Khushi Baby

Developed to address the challenge rural clinicians and parents face in documenting children's vaccination records, Khushi Baby stores children's medical history in a digital necklace. The form of a...

Radio and WhatsApp: shining a light on early marriage in Sierra Leone

Author: Olabisi Olu Garrick, July 29 2015 - Skipping home from school one day, a 10 year old girl named Mariama found her dad in an unusually happy mood. Ushering her inside, he ordered her to remove...

The View from Above: Faith and Health

"At the national level, faith-inspired health providers deliver health care in many contexts. Internationally, faith affects and shapes development agendas and responses to poverty and inequity....

A Good Start: Advances in Early Childhood Development

"Nearly 50 years ago, in 1966, the Bernard van Leer Foundation funded its first major project aimed at enhancing the development of young children: the Project for Early Childhood Education (PECE),...

Polio Eradication: Nigeria Must Keep its Eye on the Prize

Author: Nellie Bristol, July 24 2015 - July 24 marks a significant milestone in the global effort to eradicate polio: Nigeria, one of the countries where wild poliovirus has proven hardest to...

Field Guide: Three Star Approach for WASH in Schools

"The Three Star Approach for WASH in Schools is designed to improve the effectiveness of hygiene behaviour change programmes for children and complements UNICEF's broader child-friendly schools...

A Short Technical Update on Self-Testing for HIV

"HIV self‑testing may provide people with an additional pathway to HIV prevention, care and treatment." This document is designed "to synthesize experiences, research and policies on HIV self‑...

mCenas! SMS Client Education among Youth

"mCenas! engaged young people aged 15-24 with an SMS-based role model story, in which characters were shown overcoming common barriers to contraceptive use faced by youth."  
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"Wazazi Nipendeni (Love me, Parents) is a national safe motherhood social and behavior change communication (SBCC) campaign that aims to encourage Tanzanian women and their partners to take steps for a healthy pregnancy and safe delivery."

"Effective communication techniques - in the form of advocacy, social mobilization, and social and behavioral change - are key to a successful mass vaccination campaign. At a minimum, the Yellow Fever Initiative recommended that certain specific...

Author: Aveseh Asough, July 22 2015 - In Nigeria, brown envelopes have a special significance.

For Nigerian journalists brown envelopes suggest money. Cash collected after an event or an assignment to cover ‘transport costs’.


Author: Clare Lyons, July 22 2015 - One good thing that came from an unsuccessful grant application last year was the seed of an idea for what became our MOELJO course (mobile phone skills and election reporting for journalists).

"This issue of Outlook examines the scope and impact of misperceptions about contraception, the science behind debunking misperceptions, and approaches that programs are using to address this persistent problem."

This social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) digital library of both print and audio-visual materials was developed by the Information, Education, and Motivation (IEM) Unit of the Directorate General of Family Planning (DGFP) of...

"This animation - produced in collaboration with International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, UNICEF, and Yoni Goodman - brings to life key messages that help people see and understand how Ebola spreads and how to protect...

"Don't take the place of adolescents and young people in decision-making, but listen to us and support us, and together we will end AIDS." - Cédric Nininahazwe, executive director of the Burundian National Network of young people living with...

Authored by the Common Road Map Steering Committee of MA4Health, this document  "articulates a shared strategic approach to support effective measurement and accountability systems for a country’s health programs." The Roadmap outlines...

"An increasing reliance on quality health data is key to post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals."


In June of 2015,  the World Bank and partners (See link in Partner section below) held the MA4Health summit - Measurement...

Author: Valentina Baú, July 20 2015 - The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have represented a crucial framework in international development since their establishment in the year 2000. Two of their key strengths have been their ability to...

"Indigenous Guatemalans have faced a multitude of barriers to access and use of family planning services....While the Guatemalan family planning law was a historic advancement towards empowering all Guatemalans to access and use of family...

Social mobilizers raise awareness of Ebola prevention and treatment

Author: J. Dawson, July 21 2015 - The Western Area Surge in Sierra Leone in December 2014 demonstrated that community mobilization and the supply of services are interdependent – one cannot be successful without the other. More than...

