<a href="/global/search/apachesolr_search?filters=tid: tid:36"></a> http://www.comminit.com/global/promoted-by-category/36/rss.xml?tid=61 en Family Planning in Latin America and the Caribbean: The Achievements of 50 Years http://www.comminit.com/global/content/family-planning-latin-america-and-caribbean-achievements-50-years <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle-st"> <div class="field-label">Subtitle:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> MEASURE Evaluation </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jane T. Bertrand </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-date"><legend>Publication Date</legend><div class="field field-type-date field-field-date-0"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thursday, January 1, 2015</span> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p>This report and its accompanying case studies on Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Paraguay examine "the 50-year period starting in the mid-1960s that witnessed a dramatic decline in fertility and steady increase in contraceptive use in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region.</p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-web-link"> <div class="field-label">Web link:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.cpc.unc.edu/measure/publications/tr-15-101" target="_blank">Click here to access this 128-page document in PDF format.</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/global/files/imagecache/thumbnail/we-measure-results-1.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="56" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/global/node/272271">MEASURE Evaluation</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/global/content/jane-t-bertrand-johns-hopkins-bloomberg-school-public-health">Jane T. Bertrand - Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.cpc.unc.edu/measure/publications/tr-15-101" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">MEASURE Evaluation website</a>, June 26 2015. Image credit: Pathfinder</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/global/content/family-planning-latin-america-and-caribbean-achievements-50-years" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/global/content/family-planning-latin-america-and-caribbean-achievements-50-years#comments Latin America Strategic Thinking Academic Institutions Advocacy Digital Community Participation Bilaterals Entertainment Adolescent Sexual Health Civil Society Person-to-Person Governance and Democracy Interpersonal MDG 5. Maternal Health Print Entertainment Orgs Radio Foundations Television Government Departments Research Health NGOs Private Sector Religious Groups Population Reproductive Health Rights Women Featured USAID Adolescent Development Global Democracy and Governance Health Entertainment-Education Fri, 26 Jun 2015 16:47:12 +0000 jlevy 9355839 at http://www.comminit.com African Storybook Project (ASP) http://www.comminit.com/global/content/african-storybook-project-asp <p>"Our vision is for all African children to have enough stories in a language familiar to them to practise reading and learn to love reading."&nbsp;&nbsp;South African Institute for Distance Education (SAIDE)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-1"> <div class="field-label">Communication Strategies:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>"The Project aims to address the shortage of books in local African languages for early reading. The main reason why there are so few stories in local African languages is that it is not cost effective to publish and print stories for reading in languages that have a small readership. But if the stories are on the internet, and also can be translated by people themselves into local languages, the challenge can be overcome." The website was established to "provide stories in African languages as well as in English for young children as they are learning to read. This website is for parents and people working with children (such as teachers, librarians, community workers) in African contexts."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The website makes it possible to:</p> <ul> <li>"find, read and download or print stories that you can use with children,</li> <li>write comments on the stories that you find and read,</li> <li>translate stories into an African language that is familiar to the children,</li> <li>adapt stories for the level and context of the children, and also</li> <li>create new stories in one of the templates.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Registration is not required to find and read books, but it is a requirement for translating, adapting, or creating stories. Its open licensing allows users to read, download, print, copy, adapt, and translate stories; acknowledgement of the writers, illustrators, translators of the stories, and the people who hold the copyright is necessary for those who adapt, translate, or copy/print the story for use.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For creating new stories, there are a number of templates to choose from and a three-step process for publishing. The website has pages dedicated to guiding the creation of new versions/translations/adaptations of stories. The website has prompts for making this kind of change to an illustrated online book, including the suggestion that for "translating into an African language (particularly one that uses a lot of diacritics or special characters) you type out the translation first and then copy and paste from your file into the relevant page on the website. As with story creation, you need to save the version and publish it."&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The browsing section lists stories by: type, e.g., "Folktale, Story, Wordless story, Child-created", etc.; language, e.g., Afrikaans, Amharic, Aringati, Ateso, and Changana, etc.; and reader level, e.g., "First words, First sentences, First paragraphs", etc.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-6"> <div class="field-label">Development Issues:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Education, Children</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-2"> <div class="field-label">Key Points:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Linked to the storybook website is the African Storybook Project Research Network (ASReN), a "network of researchers, students, and others who are interested in research on areas related to the African Storybook Project (ASP), such as early reading, mother tongue literacy, and related areas, with a focus on Africa". <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://research.africanstorybook.