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June 27, 2016

Tackling the Silent Killer With Open Source Health Communications: A Campaign to End Child Pneumonia

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June 15, 2016

Global School Feeding Sourcebook: Lessons from 14 Countries

"The Sourcebook documents and analyzes a range of government-led school meals programmes to provide decision-makers and practitioners worldwide with the knowledge, evidence and good practice they...

May 25, 2016

Need to address the trauma from sexual abuse critical

Author: PSAf Executive Director Lilian Kiefer, May 25 2016 - In many parts of our society, children in general and particularly girls are exposed to numerous vices that limit their opportunity to...

May 4, 2016

Data for Decision-Making: Empowering Local Data Use

Authors: Lora Shimp, Technical Director, with Heather Randall, Program Coordinator, GAVI-NVI Project, May 4 2016 - As we celebrate World Immunization Week [April 25], it's important to remember that...

May 4, 2016

Can a Pilot Succeed?: Lessons Learned in Engaging Stakeholders for HPV Introduction

Authors: Lora Shimp, Technical Director, GAVI-NVI Project, and Heather Casciato, Program Manager, GAVI-NVI Project, May 4 2016 - This World Immunization Week [April 25] 2016, eyes are focused on...

May 4, 2016

Closing the Immunity Gap

Author: Craig Burgess, Senior Technical Officer, JSI, May 4 2016 - Every child has the right to health and should have the opportunity to survive, develop, and reach their potential in the context of...

May 4, 2016

Next Generation Immunization Supply Chains: Rethinking the Denominator and the Dose

Author: Chris Wright, JSI Practice Lead, Data Visibility & Use, May 4 2016 - Today [April 25] is Innovation Day during World Immunization Week, and there are a lot of innovative ideas out there...

April 15, 2016

Space to Grow: Creating Safe Spaces to Foster Youth Active Citizenship

"A key feature of the My Rights, My Voice (MRMV) approach to youth engagement has been to develop safe spaces from which young people have been able to learn about their rights to health and...

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App designed to help Syrian refugees

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Author: Leen Hashem, June 21 2016 - 'We've started a WhatsApp group for refugees living in this area' a middle aged man said enthusiastically, explaining how the platform was helping the group share information and provide each other with much needed support.

The man, formerly a respected school teacher in Syria, was speaking to a group of people at a drop-in information centre (called Dawaween in Arabic). Forced to flee his home in Syria to Lebanon five years ago, he was determined to help his community build a future. ‘Syria is our homeland and we must be prepared to rebuild it on our return’ he remarked assuredly. His peers nodded in agreement.

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Skiing in Afghanistan

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Author: Mukhtar Yadgar, June 15 2016 - Afghanistan’s Bamyan province is best known for its ancient statues of Buddha, destroyed 15 years ago by the Taliban government. Today, its relative security and freezing winters are aiding the growth of a fledgling skiing industry. Mukhtar Yadgar explains how a radio station is helping local people discuss its potential for growth.

A five minute drive from the site where the ancient Buddhas of Bamyan once stood, a radio mast sprouts from the ground. It belongs to Radio Bamyan, a local radio station in one of Afghanistan’s most mountainous regions. It’s summer now and wisps of brown dust rise up with the heat, yet in the winter months, Radio Bamyan’s roof is covered with snow.

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Our Best Shot At Immunization Success: Winning Over The Community

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Author: Rina Dey, June 10 2016 [cross-posted from the Huffington Post, linked below] - With India having crossed five years of being polio-free this year, looking back at some of the important milestones brings back memories - some very happy and many that helped us learn and move ahead. As soldiers in the war against polio, while in the thick of battle, the focus was to concentrate on pursuing and wiping out the enemy.

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Tikambe: Let's talk about sex

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Author: Sandi Chimpala, June 6 2016 - Standing in a dark TV studio, Sharon Mutale poured out her heart.

"While in school I got pregnant...I was 16 years old. At that point my father stopped supporting me financially at school. He was very upset. When I met with my boyfriend I didn't know that I could get pregnant. I was so young...we were both young."