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Fear causes media to self-censor on sexual minorities in Africa

Author: Owen Nyaka, December 1 2014 -  What is it about lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and intersex people that ties broadcasters’ tongues and melts journalists’ minds in articulating stories on these neglected communities? An obvious answer to this is the four-letter word: fear.

Safe burials will save lives

Author: Olabisi Olu Garrick, November 26 2014 - As a radio presenter here in Sierra Leone, I'm certainly not used to being asked for my own views live on air. It’s normally me who asks all the tough questions. So imagine my surprise when I was asked to make a "pledge" regarding the Ebola crisis just as we were coming to the end of a lively two hour Ebola special programme in Freetown. For those who don’t know, a pledge means talking about one’s own death and that is strictly taboo in this country.

When Faith Kills: False Prophets Claiming to Cure HIV

Authors: David Patient and Neil Orr, November 26 2014 - This article is not about religion itself. Instead, it is about those who say "If you have faith, you don’t need to take your pills". It is also about why this kills people, specifically those living with HIV and those needing to take antiretroviral (ARV) medication every day. To make it worse, this is sometimes followed by claims of having 'cured' HIV using the evidence of an HIV-negative Rapid Test.

Watta Satta Violence against Women

Author: Rana Tassawar Ali, November 26 2014 - Watta Satta is a traditional type of marriage that is a part of our culture in Pakistan from centuries of history. Watta Satta is a simultaneous marriage of a brother-sister pair from one family to a sister-brother pair in another family. The tradition literally means ‘give and take' or 'throwing a stone and receiving something back’. In Pakistan, a largely conservative society of 158 million inhabitants, the woman’s dowry is often an immense financial burden for families.

A quarter of a century later

Author: Manuel Manrique Castro, November 21 2014 - The Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted twenty five years - a quarter of a century ago tomorrow (November 20th). This document contains a number of vital aspirations for humanity, some of which have been achieved, and many others which remain on the list of debts we still owe children, and Colombia is not exempt from these still-pending responsibilities.

Moving beyond access to development - immunization reframed

Author: Robert Steinglass, November 19 2014 - A man walks into a hospital. Finding the floors dirty, he demands to see the in-charge, who protests: “Impossible, sir, we’ve hired three sweepers.”

Of course, we instantly recognize the absurdity; and yet such an unbalanced focus on inputs - or stuff - frequently dominates our thinking as to the challenges standing in the way of healthy outcomes.   

Powerful and trusted: why radio is needed to fight Ebola

Author: Caroline Nursey, November 19 2014  - On first sight, Freetown seems little changed from my last visit four years ago - the same rich colours, smiling faces and warm welcomes.

And there are signs of continued recovery from the war and increased prosperity from rapid economic growth - 10% last year - to be seen in newly tarmacked roads, refurbished shops and new buildings.

Taking mHealth nationwide

Author: Sara Chamberlain, November 17 2014 - I’m exhausted, on the verge of illness and other members of BBC Media Action’s India office are also very, very tired - but - we’re all excited!

Why? Because in the last month, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in India has delivered maternal and child health mobile phone content developed by BBC Media Action to more than 260,000 families.

Are men the problem or construction of dominant masculinities? Musings at the time of the international symposium on MenEngage

Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, November 14 2014 - As I write this blog, the international symposium of MenEngage "Engaging with men and masculinities for development, gender equality and social justice in a globalizing world" is taking place in New Delhi, India (November 10th to 14th, 2014).

In the Ebola crisis, information is aid

Author: Caroline Nursey, November 14 2014 - When I told them that I was planning a brief visit to Sierra Leone, reactions from family and friends ranged from "You can't!" to hailing me a hero.  In reality my visit entailed nothing at all dangerous - time in the office with our team of international and Sierra Leonean staff, visits to government offices and local radio stations, and a stay in a comfortable Freetown hotel. Yet our fear of this terrible disease makes it difficult for even an informed audience to judge what the risk actually is.

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