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Casas Maternas in the Rural Highlands of Guatemala: A Mixed-Methods Case Study of the Introduction and Utilization of Birthing Facilities by an Indigenous Population
April 29, 2016

Casas Maternas in the Rural Highlands of Guatemala: A Mixed-Methods Case ...

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"The Casa Materna model offers an example of how to engage communities to establish community-friendly spaces for high-quality facility deliveries while honoring the role of traditional birth attendants." This case study examines a ...

Communication for Development in Peacebuilding: Directions on Research and Evaluation for an Emerging Field
April 26, 2016

Communication for Development in Peacebuilding: Directions on Research and ...

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"More effective instruments are needed that perform the difficult task of re-connecting broken communities, informing citizens and involving them in processes of reconstruction, and enabling all groups in civil society to have a voice in the ...

C4D Ebola Surge Mission: Community Level Learnings from Sierra Leone
April 25, 2016

C4D Ebola Surge Mission: Community Level Learnings from Sierra Leone

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This presentation summarises the experience of a communication for development (C4D) specialist who traveled to Sierra Leone (SL) on an Ebola virus disease (EVD) surge mission to support social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) for the ...

Reducing Violence by Transforming Neighborhoods: A Natural Experiment in Medellin, Colombia
April 21, 2016

Reducing Violence by Transforming Neighborhoods: A Natural Experiment in ...

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"Neighborhood-level interventions provide an opportunity to better understand the impact that neighborhoods have on health." This research was done in Medellín, Colombia, to access the effects of transit-oriented development and municipal ...

Report on the Meeting of the Technical Advisory Group for the Eradication of Poliomyelitis in Afghanistan [January 2016]
April 21, 2016

Report on the Meeting of the Technical Advisory Group for the Eradication of ...

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"The TAG acknowledges the increased focus on household and community engagement approaches to build further trust as an important and necessary addition to mass media activities. However, more emphasis must now be placed on expanding this work ...

Report on the 17th Meeting of the Technical Advisory Group for the Eradication of Poliomyelitis in Pakistan [January 2016]
April 21, 2016

Report on the 17th Meeting of the Technical Advisory Group for the ...

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"The TAG appreciates the substantial integration of communication and social mobilization into all aspects of the programme and its focus on building community acceptance and demand. Full integration of operations and communications is critical ...

Media in Latin America: A Path Forward
April 20, 2016

Media in Latin America: A Path Forward

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"...a coalition of a dozen leading media watchdog organizations and NGOs [non-governmental organisations] that participated...issued a declaration calling on Latin America's governments to take concrete steps to guarantee freedom of expression ...

Exploring the Role of Communication in Community Health
April 20, 2016

Exploring the Role of Communication in Community Health

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"To understand more about the role media and communication can play in Sierra Leone, and the ways it can support efforts to rebuild the health system, BBC Media Action carried out a programme of research in Sierra Leone in late 2015." From BBC ...

Fulfilling a Promise: Ensuring Immunization for All in Africa
April 19, 2016

Fulfilling a Promise: Ensuring Immunization for All in Africa

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"Ensuring that children are able to live healthy lives and maximize their full potential depends on governments and their partners – local, national and international – closing funding gaps, increasing country ownership and ensuring financial ...

Basic or Enhanced Clinician Training to Improve Adherence to Malaria Treatment Guidelines: A Cluster-Randomised Trial in Two Areas of Cameroon
April 18, 2016

Basic or Enhanced Clinician Training to Improve Adherence to Malaria ...

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"We compared a conventional, knowledge-based and skills-oriented, didactic training approach (the basic-training intervention) with a mindset-oriented, interactive training approach (the enhanced-training intervention)." Interactive training ...

Evaluating the Impact of a Public Health Centre Intervention on Management of Malaria and Health Outcomes of Children in Uganda: Results from the PRIME & PROCESS Studies
April 18, 2016

Evaluating the Impact of a Public Health Centre Intervention on Management ...

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"The PRIME intervention had a small positive impact...on proximal outcomes, including health worker behaviour and appropriate treatment of malaria. However, these positive effects did not extend to the community level, where no differences were ...

Space to Grow: Creating Safe Spaces to Foster Youth Active Citizenship
April 15, 2016

Space to Grow: Creating Safe Spaces to Foster Youth Active Citizenship

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"A key feature of the My Rights, My Voice (MRMV) approach to youth engagement has been to develop safe spaces from which young people have been able to learn about their rights to health and education, develop the confidence and skills to speak ...