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Their blogsite</a>, aimed to engage the community in current debates as well as share information on new research, funding opportunities, and other news, contains links and posts on topics relevant to the ASP.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/global/files/imagecache/thumbnail/phooko.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="71" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-partner-text"> <div class="field-label">Partner Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A complete list of partner/collaborators is available on <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.africanstorybook.org/content/our-partners" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">this webpage.</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/global/node/296493">South African Institute for Distance Education (SAIDE)</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/global/content/ephraim-mhlanga-saide">Ephraim Mhlanga - SAIDE</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-link-other-nodes"> <div class="field-label">Related Summaries:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/global/content/using-mobile-technology-learner-support-open-schooling">Using Mobile Technology for Learner Support in Open Schooling</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.africanstorybook.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">ASP website</a>, June 26 2015. Image credit: Copyright - Franz Phooko</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/global/content/african-storybook-project-asp" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/global/content/african-storybook-project-asp#comments South Africa Southern Africa Experiences Academic Institutions Access Digital Basic Education for All Children Community Participation MDG 2. Universal Primary Education Quality Early Learning to Scale Entertainment Community Groups Education Research NGOs New Technologies Featured Global Children, Equity and Development Early Child Development ICT for Development Fri, 26 Jun 2015 15:14:41 +0000 jlevy 9355836 at http://www.comminit.com #authenticate Campaign http://www.comminit.com/global/content/authenticate-campaign <p><em>"We can no longer accept the use of cell lines that have not been authenticated as a normal part of the research process. Cell authentication is a key element towards improved research fidelity. We need everyone within the life sciences community to get involved."</em></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-1"> <div class="field-label">Communication Strategies:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>#authenticate uses social media in an effort to bring cell line authentication to the forefront of the reproducibility dialogue and to create an online platform through which members of the life sciences community can collectively advance best practices and an overall cultural shift in how biomedical research is conducted. It rallies stakeholders and key influencers to commit to actions such as requiring documentation of cell authentication for journal submissions and publications and educating and training graduate students and postdoctoral fellows on the importance of cell authentication in research.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The #authenticate campaign uses information and communication technology (ICT) including:</p> <ul> <li>An <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.gbsi.org/work/authenticate/#sign-the-pledge" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">online pledge</a> for individuals and organisations to sign that includes an effort to help "create a movement" by, for instance, advocating cell authentication, advancing protocol adoption, and participating in the ongoing dialogue on the importance of authenticating cells;</li> <li>A <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.gbsi.org/work/authenticate/video-competition/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">video competition</a> - "Are you a researcher who has a creative side and works with cells? Help us spread the word about #authenticate in a fun and visual way and you could win [US]$1,500. This video competition is all about demonstrating the importance of authenticating cells through creative videos. Your video can be live action, testimonials, white boards - the style and format is up to you!" (The contest rules are available at the URL above; the deadline is <strong><em>September 11 2015</em></strong>.);</li> <li>Outreach to stakeholders through social media and traditional media;</li> <li>A survey of cell biologists to gather the most current data on: the use of cell authentication tools, the barriers to expanded cell authentication, the need for additional training on the importance of cell authentication; best practices in implementation, and the need for greater investment in new technologies for cell authentication. (A report will be produced from this survey, and a series of recommendations of how to overcome these barriers will be shared with the life sciences community.);</li> <li>Speaking engagements and presence at several life science research conferences;</li> <li>A Champions toolkit providing information and communications tools to individuals and organisations that sign on to the campaign; and</li> <li>An <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=https://www.facebook.com/AuthenticateCampaign" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">#authenticate Facebook community</a>.