<a href="/africa/search/apachesolr_search?filters=tid: tid:38">Featured content</a> http://www.comminit.com/africa/promoted-rss.xml/38 en Early Steps Program http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/early-steps-program <p>Running from February 2014 to July 2015, the Early Steps Program (ESP) is promoting increased investments and greater understanding of the importance of early childhood development (ECD) as a means to strengthen the business sector and economy of Uganda. The approach is based on evidence suggesting that many intellectual and social skills, as well as personality traits, required for the job market and national competitiveness are developed during the formative years of life.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-1"> <div class="field-label">Communication Strategies:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>ESP builds on the District Well-being Project, a pilot launched in February 2012 in partnership with the Bernard van Leer Foundation (BvLF), with PSFU as grants administrator and project coordinator. This project's main activities involve the establishment of: </p> <ul type="square"> <li>"Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs): to increase household incomes; so that parents are able to meet the basic needs of their children like feeding, school fees and medical bills. </li><li>Cooperative Care Groups (CCGs): to provide a safe, stimulating and learning environment for children to play and learn so as to build their social relations, language, reading and writing skills.</li> <li>Responsive Fatherhood Clubs (RFCs): to address issues of domestic violence, child abuse and neglect and sensitize the community on good parenting practices."</li> </ul> <p>ESP continues with these activities; however, the main strategic focus of the programme was re-designed to encourage companies and business leaders to invest in young children either through corporate social responsibility (CSR), family-friendly policies in the workplace, or adding their voice to the advocacy agenda of PSFU. "PSFU is now focused on intensifying its advocacy agenda with champions to take more concrete action either within their own companies to adopt CSR initiatives that benefit young children or introduce child friendly policies at work place. PSFU has also embarked on aggressive outreach to attract more business companies to sign up for partnership in support of early childhood development."<br /><br /></p> <p>The programme activities have the following key objectives:</p> <ul type="square"> <li>"Sensitize the business community on the linkage between early child hood and work force productivity.</li> <li>Create awareness on the economic benefits of investing in young children.</li> <li>Identify champions for young children amongst Uganda’s business community.</li> <li>Build capacity of business leaders to understand the basic facts about early child hood development.</li> <li>Attract partnerships from business community in support of PSFU advocacy work."</li> <li>To gather evidence and to make the case for ECD, the programme is conducting research on the linkage between investment in young children, as well as the development of the Ugandan work force and projected private and public savings. "The research findings shall be instrumental in providing facts to influence policy direction and budget to early childhood sectors in Uganda."</li> <li>The programme also organises annual business leaders' awards for the best young children's advocate.</li> </ul> <p>In addition, PSFU has convened several business leaders' forums. For example, in October 2014, PSFU, in partnership with ReadyNation, convened a National Business Leaders Forum on Early Childhood Investment. The speakers at the forum detailed why supporting early childhood development is critical for Uganda's businesses and the economy. PSFU also established a Partnership with UNICEF Uganda under the #InvestinUgChildren campaign, resulting in the launch of the Children Rights and Business Principles "that attracted over 300 top business executives and 200 private sector influencers." Events have also been hosted to engage with parents.<br /><br /></p> <p>PSFU notes that by engaging with the National Planning Authority, ECD has been included for the first time in the draft national development plan. In collaboration with Save the Children and Uganda Debt Network, PSFU is also advocating for the inclusion of children in the planning and budgetary process.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-6"> <div class="field-label">Development Issues:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Children, Education</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-2"> <div class="field-label">Key Points:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>According to PSFU, both the District Well-being pilot and the redesigned Early Steps Program have shown significant gains. "During the first year of project over 250 Village Savings and Loan Associations were established with a total of about Ushs 800 million mobilized from savings. This provided an opportunity for mainly women owned and needy households with young children to access resources for health care, education and also enhanced food security."<br /><br /></p> <p>In addition, "over 46 business companies and civic organizations have signed up to be champions of the program and are working with PSFU in several ways to improve the wellbeing of young children."</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/africa/files/imagecache/thumbnail/psfu_child_0.jpg" alt="" title="Early Steps Program " width="100" height="66" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-partner-text"> <div class="field-label">Partner Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) and UNICEF Uganda.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.psfuganda.org/new/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=108:esp&amp;catid=14:news-display&amp;Itemid=262" target="_blank">PSUF Uganda website</a>, <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.earlystepsuganda.com/ABOUT.htm" target="_blank">Early Steps Centre website </a>, <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.readynation.org/wp-content/uploads/PSFU-final-Brochure-1.pdf" target="_blank">Early Steps Program brochure [PDF]</a> on May 19 2015.