<a href="/global/search/apachesolr_search?filters=tid: tid:36">Featured content</a> http://www.comminit.com/global/promoted-rss.xml/36 en Data for Decision-Making: Empowering Local Data Use http://www.comminit.com/global/content/data-decision-making-empowering-local-data-use <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/shimp.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>Authors: Lora Shimp, Technical Director, with Heather Randall, Program Coordinator, GAVI-NVI Project, May 4 2016 - As we celebrate <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.who.int/campaigns/immunization-week/2016/en/" target="_blank">World Immunization Week </a>[April 25], it's important to remember that one way to "close the gap" on immunization services is by re-examining the wealth of data currently available at the country level and empowering health workers to leverage their historical data to reach their target populations more effectively.</p> <p>The Expanded Program on Immunization has been in existence in most countries for more than 30 years. In the field of immunization, we are accustomed to collecting data: coverage by antigen; dropout between doses of the same vaccines; target population figures; enumeration and locations of these populations. We have reference documents, such as <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/193412/1/9789241549097_eng.pdf" target="_blank">Immunization in Practice</a>, that have been used in training for decades and updated regularly. We also now have dashboards and technology to help us synthesize and report these data. </p> <p>But are we helping the end-line users and those collecting the data at its source to make decisions themselves with their own data? Are we too focused on the short-term data (this month, this year) and not on analysis of the trends and how our program and activities are faring over time?</p> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/global/content/data-decision-making-empowering-local-data-use" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/global/content/data-decision-making-empowering-local-data-use#comments Madagascar Dialogue, Debate, Conversation Polio Communication Children Community Participation Bilaterals Blogs: Global Health Policies Process Evaluation Description Child Survival and Growth Civil Society Evaluation Methodologies Person-to-Person Community Groups Interpersonal Print News/Information Government Departments Research Health NGOs Immunisation and Vaccines United Nations Featured USAID Children, Equity and Development Global Policy Blogs Health Polio Wed, 04 May 2016 15:34:16 +0000 LShimp 9380217 at http://www.comminit.com Can a Pilot Succeed?: Lessons Learned in Engaging Stakeholders for HPV Introduction http://www.comminit.com/global/content/can-pilot-succeed-lessons-learned-engaging-stakeholders-hpv-introduction <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/blog-pic-1-768x576.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>Authors: Lora Shimp, Technical Director, GAVI-NVI Project, and Heather Casciato, Program Manager, GAVI-NVI Project, May 4 2016 - This World Immunization Week [April 25] 2016, eyes are focused on countries' progress towards achieving the global immunization goals laid out in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.who.int/immunization/global_vaccine_action_plan/GVAP_doc_2011_2020/en/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Global Vaccine Action Plan 2011-2020 (GVAP)</a>. One GVAP goal that the world is on track to meet is: 86 of at least 90 low- and middle-income countries have introduced one or more new or underutilized vaccines. Moving forward, it is critical to leverage this country enthusiasm and commitment to vaccine introduction, including with one of the world’s newer vaccines, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vac<a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://thepump.jsi.com/can-a-pilot-succeed-lessons-learned-in-engaging-stakeholders-for-hpv-introduction/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">c</a>ine. HPV vaccine protects women from the most dangerous strains of HPV that lead to approximately 70% of cases of cervical cancer in women worldwide[1].</p> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/global/content/can-pilot-succeed-lessons-learned-engaging-stakeholders-hpv-introduction" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/global/content/can-pilot-succeed-lessons-learned-engaging-stakeholders-hpv-introduction#comments Madagascar Academic Institutions Advocacy Dialogue, Debate, Conversation Polio Communication Children Community Participation Blogs: Global Health Policies Child Survival and Growth Civil Society Person-to-Person Community Groups Interpersonal Government Departments Health Immunisation and Vaccines United Nations Reproductive Health Women Youth Featured Children, Equity and Development Global Policy Blogs Health Polio Wed, 04 May 2016 14:30:01 +0000 LShimp 9380216 at http://www.comminit.com Immunization Highlights 2015: Report of the WHO Regional Office for Europe http://www.comminit.com/global/content/immunization-highlights-2015-report-who-regional-office-europe <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">Friday, January 1, 2016</span> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p>This report describes the activities of the Vaccine-preventable Diseases and Immunization (VPI) programme of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe in pursuing the goals and objectives of the European Vaccine Action Plan 2015-2020 (EVAP) - namely, sustain polio-free status, eliminate measles and rubella, control hepatitis B infection, meet regional vaccination coverage targets, pave the way to evidence-based immunisation policies, and build capacity to ensure long-term financial sustainability. EVAP proposes strategies (including communication strategies) to meet these goals through five operational objectives, priority action areas, and a framework to evaluate and monitor progress towards them. The report covers both the accomplishments of 2015 and the challenges that lie ahead to meet the Region's immunisation targets.