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June 27, 2016

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

A campaign to end child pneumonia by reaching mothers and health workers with life-saving information Authors:

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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Helping communities to make Naija better

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Author: Uche Joy Nnogo, August 3 2016 - A small community in Nigeria is demanding better services to protect their children from diarrhoea. Joy Nnogo, of radio show Talk Your Own - Make Naija Better, shares their story.

A young woman sits silently. Older women in her community are consoling her.

"My two year old woke up one morning with a fever,” she tells us. The young woman had taken the child to the health centre for medication. A day later, her child started convulsing with severe diarrhoea. She had no idea how to deal with it. She is crying now. In-between her tears, she tells us that the child became weak and collapsed. She’s grieving but doesn’t blame anyone or anything. She just looks tired and defeated.

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Curing Pilot-itis for mHealth

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Author: Praekelt Foundation's Ambika Samarthya-Howard, August 3 2016 -

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Managing Ebola Will Take Powerful Communication

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Author: Christopher Graves, August 8 2014 [cross-posted from the Harvard Business Review, linked below] - Whether the world's scariest outbreak of Ebola can be managed may come down to communications. Can governments, NGOs [non-governmental organisations], and doctors communicate with very different audiences - with accuracy, agility, and ingenuity? Can they be convincing?

After years of civil war, many people in the affected countries don't trust their governments or the foreigners in bio-hazard suits who seem to bring the virus with them. They don't understand how the virus is being spread. Local custom is to bathe the bodies of the dead - but in doing so, the living catch the virus. Traditional sources of food – wild animals - also carry the virus.

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Why Debunking Myths About Vaccines Hasn't Convinced Dubious Parents

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Author: Christopher Graves, February 20 2015 [cross-posted from the Harvard Business Review, linked below] - Seventeen years ago, a physician in the UK [United Kingdom] published a study of twelve children who had been given the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine. It implied a scary correlation between the vaccine and autism. But upon both further investigation and further clinical studies, the original finding was thrown out, the medical journal retracted the article, and the doctor was found to have unethical financial interests in the findings. Finally, he was stripped of his license to practice medicine.

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Communication and the polio endgame

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Author: Caroline Sugg, Head of Special Projects at BBC Media Action, July 28 2016 - The sense of excitement in the public health community is palpable. While experts on polio warn against celebrating too soon, it looks as if this crippling disease will soon be relegated to history. In this blog, Caroline Sugg explains how communication has been critical to the fight against polio, but has also been deployed in ways that have threatened progress towards global eradication.

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Inside a randomised control trial: insights from Bangladesh

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Author: BBC Media Action Research and Learning team, July 27 2016 - BBC Media Action conducted its first ever randomised control trial (RCT) on the impact of our health programming on audiences. In this blog, we explore some of the methodological challenges of conducting an RCT and ensuring randomisation in the field based on our work with pregnant mothers and women of childbearing age in Bangladesh.

This is the second blog in a two-part series on BBC Media Action’s Bangladesh RCT, read more about the results of the study in the first blog.

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When the skill of questioning is listening: interviewing refugees in Europe

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Author: BBC Media Action Research Editor Katy Williams, July 26 2016 - Having recently undertaken the perilous journey from Damascus to Berlin, researcher and filmmaker Reem Karssli – now seeking asylum in Germany – had a strong connection with the people she interviewed for BBC Media Action’s research into the communication needs of refugees in Europe.

Filmmaker Reem Karssli knows first-hand the importance of reliable communications to refugees. Six months ago, she fled the war in Syria and is now a refugee herself in Germany where she became part of the team researching the communication needs of refugees for BBC Media Action’s Voices of Refugees report.

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Can mass media cause change? A randomised control trial finds out

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Author: Paul Bouanchaud and others including a team from BBC Media Action, July 20 2016 - Can the mass media cause changes in an audience's knowledge, attitudes and intention to practise behaviours? At BBC Media Action, we have just successfully conducted a randomised control trial to investigate this chain of causality in a prime time health TV drama in Bangladesh.

Do BBC Media Action programmes cause changes in our audiences? Do our television and radio shows increase knowledge, make people think differently or change their actual behaviour? In short, what is happening as a direct result of our programmes?

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Sexploitation in Tanzania - how a radio show is helping young people

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Author: Gaure Mdee, July 20 2016 - We arrived in Kahama in north-western Tanzania on a cool Thursday afternoon. The town is home to one of the country’s largest gold mines but unemployment here is high. Many people struggle to make ends meet in spite of the riches that lie hidden below the ground.

Our radio show Niambie (Tell Me) aims to give young people a voice. We had travelled to Kahama to make a show about how corruption affects them and ways in which the community can tackle the problem together. As a national corruption chief told us during our visit, 'corruption is rife and rampant here.'

In preparation for the show we interviewed young people at the offices of local youth development charity Kahama Heroes. Young people spoke openly.

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How can humanitarian broadcasting help support recovery from crises?

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Author: Theo Hannides, July 7 2016 - When disaster strikes – whether in the form of an earthquake, conflict or epidemic – people need the right information to understand what is happening and how they can best respond. In recent years, the humanitarian community has increasingly recognised the importance of providing accurate and trusted information and using communication in crises. However, there is very little evidence available of what actually works best in information and communication responses to emergencies, not least because it is so difficult to do robust research. BBC Media Action’s recent report looks at how to meet these challenges and, by synthesising research from across four of its emergency responses, adds to the evidence base of what does and doesn’t work.

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