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February 11, 2016

Communicating in a Crisis like Ebola: Facts and Figures

"A critical look at the complications and experiences from the perspective of communications and social science holds lessons for future public health responses to infectious disease outbreaks."

February 11, 2016

The Logic of Hope and Trust

"For our mobilisers this became a personal fight, protecting babies from the dreaded virus, pleading with parents to let them get immunised, facing irate communities, braving extreme weather...

February 10, 2016

Health communication in the time of Zika in Haiti

Author: Kenny Moise, January 23 2016 [cross-posted from Kenny Moise's blog site Feeds You Stories, linked below] - The day was coming to its end as I was dealing with annoying paperwork at an...

February 9, 2016

Research Communication for Policy Influence: Key Toolkits

"Research communication is at the heart of evidence based policy making, as it includes understanding the obstacles preventing the uptake of research by decision makers and reflects on the most...

February 8, 2016

Eradicating Polio in Nigeria

"The success of Nigeria's federal and state governments, Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is all the more impressive given the climate of...

February 8, 2016

The Drum Beat 705 - Thanking and Inviting CI Associates

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February 8, 2016

Forging a West African Consensus on UNGASS

A recent news story cited Ghana’s Deputy Superintendent of Police, David Selom Hukportie, as bemoaning the formidable challenges he faces trying to destroy marijuana farms across the country. Mr....

February 8, 2016

Local Perspectives on Climate Change: Participatory Video in Somotillo, Nicaragua

Participatory video (PV) is a methodology premised on particular attitudes and behaviours that value collective and consensual decision-making and equalised power relations, seeking local solutions...

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Women and girl's rights in Sierra Leone: Let Us Know!

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Author: Olabisi Olu Garrick, February 23 2015 - Despite my fourteen years as a journalist, I didn’t always want to work in the media. I actually wanted to be a lawyer.

The ability to hold people to account and help people understand their legal rights always appealed to me. Little did I know that a chance meeting with a woman one sunny afternoon would change my life.

Health communication in the time of Zika in Haiti

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Author: Kenny Moise, January 23 2016 [cross-posted from Kenny Moise's blog site Feeds You Stories, linked below] - The day was coming to its end as I was dealing with annoying paperwork at an outpatient clinic in the area of Delmas, in Port-au-Prince. The attending nurse sharply knocked at the door and introduced me to Zoune, a woman in her mid-forties. Calmed by the fan in motion, the ambient heat hardly bothered on this particular afternoon. Even though January hasn't seen any rain yet, puddles and piles of rubbish in the streets form a sure cottage for mosquitoes.

Forging a West African Consensus on UNGASS

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A recent news story cited Ghana’s Deputy Superintendent of Police, David Selom Hukportie, as bemoaning the formidable challenges he faces trying to destroy marijuana farms across the country. Mr. Hukportie, who also heads the Drug Law Enforcement Unit of the Ghana Police Service, said the effort was like "trying to kill a swarm of flies with one’s bare hands".

Blog Spotlight from IDDS Lahore in Pakistan

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Author: Kendra Sharp, January 22 2016 [cross-posted from International Development Innovation Network (IDIN), linked below] - How fitting that the day we celebrated Martin Luther King [MLK] Jr. Day in the U.S. was the day we had our second site visits here at IDDS Lahore. The Apple homepage that came up on my internet browser displayed a photo of MLK Jr. overlaid with his famous quote: "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"

The Great Zika Freak-Out: A Teaching Moment in the Psychology of Fear

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Author: David Ropeik, January 29 2016 [cross-posted from Big Think, linked below] - A new disease with an exotic name, Zika virus, is spreading "explosively" around the world. It may be causing babies to be born with shrunken heads and brains. No one has immunity. Experts admit significant uncertainty about how the disease spreads, what symptoms it causes, or just which parts of the population face the greatest danger. And the media is going bonkers.

While Zika certainly has the potential to be dangerous, we should be careful to not overstate the greater threat it poses...

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Authors: John Rainford and Joshua Greenberg, January 28 2016 [cross-posted from Policy Options, linked below] - "The government is advising Colombian women to delay becoming pregnant for six to eight months..."

A life-saving radio station in the clouds

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Author: Rishika Das Roy, January 27 2016 - How a life-saving radio station in the Himalayas is helping prepare its listeners for potential flooding, earthquakes and landslides:

Tucked away in the Himalayas, close to some of India’s highest mountain ranges, hides a life-saving community radio station.

Named after a local river, Mandakini Ki Awaaz (‘Voice of the Mandakini’), the broadcaster is located in Uttarakhand state, an area in India at particular risk of earthquakes, flooding and landslides.

Radio show 'hatches' a plan

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Author: BBC Media Action blogger Elizabeth Mbwana, January 20 2015 - Listening to radio programme Nyakati Zinabadilika (Times are Changing) inspired three young unemployed men to approach the district veterinary officer, helping them to start a chicken farm in Tanzania.

A tiny chick cocked his head, flapped its fluffy wings and looked up at me from its box. It was time for feeding.

FAO analytical tools and engagement on national strategies help advance both climate change adaptation and mitigation

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A recent evaluation by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has shown that the advanced analytical tools and data of the Organization and its support to national climate change strategy development processes have helped to strengthen developing country efforts for climate change adaptation and mitigation (CCAM).

Getting communities to drive environmental sustainability-Case for Community-Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) in Zambia

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High environmental degradation is one of the key developmental challenges facing Zambia today. This is because rural livelihoods are largely natural resource based. High poverty levels lead to the majority of citizens over-depending on the environment for livelihoods, making the environment unable to adequately renew itself to ensure sustainability. This has resulted in depletion of renewable natural resources which could have been preserved with effective sustainable environmental management practices.

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February 5, 2016

"There is a multiplicity of voices, methodologies and theoretical traditions in the interdisciplinary fields of research that investigate the...

February 4, 2016

"What behavior will you promote? What key factors will you address to motivate people?"

February 3, 2016

"In the context of humanitarian action Communication with Communities, which is sometimes abbreviated to CwC, refers to activities where the...

February 2, 2016

In October 2012, the Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING) project began a collaboration with...

February 2, 2016

"SPRING and DG see this community-led video approach, with videos created by the community for the community, as a revolutionary tool for...

February 1, 2016

"Everyone has a role to play in bringing this vaccine to children. Families need the facts about polio and the value of immunization. Please...

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Rate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?/Valorar los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible (ODS)?
Excellent/Excelente
11%
Very good/Muy bueno
53%
Average/Promedio
16%
Poor/Pobre
11%
Bad/Malo
5%
Missed opportunity/Oportunidad perdida
0%
Irrelevant/Irrelevante
0%
What are the SDGs?/¿Cuáles son los ODS?
5%
Total votes: 19

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