</li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-6"> <div class="field-label">Development Issues:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Health</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-2"> <div class="field-label">Key Points:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>To learn more about cell authentication, see the April 27 2015 blog entry by Dr. Beth Schachter titled <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.gbsi.org/blog/2015/04/a-few-things-you-wanted-to-know-about-cell-authentication-but-were-embarrassed-to-ask/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">"A few things you wanted to know about cell authentication but were embarrassed to ask"</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Per research cited by GBSI [footnote numbers have been removed]: "It has been estimated that [US]$115 billion is spent annually in the United States on life science research. Approximately half of the total spend is on preclinical research, of which a conservative estimate of 50 percent is not reproducible....A common contributor to this lack of reproducibility is the continued and widespread use of misidentified or contaminated cell lines, which has been reported to range from a conservative low of 14.9 percent to a high of 36 percent." According to Leonard P. Freedman, President of GBSI, short-tandem repeat (STR) is an accurate test to authenticate cell lines that is available and already in use by some researchers at the relatively inexpensive cost of US$100 to US$300.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/global/files/imagecache/thumbnail/authentic.jpg" alt="" title="#authenticate" width="100" height="70" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/global/content/carol-miller-gbsi">Carol Miller - GBSI</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Email from Carol Miller to The Communication Initiative on April 16 2015; and <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.gbsi.org/work/authenticate/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">#authenticate Campaign website</a>, accessed June 26 2015.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/global/content/authenticate-campaign" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/global/content/authenticate-campaign#comments United States Global Experiences Advocacy Digital Film and Video MDG 4. Child Mortality MDG 5. Maternal Health MDG 6. Combat Diseases Recognition/Awards Research Health NGOs Immunisation and Vaccines Featured Global Public Engagement with Science ICT for Development Fri, 26 Jun 2015 12:07:42 +0000 kdevries 9355832 at http://www.comminit.com 3 Ways To Create Buy-In for True Customer-Centric Design http://www.comminit.com/global/content/3-ways-create-buy-true-customer-centric-design <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/global/files/imagecache/thumbnail/ict_works_0.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="60" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>Author: Elizabeth Drachman, June 23 2015 - The “Customer Centric Design for Ag Programs” breakout session at this year’s<a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://ictforag.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> ICTforAg conference</a>&nbsp;sounded like a simple one. We design programs to help farmers – of course they should be “customer-centric.” Right?!</p> <p>Well, apparently, no. All too often the programs we design don’t actually fully take farmers’ needs into consideration. In our rush to design a winning proposal, we use simple ethnographics or read reports and base our tech on that.</p> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/global/content/3-ways-create-buy-true-customer-centric-design" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/global/content/3-ways-create-buy-true-customer-centric-design#comments Global Agriculture Digital Person-to-Person Community Groups Interpersonal Phone/Mobile Marketing Research New Technology Company NGOs Natural Resources Management New Technologies Featured USAID Global ICT for Development Wed, 24 Jun 2015 11:50:18 +0000 9355800 at http://www.comminit.com Establishing and Scaling-Up Clinical Social Franchise Networks: Lessons Learned From Marie Stopes International and Population Services International http://www.comminit.com/global/content/establishing-and-scaling-clinical-social-franchise-networks-lessons-learned-marie-stopes <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sarah Thurston </div> <div class="field-item even"> Nirali M Chakraborty </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Brendan Hayes </div> <div class="field-item even"> Anna Mackay </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Pierre Moon </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-date"><legend>Publication Date</legend><div class="field field-type-date field-field-date-0"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Monday, June 1, 2015</span> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-1"> <div class="field-label">Affiliation:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Independent Consultant, Marie Stopes International (MSI) (Thurston), Population Services International (PSI) (Chakraborty, Moon), Marie Stopes International (Hayes, Mackay)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <p>This article describes social franchising in the health sector. It is a model that organises small, independent health care businesses into quality-assured networks and "has been shown to improve quality, client satisfaction, and access to services, especially preventive services that may be underprovided due to lower profit potential." (Footnotes removed in this summary.)</p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-web-link"> <div class="field-label">Web link:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.ghspjournal.org/content/3/2/180.full" target="_blank">Click here to read this 14-page document in PDF format.</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/global/files/imagecache/thumbnail/marie_stopes.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="67" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/global/content/sarah-thurston-marie-stopes-international">Sarah Thurston - Marie Stopes International</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.ghspjournal.org/content/3/2/180.full" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The Global Health Science and Practice Journal website</a>, June 22 2015, and email from Sarah Thurston to The Communication Initiative on June 29 2015.