</p> <div class="field button"><a href="http://www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/307620/Immunization-highlights-2015.pdf" target="_blank">Click here for the 72-page report in PDF format.</a></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/immeurope.png" alt="" title="Immunization Highlights 2015: Report of the WHO Regional Office for Europe" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-contact-user-ref"> <div class="field-label">Contacts (user reference):&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/global/users/robb-butler-who-regional-office-europe" title="View user profile.">Robb Butler - W...</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/global/users/catharina-de-kat-reynen-who-regional-office-europe" title="View user profile.">Catharina de Ka...</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.who.int/immunization/GIN_April_2016.pdf?ua=1" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Global Immunization News (GIN) [PDF]</a>, April 2016; and <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/communicable-diseases/poliomyelitis/publications/2016/immunization-highlights-2015" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">WHO EURO website</a>, May 4 2016. <i>Image credit:</i> WHO / J. Christensen</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/global/content/immunization-highlights-2015-report-who-regional-office-europe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/global/content/immunization-highlights-2015-report-who-regional-office-europe#comments Eastern Europe/Central Asia Western Europe Strategic Thinking Advocacy Digital Person-to-Person Interpersonal Print News/Information Radio Television Immunisation and Vaccines United Nations Featured World Health Organization Global Polio Wed, 04 May 2016 14:29:37 +0000 Robb Butler - WHO Regional Office for Europe 9380215 at http://www.comminit.com Closing the Immunity Gap http://www.comminit.com/global/content/closing-immunity-gap <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/am-photo2-1.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>Author: Craig Burgess, Senior Technical Officer, JSI, May 4 2016 - Every child has the <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">right to health</a> and should have the opportunity to survive, develop, and reach their potential in the context of <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.who.int/universal_health_coverage/en/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Universal Health Coverage (UHC)</a>.</p> <p><strong><em>Who can disagree?</em></strong></p> <p>Every child has the right to be immunized, but closing the immunity gap needs everyone to go beyond a) technical 'group think' comfort zone rhetoric; b) dusty plans lying in bottom drawers; and c) attending national and global health cocktail parties. We all need to better understand the reasons for inertia to addressing immunization inequities and actually reach marginalized populations with what they need. Marginalized communities have the greatest disease burden and least resources to respond to infection.</p> <p><strong><em>An immunity gap is everybody’s business</em><em>:</em></strong> it leads to increased disease incidence, outbreaks and deaths from preventable disease – all of which have no respect for borders.</p> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/global/content/closing-immunity-gap" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/global/content/closing-immunity-gap#comments Global Academic Institutions Access Polio Communication Children Community Participation Blogs: Global Health Policies Child Survival and Growth Civil Society Person-to-Person Interpersonal Development Assistance Foundations Government Departments Research NGOs Immunisation and Vaccines United Nations Featured Children, Equity and Development Global Policy Blogs Polio Wed, 04 May 2016 13:46:23 +0000 craigburgess 9380214 at http://www.comminit.com Next Generation Immunization Supply Chains: Rethinking the Denominator and the Dose http://www.comminit.com/global/content/next-generation-immunization-supply-chains-rethinking-denominator-and-dose <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/wright3.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>Author: Chris Wright, JSI Practice Lead, Data Visibility &amp; Use, May 4 2016 - Today [April 25] is Innovation Day during World Immunization Week, and there are a lot of innovative ideas out there to reach every child. But innovation doesn’t always require radical new ideas. Sometimes it simply means challenging traditional approaches based on current information. For immunization supply chains, that means changing over 40 years of custom to embrace state-of-the-art commercial best practices.