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It's about time men got concerned about women's rights

Progressio’s Policy Officer, Malou Schueller, reflects on the absence of men at the world’s biggest conference on women’s rights, posted March 17 2014:

I am in New York, attending the 58th UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). The Commission sits every year and is the main global intergovernmental body that is exclusively tasked with shaping global standards on gender equality and women's empowerment.

Years ago they voted for peace

Author Manuel Manrique Castro, originally in El Mundo de Medellín, Colombia, March 12, 2014, cross-posted on March 14 2014, translation by Cynthia Selde:        It seems so very long ago when, in October of 1997, ten million Colombians showed up en masse to vote for El Mandato Ciudadano por la Paz (the Citizens’ Mandate for Peace). Seventeen years later, the young voters who cast their ballots last Sunday are looking forward to - although not without a touch of skepticism - the presidential election that is coming up at the end of May.

We Must Prevent a Modern Day Holocaust

Authors Navin Vasudev and Neal McKenna, March 12 2014:        Homosexuality is a criminal offence in most African countries where rights-based organisations such as Oxfam, ActionAid and CARE operate. In these countries, the consequences for being a sexual minority (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, intersex - LGBTI) range from ridicule and blackmail to jail time without legal recourse, rape, torture and death. Methods of killing run the gamut from beating, stoning and hanging to crushing, decapitation and immolation - being burned alive.

Commission of the Status of Women 2014: Access for all?

Marie-Ange Marcelin, single mother to 5 daughters in Haiti (Progressio 2014)

Progressio's Policy Assistant, Fatima Haase, recently arrived in New York at the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58 - the 58th session) to lobby for greater political participation for women living in fragile states. She describes her first impressions and hopes that the conference will create an inclusive environment where the voices of women living in fragile states, such as Haiti, Yemen, Zimbabwe and Somaliland can be heard. 

Female Polio Workers: Their battle against the virus, taboos and poverty

Author Jawahir Habib, March 8 2014:      "My husband hit me in the morning, he was asking for money," said a Lady Health Worker (LHW), Nadia, in Kili Shabo area of Quetta (South-west of Pakistan). "I have not received my polio immunization days payments for past four campaigns, my husband thinks I go out of house for some other purpose," she added with tears in her eyes.

Feminism from the lens of those living under 2 dollars per day

Posted for International Women's Day 2014, Saturday, March 8, from Ranjani K. Murtha, originally posted online March 2011 , cross-posted March 6 2014:        Thanks to UN agencies, INGOs and several NGOs, I had the opportunity to visit rural areas and urban towns of a gender developing countries as a 'gender or social development' expert.

Nevertheless, the experiences of poor women point to several lessons learned which call for relooking at the monoculture in feminism with the collapse of the Soviet Block.

Anti HIV AIDS Agents

Rana Tassawar Ali

Author Rana Tassawar Ali, March 6 2014:      In Pakistan, an estimated 100,000 people suffer from HIV/AIDS, and the number of new HIV/AIDS cases is increasing. In Pakistan, where society is mostly governed by conservatives, people create hurdles for changing minds. In this scenario, our society has only few anti-HIV/AIDS agent ORWs (outreach workers) - these are the real change agents. The ORWs provide services to affected clients, and they regularly travel to different spots for providing harm reduction services.

Goodbye to a rigorous and socially relevant public intellectual

Authors: Thomas Tufte and Anders Høg Hansen, February 24 2014:       A grand old man of British cultural studies, Stuart Hall, died 10 February 2014, 82 years old, a man who - among many other things - contributed to developing a critical line of thinking which has been highly influential within communication for development.

Life skills for children and young people

Rana Tassawar Ali

Author Rana Tassawar Ali, March 14 2014:          Life skills are the abilities that help us to adopt and behave positively so that we can deal effectively with challenges of every day. Life skill education refers to a large group of psychosocial and interpersonal skills which can help people make informed decisions, communicate effectively and develop coping and self-management skills that may help them lead a healthy and productive life.