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/global/content/establishing-and-scaling-clinical-social-franchise-networks-lessons-learned-marie-stopes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/global/content/establishing-and-scaling-clinical-social-franchise-networks-lessons-learned-marie-stopes#comments Latin America East Africa Kenya Nepal Zimbabwe Global Strategic Thinking 10 to 14 years 15 to 19 years Advocacy Digital Community Participation Adolescent Sexual Health Person-to-Person Interpersonal MDG 5. Maternal Health Marketing Government Departments Research Health NGOs Private Sector Reproductive Health Women Youth Featured Adolescent Development Global Health Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:45:52 +0000 jlevy 9355780 at http://www.comminit.com Healthy Start Advocacy Campaign http://www.comminit.com/global/content/healthy-start-advocacy-campaign <p>"Healthy Start is WaterAid’s four-year (2015-2019) campaign focused on improving the health and nutrition of newborn babies and children."</p> <p>The campaign aims to bring forward the evidence of "access to clean water for hygiene" on lowering infant mortality statistics. It gives guidance on pressing for clean water and sanitation in clinics with staff trained in hygiene practices.&nbsp;</p> <p>Goals include:&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-1"> <div class="field-label">Communication Strategies:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The campaign messaging includes the World Health Organization (WHO)'s practice of "six cleans": clean hands, a clean delivery surface, a clean perineum, nothing unclean inserted into the vagina, a clean umbilical cord cutting tool, and a clean cord tie. "Village health workers in Tanzania, as part of a study, were given training in the WHO six cleans and a clean delivery kit with plastic sheeting, a clean razor blade, a string to tie the cord and a bar of soap. Newborn infants whose mothers used the delivery kit were over 13 times less likely to develop a cord infection. Even just the mother bathing before birth reduced the risk of cord infection by nearly four times."</p> <p>The campaign describes seeking participation in these communication-related action points, in addition to the goals above:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>advocacy for water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) standards in international and national health and nutrition initiatives.</li> <li>Commitment of healthcare workers to including good hygiene practice and promotion in their professional training, plans, and actions, empowering staff and patients to practice WASH measures.</li> <li>"Monitoring and assessment of progress towards universal health coverage include data on the availability of water, sanitation and hygiene services at health care facility and household levels to inform strategies and planning."</li> <li>Advocacy for inclusion in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of a dedicated goal for Water and Sanitation with targets for universal WASH access by 2030. "The framework should ensure integration between WASH targets and health targets such as Universal Health Coverage and prevention of under-five and maternal mortality."</li> </ul> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.wateraid.org/policy-practice-and-advocacy/healthy-start/resources" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Resources available on the Health Start website</a> include:</p> <ol> <li><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.wateraid.org/what-we-do/our-approach/research-and-publications/view-publication?id=02c3b5d6-4ffd-4844-8d5a-0083e8e522ff" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Healthy Start: the first month of life</a> (in English, French, and Portuguese, PDF format), which describes the scale of the problem, using case studies and statistical data on neonatal deaths due to various causes related to lack of clean water in 10 countries. The document analyses health care facility needs and describes needs for water, toilets, and hygiene during births.</li> <li><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.wateraid.org/~/media/Publications/Healthy-Start/Cleanbirthsafebirthinfographic.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Clean birth, safe birth infographic</a> (PDF format) covering facts about WASH in healthcare facilities.</li> <li><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.wateraid.org/~/media/Publications/Healthy-Start/HealthyStartAdvocacyguideandchecklist.pd" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Healthy Start: Advocacy guide and checklist</a> (PDF format) including: objectives on newborns, child health, and nutrition; steps -</li> <ol> <li>Step 1: Compile national and regional statistics,</li> <li>Step 2: Identify national plans, policies and strategies to target for child health,</li> <li>Step 3: Identify key allies - including: in government; among practitioners, their associations, and researchers; in international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) and multilaterals; in NGOs and community-based organisations (CBOs) in the WASH, children’s and health sectors, like teachers and parents, women's groups, etc.; among WASH and health journalists; and among private sector actors, such as medical suppliers and private health providers.</li> </ol> <ul> <li>The checklist then lists questions such as: Is WASH recognised as important for achieving the outcomes of your country’s national and/or local child health plans? It provides action steps for the questions where a "no" answer indicates that WASH priorities are not adequately addressed in an agenda, platform, or budget.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <li><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.wateraid.org/~/media/Publications/Healthy-Start/Healthy-Start-overview.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Healthy Start overview</a> (PDF format),&nbsp;the key recommendations of WaterAid’s Healthy Start Campaign.</li> <li><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.wateraid.org/~/media/Publications/Healthy-Start/healthy-start-introduction.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Healthy Start introduction</a> (in English, French, and Portuguese, PDF format), including information on: child health issues; how important water, sanitation and hygiene are to good child health and saving lives; and key recommendations for change.</li> <li><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.wateraid.org/~/media/Publications/Healthy-Start/Healthy-Start-WASH-and-child-health.