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February 7, 2017

Prevention is better than cure

Author: BBC Media Action's Betty Duku, posted February 1 2017 - How local and national radio is supporting work to prevent cholera in South Sudan. “I didn’t know it was cholera until a health...

February 1, 2017

Social and Behaviour Change Communication Insights and Strategy Case Study: Open Defecation in India

"This report demonstrates how behaviour change communications [BCC] is key to improving public health in developing countries. Whilst building infrastructure and services is critical, there is also a...

January 26, 2017

Gender and Tuberculosis: Discussion Paper

"Making the investment case for programming that addresses the specific vulnerabilities and needs of both males and females who are affected by or at risk of tuberculosis [TB]."

December 24, 2016

Mother's milk

Author: Nasir Ateeq, December 24 2016 - Kittens here are blessed with early initiation and exclusive mother milk!! Their caring mother, without receiving messages through communication campaigns,...

December 12, 2016

Notre appel pour l'éducation parentale universelle

De Eve Sullivan avec Jamesa Wagwau et Aya Isumi, 12 décembre 2016: Quand de jeunes enfants crient leur détresse, bien qu'il soit facile de dire qu'ils ont besoin de quelque chose, les...

December 8, 2016

Our call for universal parenting education

By Eve Sullivan, Jamesa Wagwau, and Aya Isumi, December 12 2016 - Small children cry out in distress and, while it is easy to tell that they need something, parents or caregivers may not recognize...

November 28, 2016

Combating Violence against Children in Africa: A Framework for Civil Society Advocacy

“From the street child brutally beaten by police to the girl child sexually harassed by her teacher or kin, violence is a multifaceted problem of huge significance in the lives of children in Africa...

November 23, 2016

Celebrate 27th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child on Universal Children's Day and Every Day

Author: Jacques Brodeur, November 23 2016 - Edupax seizes the opportunity of the 27th anniversary of the Convention to remind readers about various and important benefits of protecting children from...

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Five questions our data portal can help answer

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Author: BBC Media Action Head of Research Programmes Sonia Whitehead, originally posted on April 4 2017 - There's a lack of data on what ordinary people think, feel and want in developing countries. Our new Data Portal aims to help fix that. Sonia Whitehead runs through five questions the portal can help answer on governance, media and resilience.

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Inspirational women and girls in our dramas

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Author: BBC Media Action's Geraldine Sweetland, originally posted on March 8 2017 - To celebrate International Women’s Day 2017 (whose theme is #beboldforchange) – we take a closer look at some of the inspirational female characters (past and present) from our TV and radio drama around the world.

Drama is just one of the ways in which BBC Media Action works to empower women and girls, help them adopt healthier (sometimes life-saving) practices and opens up discussion on important issues around health, resilience and gender equality.

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A voice for women in Afghanistan

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Author: BBC Media Action's Serena Hamilton, originally posted on March 6 2017 - A small radio station in Afghanistan run by women for women is providing a platform to discuss women’s rights, health and local news – and training the next generation of young female journalists.

Security is tight at Shaiq Studios. Just last year a blast ripped through the streets of central Jalalabad, in Nangarhar province, scattering the recording equipment like toys. The studio doesn't appear to have been the target but everyone here is aware of the need for vigilance. As our taxi slides into the air-locked entrance, a guard guides a mirror along the underbelly of the car, checking for explosives.

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The Girl Child and Sustainable Development Goals

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Author: Ranjani.K.Murthy, April 18 2017 - This blog examines what the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), targets and indicators have to offer to further welfare and rights of girl child, and where there are gaps.

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'Whenever I saw children in school I used to cry...now I'm in school, I'm happy.'

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Author: BBC Media Action's Kenyi Betuel, originally posted on March 6 2017 - Stella wanted to go to school but her father thought it would ‘spoil’ her chances of marriage. Kenyi Betuel – editor of a girls’ education radio show - explores some of the cultural barriers facing girls who want an education in South Sudan.

“My father only sent one of my elder sisters to school. He told me that the rest of us had to remain in the village,” says Stella, sadly wringing her hands.

“Whenever I saw children in school I used to cry,” she adds. “But now I’m in school, I’m happy.”

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Health communication changes lives by reaching millions

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Author: BBC Media Action's Acting Head of Health and Resilience Sophia Wilkinson, originally posted on April 10 2017 - To mark the launch of our [BBC Media Action's] Global Health Stories site, Sophia Wilkinson explains how health communication can make a big difference at scale – for less than the cost of a can of coke per person.

"But what about the impact?"

This is the question I'm asked the most after I've told an audience that, quite literally, millions of people listen to our radio shows and watch our TV programmes about health. The other question I routinely get is:

"I don't care how big your audience is! What I want to know is whether anything has changed?"

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We need more female journalists in Nepal

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Author: BBC Media Action's Pratibha Tuladhar, originally posted on March 3 2017 - Bidhya Chapagain sits in the centre of the studio surrounded by a cluster of bright lights, cables and cameras. She is preparing for an episode of Sajha Sawal, our 'Question Time' style debate TV and radio programme, discussing senior citizen rights.

The participants gather in a semi-circle around her on the set and she calmly chats with audience members to help them feel at ease. All the while she is mentally steeling herself to ask tough questions to a panel of policy-makers and officials.

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What's the best way of improving accountability in Sierra Leone?

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Author: BBC Media Action Insight's George Ferguson on March 17 2017 - A free and independent media that holds politicians to account on behalf of citizens has long been held up as a cornerstone of a thriving democracy.

In Sierra Leone, we ran a radio debate show called Tok Bot Salone (Talk about Sierra Leone) (TBS) that tried to do just that. On air for over four years, TBS followed a classic ‘question and answer’ (Q&A) format and gave ordinary people a platform to quiz their leaders. The underlying idea was that citizens would take the opportunity to demand greater accountability from government, resulting in better service delivery.

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Human stories inspire positive change

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Author: BBC Media Action Insight's Katy Williams, on March 6 2017 - Katy Williams asked political debate show presenters in Nepal and Afghanistan about the real-life changes their programmes have helped achieve. Successes include getting more people with disabilities working in government ministries and prompting other organisations to support communities. 

Nepalis and Afghans alike are used to politicians making pledges they don’t fulfil. So, when the studio lights fade on a political debate broadcast, audiences have little expectation that decision-makers will follow up on any promises made on stage.

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Fight against Albino killing: Outreach Scout Foundation

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Author: Outreach Scout Foundation's Amon Lukhele, on April 25 2017 - In Malawi, persons with Albinism are facing challenges of life. Everyday/month we hear stories regarding the killing of persons with Albinism. Politicians, including the President of Malawi, have pledged support to end these deaths, but these crimes are failing to die. The law enforcement is falling behind, as they don't have enough resources to work on the matter. The most worrying thing is that those who were caught are given simple punishments, i.e., 2 to 10 years.

My question on this issue is simple: Why is the government failing to protect its own people???

Weak engagement of human rights organizations

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January 26, 2017

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December 24, 2016

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December 6, 2016

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