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June 27, 2017

Improving Data Quality in Mobile Community-Based Health Information Systems

"Given the power of community-based data to inform decision making, it is essential that these data are of high quality....The true power of community-based health data can be realized when...

June 27, 2017

Children and the Data Cycle: Rights and Ethics in a Big Data World

"With increasing collection of big data and a vocal data science movement calling for more open data and greater utilization of big data within public, private and not-for-profit policymaking arenas...

June 27, 2017

Polio Eradication Hopes and Fears: What Next?

Authors: Heidi Larson & Will Schulz, June 13 2017 - In August 1980, just three months after the World Health Assembly declared smallpox to be officially eradicated, D.A. Henderson stood up to...

June 26, 2017

Guidelines for the Development of a Social Media Code of Conduct for Elections

The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) observes that electoral management bodies (EMBs) have noted stakeholders' increasing reliance on social media...

June 26, 2017

Polio Immunization in Pakistan: Ethical Issues and Challenges

"Beliefs, practices and cultural norms overshadow public health priorities and ethics. Understanding of the context, therefore, is critical to determine the social hindrances in polio eradication and...

June 26, 2017

The Power of India's Village Women

Author: Moin Qazi, February 16 2017 [first posted in The Pulse, linked below] India is far from perfect in ensuring women's rights, but quotas at the local government level are having a real impact...

June 23, 2017

Making Women Count - Not Just Counting Women: Assessing Women's Inclusion and Influence on Peace Negotiations

"Fifteen years after the adoption of the landmark UN Security Council Resolution 1325, women remain significantly underrepresented in peace and transitional processes. A central challenge is the lack...

June 23, 2017

Citizen Participation and the Rise of the Open Source City in Spain

"Although the scheme may be simple, we believe that it already features most of the components of a new democratic participation in the digital age." This research brief from IT for Change via...

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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.

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Polio Eradication Hopes and Fears: What Next?

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Authors: Heidi Larson & Will Schulz, June 13 2017 - In August 1980, just three months after the World Health Assembly declared smallpox to be officially eradicated, D.A. Henderson stood up to address a gathering at the Fogarty Center in Washington D.C. His audience, flushed with the successful defeat of smallpox, had one question at the forefront of their minds: What next? Which disease, after smallpox, shall we eliminate utterly from the earth? His answer, tempered by 15 years in the difficult struggle that had just been won: There is none.

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The Power of India's Village Women

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Author: Moin Qazi, February 16 2017 [first posted in The Pulse, linked below] India is far from perfect in ensuring women's rights, but quotas at the local government level are having a real impact.

Societies and cultures that invest in and empower women are on a virtuous cycle. They become richer, better governed, more stable, and less prone to violence. By contrast, countries that limit women's educational and employment opportunities and their political voice get stuck in a downward spiral: They are poorer, more fragile, and have higher levels of corruption.

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Tell me a story: narratives, behaviour change and neuroscience

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Author: National Creative Director, BBC Media Action India Radharani Mitra, orignially posted June 19 2017 - "Tell me the facts and I’ll learn. Tell me the truth and I’ll believe. But tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever." - Native American proverb

I recently spent the day in a San Diego hotel room with 49 people who are obsessed with telling stories. Focused on overcoming public health and social justice challenges, we were gathered to discuss how to design, develop, monitor and evaluate communication responses based around storytelling.

The day we spent together was a story in itself: interesting characters…full of discovery…with not a single dull moment! I hoped it would never end, so, to re-live the thrill of it all, I thought I would share some of my highlights from the fabulous talks I heard: 

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Are There Lasting Lessons from Polio Eradication for Global Health?

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Author: Sue Goldstein, June 7 2017 - 2017 is a year in which the fewest number of polio cases have ever been recorded. There is only 1 type of wild polio virus left, and reaching the last case is in our sights. This has not happened by chance or through luck but, rather, through a massive coordinated effort, which required huge political and resource commitment. I am not qualified to write about the epidemiological investigations, surveillance and monitoring advances in the field carried out through the Polio Eradication Initiative (PEI). Nor am I qualified to talk about the emergency centers set up in epidemic countries, the vaccine development and distribution breakthroughs - all of which are major contributors to the eradication effort.

What I would like to discuss is the role of communication and social change communication in the process and the need to retain the lessons and human resources that have been developed through this extensive effort.

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Bonded for slavery despite flourishing Democracy - Feudal Democracy

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Author: Sahib Khan, June 14 2017 - Police freed 45 members of several peasant families, including women and children, from illegal captivity of landlords after raiding their farmlands in a number of villages in Kot Ghulam Mohammad Taluka in Mirpurkhas district, Pakistan, as reported by Dawn [Pakistan's largest English language news source] on May 23, 2017. Some weeks ago, another family was liberated by on the order of court. Acting on the directives of the district and sessions court Mirpurkhas, police of Kot Ghulam Mohammad and Degan Bhurgari police stations raided the farmlands in the villages of Rais Ahmed Khan Bhurgari, Aslam Dal and Deh 214 and got the bonded peasants released. This has become practice in different parts of the country where bonded peasants or workers or labourers are freed on the courts’ order. 

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How can communication help stop teenagers dying?

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Author: BBC Media Action Health Adviser Emebet Wuhib-Mutungi, originally post June 5 2017 - While the election of Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the next director general of the World Health Organization (WHO) has been accompanied by some controversy, I’ve been heartened by one of his top five priorities for when he assumes his new post. Dr Tedros has pledged to put the wellbeing of adolescents, alongside women and children, at the very centre of global health and development.

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The case for adaptive programming

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Author: BBC Media Action India Country Director Priyanka Dutt, posted to the BBC Media Action website on June 8 2017 - I don’t like results frameworks. Most demand that you specify exactly what you will do, where, when, and how many times, in order to achieve specified objectives that contribute to overarching development goals.

Of course, that is a perfectly fair thing to ask of an implementing organisation. Development funds are scarce; every rupee spent needs to be accounted for and must contribute towards creating lasting and transformational change.

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What's it like to be a teenage mother in Sierra Leone?

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Author: BBC Media Action Producer Mariama Sesay, originally posted June 6 2017 - Driving home from work in Freetown one day a young woman caught my attention. She looked exhausted, trying to carry all her school books and her bag on the dusty street. It was unbearably hot and as I sat waiting in traffic I felt sorry for her, so I asked if she needed a lift. "Yes ma, thanks", she said with relief and got into the car.

I’ve three teenage children myself so I asked about her studies and where she lived. Her name was Fanta Sheriff and she chatted away about living with her mother, son and siblings, how she got pregnant at 16 - lighting up as she told me all about her three-year-old son Ibrahim.

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From Polio's Small Victories to Development's Global Wins

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Author: Claire Hajaj, June 7 2017 - Northern Nigeria, October 2003. A polio outbreak was spreading through desiccated towns and remote border outposts, crippling dozens of children. As vaccinators went door to door in the blistering Ramadan heat, sermons rang out from local mosques. Imams railed against the misery of Baghdad, pulverized by American bombs; they condemned the pain of Gaza, under assault by Israeli helicopters. Pausing in front of the next compound, the vaccinators turned their heads. One man angrier than the rest was advancing towards them, his fist clenched. He pointed at the vaccine carrier, with its life-saving vials - shouting: "You are killing our brothers in Iraq and Palestine!" His finger rose, targeting the face of the vaccine team leader herself. "Do you now expect us to believe you come here just for our children’s health?"

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