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Healthy Start - WASH and child health</a> (PDF format),&nbsp;a short briefing presenting the case for WASH advocacy planning for prevention of maternal and child deaths and protecting child health, including healthy start recommendations, starting an advocacy plan, targeting advocacy.</li> <li><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.wateraid.org/~/media/Publications/Healthy-Start/Healthy-Start-WASH-and-child-nutrition.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Healthy Start - WASH and child nutrition</a>&nbsp;(PDF format), a&nbsp;short briefing, which shows how child nutrition is compromised by poor water, sanitation, and hygiene and gives recommendations for action and advice on making an advocacy plan.</li> <li><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.wateraid.org/~/media/Publications/Healthy-Start/Healthy-Start-WASH-and-newborn-health.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Healthy Start - WASH and newborn health</a> (in English, French, and Portuguese, PDF format), &nbsp;a short briefing, which shows how water, sanitation, and hygiene can save newborn babies’ lives, gives recommendations for action and advice on making an advocacy plan.</li> </ol> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-6"> <div class="field-label">Development Issues:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Children, Health, Reproductive Health, Natural Resource Management, Nutrition</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-2"> <div class="field-label">Key Points:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>According to the campaign: "In 2013, over 2.7 million babies died in their first four weeks of life. This is overwhelmingly a problem of the developing world - with over 99% of neonatal deaths occurring in low and middle income countries.... Last year [2014], four babies died every five minutes in Sub-Saharan Africa or Southern Asia from highly preventable causes such as sepsis, meningitis or tetanus - all infections strongly linked to unhygienic conditions. Research shows that by ensuring that every baby is given a Healthy Start, the risk of contracting those infections falls dramatically. In one study it was shown that if a mother and birth attendant both wash their hands, a baby’s chance of dying in the first month more than halved."</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/global/files/imagecache/thumbnail/capture_19.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="84" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/global/node/272990">WaterAid International</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-link-other-nodes"> <div class="field-label">Related Summaries:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/global/content/advocacy-sourcebook">The Advocacy Sourcebook</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.wateraid.org/policy-practice-and-advocacy/healthy-start" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">WaterAid website</a>, June 17 2015.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/global/content/healthy-start-advocacy-campaign" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/global/content/healthy-start-advocacy-campaign#comments Global Experiences Advocacy Digital Bilaterals Child Survival and Growth Civil Society MDG 4. Child Mortality Person-to-Person Community Groups MDG 5. Maternal Health Print Radio Foundations Television Government Departments NGOs Private Sector Featured Global Children, Equity and Development Health Wed, 17 Jun 2015 19:13:33 +0000 jlevy 9355727 at http://www.comminit.com Are we on the right track? Women's Evaluations vs Evaluation Practices http://www.comminit.com/global/content/are-we-right-track-women%27s-evaluations-vs-evaluation-practices <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/global/files/imagecache/thumbnail/un_women.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="76" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, June 15 2015 - When I asked women and men from six Chennai [India] slums: "What are the changes - positive and negative - you have seen in the last five years in the institutions of marriage, family, markets and state?" they pointed to quite a few changes and recommendations. These are discussed first, followed by recommendations from evaluations of government schemes in the same city.</p> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/global/content/are-we-right-track-women%27s-evaluations-vs-evaluation-practices" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/global/content/are-we-right-track-women%27s-evaluations-vs-evaluation-practices#comments India Blogs: Political Accountability and Participation Blogs: Rights and Development Digital Mobile Populations MDG 3. Gender Equality Civil Society Governance and Democracy Print Situation Analysis Questions Economic Development Radio Education Television Government Departments Research Gender Rights Women Featured Global Policy Blogs Mon, 15 Jun 2015 18:16:38 +0000 Ranjani.K.Murthy 9355653 at http://www.comminit.com Digital Media Project for Children http://www.comminit.com/global/content/digital-media-project-children <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-publication-date"><legend>Publication Date</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-text-date"> <div class="field-label">Publication Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ongoing</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/global/files/imagecache/thumbnail/dmp2_0.jpg" alt="" title="" width="91" height="100" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>This blog-style website brings together research, observation, and commentary from the Digital Media Partnership (DMP) that focuses on early learning and digital media, especially e-books. "This project is concerned with understanding the social, cognitive and literacy implications of e-books implemented on digital tablets when used by children and adults in a shared reading context." The DMP is a collaboration of the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at McGill University, Tribal Nova, and the Center for Literacy.</p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-htmllink"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://digitalmediaprojectforchildren.wordpress.com/" target="_blank">Click here to access this site online.