Agriculture and ICTs

Author: Dr. Arpita Sharma, February 20 2014:     Agriculture is the most important sector in developing countries, with the majority of the rural population depending on it. In our Indian scenario, it is said that the country lives in villages, which means that the farming and agriculture sector contributes to the GDP of the country to a great extent. The traditional approaches to agriculture, adopted far back in history, have numerous challenges in terms of production, marketing, profit, etc.

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This report details the role of the National Immunisation Office (NIO) in Ireland. It describes the expansion of service, collaboration with stakeholders on developing and implementing standards on best practices, development of informational materials, implementation of immunisation campaigns, and future challenges.

Communication...

"Children will now be able to join the ranks of other rights-holders who are empowered to bring their complaints about human rights violations before an international body."

 

From the "Thought Leaders" series of the News-Medical.Net website, this interview with Dr. Jos Vandelaer, Chief of Immunization for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), is a question-answer discussion of the fact that one child in five does not get properly immunised and that coverage rates are worse among the economically poor,...

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Experiences

"Children will now be able to join the ranks of other rights-holders who are empowered to bring their complaints about human rights violations before an international body."

 

Social circus training and an inclusive park for children of all abilities were the result of collaboration among the government of Ecuador and municipalities, circus arts teachers, and social workers in the city of Cuenca, province of Azuay, Ecuador. Developing performance and communication skills through the training of Canadian Cirque de...

Humara Bachpan is an Indian national campaign on living conditions for young children in urban poverty. The campaign calls for inclusion of child friendly components in urban renewable policies such as Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (...

"If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video is worth a million."

HealthPhone™ is a resource using the medium of video transmitted through mobile phones that is designed to improve the health of economically poor and vulnerable populations around the world. "A mobile phone, with basic health information embedded on the...

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The Our Tukul radio magazine and Life in Lulu radio drama, both produced by BBC Media Action in South Sudan, are working to address reproductive, maternal, neonatal and child health. The programmes are broadcast across the country, and the production is accompanied by capacity building for local production teams. Life In Lulu and Our Tukul are...

"Hands are waving excitedly as students gather at Al Meraj School in one of the poorest areas of Pakistan's second largest city, Lahore. 'What is polio?' asks the teacher. 'And who should be given the polio vaccine?' 'It's a virus," says one young student. 'All children under five!' shouts another, before any of the other nearly 200...

"Multiple channels of communication will work together to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its individual parts." - BBC Media Action

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Launched in May 2013, the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA) supports country programmes in Bangladesh, India, and South Africa to provide pregnant women and new mothers with empowering, potentially life-saving information and support through their mobile phones. MAMA offers a set of free, adaptable messages that can be localised and...

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Launched in September 2012 and running until 2015, the Get Them to 5 Alive! campaign is working to raise awareness of the scale of child mortality and the leading causes of child deaths in Kenya - namely, neonatal causes, diarrhoea, pneumonia, and malaria. It also seeks to educate people about basic interventions to help reduce under-five...

iheedCrowd

iheed develops animated films for the training of health workers in developing countries across the globe, using its online crowd-sourcing platform, iheedCrowd. This platform is established for the digital design community to address global health education and training challenges. Using a competition-based format with awards and prizes,...

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Advocacy

"Developing the plan has brought together multiple stakeholders involved in immunization, including governments and elected officials, health professionals, academia, manufacturers, global agencies, development partners, civil society, media and the private sector, to define collectively what the immunization community wants to achieve over...

"Children will now be able to join the ranks of other rights-holders who are empowered to bring their complaints about human rights violations before an international body."

 

From the "Thought Leaders" series of the News-Medical.Net website, this interview with Dr. Jos Vandelaer, Chief of Immunization for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), is a question-answer discussion of the fact that one child in five does not get properly immunised and that coverage rates are worse among the economically poor,...

This reference document on vaccine introduction is intended as support for decisionmaking on how to add new vaccines to country immunisation programmes. Based on the 2005 WHO [World Health Organization] Vaccine Introduction Guidelines, it draws on country experiences in vaccine introduction and the recommendations from guidelines, tools, and...