</p> <p>Imagine a scenario in which a global soft drink company launches a new marketing strategy; it wants 100% of young consumers under five years old in every city, town and village around the world to drink 200 ml of its product at least once a year. The company launches a global advertising campaign and free give-away of their product to the targeted consumers to meet their goal. Imagine the company then produces sufficient quantities, and packages it in 2-litre bottles for supply chain convenience. Calculating 200 ml per person and 100 percent coverage, millions of bottles are distributed to tens of thousands of shops and community marketers based on census figures and catchment area estimates down to the last kilometer. Ethical considerations and community acceptance aside, it would never work from a supply chain perspective, because the population figures and the coverage assumptions are too inaccurate. But that is precisely the model that immunization supply chains have been following for the last 40 years.</p> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/global/content/next-generation-immunization-supply-chains-rethinking-denominator-and-dose" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/global/content/next-generation-immunization-supply-chains-rethinking-denominator-and-dose#comments Global Polio Communication Children Blogs: Global Health Policies Government Departments Research NGOs Immunisation and Vaccines United Nations Population Featured Children, Equity and Development Global Policy Blogs Polio Wed, 04 May 2016 13:11:37 +0000 chris_wright 9380209 at http://www.comminit.com Immunize Europe Forum http://www.comminit.com/global/content/immunize-europe-forum <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/medium.5720a3cddfd09_eiw25april2016-whopristinaoffice.jpg.29444a9a29896e91f2e677643b4350de.jpg" alt="" title="Immunize Europe Forum" width="100" height="67" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>"While there are many online platforms available to spread misinformation about vaccines around the world, a platform for sharing what works in promoting immunization, increasing vaccination coverage and disseminating evidence-based information has been lacking."</em></p> <p> In April 2016, the WHO Regional Office for Europe (EURO) launched this information-sharing platform to increase peer-to-peer exchange among professionals working in immunisation–related fields. The Immunize Europe Forum offers them a way to connect and share resources, news, upcoming events, lessons learned, and ideas.<br /><br /> The need for transparency, accountability, and information sharing was identified in the European Vaccine Action Plan 2015-2020 (EVAP), adopted by all European Member States in 2014. The Forum will showcase European Immunization Week (EIW) awareness-raising activities and resources, but will also help support EVAP's goals throughout the year by allowing professionals across the Region to share best practice.</p> <p> The Forum is intended to cover a broad range of topics through content created and posted by its users. Sections include access to discussions, image and video galleries, a calendar, a timeline, and resources and materials for download. The views expressed are those of the users, and the site is moderated only to the extent that common sense dictates.</p> <div class="field button"><a href="http://www.immunize-europe.org" target="_blank">Click here to join and/or access the Forum.</a></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/who-regional-office-europe">WHO Regional Office for Europe</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cost-ma"> <div class="field-label">Cost:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Free to join and/or use </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-2"> <div class="field-label">Languages:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>English, Russian</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-contact-user-ref"> <div class="field-label">Contacts (user reference):&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/global/users/robb-butler-who-regional-office-europe" title="View user profile.">Robb Butler - W...</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/global/users/catharina-de-kat-reynen-who-regional-office-europe" title="View user profile.">Catharina de Ka...</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.who.int/immunization/GIN_April_2016.pdf?ua=1" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Global Immunization News (GIN) [PDF]</a>, April 2016; and <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.immunize-europe.org/topic/18-new-resource-for-the-immunization-community/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">New resource for the immunization community</a>, by Robb Butler, April 1 2016. <em>Image credit:</em> Bukurije Selimi</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-emvideo field-field-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="emvideo emvideo-video emvideo-youtube"><div id="media-youtube-1" class="media-youtube"> <div id="media-youtube-default-external-1"> <object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="658" width="800" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/pvI_XPHM1RY&amp;amp;rel=0&amp;amp;autoplay=1&amp;amp;enablejsapi=1&amp;amp;playerapiid=ytplayer&amp;amp;fs=1" id="media-youtube-default-external-object-1"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/pvI_XPHM1RY&amp;amp;rel=0&amp;amp;autoplay=1&amp;amp;enablejsapi=1&amp;amp;playerapiid=ytplayer&amp;amp;fs=1" /> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="sameDomain"/> <param name="quality" value="best"/> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF"/> <param name="scale" value="noScale"/> <param name="salign" value="TL"/> <param name="FlashVars" value="playerMode=embedded" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /> <!