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/early-steps-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/early-steps-program#comments Africa East Africa Uganda Experiences Advocacy Children MDG 4. Child Mortality Person-to-Person Community Groups Interpersonal Economic Development Government Departments NGOs Private Sector United Nations UNICEF Global Africa Fri, 22 May 2015 06:42:29 +0000 aventh 9355337 at http://www.comminit.com Call for Submissions for Papers on Polio and/or Routine Immunisation (RI) and Communication http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/call-submissions-papers-polio-andor-routine-immunisation-ri-and-communication <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/africa/files/imagecache/thumbnail/uhcm20.v020.i05.cover_.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="66" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p><b> Deadline: June 15 2015 </b><br /></p> <p>The Communication Initiative (The CI), together with the Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP), USAID's flagship programme on these issues, would like to announce an exciting opportunity for academics and practitioners working on polio and/or routine immunisation (RI) communication to write a paper for submission and potential publication in a peer-reviewed, open access journal. <bR /></p> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/call-submissions-papers-polio-andor-routine-immunisation-ri-and-communication" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/call-submissions-papers-polio-andor-routine-immunisation-ri-and-communication#comments Global Global Health Polio Africa Wed, 20 May 2015 09:51:32 +0000 aventh 9355308 at http://www.comminit.com Global Health Reporting Contest http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/global-health-reporting-contest <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/africa/files/imagecache/thumbnail/global_health_award.jpg" alt="" title="Global Health Reporting Contest " width="100" height="78" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), with the support of Johnson &amp; Johnson, is hosting a contest to recognise "the best media coverage of maternal and child health and other urgent health matters such as Ebola and vaccination" in Sub-Saharan Africa and the BRIC nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China). Journalists from these countries are invited to submit their work for consideration.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-date"><legend>Deadline Date</legend><div class="field field-type-date field-field-date-0"> <div class="field-label">Deadline Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sunday, May 24, 2015</span> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-3"> <div class="field-label">Application Info:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>ICFJ invites print, broadcast, and online journalists in Brazil, China, India, Russia, and Sub-Saharan Africa to submit their work. The contest is also open to affiliated freelance journalists. Submitted work must have appeared in a media outlet based in one of the regions and may be in English, French, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, or Hindi. Works in any other languages must include an English translation.<br /><br /> </p> <p>Entries must have been published or aired between December 1 2014 and May 24 2015 and may include feature articles, in-depth, investigative, or explanatory stories, multimedia reports, documentaries, or discussion programmes.<br /><br /> </p> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.icfj.org/our-work/2015-global-health-reporting-contest" target="_blank">Click here</a> to submit in English.<br /><br /> <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.icfj.org/our-work/2015-global-health-reporting-contest-french" target="_blank">Click here</a> to submit in French. <br /><br /> <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.icfj.org/our-work/2015-global-health-reporting-contest-portugues" target="_blank">Click here</a> to submit in Portuguese. <br /><br /> <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.icfj.org/our-work/2015-global-russia" target="_blank">Click here</a> to submit in Russian. <br /><br /> <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.icfj.org/our-work/2015-global-health-reporting-contest-chinese" target="_blank">Click here</a> to submit in Chinese. <br /><br /> <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.icfj.org/our-work/2015-global-health-reporting-contest-hindi" target="_blank">Click here</a> to submit in Hindi. </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/redirect.cgir=https://ijnet.org/en/opportunities/icfj-hosts-global-health-reporting-contest-bric-africa" target="_blank">IJ Net website</a> and <a href="/redirect.cgir=http://www.icfj.org/our-work/2015-global-health-reporting-contest" target="_blank">International Center for Journalists website</a> on April 28 2015. <br /><br /><br /> <i>Image credit/caption: Aaron Thompson - The 2014 contest winners with Danielle J. Devine, vice president of corporate communication for Johnson &amp; Johnson (left), and ICFJ president Joyce Barnathan (right). </i></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/global-health-reporting-contest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/global-health-reporting-contest#comments Africa Global Awards 2015 May Ebola Communication Children MDG 4. Child Mortality MDG 5. Maternal Health Community Media MDG 6. Combat Diseases Print Radio Recognition/Awards Television Health News Media HIV AIDS NGOs Immunisation and Vaccines Reproductive Health Women Featured Ebola Global Health Media Development Africa Thu, 30 Apr 2015 11:36:39 +0000 aventh 9354965 at http://www.comminit.com Sex Workers and Sex Work in South Africa: A Guide for Journalists and Writers http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/sex-workers-and-sex-work-south-africa-guide-journalists-and-writers <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-publication-date"><legend>Publication Date</legend><div class="field field-type-date field-field-date-0"> <div class="field-label">Publication Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Monday, December 1, 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/africa/files/imagecache/thumbnail/sex-workers-and-sex-work-in-south-africa-wpcf_300x426.jpg" alt="" title="Sex Workers and Sex Work in South Africa: A Guide for Journalists and Writers" width="70" height="100" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>This guide was produced to help journalists and writers to report on sex work in South Africa in a respectful and sensitive way. It sets out basic facts about the sex work industry and contains sections on appropriate terminology, use of images, and respectful interviewing techniques. Produced by Sonke Gender Justice, the Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce, Sisonke Sex Workers Movement, and the Women's Legal Centre, the publication discusses how the illegal status of sex work in South Africa means that sex workers have little legal protection and are criminalised and stigmatised.</p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-pdflink"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.genderjustice.org.za/download/sex-workers-sex-work-south-africa/?wpdmdl=6124" 0="s:6:&quot;a:0:{}&quot;;" target="_blank">Click here to download the guide in PDF format. </a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-publisher"> <div class="field-label">Publisher:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/africa/node/289392">Sonke Gender Justice Network</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cost-ma"> <div class="field-label">Cost:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Free to download. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-2"> <div class="field-label">Languages:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>English</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-1"> <div class="field-label">Number of Pages:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>29</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.genderjustice.org.za/publication/sex-workers-and-sex-work-in-south-africa/" target="_blank">Sonke Gender Justice Website</a> on April 29 2015.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/sex-workers-and-sex-work-south-africa-guide-journalists-and-writers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/sex-workers-and-sex-work-south-africa-guide-journalists-and-writers#comments South Africa Materials Digital Eliminate Stigma and Discrimination Young People - Sex Work Community Media Print News/Information Radio Television News Media HIV AIDS Rights Featured Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Global HIV/AIDS - Africa Health HIV / AIDS Media Development Africa Wed, 29 Apr 2015 14:11:18 +0000 aventh 9354938 at http://www.comminit.com Engaging Local Media in VMMC Scale-Up: A Case Study from Kenya http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/engaging-local-media-vmmc-scale-case-study-kenya <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-date"><legend>Publication Date</legend><div class="field field-type-date field-field-date-0"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tuesday, October 1, 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><i>"The media have the ability to put VMMC [voluntary medical male circumcision] on the agenda for public discussion and to keep it there. Accurate, informed reporting of HIV- and VMMC-related issues can improve policies and outcomes, stimulate action, and bring about change."</i></p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-web-link"> <div class="field-label">Web link:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.malecircumcision.org/resources/documents/Kenya_VMMC_case_study.pdf" 0="s:6:&quot;a:0:{}&quot;;" target="_blank">Click here to download the full case study in PDF format.</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/africa/files/imagecache/thumbnail/vmmckenyacs_0.jpg" alt="" title="Engaging Local Media in VMMC Scale-Up: A Case Study from Kenya" width="100" height="65" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/africa/node/268975">Ida Jooste - Internews</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.malecircumcision.org/resources/case_studies.html" target="_blank">Clearinghouse on Male Circumcision website</a> on April 22 2015.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/engaging-local-media-vmmc-scale-case-study-kenya" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/engaging-local-media-vmmc-scale-case-study-kenya#comments Kenya Strategic Thinking Medical Male Circumcision Person-to-Person Interpersonal MDG 6. Combat Diseases Print News/Information Radio Television Government Departments News Media Prevention HIV AIDS NGOs Health Communication - Africa Global HIV/AIDS - Africa Health Media Development Africa Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:03:21 +0000 aventh 9354793 at http://www.comminit.com Girls Empowered Stories of Change - Digital Storytelling Project http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/girls-empowered-stories-change-digital-storytelling-project <p>As part of the global Grassroots Girls Initiative (GGI), launched in 2006 by the Nike Foundation, Firelight Foundation (one of six partners who make up the GGI consortium), worked with three organisations in Malawi and Rwanda to identify and empower adolescent girls from economically poor and marginalised communities. The focus of the programme was on "unleashing the Girl Effect - the unique potential of adolescent girls to end poverty for themselves and the world." <bR /></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-1"> <div class="field-label">Communication Strategies:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The three organisations in Malawi and Rwanda were selected and supported by Firelight based on their rootedness in the communities they served and their understanding and insight into the challenges facing girls in their community. Programming for girls included vocational