Prescriber and Patient-Oriented Behavioural Interventions to Improve Use of Malaria Rapid Diagnostic Tests in Tanzania: Facility-Based Cluster Randomised Trial
April 15, 2016

Prescriber and Patient-Oriented Behavioural Interventions to Improve Use of ...

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"In a geographical area where previously in some areas over 90% of patients who were prescribed an antimalarial did not have malaria, this study has demonstrated that a combination of prescriber and patient behavioural interventions can, by ...

Polio Immunization Social Norms in Kano State, Nigeria: Implications for Designing Polio Immunization Information and Communication Programs for Routine Immunization Services
April 14, 2016

Polio Immunization Social Norms in Kano State, Nigeria: Implications for ...

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In light of concerns about the sustainability of acceptance of polio vaccines as a routine exercise to sustain the gains of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) programmes, this study presents a conceptual model of polio immunisation ...

Looking Back and Planning Ahead: Examining Global Best Practices in Communication for Inactivated Polio Vaccination Introduction in Rwanda
April 14, 2016

Looking Back and Planning Ahead: Examining Global Best Practices in ...

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"This article provides insights into the critical role that communication efforts have played and will continue to play in polio eradication worldwide."

Factors Likely to Affect Community Acceptance of a Malaria Vaccine in Two Districts of Ghana: A Qualitative Study
April 14, 2016

Factors Likely to Affect Community Acceptance of a Malaria Vaccine in Two ...

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As part of the effort to inform local and national decision-making in preparation for possible malaria vaccine introduction, this qualitative study explored community-level factors that could affect vaccine acceptance in Ghana and provides ...

Redefining Immunization: Not Just a Shot in the Arm
April 14, 2016

Redefining Immunization: Not Just a Shot in the Arm

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"...explanations of underimmunization have focused on ignorance, misinformation, and a need to educate populations on its importance, but trusted sources of local knowledge and leadership may also affect community levels of trust, distrust, ...

Rethinking Public Service Broadcasting's Place in International Media Development
April 13, 2016

Rethinking Public Service Broadcasting's Place in International Media ...

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"Media developers and donors are taking a second look at public service broadcasting. Could it be that PSB, even with all its challenges and pitfalls, might offer a new path for opening up the media environment?" This paper from the Center for ...

How Did Local Radio Stations Support Their Communities During the Ebola Crisis?
April 13, 2016

How Did Local Radio Stations Support Their Communities During the Ebola Crisis?

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"During the 2014/5 Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone BBC Media Action supported staff at 42 local or community-based radio stations to improve communication about the disease. Case studies indicate these stations were able to provide actionable ...

From Access to Inclusion: Educating Clients
April 13, 2016

From Access to Inclusion: Educating Clients

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"...using media and audiovisual campaigns is a powerful channel in reaching to un- and underbanked populations and providing low-income women with relevant financial education messages that will help them make full use of the financial products ...

Identity Constructions and Inter-Organizational Collaboration: Islamic Faith-Based Organizations and the Polio Vaccination Stoppage in Northern Nigeria
April 6, 2016

Identity Constructions and Inter-Organizational Collaboration: Islamic ...

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In the context of a Northern Nigerian vaccination stoppage by Islamic faith-based organisations (FBOs) in 2003-2004, this study - informed by literature in communication studies on inter-organisational collaboration (IOC) - focuses on the role of ...

Strategic Engagement of Technical Surge Capacity for Intensified Polio Eradication Initiative in Nigeria, 2012-2015
April 5, 2016

Strategic Engagement of Technical Surge Capacity for Intensified Polio ...

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"Programmatic interventions were sustained in states in which security was compromised and the risk of polio was high, partly owing to the presence of the surge capacity personnel, who are engaged from the local community." Following the 65th ...

Strategies for Improving Polio Surveillance Performance in the Security-Challenged Nigerian States of Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe During 2009-2014
April 5, 2016

Strategies for Improving Polio Surveillance Performance in the ...

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To identify areas of polio transmission in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe (3 of the states in the northeast geopolitical zone of Nigeria), polio surveillance must be very sensitive, according to this report. These states, which also have international ...

Factors Associated with Mental Depression among Men Who Have Sex with Men in Southern India
April 5, 2016

Factors Associated with Mental Depression among Men Who Have Sex with Men in ...

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"The study indicates that there is an urgent need to integrate mental health care within the behavioral change communication component of HIV prevention and other health programs." Noting that mental health has been a largely neglected issue ...

An Assessment of Comprehensive Knowledge of HIV/AIDS among Slum and Non-Slum Populations in Delhi, India
April 5, 2016

An Assessment of Comprehensive Knowledge of HIV/AIDS among Slum and Non-Slum ...