-- Fallback content --> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvI_XPHM1RY"><img src="http://img.youtube.com/vi/pvI_XPHM1RY/0.jpg" alt="See video" title="See video" width="800" height="658" /></a> </object> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> http://www.comminit.com/global/content/immunize-europe-forum#comments Eastern Europe/Central Asia Western Europe Materials Interpersonal News/Information Immunisation and Vaccines United Nations Featured World Health Organization Global Polio Wed, 04 May 2016 10:49:34 +0000 Robb Butler - WHO Regional Office for Europe 9380206 at http://www.comminit.com Close the Immunization Gap http://www.comminit.com/global/content/close-immunization-gap <p><em>"No child should be denied the right to immunization for unfair reasons, including economic or social causes. All barriers must be overcome." - Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General</em></p> <p> Launched during World Immunization Week 2015, this multiyear World Health Organization (WHO) campaign, built on the theme "Close the Immunization Gap", aims to raise awareness worldwide on the critical importance of full immunisation throughout life. It draws on recommendations from WHO's Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization on how to address barriers so we can achieve immunisation for all. The campaign places a strong focus on role of global partnership in reaching children, adolescents, and adults living in countries with inadequate coverage and those affected by conflict or other emergencies. Along these lines, Close the Immunization Gap seeks to increase recognition that governments, international organisations, and other development partners need to align their efforts in strengthening leadership and accountability on achieving full immunisation.</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>As part of this advocacy effort, WHO asks partners and members of the global immunisation community to join in the observation of World Immunization Week by raising awareness locally - tailoring campaign materials and actions to meet local needs. Partners are asked to highlight recent achievements by the global immunisation community, such as: the phased introduction of a new polio vaccination regimen, which represents a critical step towards a polio-free world and the preparation for the globally synchronised withdrawal of type 2 oral polio vaccine (OPV) in 155 countries, thus eradicating type 2 polio virus; elimination of rubella in the Americas; and elimination in Cambodia, India, and Mauritania of tetanus among new mothers and newborn babies. Similarly, partners are urged to draw attention to innovations, including progress on making vaccines against Ebola, malaria, and dengue available. Yet, "[t]he global immunization goals for reaching all individuals and communities through the Decade of Vaccines (2010-2020) can achieve its true potential only if the impressive progress seen in some countries becomes the norm." For example, they are asked to call for action on achieving universal coverage for immunisation against measles, rubella and tetanus.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>To facilitate such advocacy, the campaign website for 2016 (April 24-30) includes a <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.who.int/campaigns/immunization-week/2016/toolkit-en.pdf?ua=1" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">26-page campaign toolkit [PDF]</a> including key messages for staff, partners, media, and the public and information on how to get involved in the campaign and how to organise events. Also available are <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.who.int/campaigns/immunization-week/2016/campaign-materials/en/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">campaign visual identity, core materials in different formats and languages (e.g., a public service announcement (PSA) for radio), and online resources</a>. The campaign video may be downloaded there and/or viewed below. The website also features a <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.who.int/campaigns/immunization-week/2016/quiz/en/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">quiz to test one's knowledge on immunisation</a>. Where there are knowledge gaps, fact sheets on immunisation coverage, measles, and poliomyelitis are available; visit the <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.who.int/campaigns/immunization-week/2016/en/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">campaign website</a> for all resources.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Three feature stories have been posted on the campaign website showcasing: Nepal's efforts to keep children safe through immunisation a year after a major earthquake; Austria's creative campaign to encourage measles vaccination among unimmunised adults; and looking towards an Ebola-free future as plans step up on how to use an Ebola vaccine in response to an outbreak. To elaborate on one of these experiences, in 2014 the health ministry in Austria launched "a playful but aggressive antimeasles campaign, using highly visible approaches..." For example: "On the evening of 10 January 2014, a group of young people were chatting at a popular hangout in a park near Vienna's Leopold Museum. They turned quiet as the museum lit up. Austria's Federal Ministry of Health had arranged for projection on the museum's walls of a red slogan surrounded by bright red spots. The slogan, Wir schielen schon auf dich, means 'We're looking at you, too.' The crowd started laughing. The red spots were to remind people that measles was "looking" for them and they could soon be covered with a rash, like the museum's walls. But there was a double meaning: Many works by Egon Schiele, the renowned Austrian painter whose last name means 'look' in German, are on display in the Leopold Museum - there to be looked at too."