training, business management training, financial literacy, sexual reproductive health and life skills education, legal services, and advocacy skills. The organisations also trained girls on group dynamics, conflict management, and leadership skills. Each of the organisations also benefited from ongoing support from Firelight Foundation to strengthen their organisational management and develop girl-centred programming. <br /></p> <p>The three partners were <i>(click on the name of each organisation for more information on each overall project)</i>:</p> <ul type="square"> <li><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.firelightfoundation.org/index.php/download_file/view/823/223/" target="_blank">Action pour le Developpement du Peuple (ADEPE) in Rwanda </a> </li> <li><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.firelightfoundation.org/index.php/download_file/view/836/223/" target="_blank">Association Tuvuge Twiyubaka (Tuvuge) in Rwanda</a> </li> <li><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.firelightfoundation.org/index.php/download_file/view/833/223/" target="_blank">Nkhotakota AIDS Support Organization (NASO) in Malawi</a> </li> </ul> <p>The digital storytelling component of this initiative was introduced both to facilitate the process of helping girls capture and share their stories, and also as a monitoring and evaluation tool. More specifically, it was designed to:</p> <ul type="square"> <li>Build the capacity of the partner organisations and girls to develop visual media skills;</li> <li>Empower girls to document their own stories;</li> <li>Leverage the girls' stories by sharing them with a wider audience to attract more resources for girls; and </li> <li>Document the most significant change in the lives of girls.</li> </ul> <p>According to the organisers of the storytelling workshops, "its power lies in the fact that digital storytelling is the coupling of technology with the tradition of personal narrative....In this age of technology, it lends itself to amplifying girls' voices because of the range of platforms that exist to disseminate the content. What is powerful about its application within this initiative is that it gives these tools to a population of marginalized girls who are often excluded from such technologies and platforms. More importantly, it provides girls with the power of shaping and sharing their own narrative in their own voice. It also makes possible for that narrative to be heard in places that the girls would not otherwise reach." <Br /><bR /></p> <p>The girls first of all participated in a 4-day training course, where they learned about the basic elements of visual storytelling, including how to:</p> <ul type="square"> <li>Define what they want their community and country to know about girls;</li> <li>Create a storyboard to frame the story they will tell;</li> <li>Use a video camera (construct and frame a shot, basics of lighting, etc.);</li> <li>Identify interview subjects that will help them to tell their story, and how to conduct the interviews; and</li> <li>Use an iPhone to edit their footage to construct stories.</li> </ul> <p>The girls were asked to create a collective definition and value statement for the digital storytelling. To guide the group discussion, they asked the following questions: Why do we tell stories? Why is it important to amplify girls' voices? What do you want your community, the nation, and the world to know about girls in your country? <bR /><bR /></p> <p>In both Rwanda and Malawi, the girls were also asked to come to a consensus around the messages they wanted to share through their stories and the importance of sharing girls' stories. In Rwanda, the girls chose to tell personal stories that related to messages they wanted to share with their community, their nation, and the world. In Malawi, the girls largely chose problem statements to articulate what the world needed to know about girls. These issues revolved around education, teen pregnancy, early marriage, and abuse. <bR /><bR /></p> <p>After the training, the girls went back into their communities with the challenge of collecting photos and footage to put together the story about their lives. The following are the resulting stories:</p> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zu1Lday65Hs" target="_blank">Power Over, Agnes's Story </a><br /> 22-year-old Agnes, from the Nyamagabe district of Rwanda, had to leave school to help her mother support their family. They struggled with poverty until a neighbour offered her a loan. From there she was recruited by Association Tuvuge Twiyubaka and was able to start her own business and begin a savings account using her "power over" to provide for her and her family. <br /><br /></p> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieWX2GhL8_I" target="_blank">Power Within, Khadija's Story</a><br /> Khadija, from Malawi, had just had a baby when Adolescent Girls Corner stepped in to help her return to school. Since then, she has helped five girls in her community return to school and continues to encourage girls in pursuing their education using her "power within."<br /><br /></p> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vd-FsW1IxLg" target="_blank">Power to Provide, Clarisse's Story </a><br /> 18-year-old Clarisse felt lost after her father died and her mother and two siblings tested positive for HIV, but she took positive action to change her family's circumstances. She started with a small loan from Association Tuvuge Twiyubaka (Rwanda) and turned it into a small business, proving her own "power to provide." <br /><br /></p> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VPRKadYoCk" target="_blank">Power to Act, Rehema's Story </a><br /> Rehema describes her early life in the Rugero sector of Rwanda as full of struggle. Orphaned at a young age, she could not afford school and had no marketable skills. This all changed when Action pour le Développement du Peuple (ADEPE) began to support her skills training, allowing her to become self-sufficient and encouraging her "power to act".