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"...to reduce HIV/AIDS vulnerability among women and men in slum and non-slum areas, programs must focus on appropriate behaviour change communication and build awareness to educate them on HIV/AIDS prevention methods especially among women in ...

Demand Creation for Polio Vaccine in Persistently Poor-Performing Communities of Northern Nigeria: 2013-2014
April 4, 2016

Demand Creation for Polio Vaccine in Persistently Poor-Performing ...

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"...[D]emand creation interventions played a critical role in improving the quality of polio SIAs [supplementary immunisation activities] in communities noncompliant with uptake of polio vaccines and contributed to a reduction in polio ...

Tracking Vaccination Teams During Polio Campaigns in Northern Nigeria by Use of Geographic Information System Technology: 2013-2015
April 4, 2016

Tracking Vaccination Teams During Polio Campaigns in Northern Nigeria by Use ...

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"GIS technology, if used effectively alongside other interventions, could contribute immensely to the interruption of polio in Nigeria." This article demonstrates the application of geographic information system (GIS) technology to track polio ...

Youth Group Engagement in Noncompliant Communities During Supplemental Immunization Activities in Kaduna, Nigeria, in 2014
April 4, 2016

Youth Group Engagement in Noncompliant Communities During Supplemental ...

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"Systematic engagement of youth groups has a great future in polio interruption as we approach the endgame strategy for polio eradication." Noting that one of the major challenges being faced in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) ...

Community Change Agents: "Doctors" of Malaria Information Mobilizing Communities to Action
April 1, 2016

Community Change Agents: "Doctors" of Malaria Information Mobilizing ...

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"Individual behaviors changed, and when individuals change they advocate to others."

Polio in Ukraine: Crisis, Challenge, and Opportunity
March 31, 2016

Polio in Ukraine: Crisis, Challenge, and Opportunity

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"How did a modern country with aspirations toward European identity fail so dramatically on something as basic as childhood vaccines? The decline of Ukraine's immunization system is fueled primarily by corruption, coupled with ineffective public ...

Media Development: An Evaluation of Five Capacity-Strengthening Projects
March 31, 2016

Media Development: An Evaluation of Five Capacity-Strengthening Projects

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"Those involved in media development owe it to the populations they seek to benefit to scrutinise and evaluate their own efforts carefully, ensuring that they continually challenge themselves to improve the work they do."

Barriers to Expanded Malaria Diagnosis and Treatment: A Focus on Barriers which May Be Addressed through Advocacy, Communication, and Training Interventions
March 30, 2016

Barriers to Expanded Malaria Diagnosis and Treatment: A Focus on Barriers ...

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This report from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded MalariaCare partnership documents barriers to improved case management services for malaria and other febrile (fever-causing) illnesses. The goal is to address ...

Beliefs, Perceptions and Health-Seeking Behaviours in Relation to Cervical Cancer: A Qualitative Study among Women in Uganda following Completion of an HPV Vaccination Campaign
March 29, 2016

Beliefs, Perceptions and Health-Seeking Behaviours in Relation to Cervical ...

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"Despite earlier information campaigns to introduce human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination, which also targeted cervical cancer, misinterpretation and misunderstanding of the subject remain high." This project explored beliefs, attitudes, ...

The 5As: A Practical Taxonomy for the Determinants of Vaccine Uptake
March 24, 2016

The 5As: A Practical Taxonomy for the Determinants of Vaccine Uptake

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"Vaccine hesitancy may be due to a complex mix of behavioral and social factors, and most interventions to increase vaccine acceptance have shown little or no effect..."

Predictors of Knowledge about Tuberculosis: Results from SANHANES I, a National, Cross-Sectional Household Survey in South Africa
March 24, 2016

Predictors of Knowledge about Tuberculosis: Results from SANHANES I, a ...

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"To reduce the burden of tuberculosis in South Africa, media campaigns targeting both rural and urban communities should include conveying accurate information about the disease. Policy makers should also address structural barriers that ...

mHealth Pilot Study: Text Messaging Intervention to Promote HPV Vaccination
March 21, 2016

mHealth Pilot Study: Text Messaging Intervention to Promote HPV Vaccination

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"mHealth interventions are able to overcome barriers to participation in traditional face-to-face interventions, such as inconvenience, time/place of delivery, and cost."

World Survey on the Role of Women in Development 2014: Gender Equality and Sustainable Development
March 18, 2016

World Survey on the Role of Women in Development 2014: Gender Equality and ...

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"For pathways to be truly sustainable and advance gender equality and the rights and capabilities of women and girls, those whose lives and well-being are at stake must be involved in decision-making and leading the way, through community groups, ...