</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>Immunisation and Vaccines</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/wiw-infographic-630.jpg" alt="" title="Close the Immunization Gap" width="100" height="53" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-contact-user-ref"> <div class="field-label">Contacts (user reference):&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/global/users/department-immunization" title="View user profile.">Department of I...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-emvideo field-field-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="emvideo emvideo-video emvideo-youtube"><div id="media-youtube-2" class="media-youtube"> <div id="media-youtube-default-external-2"> <object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="355" width="425" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/9_nyG2TUDcQ&amp;amp;rel=0&amp;amp;enablejsapi=1&amp;amp;playerapiid=ytplayer&amp;amp;fs=1" id="media-youtube-default-external-object-2"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/9_nyG2TUDcQ&amp;amp;rel=0&amp;amp;enablejsapi=1&amp;amp;playerapiid=ytplayer&amp;amp;fs=1" /> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="sameDomain"/> <param name="quality" value="best"/> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF"/> <param name="scale" value="noScale"/> <param name="salign" value="TL"/> <param name="FlashVars" value="playerMode=embedded" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /> <!-- Fallback content --> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_nyG2TUDcQ"><img src="http://img.youtube.com/vi/9_nyG2TUDcQ/0.jpg" alt="See video" title="See video" width="425" height="355" /></a> </object> </div> </div> </div> </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.who.int/immunization/GIN_April_2016.pdf?ua=1" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Global Immunization News (GIN) [PDF]</a>, April 2016; and <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.who.int/campaigns/immunization-week/2016/en/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">World Immunization Week 2016: Close the Immunization Gap website</a>, May 3 2016.</p> </div> </div> </div> http://www.comminit.com/global/content/close-immunization-gap#comments Global Experiences Advocacy Digital Ebola Communication Film and Video Person-to-Person Print Radio Immunisation and Vaccines Malaria and Dengue United Nations Featured World Health Organization Global Ebola Polio Tue, 03 May 2016 15:08:58 +0000 Department of Immunization 9380200 at http://www.comminit.com EK duniya anEK awaaz (EDAA) [One World, Many Voices] http://www.comminit.com/global/content/ek-duniya-anek-awaaz-edaa-one-world-many-voices <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/radio_1.png" alt="" title="EK duniya anEK awaaz (EDAA) [One World, Many Voices]" width="100" height="80" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>EK duniya anEK awaaz (EDAA) [One World, Many Voices] is a web-based, free and open audio content and resource exchange platform for community radio (CR) broadcasters in India. It enables CR stations and other content producers to share their audio content and other resources, thus facilitating meaningful utilisation of resources and breaking geographical boundaries.</p> <p> The portal is designed to handle content exchange and consists of over 2,200 registered users from 198 CR stations with a content base of more than 13,510 usable audio clips from different regions across South Asia in 34 different languages including Hindi, Nepali, Sinhalese, English, Tamil, Kannada, and Oriya which are categorised under 36 themes pertaining to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and social development.</p> <p> Apart from providing a platform for audio content exchange, the portal hosts other dynamic sections like CR updates, CR policy guidelines, a CR helpdesk, a discussion board, job/funding alerts, and resources on community media.</p> <p> EDAA sends out a weekly e-newsletter featuring recently uploaded radio programmes and new updates, resources, and events on community media.</p> <p> Conceptualised, powered, and anchored by OneWorld South Asia, the EDAA platform is catalysed, coordinated, and supported by the Ministry of Information &amp; Broadcasting, Government of India. Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA) is a strategic partner.</p> <div class="field button"><a href="http://edaa.in" target="_blank">Click here to access this resource.</a></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/oneworld-foundation-india">OneWorld Foundation India</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-2"> <div class="field-label">Languages:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>34 languages</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-contact-user-ref"> <div class="field-label">Contacts (user reference):&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/global/users/tej-prakash" title="View user profile.">Tej Prakash</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>Posting by Tej Prakash to the Community Media Network on The Communication Initiative platform, April 30 2016; and <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://edaa.in" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">EK duniya anEK awaaz (EDAA) [One World, Many Voices] website</a>, May 3 2016. <em>Image credit:</em> PRAGNYA CR</p> </div> </div> </div> http://www.comminit.com/global/content/ek-duniya-anek-awaaz-edaa-one-world-many-voices#comments India Materials Network Voice Governance and Democracy Community Media News/Information Radio Government Departments NGOs Rights Featured Global Media Development Tue, 03 May 2016 13:55:29 +0000 Tej Prakash 9380196 at http://www.comminit.com NyayaPath: An Access to Justice Initiative