<br /><br /></p> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHWH1JvWpC4" target="_blank">Power With, Girls' Collective Story </a><br /> In this collective story, girls in Rwanda challenge past assumptions that girls are incapable of success by proving that "there is nothing that boys can do that we are not able to do." Through digital storytelling, Rwandan girls have a chance to prove their worth, share their personal successes, and recognise their own power.<br /><br /></p> <p>When the films were completed, the girls organised film festivals in their communities which gave them a platform to share the short films they had made. These festivals allowed for community members and local politicians to hear about the hardships and challenges of the girls' lives. Following the screening, those in attendance contributed to discussions about what could be done to provide more support and opportunities for girls. <br /><Br /></p> <p>The girls have also presented their stories to District officials, representatives of Nike Girl Hub (in Rwanda), Department for International Development (DFID), and the Novo Foundation. A second round of videos for the Grassroots Girls' Initiative was also conducted in October 2013. <br /><Br /></p> <p>The project encountered some challenges in Malawi and therefore only one story was completed in that country. Due to clashes with academic schedules, the girls in Malawi did not get the same intensive support that the girls in Rwanda received. This resulted in too much time elapsing between their video training and their personal storytelling, which affected their ability to finalise their videos. </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-6"> <div class="field-label">Development Issues:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Girl empowerment, education, economic development, sexual and reproductive health and rights.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-2"> <div class="field-label">Key Points:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Firelight Foundation is an international nonprofit organisation that identifies, funds, and strengthens promising community organisations that support the health, resilience, and education of children in Africa.<br /><bR /></p> <p><i>Impact </i><br /> According to the organisers, "one of the unexpected outcomes of the Digital Storytelling is that the process of documenting and sharing personal stories built confidence, voice, and leadership of girls. The leadership and voice of girls had the added value of increasing reach and influence on government and community leaders paying attention to, and investing in, girls."</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/africa/files/imagecache/thumbnail/girl_empowered.jpg" alt="" title="Girls Empowered Stories of Change - Digital Storytelling Project" width="100" height="56" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-partner-text"> <div class="field-label">Partner Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Nike Foundation, Firelight Foundation, Action pour le Developpement du Peuple (ADEPE), Association Tuvuge Twiyubaka (Tuvuge), and Nkhotakota AIDS Support Organization (NASO)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-emvideo field-field-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="emvideo emvideo-video emvideo-youtube"><div id="media-youtube-1" class="media-youtube"> <div id="media-youtube-default-external-1"> <object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="355" width="425" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/_IP1HLm-9x8&amp;amp;rel=0&amp;amp;enablejsapi=1&amp;amp;playerapiid=ytplayer&amp;amp;fs=1" id="media-youtube-default-external-object-1"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/_IP1HLm-9x8&amp;amp;rel=0&amp;amp;enablejsapi=1&amp;amp;playerapiid=ytplayer&amp;amp;fs=1" /> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="sameDomain"/> <param name="quality" value="best"/> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF"/> <param name="scale" value="noScale"/> <param name="salign" value="TL"/> <param name="FlashVars" value="playerMode=embedded" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /> <!-- Fallback content --> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IP1HLm-9x8"><img src="http://img.youtube.com/vi/_IP1HLm-9x8/0.jpg" alt="See video" title="See video" width="425" height="355" /></a> </object> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Email received from Robin Dixon from Firelight Foundation on March 11 2015 and <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.firelightfoundation.org/index.php/download_file/view/834/223/" target="_blank">Firelight Foundation website </a> and <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.firelightfoundation.org/files/7914/2204/8465/The_Power_of_Stories_-_Digital_Storytelling.pdf" target="_blank">The Power of Stories: Digital Storytelling [PDF]</a> and <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://blog.firelightfoundation.org/2013/10/09/providing-the-tools-and-space-for-girls-to-tell-their-own-stories/" target="_blank">Providing the Tools and Space for Girls to Tell Their Own Stories - Blog</a> on April 16 2015. <bR /><bR /></p> <p><i>Image credit: Michaela Leslie-Rule </i></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/girls-empowered-stories-change-digital-storytelling-project" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/girls-empowered-stories-change-digital-storytelling-project#comments Malawi Rwanda Experiences Advocacy Multi-Media Innovations for Behaviour and Social Change Children Film and Video MDG 3. Gender Equality Person-to-Person Interpersonal Economic Development Education Foundations Gender NGOs Reproductive Health Rights Youth Featured Communicating with, for and about children Global Africa Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:54:27 +0000 aventh 9354651 at http://www.comminit.com Tiraarka Qoyska Radio Programme http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/tiraarka-qoyska-radio-programme <p>To help encourage better nutrition, hygiene, and health in Somalia, BBC Media Action implemented a radio-based media and communication project from 2011 to 2013. The radio programme, Tiraarka Qoyska (Pillars of the Family), included a drama called