This video from the Gates Foundation shows the need for and development of a vaccine for Meningitis A. In seeking the development of this conjugate vaccine and its production at affordable prices, in answer to a need raised by increasing epidemic meningitis in the so-called meningitis belt of the continent of Africa, West African countries went...

"Applying the resolve and dedication that characterizes polio eradication to a wider suite of services could provide communities with the services they are demanding, give workers a fresh reason for enthusiasm, and increase baseline RI coverage. The eradication of polio would probably not be far behind."

This document is a draft policy brief that was prepared for the International Conference on Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (MNCH) in Johannesburg, South Africa, August 1-3 2013. As background, the brief states that "most causes of maternal, newborn, and childhood mortality are preventable using an evidence-based, cost-effective set of...

@UNICEF

"Data do not, of themselves, change the world. They make change possible - by identifying needs, supporting advocacy, and gauging progress. What matters most is that decision-makers use the data to make positive change, and that the data are available for children and communities to use in holding duty-bearers to account."

Author Jawahir Habib, March 8 2014:      "My husband hit me in the morning, he was asking for money," said a Lady Health Worker (LHW), Nadia, in Kili Shabo area of Quetta (South-west of Pakistan). "I have not received my polio immunization days payments for past four campaigns, my husband thinks I go out of...

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Evaluations

"What drives women to have pregnancies after the age of 35 or to have five or more children? Both of these pregnancies present high risks to both the mother and newborn....[L]ittle research has been conducted to understand the behavioral determinants driving these high-risk pregnancies."

"Applying the resolve and dedication that characterizes polio eradication to a wider suite of services could provide communities with the services they are demanding, give workers a fresh reason for enthusiasm, and increase baseline RI coverage. The eradication of polio would probably not be far behind."

"This is the story of how Alive & Thrive integrated a national mass media campaign into its comprehensive program to improve infant and young child feeding in Viet Nam. Read what it takes to use mass media and why it's essential for scaling up behavior change."

"The availability of effective measurement tools is a clear prerequisite for the strengthening of monitoring and evaluation within the field of child protection."

This report provides a structured review of a sample of 124 child protection monitoring and evaluation (M&E) tools, part of work on identifying ethical standards and tools...

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Digital

This report details the role of the National Immunisation Office (NIO) in Ireland. It describes the expansion of service, collaboration with stakeholders on developing and implementing standards on best practices, development of informational materials, implementation of immunisation campaigns, and future challenges.

Communication...

The Virtual Immunization Communication Network (VICNetwork) is a partnership between the United States-based professional health communicators' National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC) and the California Immunization Coalition (CIC) - a statewide partnership of immunisation coalitions and private and public health organisations.

This document is a draft policy brief that was prepared for the International Conference on Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (MNCH) in Johannesburg, South Africa, August 1-3 2013. As background, the brief states that "most causes of maternal, newborn, and childhood mortality are preventable using an evidence-based, cost-effective set of...

@UNICEF

"Data do not, of themselves, change the world. They make change possible - by identifying needs, supporting advocacy, and gauging progress. What matters most is that decision-makers use the data to make positive change, and that the data are available for children and communities to use in holding duty-bearers to account."

"This is the story of how Alive & Thrive integrated a national mass media campaign into its comprehensive program to improve infant and young child feeding in Viet Nam. Read what it takes to use mass media and why it's essential for scaling up behavior change."

HealthMap.org is a collection of map, video, and print-based materials on infectious disease outbreaks and related topics from a team of researchers, epidemiologists, and software developers at Boston Children's Hospital, Massachusetts, United States. Founded in 2006, the site utilises "online informal sources for disease outbreak monitoring...

"The strategy focuses on increasing knowledge and perceived importance of sanitation and hygiene practices, with the long term objective of changing the way society thinks so that open defecation is no longer acceptable in India."

A nationally representative online survey of more than 1,500 parents of children age 2 to 10 in the United States (US) released by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop found that, although children's media use soars as they approach school age, the amount of time that they spend with educational media plummets...

This research brief from the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) discusses how mass media and information and communication technology (ICT) can "achieve society-wide changes in social and behavioral drivers of health because they reach millions of people quickly with high quality information.... These approaches include strategic...