http://www.comminit.com/global/content/nyayapath-access-justice-initiative <p>Launched in 2013, this project is centred around an info kiosk to disseminate information on rights and entitlements of economically poor and marginalised communities in the Indian states of Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. Under the Access to Justice Programme of the Government of India, these voice-driven info kiosks provide information to the people about their key entitlements, legal rights, and welfare schemes (12 categories) in 3 languages and dialects - i.e., Chhattisgarhi, Santhali, and Hindi. Located at district-level State Legal Service Authority offices in these 2 states, NyayaPath provides free legal aid to the less privileged, particularly women, scheduled castes, tribal communities, and minorities. OneWorld Foundation India and its partners also conducted a pilot to facilitate voice browsing and navigation through the content using Intel's RealSense® technology.</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>Grounded in the belief that justice is essential not only for human development but also for democratic governance, poverty reduction, and conflict prevention, NyayaPath provides answers to questions such as: "I am a person with disability. Do I have any special rights?" or "Do I have rights over my husband's property?" or "I am old and my children don't want me to live with them. Where can I go?" In the first phase of the project, legal information, laws, and the welfare schemes relevant to the region were digitised and presented in what were meant to be interesting, menu-driven audio-text-video modules. These modules are available on a user-friendly touch-based menu interface. The digitised content has been packaged in a robust and scalable software application, which focuses on: Central and State Government Laws, Policies and Schemes categorised into Child Rights, Citizens' Rights in a Police Station, Women's Rights, Senior Citizens' Rights, Disability Rights, Labour Rights, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), Panchayati Raj Information, Right to Information, Motor Vehicle Act, and Free Legal Services and Rights of Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs), and Forest Dwellers. If one needs help in answering a query on his/her rights and procedures in any of these categories, all one has to do is to go to one of the information kiosks, each of which consists of a touch screen computer and a printer. Packed with easy-to-use features, accessing information has been made extremely easy for users who may not be familiar with computers. The touch screen text is also voice supported for people who cannot read.</p> <p>A dedicated Para Legal Volunteer (PLV) has been appointed at each location as a Kiosk Operator who helps in sensitising people about the purpose and usage of the kiosk. The operator is also be responsible for helping the community in learning how to operate the kiosk and obtain the required information. In addition, the programme offers a daylong interactive workshop to demystify and create awareness about the Access to Justice movement and to motivate participant organisations to promote the NyayaPath initiative. The workshop aims to support the efforts of establishing the work of different organisations in the state that are working on disseminating rights-based information to the marginalised communities.</p> <p>NyayaPath also offers <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://nyayapath.net/radio-programmes/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">radio programmes</a> on issues of rights and justice. For example, the sixth radio programme talks about the Forest Rights Act 2006, highlighting the implementation and the impact at the ground level with the participation of community members. To understand the issue, the host talks with Mr. Sanjay Kumar, Executive Director, Climate Parliament.</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>Democracy and Governance, Rights</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/dsc_0128.jpg" alt="" title="NyayaPath: An Access to Justice Initiative" width="100" height="67" 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>OneWorld Foundation India, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Department of Justice, Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-contact-user-ref"> <div class="field-label">Contacts (user reference):&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/global/users/tej-prakash" title="View user profile.">Tej Prakash</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>Posting by Tej Prakash to the Community Media Network on The Communication Initiative platform, April 30 2016; and <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://nyayapath.net" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">NyayaPath website</a>, May 3 2016.</p> </div> </div> </div> http://www.comminit.com/global/content/nyayapath-access-justice-initiative#comments India Experiences Access Digital Person-to-Person Governance and Democracy News/Information Government Departments NGOs United Nations Rights Featured Democracy and Governance Global ICT for Development Tue, 03 May 2016 12:14:29 +0000 Tej Prakash 9380194 at http://www.comminit.com Radio Saathi App http://www.comminit.com/global/content/radio-saathi-app <p><em>"We understood from the very onset that the role of the CR community in the creation of such a learning tool was pivotal..."