Dareemo (meaning "hay") followed by a studio-based on-air discussion where listeners could quiz health experts, community health workers, and traditional and religious leaders. <br /></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-1"> <div class="field-label">Communication Strategies:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The plot and storylines for the radio drama were designed to model recommended behaviours around health relevant to the audience's daily experiences in an entertaining and emotionally engaging way. In particular, Tiraarka Qoyska sought to increase the uptake of the following six supporting priority behaviours that, if more widely adopted, could improve child health:</p> <ul type="square"> <li>More women start breastfeeding within one hour of birth; </li> <li>More babies are exclusively breastfed for six months; </li> <li>More caregivers practise appropriate complementary feeding for their children after six months; </li> <li>More caregivers increase children’s intake of food and fluids including breastfeeding, use of ORS (oral rehydration solution) and zinc supplements when they have diarrhoea; </li> <li>More caregivers wash their hands with soap or ash before eating, before feeding children, and after toilet activities; </li> <li>More caregivers safely dispose of faecal matter. </li> </ul> <p>The drama was set in a fictional camp for internally displaced people called Dareemo (which means "hay", emphasising the programme's rural setting). The drama's characters were intended to reflect all three regions of the country – Somaliland, Puntland, and South Central Somalia - to ensure the widest possible reach. <br /><br /></p> <p>The storylines show how some characters follow traditional practices while others use modern treatments, highlighting the potential health dangers of some of the traditional practices. Characters also learn from their mistakes and model the correct behaviour. Two stories, for example, show the impact of specific practices on the health of babies. Two babies die as a result, and these tragic storylines were later shown to be among the programme elements that audiences remembered the most. The first story featured Ibrahim and Raho, a couple who have two children. Raho, a traditional birth attendant who believes in traditional treatments, refuses to follow advice to give ORS and zinc supplements to their baby with diarrhoea, and the baby dies. After the birth of their second child in later episodes, the story shows how they change their behaviour and give their baby the recommended treatment. <br /><br /></p> <p>In the second story, the couple Istaahil and Geedi lose their baby girl as a result of their decision to try to cure her diarrhoea with a traditional treatment (burning her head with fire), and delaying their visit to a hospital. Their story also addressed the importance of breastfeeding and hygiene to prevent diarrhoea in babies. Istaahil, for example, listens to her mother's advice and gives water to her newborn baby instead of exclusively breastfeeding. <br /><br /></p> <p>In the same broadcast, the stories and issues raised in Dareemo were followed by detailed discussions with health experts, community health workers, and traditional and religious leaders to reinforce the health messages. Audience members would ask questions and comment through phone calls and text messages, ensuring that the listeners were an integral part of the programme. <br /><br /></p> <p>To extend the reach and impact of the programme, BBC Media Action trained more than 60 facilitators to conduct listening groups. They also developed "media toolkits" - consisting of information cards and audio recordings - for health workers to use when visiting families. <br /><br /></p> <p>Research was undertaken at each stage of the project: at the formative stage to understand intended audiences and assess people’s knowledge; during pre-testing of the radio shows before broadcast; and quantitative and qualitative evaluation at the end of the project to measure impact.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-6"> <div class="field-label">Development Issues:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Child health, maternal health, sanitation and hygiene</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-2"> <div class="field-label">Key Points:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>"Somalia has some of the worst maternal, neonatal and child mortality rates in the world. One in ten Somali children die before their first birthday and one woman in every 16 women dies from pregnancy-related causes." <br /><br /></p> <p><i>Impact and Lessons Learned:</i><br /><br /></p> <p>According to end-of-project research, "one in five adults in Somaliland had listened to at least one of the programmes – which equates to almost half a million people in Somaliland alone. A majority of these people were regular listeners." <br /><br /></p> <p>A large majority of the show's listeners told researchers they had learned something new about health and had changed some of their daily habits as a result of listening to the programmes. The radio shows were associated with improved knowledge, attitudes, and health practices among mothers of babies under one year old in Somaliland, in particular with regards to the prevention and treatment of illness. <br /><br /></p> <p>As stated in the project research briefing, the combination of drama and discussion formats was successful. It showed that men were most interested in the discussion programme, while younger and older women preferred the drama. Including two formats in one programme, therefore, helped cater to a wider audience.