</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-publisher"> <div class="field-label">Publisher:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/global/content/digital-media-partnership-dmp">Digital Media Partnership (DMP)</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/global/content/susan-rvachew-mcgill-university">Susan Rvachew - McGill University</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=https://digitalmediaprojectforchildren.wordpress.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">DMP website</a>, June 9 2015.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/global/content/digital-media-project-children" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/global/content/digital-media-project-children#comments Canada Global Materials Academic Institutions Digital Basic Education for All Children Quality Early Learning to Scale Person-to-Person Interpersonal Education Research NGOs New Technologies Featured Global Children, Equity and Development Early Child Development ICT for Development Tue, 09 Jun 2015 17:22:48 +0000 jlevy 9355590 at http://www.comminit.com Post 2015 Hygiene Advocacy Toolkit http://www.comminit.com/global/content/post-2015-hygiene-advocacy-toolkit <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-publication-date"><legend>Publication Date</legend><div class="field field-type-date field-field-date-0"> <div class="field-label">Publication Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sunday, March 1, 2015</span> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/global/files/imagecache/thumbnail/ppph.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="49" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>This hygiene advocacy toolkit is an evidence-based resource that outlines why hygiene must be a priority in the Post-2015 sustainable development agenda and goals (SDGs). It was developed by the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing (PPPHW), in cooperation with the UNICEF/World Health Organization Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) Advocacy and Communications Group.</p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-htmllink"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://globalhandwashing.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Hygiene-Advocacy-Toolkit-.pdf" target="_blank">Click here to access this document in PDF format.</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-publisher"> <div class="field-label">Publisher:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/global/content/global-public-private-partnership-handwashing-ppphw">Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing (PPPHW)</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-1"> <div class="field-label">Number of Pages:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>16</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/global/content/hanna-woodburn-global-public-private-partnership-handwashing">Hanna Woodburn - Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://globalhandwashing.org/about-handwashing/promote-handwashing/advocacy/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing (PPPHW) website</a>, June 4 2015. Image credit: UNICEF</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/global/content/post-2015-hygiene-advocacy-toolkit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/global/content/post-2015-hygiene-advocacy-toolkit#comments Global Materials Strategic Thinking Advocacy Digital Bilaterals Person-to-Person Community Media Print Radio Foundations Television Government Departments Health News Media NGOs Political Orgs Private Sector Featured Health Communication - Africa Global Health Africa Thu, 04 Jun 2015 17:56:08 +0000 jlevy 9355536 at http://www.comminit.com Breastfeeding Video Series, Global Health Media http://www.comminit.com/global/content/breastfeeding-video-series-global-health-media <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-publication-date"><legend>Publication Date</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-text-date"> <div class="field-label">Publication Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ongoing from June 2015</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/global/files/imagecache/thumbnail/ghm.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="56" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>Global Health Media Project offers this series of videos on breastfeeding to illustrate critical health care information for providers and populations in low-resource settings. "This set of videos has been developed for health workers so that they can learn about breastfeeding best practices, how to better observe mothers breastfeeding, and how to manage common breastfeeding problems.</p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-htmllink"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://globalhealthmedia.org/videos/breastfeeding/" target="_blank">Click here to access this video library.</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-publisher"> <div class="field-label">Publisher:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/global/content/global-health-media-project-2">Global Health Media Project</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/global/content/deborah-van-dyke-global-health-media-project">Deborah Van Dyke - Global Health Media Project</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-link-other-nodes"> <div class="field-label">Related Summaries:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/global/content/global-health-media-project-3">Global Health Media Project</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/global/content/newborn-care-videos">Newborn Care - Videos</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Email from Global Health Media Project to The Communication Initiative on June 3 2015.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/global/content/breastfeeding-video-series-global-health-media" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/global/content/breastfeeding-video-series-global-health-media#comments Global Materials Digital Children Film and Video Child Survival and Growth MDG 4. Child Mortality Community Groups MDG 5. Maternal Health News/Information Health NGOs Nutrition Women Featured Global Children, Equity and Development Health Wed, 03 Jun 2015 13:12:42 +0000 jlevy 9355497 at http://www.comminit.com