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December 7, 2016

Using cartoons to help save lives

Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Sam Waterton, Digital Editor, BBC Media Action, on November 29 2016- Bangladesh is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. In addition...

December 7, 2016

Gaza Strip: communication saves lives

Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Mohammed Abu Asaker Humanitarian Liaison, Palestinian Territories, on November 25 2016 - Mohammed Abu Asaker’s neighborhood in the Gaza Strip was...

December 7, 2016

Scaling Accountability through Vertically Integrated Civil Society Policy Monitoring and Advocacy

"'Scale' has many different meanings across fields and contexts. Looking at scale from different angles - drawing insights from different ways of using the term - helps [us] understand how we can...

December 6, 2016

Integrate Bristol Educational Resources for Equality and Integration

Integrate Bristol, a United Kingdom (UK) charity formed to help with the integration of young people and children who have arrived from other countries and cultures, runs entertainment-education...

December 6, 2016

Daria: A Roma Woman's Journey

"Institutions debate whether it is appropriate to meddle with traditions which cannot or should not be prevented. Roma activists, with a few exceptions, ponder if disclosure of these practices will...

December 6, 2016

Community engagement and sexuality education in conservative contexts: the case of Pakistan

Originally posted on the BBC Media Action Insight blog by Dr. Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli and Marina Plesons, World Health Organization (WHO) Department of Reproductive Health and Research, December 1...

December 6, 2016

How a BBC Radio Programme Has Driven Child Vaccination Uptake in Somalia

"I used to believe [a child should] be treated by traditional medicine, but now I go to a doctor. Listening to the programme has made a great change to the way I think." - Father, Galkacyo, Somalia...

December 6, 2016

Lifeline – Working with Broadcasters in Humanitarian Crises: Tips for Aid Workers on Working with Media to Save Lives

This guide aims to support humanitarian organisations to work with broadcasters to produce programming that will help save lives and reduce suffering as part of an emergency response. As stated in...

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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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Using cartoons to help save lives

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Sam Waterton, Digital Editor, BBC Media Action, on November 29 2016- Bangladesh is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. In addition to frequent cyclones and drought, large areas of the country are at risk of earthquakes. With densely populated cities, even a relatively small earthquake could have catastrophic consequences. Amrai Pari (Together We Can Do It) is harnessing the power of media to help people be better prepared. [See a sample of the videos below and more at the BBC Media Action blog site through the link below.]

To help, Amrai Pari enlisted Ross Bollinger, an animation artist famous for his tongue-in-cheek Pencilmation cartoons. I caught up with him to tell us a little more about his hopes for the project.

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Gaza Strip: communication saves lives

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Mohammed Abu Asaker Humanitarian Liaison, Palestinian Territories, on November 25 2016 - Mohammed Abu Asaker’s neighborhood in the Gaza Strip was bombed in 2009. His personal experience is helping him train journalists and humanitarian workers about the importance of practical information for people affected by conflict.

Radio Gaza FM has a huge social media following. Its regular posts of cute wrestling cats and playful puppies provide light relief in this conflict-affected region.

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Community engagement and sexuality education in conservative contexts: the case of Pakistan

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action Insight blog by Dr. Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli and Marina Plesons, World Health Organization (WHO) Department of Reproductive Health and Research, December 1 2016 - How can community engagement be used to promote young people's sexual and reproductive health in conservative countries? Two education programmes in Pakistan offer some answers.

Around the world, there is deep-seated discomfort about adolescent sexuality outside of marriage. Many don't accept that teenagers have sex; those that do typically see it as a problem only made worse by sexuality education. As a result, policymakers are reticent, school heads and teachers are uncomfortable and community groups are often opposed to sexuality education, paralysing action in many countries.

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Kakalliya: The rapping granny

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Chibuike Utaka, Head of Factual, BBC Media Action Nigeria, December 2 2016 - Granny-power hits the airwaves to help improve the health of mothers and babies in northern Nigeria.

An old woman is wearing native dress and a hijab, both fairly common in northern Nigeria. Cast your eyes down though and you'll see a pair of bright red sneakers peeping out from beneath her dress. She opens her mouth, a strong hip hop beat kicks in and she begins to rap in Hausa – the main language of the north.

"When you're lost, and you don't know what to do,

Ask me (mothers and children), and I'll get answers for you."

[Click here to listen to Kakalliya on SoundCloud.]

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Generating real-time citizen data to identify socio-economic & political trends in East Africa

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Across the globe, tech-based opportunities to gather and leverage information have led many organisations to change how they make decisions; they rely less on speculation and intuition and far more on data. In East Africa, a small start-up called Trac FM - based in Kampala, Uganda - is collaborating with East African broadcasters to tap into real-time citizen data that helps identify socio-economic and political trends, in a region where radio is by far the largest and most significant information medium. In turn, Trac FM is furthering transparency and accountability through high quality public debate.

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Five tips for success in health communication

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action Insight blog by Caroline Sugg, November 15 2016 - “Without strong communication, we are not going to achieve global health goals.” (Professor Peter Piot, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)

“Communication plays a critical role in engaging communities, promoting healthy behaviours and creating an enabling environment for change.” (Dr Rafael Obregon, UNICEF)

These were just some of the remarks made at BBC Media Action’s panel event looking at what makes for excellent health communication, how to fund it and – most crucially – why it should be at the centre of public health work. Here we share five of the panel’s recommendations for accelerating progress in global health communication:

1. It’s not all about information and ‘messages’

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Our Girls, Our Future

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Catherine Juma, November 22 2016 - Girls in South Sudan are less likely than boys to start school and more likely to drop out. Our radio producer visited her former school to find out if educational aspiration for girls is improving.

“Where’s my mango tree?” I wondered, as I entered the gates of my former school, welcomed by a gaggle of smiling school girls dressed in smart red and white uniforms

As a young girl, I’d planted a mango tree in a shady area of Juba Girl’s Secondary School. The tree was a symbol of a future ripe with possibilities, where if you nurture something – feed it, water and protect it - then delicious fruits will eventually appear.

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Somalia: one of the toughest places to give birth in the world

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action Insight blog by Mohammed A. Gaas, November 15 2016 - A tribute to Amran Mahad, lead actress in Maalmo Dhaama Maanta (A Better Life than Today), an interactive drama helping young people to talk about both the opportunities and the obstacles that they face in Somalia. She died 3 November 2016 following complications during childbirth.

Amran Mahad was known to audiences as ‘Ugasso’, a strong, ambitious young woman determined to make the world a better place. The character she played – beloved by Maalmo Dhaama Maanta’s listeners – was similar to Amran herself. A household name in Somalia, her beguiling voice floating through the airwaves, Amran captivated and inspired listeners every week.

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Myanmar: Our Wish, Our Question

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Yan Htaik Seng, November 1 2016 - We recount a nerve-racking visit to Myanmar’s ethnically diverse Kayin State - as it recovers from years of conflict - to give young people a rare chance to voice their opinions and question their leaders.

Rain is sparkling in a pool, reflecting the lush, green mountains behind it. I’m in Kayin State, south-eastern Myanmar the day before our youth radio debate and despite the peaceful surroundings I am worried.

We’ve invited four high-profile panellists – a government minister, a youth activist, a speaker from a political organisation, and a newly elected MP – all of whom have agreed to face questions from a group of young people. Several questions flash through my mind: Will the panellists show up? What sort of questions will be asked? Will our debate be shut down?

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