<br /><br /></p> <p>In addition, "Drama has been shown to have a particularly powerful role in encouraging audiences to absorb new and relevant information. Tragic stories illustrating the potentially fatal results of not adhering to recommended health practices were most recalled by listeners and most associated with improved health practices. The tragic storylines led to an emotional response among the audience, and this has been linked with shifts in knowledge, attitudes and behaviour in the survey." <br /><br /></p> <p>Research also found that when the barriers to uptake of recommended behaviour were practical or environmental, the project was less successful in achieving its objectives. For example, although knowledge of better nutrition for infants had increased, behaviour had not changed and this could be due to the high cost of nutritious food in the region. Equally, the lack of toilet facilities could be a barrier to behaviour change around disposal of faecal matter, another key issue covered in the drama and discussion. <Br /><bR /></p> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/mediaaction/pdf/BBCMA_somali_health_research_briefing.pdf" target="_blank">Click here [PDF]</a> for more information on the evaluation results from the project research brief.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/africa/files/imagecache/thumbnail/bbcsomalia.jpg" alt="" title="Tiraarka Qoyska Radio Programme" width="86" height="100" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-partner-text"> <div class="field-label">Partner Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>BBC Media Action, funded by UK Government's Department for International Development, and BBC Somali Service and UNICEF as broadcast partners.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/africa/node/266147">BBC Media Action</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-link-other-nodes"> <div class="field-label">Related Summaries:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/africa/content/fictional-death-saves-real-lives-0">A fictional death that saves real lives</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediaaction/where-we-work/africa/somalia/pillars-of-the-family" target="_blank">BBC Media Action Website</a> and <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/mediaaction/pdf/BBCMA_somali_health_research_briefing.pdf" target="_blank">Can radio drama improve child health and nutrition in Somalia? Research Briefing [PDF]</a> on April 14 2015. <bR /><br /><br /> <i>Image credit: BBC Media Action - Characters in the radio drama were played by young Somalis.</i></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/tiraarka-qoyska-radio-programme" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/tiraarka-qoyska-radio-programme#comments Somalia Experiences Children Entertainment MDG 4. Child Mortality Person-to-Person Interpersonal MDG 5. Maternal Health News/Information Radio Health News Media NGOs United Nations Reproductive Health Featured BBC Media Action DFID UNICEF Communicating with, for and about children Global Community Radio - Africa Edutainment - Africa Entertainment-Education Africa Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:03:00 +0000 aventh 9354623 at http://www.comminit.com Programa Geração Biz, Mozambique: How Did this Adolescent Health Initiative Flow from a Pilot to a National Programme, and What Did It Achieve? http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/programa-gera%C3%A7%C3%A3o-biz-mozambique-how-did-adolescent-health-initiative-flow-pilot-national <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-date"><legend>Publication Date</legend><div class="field field-type-date field-field-date-0"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tuesday, February 17, 2015</span> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-1"> <div class="field-label">Affiliation:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>World Health Organization (<em>Chandra-Mouli, Svanemyr</em>); Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (<em>Gibbs</em>); Pathfinder International (<em>Badiani</em>); Government of Mozambique Ministry of Health (<em>Quinhas</em>)</p> </div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-web-link"> <div class="field-label">Web link:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.reproductive-health-journal.com/content/pdf/1742-4755-12-12.pdf" 0="a:0:{}" target="_blank">Click here for the 12-page paper in PDF format.</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/africa/files/imagecache/thumbnail/who_2.jpg" alt="" title="Programa Geração Biz, Mozambique: How Did this Adolescent Health Initiative Frow from a Pilot to a National Programme, and What Did It Achieve?" width="100" height="63" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Posting to the <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=https://knowledge-gateway.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The Knowledge Gateway for Health and Development</a>, April 13 2015.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-link-other-nodes"> <div class="field-label">Related Summaries:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/africa/content/gera%C3%A7%C3%A3o-biz">Geração Biz</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/africa/content/inception-large-scale-gera%C3%A7%C3%A3o-biz-programme-mozambique">From Inception to Large Scale: The Geração Biz Programme in Mozambique</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/programa-gera%C3%A7%C3%A3o-biz-mozambique-how-did-adolescent-health-initiative-flow-pilot-national" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/programa-gera%C3%A7%C3%A3o-biz-mozambique-how-did-adolescent-health-initiative-flow-pilot-national#comments Mozambique Methodologies and Indicators Project Evaluations Evaluations Advocacy Empower Young People Adolescent Sexual Health Evaluation Methodologies Person-to-Person Interpersonal MDG 6. Combat Diseases Government Departments Gender HIV AIDS NGOs Reduce Sexual Transmission United Nations Reproductive Health Youth Featured World Health Organization Adolescent Development Health Communication - Africa Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Global HIV/AIDS - Africa Health HIV / AIDS Africa Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:21:17 +0000 kdevries 9354606 at http://www.comminit.com Global Climate Communication Award 2015 http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/global-climate-communication-award-2015 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/africa/files/imagecache/thumbnail/mediaresearchconf_2.jpg" alt="" title="Global Climate Communication Award 