Now aged 19, Sharon hopes to continue with her education so she can get work to support her relatives and her child.

Let's talk

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Sharing stories from the World Humanitarian Summit

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Author: Caroline Nursey, June 6 2016 - It was quite something to see more than 6,000 humanitarians gathered at this week’s World Humanitarian Summit [WHS] - and not a pair of muddy boots in sight! We were seeking an answer to how the 130 million people currently in need of humanitarian assistance around the world can be better served.

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Community Radio Stations in Coastal Bangladesh in Addressing Cyclone Roanu

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Author: AHM Bazlur Rahman, June 16 2016 - As part of addressing the risk of Cyclone Roanu, eight community radio (CR) stations in the coastal region of Bangladesh broadcasted 348 hours program for 3 days continuously from May 19 to May 21, 2016.

The community radio stations broadcasted and served on 24-hours basis to keep alert the community during and after Cyclone Roanu hit in the coastal belt of the country. These eight community radio stations situated in the coastal region played a big role in saving people’s lives and assets.

Following the cyclone warning signals the stations started broadcasting from 19 May afternoon and continued non-stop till midnight of 21st May. During the time they have broadcasted 348 hours, of those 187 hours are fully around the message and information on Cyclone Roanu, the disaster, it’s after-effects and what should be done for the community.

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Youth Women in Community Media and Journalism: the beginning of a new era in rural broadcasting journalism of Bangladesh

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Author: AHM Bazlur Rahman, June 16 2016 - In spite of the social and religious barriers such scenarios in gender disparity, particularly in media, has been gradually changing. Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) under the banner of ‘voices of the rural people,’ has been in the forefront in breaking the traditional biased focus towards urban areas. The organization, since 2000, played a leading role in bringing media’s focus on rural areas. Community Radio, being the only broadcasting media in rural Bangladesh, not only broke the traditions but also spearheaded creating a platform for women journalists from grassroots to raise their voices to be heard in the community. Because of their empowerment, majority of the programmes of the women friendly community radio stations are designed for the most marginalized people of the society – women.

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Sustainable Development Under Threat from Drug Trafficking in West Africa

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Author: Leandre Banon, June 2 2016 - Drug trafficking is fast becoming the most serious problem in West Africa. The sub- region has seen an increase in drug trafficking, production and consumption which continues to ruin many lives. There has also been an exponential increase in corruption and impunity which mainly favours drug barons in the region. This also has an adverse effect on citizens who possess or consume very little quantities of drugs.

As a whole, the proliferation of the drug trade in West Africa significantly undermines people’s well being and possess a major road block to development efforts.

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Using radio to tackle stigma and pain

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Author: BBC Media Action's Alice Mbelwa, May 25 2014 - Heavily pregnant, experiencing difficulties and far from any medical professionals, Adelina, a farmer from Kobunshwi in north-west Tanzania, wasn’t able to get the help she needed.

Complications during childbirth led to the death of her baby and left her with obstetric fistula, which is a hole between the birth canal and bladder or rectum. This serious injury is usually the result of prolonged, obstructed (often unattended) labour.

Adelina lived with discomfort caused by chronic incontinence and the stigma associated with the condition for five years.

Until one day Alfred her uncle, an avid radio listener, heard something that caught his attention.

A reporter on Haba na Haba (Little by Little) our discussion show, was telling listeners about free medical treatment to repair obstetric fistula. It was this crucial information that led to Adelina seeking treatment.

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The 'othering' of development and SDGs

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Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, May 25 2016 - Development discourse has often about paid attention to problems of developing countries, and till recently the analysis was largely done by those in developed countries.  Developing countries are the "other" in the relationship - to be dissected, analysed and solutions given.  The Millennium Development Goals applied to the "other" countries.

The Sustainable Development Goals, on the other hand, pertain to both developed and developing countries.  This is definitely a progress.

However, the 'othering' of development continues in indirect ways.

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