Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, February 12 2015 - There are several gender-specific targets suggested by different UN agencies as part of post-2015 Development Agenda which are beyond those included in the MDGs. However, they do not include the target of equitable sex ratio at birth. This paper argues that it is important to include this target from an intrinsic and instrumental lens (for achieving and other gender equality and development targets). It also points to possible indicators that could be used for measuring equitable sex-ratio at birth
Author: Gillies C Kasongo, February 18, submitted for World Radio Day, February 13 2015 - Panos Institute Southern Africa (PSAf) commends local radio stations that are transforming themselves into platforms that enable local communities with an opportunity to engage in dialogue on various developmental issues that affect their lives, thereby shaping the developmental discourse towards their needs.
Author Dr. Michel Odika, March 5 2015 - Historically… Many factors have restricted a country’s capacity to use malaria-related data for improving monitoring and evaluation. These include limited human and financial resources, multiple reporting demands from stakeholders (including donors) and the lack of a reliable country-level information system for data related to malaria…
Author: Emma Schwartz of NetHope Solutions Center, originally posted December 15 2014, cross-posted February 5 2015 - [Health Communication Capacity Collaborative] HC3’s held its seventh Health Communication Innovation Webinar on Dec. 9  to offer insight into using and evaluating social media components of health communication campaigns.
How about using Indian Railways to promote Swachh Bharat!
Author: Anand Shekar, February 11 2015 - Mahatma Gandhi had a long relationship with the railways. The railways were instrumental in the conversion of the lawyer M.K. Gandhi into the Mahatma as he traveled by trains through the whole country in his quest for independent India. His book Third Class in Indian Railways is an eye-opener on the sad state of the third-class compartments and the suffering of passengers during those days.
Author: Dr Michel Odika, February 18 2015 - Today… The multiplication of information needs and users implies that the way malaria-related information is generated, used and shared also has to evolve. This critically depends on accessibility and transparency, for example, by making all malaria-associated information readily accessible via the Internet…
Author: Kathryn Bertram, Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, Program Officer, originally posted January 23, cross-posted February 3 2015 - Mobilizing faith communities to spread public health messages and lead others toward making healthier decisions was the topic of a recent webinar hosted by the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3).
Author: Michael Feigelson and Marcos Nisti, February 2 2015 - The baby diaper market - led by Proctor & Gamble and Kimberly-Clark - is projected to reach USD 52.2 billion by 2017. As the market grows, so does the investment in technology. In a recent article about the industry, Lauren Coleman Lochner paints a portrait of scientists in lab coats using saline solution to identify ‘pee-points’ on the quest for a perfect diaper. No leaks, no rash.
Author: Hoda Hersi, January 28 2015 - We are making a fun but educational drama in our Somalia office, with drama very much being the imperative word. When characters from different backgrounds come together in storylines, from Shakespearean classics like Romeo and Juliet and Othello to modern day TV shows Grey’s Anatomy and Days of Our Lives, I’ve always found it makes the drama juicier. But never could I have predicted that a Somali love affair in our fictional drama could generate a political drama in the real world.
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