</em></p> <p> The <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mixorg.communityradio" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Radio Saathi app</a> is an Android mobile application for multimedia-based training for individuals in India who are interested in running a community radio (CR) station or already running one. Designed for beginners, it consists of 6 comprehensive self-learning modules followed by exercises and quizzes for each module. It further allows for customisation at the CR station level in that it is possible to add/modify the existing modules and include profiles of members. Designed with audio-visual features useful for people with low or no literacy skills, this mobile app has features like offline access to content, analytics, quizzes, and assignments. Indian digital marketing agency MixORG and its partners in the project hope that Radio Saathi will be helpful in engaging more people in CR station operations, as it will impart training on CR basics.</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>MixORG began the research phase of Radio Saathi by partnering with OneWorld South Asia, who provided reading material and became content advisors for the training material to be given in the mobile application. Together, they came up with a content framework and then took a field visit to Gurgaon Ki Awaaz. With the collective inputs of that station's CR team, MixORG gained further insights into practical problems at the CR station level, which led them to add another module on CR station management in the training curriculum. They observed the day-to-day functioning of a CR station, interacted with the reporters and volunteers, and learned about the training. They conducted a gap analysis, which led them to understand the need for an elementary training curriculum for beginners in CR stations that would introduce them to fundamental principles of CR station functioning.</p> <p>To develop the framework, with the help of project supporter Development Alternatives, project supporter, MixORG partnered with OneWorld Foundation India, consulting their <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.edaa.in" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">centralised portal</a>, which is a place for the CR community to find information about events and guidelines from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. MixORG then narrowed their list down to 6 basic training areas and developed content in Hindi under the following headings:</p> <ol> <li>Introduction to Community Radio</li> <li>Topic Selection &amp; Radio Formats</li> <li>Radio Programme Production</li> <li>Post Production (Editing &amp; Mastering)</li> <li>Broadcasting &amp; Narrowcasting</li> <li>Radio Station Management</li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Based on a review workshop with various experts in the field on January 16 2015, organisers worked upon further refinement of content for the mobile app and then visited Radio Bundelkhand in Orchha, Madhya Pradesh to validate the existing content framework. This visit led the project team to believe that text or audio in itself would not be sufficient in training the reporters and that more interactivity in the modules was needed. The information presented to the CR reporters through mock videos caught their attention the most and, per them, was the most apt medium for education. Being in the media industry, with whatever limited exposure they had, they understood that entertainment was the clear way to get any kind of message across. Some of them helped record some parts of video voice-overs.</p> <p>In addition to the decision to use videos to educate, other guiding principles for content development included the importance of self-sustaining training material which could be customised/modified at the CR station level. Thus, the project team chose the PowerPoint model, assuming that people would be somewhat acquainted with the software and could work on it themselves. They also wanted the app to be literacy-neutral; hence, the choice of audio and visuals to make videos seemed obvious. They wanted the CR reporters to self-learn at their own pace and so added a quiz section at the end of each module so that they could evaluate their learning. Through the content review workshop, the team learned from the experts that sometimes overdose of information becomes a deterrent in the learning process of a beginner; therefore, they added additional reading materials as links in each module. The CR community also suggested including some "do's and don't's in each section of the training curriculum.</p> <p>The project team also constructed a list of specific challenges, which they addressed through a mitigation plan. For instance, they designed the app to be in Hindi, as initially they are partnering with Hindi-speaking CR stations. The app size should be low so that people can download it easily, even with low internet bandwidth connectivity. The app will be available for free download from the Google Play store, although content for the app, primarily videos, would be distributed through micro-SD cards, which can be easily inserted into almost every android phone. The app would have an easy mobile number login method so that people could track individual progress within the app. The videos would be created through PowerPoint so that later the CR stations can edit/add/modify it easily. They would follow a simple folder structure in the SD-card for the content distribution so that files could be easily read through correct names and numbering. Through a competition, CR stations would be included in the design of icons used within the app to give the community sense of ownership within the app, other than having their views and consensus on the topics included initially. (With the help of OneWorld, MixORG reached out to the various CR stations across India and invited icon ideas from everyone for the 6 modules. The 2 winners were announced during the 5th National Community Radio Sammelan held March 16-18 2015 in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.) They planned to provide a training video to the CR station on how to edit the content within the app and also guide them in doing it in a workshop. They would also add a profile section within the app that is completely editable and which will reflect the names and photographs of the CR station team members so that they have a sense of belonging and deeper connect with the training provided.