Trends in Reasons for Non-Receipt of Influenza Vaccination during Pregnancy in Georgia, 2004-2011
March 17, 2016

Trends in Reasons for Non-Receipt of Influenza Vaccination during Pregnancy ...

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"Examining trends in reasons for non-receipt of antenatal influenza vaccination can reflect successes related to vaccine promotion and areas for improvement. By highlighting differential impacts of the 2009/2010 H1N1 pandemic, we reveal ...

Digital Media and Latino Families: New Channels for Learning, Parenting, and Organizing
March 17, 2016

Digital Media and Latino Families: New Channels for Learning, Parenting, and ...

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"We are learning much about how a colorful spectrum of Latino children and families now engage a variety of platforms and digital content to advance differing goals. These users often pursue some form of learning or novel information. Even when ...

Connecting to Learn: Promoting Digital Equity for America's Hispanic Families
March 17, 2016

Connecting to Learn: Promoting Digital Equity for America's Hispanic Families

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This brief combines original research and policy analysis to examine the potential for digital media investments to support a promising learning pathway for children in the United States (US)' increasingly diverse, low-income families. Noting ...

The Effectiveness of Disaster Risk Communication: A Systematic Review of Intervention Studies
March 14, 2016

The Effectiveness of Disaster Risk Communication: A Systematic Review of ...

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The aim of this systematic review is to identify, appraise and synthesise the findings of studies of the effects of risk communication interventions during 4 stages of the disaster cycle: mitigation and prevention, preparedness, response, and ...

Can Digital Tools Be Used for Improving Immunization Programs?
March 14, 2016

Can Digital Tools Be Used for Improving Immunization Programs?

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"Only small progresses have been made to integrate digital tools into immunization programs. Moreover, research aimed at assessing the effectiveness of digital technologies as potential responses to problems of immunization programs is scarce."

Exploring Citizen Journalism for Rural Indonesia
March 14, 2016

Exploring Citizen Journalism for Rural Indonesia

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"The West Kalimantan community has welcomed the news service, which provides highly relevant information on topics such as roads that are closed due to flooding, bridges that need repair, protests at local government offices, and community events."

Evidence of Effective Approaches to Social and Behavior Change Communication for Preventing and Reducing Stunting and Anemia
March 11, 2016

Evidence of Effective Approaches to Social and Behavior Change Communication ...

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"Evidence suggests that using multiple SBCC approaches and channels to change behaviors is more effective than using one, that targeting multiple contacts has a greater effect than targeting only the woman herself, and that more visits or ...

Risk Communication and Community Engagement for Zika Virus Prevention and Control
March 11, 2016

Risk Communication and Community Engagement for Zika Virus Prevention and ...

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"These messages and related actions are intended to enhance overall public understanding of and promote community engagement for protection of families and communities against the Zika virus."

Why Information Matters: A Foundation for Resilience
March 11, 2016

Why Information Matters: A Foundation for Resilience

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“You can make a system work better with surprising ease if you give it more timely, more accurate, more complete information.” - Donella Meadows, Thinking in Systems

Community Radio and Gender: Towards an Inclusive Public Sphere
March 11, 2016

Community Radio and Gender: Towards an Inclusive Public Sphere

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"There still exist social hierarchies along the lines of caste, class and other oppressions that inhibit women from negotiating fair representation and equal participation on community radio. This is especially true in gender-mixed stations. ...

Level Up Learning: A National Survey of Teaching with Digital Games
March 10, 2016

Level Up Learning: A National Survey of Teaching with Digital Games

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"Teachers are showing a surprisingly strong receptivity to using games and acknowledging their power for student engagement. The growing momentum has been largely fueled by bottom-up professional development. Teachers are telling us that they are ...

Ending Child Marriage in Ethiopia: Shaping/Redefining Communication for Development Actions Based on Lessons Learned from Global and Ethiopian Evidence
March 9, 2016

Ending Child Marriage in Ethiopia: Shaping/Redefining Communication for ...

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"By focusing on increasing female teachers and supporting girls' completion of primary school (or more years of schooling) I believe we could play a catalytic role in changing the perception of valuing girls' education by all, and potentially ...

Expanding Reach Into Sanitation Market Through Behavior Change Communication: Lessons from Rural Cambodia
March 7, 2016

Expanding Reach Into Sanitation Market Through Behavior Change ...

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Cambodia has one of the lowest sanitation coverage rates in Southeast Asia and the Pacific region. Only one in three people have access to modernized sanitation facilities. In order to improve access to rural sanitation, the Water and Sanitation ...

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