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Film and Video

This is an evaluation of Sisimpur, an adaptation co-production of Sesame Street, the educational television series broadcast in the United States (US), localised by Bangladeshi producers to meet the needs of children in Bangladesh. (Please see Related Summaries below for further details, but, in brief:) Sisimpur is...

Humara Bachpan is an Indian national campaign on living conditions for young children in urban poverty. The campaign calls for inclusion of child friendly components in urban renewable policies such as Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (...

BBC Media Action

Author: Fiona Ledger, November 6 2013        Building the capacity of production staff within the organisation - and in other organisations - is a key activity for BBC Media Action. But when the workshop is over, will the training stick? What can happen all too often is what I call 'teflon training...

"Refusal of the oral polio vaccine and resistance to the programme is often less about polio than about the rejection of something that is perceived to be foreign and therefore untrustworthy. Building trust will be essential to opening the last of the doors that have so far remained closed to vaccination efforts."

"Today, little data exist on the effectiveness of mobile games as channels for social and behavior change communication - and in particular on their effectiveness in addressing health issues in developing countries."

"...this is where Cinema Corner has a part to play by creating a forum for the often-unheard voices of women and girls whose lives are being devastated by sexual violence or illegal abortion or human trafficking."

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Strategic Thinking

This report details the role of the National Immunisation Office (NIO) in Ireland. It describes the expansion of service, collaboration with stakeholders on developing and implementing standards on best practices, development of informational materials, implementation of immunisation campaigns, and future challenges.

Communication...

"Developing the plan has brought together multiple stakeholders involved in immunization, including governments and elected officials, health professionals, academia, manufacturers, global agencies, development partners, civil society, media and the private sector, to define collectively what the immunization community wants to achieve over...

From the "Thought Leaders" series of the News-Medical.Net website, this interview with Dr. Jos Vandelaer, Chief of Immunization for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), is a question-answer discussion of the fact that one child in five does not get properly immunised and that coverage rates are worse among the economically poor,...

This reference document on vaccine introduction is intended as support for decisionmaking on how to add new vaccines to country immunisation programmes. Based on the 2005 WHO [World Health Organization] Vaccine Introduction Guidelines, it draws on country experiences in vaccine introduction and the recommendations from guidelines, tools, and...

This document is a draft policy brief that was prepared for the International Conference on Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (MNCH) in Johannesburg, South Africa, August 1-3 2013. As background, the brief states that "most causes of maternal, newborn, and childhood mortality are preventable using an evidence-based, cost-effective set of...

"For the first time in the history of the HIV epidemic, the global community has accumulated the knowledge, experience and tools to achieve an AIDS-free generation."

@UNICEF

"Data do not, of themselves, change the world. They make change possible - by identifying needs, supporting advocacy, and gauging progress. What matters most is that decision-makers use the data to make positive change, and that the data are available for children and communities to use in holding duty-bearers to account."

This learning paper discusses the adaptation of best practices for delivering training of Community Drug Distributors (CDDs) in the implementation of integrated community case management (ICCM) to the context in South Sudan. In two states of South Sudan, NBeG and Unity, between June 2010 and June 2012, the Malaria Consortium developed materials...

"In October 2013, wild poliovirus was detected in north-eastern Syrian Arab Republic. A robust coordinated multipartner plan is needed to interrupt virus transmission to protect the children in the region from paralytic polio."

Delivered at the Call to Action - Child Survival and Development for Every Child in India Summit from February 7-9 2013, Chennai, India, this presentation examines evidence-based interventions across the continuum of care of mothers and children. The interventions are charted in pre-pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal, and infancy and childhood...

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Enhance Social Protection

"Leaders from around the world attending the 2011 High Level Meeting on AIDS committed to work towards the elimination of new HIV infections among children by 2015 and reducing AIDS-related maternal mortality. This is to be accomplished through the implementation of a new Global Plan for scaling up comprehensive prevention of mother-to-child...

"Cross-sectional research has demonstrated that HIV/AIDS orphanhood is associated with anxiety and depression and that HIV/AIDS-related stigma is a risk factor for these outcomes."