</p> <p>The project team understood from the very onset that the role of the CR community in the creation of such a learning tool was pivotal; therefore, they explored different methods to include them in the co-creation of the mobile application, such as the icon design contest described above. With the help of Development Alternatives, MixORG partnered with 5 (primarily Hindi-speaking) CR stations. At a March 19 2015 workshop, the project team asked the CR stations about their existing training methods and then demonstrated the mobile app to them. They mapped their suggestions and made changes to the icons, the launch screen, etc. Those present voted on the name of the app and agreed on Radio Saathi. After several rounds of video editing, sound syncs, and text updates, the developers incorporated the changes within the app with all the new icons and visual language. On April 17 2015, they published the <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mixorg.communityradio" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Radio Saathi app on the Google Play Store</a>. It is available in public domain for free use with licensing of content as creative commons (CC-SA).</p> <p>Also thinking about the requirement of adaptability, the project team pre-ordered a few micro-SD cards to be distributed to the partnering CR stations and other stakeholders, while also preparing a comprehensive chart and demo video of the folder structure and how it could easily be modified by the CR stations. The micro-SD card has the content folders and also the mobile app apk file. On it is a link to the Radio Saathi web-page where people could get more information about the project and send in their queries.</p> <p>As a round-up to the entire project, the project team organised an application usability and feedback workshop with the 5 partnering CR stations. In this workshop, the participants started by downloading the app for free from Google Play store and then were given the content through the micro-SD card, which they could completely customise to suit the needs of their station right then and there. The project team then gave them a live demo as to how they could change the CR station logo and profile of members and also check their individual progress within the app. Then, there was a feedback session primarily about the usability of the app; people had suggestions which are possible to implement at the CR station level given the open-source nature of the application. The general feedback was very positive, and the reporters were pleased that they themselves were able to make changes on the computer and see them directly reflected in the application without any coding or programming required.</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>Community Radio</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>In India, CR stations are expected to produce at least 50% of their programmes locally and as far as possible in the local language or dialect. The stress is on developmental programming, and news programmes are banned. It is noted that CR in India has come a long way since the first campus radio station began its operations in 2004; as of April 2015, there were 195 registered CR stations in India. Activists and community workers from across the country have banded together under the aegis of the "Community Radio Forum" in order to coordinate training and support for CR stations, as well as to continue to petition for a more proactive CR policy.</p> <p>A rough estimate shows that CR stations in India broadcast their content in at least 57 languages and dialects. The biggest challenge in developing this app was to ensure that it remains highly customisable and user-friendly. Hence, it needed to be developed in such a way that the icons, navigation text, narration, animations, and content can be changed by the user based on its requirement.</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/cr.jpg" alt="" title="Radio Saathi App" width="100" height="51" 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>MixORG, Development Alternatives, One World South Asia</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-contact-user-ref"> <div class="field-label">Contacts (user reference):&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/global/users/tej-prakash" title="View user profile.">Tej Prakash</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=edaa.in/download.php?filename=CR-Project-REPORT-spreads.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">"Bridging the Digital Divide: Technological Innovations and Content Development for Community Radio - Project Report 'Radio Saathi'" [PDF]</a>, 2015; and posting by Tej Prakash to the Community Media Network on The Communication Initiative platform, April 30 2016.</p> </div> </div> </div> http://www.comminit.com/global/content/radio-saathi-app#comments India Experiences Community Participation Film and Video Entertainment Person-to-Person Interpersonal Phone/Mobile Community Media News/Information Radio Recognition/Awards New Technology Company News Media New Technologies Featured Global Media Development Mon, 02 May 2016 19:23:36 +0000 Tej Prakash 9380171 at http://www.comminit.com