2015" width="100" height="54" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>Applications are invited for the New Directions for Climate Communication Research Fellowship, which seeks to encourage researchers with an interest in communication and media around climate change to think creatively about new directions for research. Funded by the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) and awarded in collaboration with the International Environmental Communication Association (IECA), the US$1,000 award will be presented to "an outstanding and innovative proposal for a research project..." <br /></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-date"><legend>Deadline Date</legend><div class="field field-type-date field-field-date-0"> <div class="field-label">Deadline Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Monday, May 25, 2015</span> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-3"> <div class="field-label">Application Info:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>IAMCR is inviting applications from media/communication researchers with an interest in climate issues from all fields of media/communication and at all career stages. Interdisciplinary collaborations are encouraged. <br /><br /></p> <p>Submissions should be made by email to <a href="mailto:climateaward2015@iamcr.org">climateaward2015@iamcr.org</a> with "Climate Communication Research Award 2015" as the subject of the message. According to the organisers, applicants must be IAMCR or IECA members in good standing (i.e., paid up by the submission deadline).<br /><br /> </p> <p>Applications should include:</p> <ul type="square"> <li>an overview of existing relevant research</li> <li>a research plan (including aspects that are like/unlike existing research)</li> <li>the rationale</li> <li>how the idea was arrived at (with appropriate credit given to any contributors)</li> <li>proposed method(s) and approach(es)</li> <li>timeline</li> <li>a preliminary budget (if possible with potential sources of funding)</li> <li>information regarding the nominees' ability to conduct the project (e.g., recommendation, experience in project organising, statement of abilities, or the like).</li> <li>Applications are limited to a maximum of 5,000 words.</li> <li>Applications must present work that has not yet (at the time of the deadline) received funding from other sources nor been published.</li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://iamcr.org/awards/climate-comm-2015 " target="_blank">IAMCR website</a> on April 14 2015.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/global-climate-communication-award-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/global-climate-communication-award-2015#comments Global Awards 2015 May Community Media MDG 7. Environment Recognition/Awards Environment Research News Media Natural Resources Management Featured Global Natural Resource Management Africa Wed, 15 Apr 2015 09:08:26 +0000 aventh 9354598 at http://www.comminit.com A Review of Interventions Addressing Structural Drivers of Adolescents' Sexual and Reproductive Health Vulnerability in sub-Saharan Africa: Implications for Sexual Health Programming http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/review-interventions-addressing-structural-drivers-adolescents-sexual-and-reproductive-h <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-date"><legend>Publication Date</legend><div class="field field-type-date field-field-date-0"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Monday, December 1, 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-1"> <div class="field-label">Affiliation:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>National Institute for Medical Research (<i>Wamoyi, Mshana, Neke, Changalucha</i>); Mwanza Intervention Trials Unit (<i>Mongi, Kapiga</i>); London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (<i>Kapiga</i>)<bR /></p> </div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-web-link"> <div class="field-label">Web link:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.reproductive-health-journal.com/content/11/1/88" 0="a:0:{}" target="_blank"> Click here to read the full article online.</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/africa/files/imagecache/thumbnail/onelovefinaleval_0.jpg" alt="" title="A Review of Interventions Addressing Structural Drivers of Adolescents&#039; Sexual and Reproductive Health Vulnerability in sub-Saharan Africa: Implications for Sexual Health Programming" width="100" height="72" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.u4.no/publications/literature-review-on-social-norms-and-corruption/" target="_blank">Reproductive Health Journal website</a> on March 23 2015.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-link-other-nodes"> <div class="field-label">Related Summaries:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/africa/content/binti-pamoja-daughters-united-peer-education-programme">Binti Pamoja (Daughters United) Peer Education Programme</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/africa/content/soul-buddyz-clubs">Soul Buddyz Clubs</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/africa/content/onelove-campaign-soul-city-regional-programme-what-has-been-achieved-thus-far">OneLove Campaign: Soul City Regional Programme What Has Been Achieved Thus Far?</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/review-interventions-addressing-structural-drivers-adolescents-sexual-and-reproductive-h" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/review-interventions-addressing-structural-drivers-adolescents-sexual-and-reproductive-h#comments Africa Strategic Thinking Empower Young People MDG 3. Gender Equality Adolescent Sexual Health Person-to-Person Interpersonal MDG 5. Maternal Health MDG 6. Combat Diseases Print News/Information Radio Television Gender Gender and Adolescence Health HIV AIDS NGOs Reproductive Health Youth Featured Soul City Health Communication - Africa Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Global HIV/AIDS - Africa Health HIV / AIDS Africa Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:57:18 +0000 aventh 9354274 at http://www.comminit.com