P, Lindberg C. Spanning Silos and Spurring Coversations: positive deviance for reducing infection levels in hospitals. Performance 2 (3): 78-83, 2009.