Effectiveness of HIV Prevention for Youth

"We undertook a systematic review, and a meta-analysis when appropriate, to assess effectiveness of interventions to reduce sexual risk behaviours, and consequent HIV infection, among young people (10-25 years) in sub-Saharan Africa."

This study attempted to assess the effectiveness of HIV-prevention interventions in changing sexual...

Launched in 2008 by the Department of Social Policy and Intervention at the University of Oxford, the Young Carers Project is a research initiative that involves South African young people (especially HIV-positive young people) in research about orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC).

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Published by Project Concern International in Zambia, this interactive tool is designed for orphans and vulnerable children from three to six years old and those who care for them. This includes parents, caregivers, early child development teachers, home-based care teams, and all those who take an interest in the welfare of young children. It...

Mobile Teams to Burundi

This document describes the progress of Pathfinder International’s programme of integrated mobile teams (IMTs), a mobile platform for the delivery of an integrated package of essential health services in Burundi that seek to ensure health care access for hard-to-reach and underserved populations.

Hope Study

The Hope Study drama series was created as a radio drama about HIV prevention research. The main objective of this initiative was to increase awareness and community dialogue about clinical trial research. In 2011, the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (WRHI), Johannesburg, South Africa, with funding from the Wellcome Trust and in...

Education

This review discusses the education sector's role in preventing HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly focused on the “Accelerate Initiative”. It was assembled using data collated during the 2007 School Health and HIV/AIDS Focal...

HIV-related Vulnerabilities of Adolescent Girls in Tanzania

"Globally, girls and young women are more likely to be HIV positive than their male peers, due in large part to an array of gender inequalities that negatively impact their mental and physical well being. Protecting girls from this multi-dimensional risk requires understanding how the girls experience vulnerability in their daily lives and...

Vijana Tunaweza Newala

From the Executive summary: "The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) and Taasisi ya Maendeleo Shirikishi Arusha (TAMASHA), in collaboration with Pact Tanzania, developed a participatory research and action project (Vitu Newala) that aimed to both understand and respond to girls’ HIV-related vulnerabilities.

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UNICEF

"Developing the plan has brought together multiple stakeholders involved in immunization, including governments and elected officials, health professionals, academia, manufacturers, global agencies, development partners, civil society, media and the private sector, to define collectively what the immunization community wants to achieve over...

"Children will now be able to join the ranks of other rights-holders who are empowered to bring their complaints about human rights violations before an international body."

 

From the "Thought Leaders" series of the News-Medical.Net website, this interview with Dr. Jos Vandelaer, Chief of Immunization for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), is a question-answer discussion of the fact that one child in five does not get properly immunised and that coverage rates are worse among the economically poor,...

"For the first time in the history of the HIV epidemic, the global community has accumulated the knowledge, experience and tools to achieve an AIDS-free generation."

@UNICEF

"Data do not, of themselves, change the world. They make change possible - by identifying needs, supporting advocacy, and gauging progress. What matters most is that decision-makers use the data to make positive change, and that the data are available for children and communities to use in holding duty-bearers to account."

"In October 2013, wild poliovirus was detected in north-eastern Syrian Arab Republic. A robust coordinated multipartner plan is needed to interrupt virus transmission to protect the children in the region from paralytic polio."

Delivered at the Call to Action - Child Survival and Development for Every Child in India Summit from February 7-9 2013, Chennai, India, this presentation examines evidence-based interventions across the continuum of care of mothers and children. The interventions are charted in pre-pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal, and infancy and childhood...

"The availability of effective measurement tools is a clear prerequisite for the strengthening of monitoring and evaluation within the field of child protection."

This report provides a structured review of a sample of 124 child protection monitoring and evaluation (M&E) tools, part of work on identifying ethical standards and tools...

"Ethical guidelines are crucial when carrying out research on violence against children (VAC)."

Author Jawahir Habib, March 8 2014:      "My husband hit me in the morning, he was asking for money," said a Lady Health Worker (LHW), Nadia, in Kili Shabo area of Quetta (South-west of Pakistan). "I have not received my polio immunization days payments for past four campaigns, my husband thinks I go out of...

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