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Mobile Vaani
April 29, 2016

Mobile Vaani

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Mobile Vaani is a mobile-phone-based community media platform equivalent to Facebook/YouTube/Twitter for rural areas in India whereby users generate content in their own local dialect through Interactive Voice Response (IVR). Created by the ...

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 ...

Talking about LARCs with Young Clients
April 28, 2016

Talking about LARCs with Young Clients

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"Talk with a healthcare provider today about choosing the right contraceptive method for you." Developed by the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3), these social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) resources are designed to ...

Lao PDR's Polio Outbreak and Response: C4D efforts in reaching the last child
April 26, 2016

Lao PDR's Polio Outbreak and Response: C4D efforts in reaching the last child

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The Complete Background to Lao PDR’s Polio Outbreak and Response‬

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 ...

Dispel rumours to fix immunisation's image problems
April 20, 2016

Dispel rumours to fix immunisation's image problems

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Author: Inga Vesper, April 18 2016. This blog is cross-posted from the SciDev.Net website, linked below. Vaccine programmes can trigger fears of conspiracies and oppression. It's time they got more collaborative. The world is becoming more ...

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 ...

AIDSFree HIV Testing Services Community of Practice
April 20, 2016

AIDSFree HIV Testing Services Community of Practice

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The AIDSFree HIV Testing Services (HTS) Community of Practice is an electronic information sharing tool to help achieve the HIV testing target set out by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)'s 90-90-90 strategy to help end the ...

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 ...

Malaria Diagnosis and Treatment: A Starter Kit to Develop Interventions in Endemic Countries
April 18, 2016

Malaria Diagnosis and Treatment: A Starter Kit to Develop Interventions in ...

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"Please also share with others, so that we can continue to build a body of knowledge in how best to support patients and health workers in providing high quality health care in malaria endemic countries." The ACT Consortium, an international ...

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 ...

Use of Rapid Diagnostic Tests to Improve Malaria Treatment in the Community in Uganda
April 15, 2016

Use of Rapid Diagnostic Tests to Improve Malaria Treatment in the Community ...

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Based on the belief that community health workers can help patients in remote locations access prompt treatment for malaria, including artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT), in this study in Uganda, community health workers (CHWs) - ...

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."

Tea Cup Diaries: How a Radio Drama is Changing Attitudes in Myanmar
April 14, 2016

Tea Cup Diaries: How a Radio Drama is Changing Attitudes in Myanmar

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"BBC Media Action’s Tea Cup Diaries promotes understanding, openness and respect for people from different ethnic and religious backgrounds in Myanmar.Listeners reported improved knowledge of other ethnic and religious groups, and had a better ...

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, ...

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 ...

Global Agreements, Grassroots Advocacy - Youth and Governance in Post 2015 World: A Toolkit for Young People Who Want to Make Sure Their Voice is Heard
April 8, 2016

Global Agreements, Grassroots Advocacy - Youth and Governance in Post 2015 ...

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This toolkit is designed for young people and members of youth organisations who are passionate about having honest and responsive governments, who believe that young people must be involved in decision-making that affects them, and who are ...

Evaluation of the Behaviour Change Communication and Community Mobilization Activities in Myanmar Artemisinin Resistance Containment Zones
April 7, 2016

Evaluation of the Behaviour Change Communication and Community Mobilization ...

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This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of the behaviour change communication and community mobilisation activities carried out under the rubric of the fifth objective of the Myanmar Artemisinin Resistance Containment (MARC) programme ...

Immunization in Practice: A Practical Guide for Health Staff
April 7, 2016

Immunization in Practice: A Practical Guide for Health Staff

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Building on the previous edition (2004) of Immunization in Practice (IIP), which has been translated and used throughout the world, this 2015 update of the World Health Organization (WHO)'s practical information guide is meant to support the work ...

Don't Hesitate: Talking to Your Vaccine-Hesitant Loved Ones with Compassion and Confidence
April 7, 2016

Don't Hesitate: Talking to Your Vaccine-Hesitant Loved Ones with Compassion ...

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"We hope to help you start a conversation about immunization with vaccine-hesitant parents in a manner that will maintain and even enrich your relationships." This resource from the parent-driven organisation Voices for Vaccines draws on social ...

Bringing an End to FGM in Burkina Faso
April 6, 2016

Bringing an End to FGM in Burkina Faso

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Landlocked Burkina Faso is home to one of the highest national poverty rates per capita in the world. In 2015, Burkina Faso was ranked 183rd out of 187 countries on the Human Development Index. This extreme poverty has somewhat acted as a ...

Focus on Disability: 'Zika babies' need support now
April 6, 2016

Focus on Disability: 'Zika babies' need support now

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From Hannah Kuper: About 4,000 babies have now been born with microcephaly - abnormally small heads, often with underdeveloped brains  in Brazil alone. Evidence is mounting that this is because of infection during pregnancy by the ...

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 ...

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) ...

Right Method, Right Time, My Choice
April 1, 2016

Right Method, Right Time, My Choice

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Right Time, Right Method, My Choice is a behaviour change campaign designed to improve increase contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) by 5 percentage points in the 11 districts in Indonesia where the campaign is being implemented over 3 years ...

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 ...

Gender and Social and Behavior Change Communication Implementation Kit
March 31, 2016

Gender and Social and Behavior Change Communication Implementation Kit

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"By integrating gender into your SBCC strategy, you can make health messages more effective, stimulate equity in gender roles, and improve health outcomes. Since the roles and power relations between men and women affect how an activity is ...

Why Branding Matters for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs)
March 30, 2016

Why Branding Matters for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs)

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From Charles Kojo Vandyck: The last couple of years, my colleagues and I at WACSI [West Africa Civil Society Institute] have initiated passionate discussions about branding and its value added to strengthening the institute’s relevance, identity, ...

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 ...

ACT Consortium Guidance: Qualitative Methods for International Health Intervention Research
March 29, 2016

ACT Consortium Guidance: Qualitative Methods for International Health ...

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Social scientists from the ACT Consortium released this compendium of guidance notes and templates to help international health researchers design, set up, run, analyse and monitor qualitative research in their studies. This is a compendium of ...

tOPV to bOPV SWITCH: WHO Communication Resources
March 29, 2016

tOPV to bOPV SWITCH: WHO Communication Resources

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Objective 2 of the Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan 2013-2018 (see Related Summaries, below) calls for a transition in the vaccines used to eradicate polio and requires the removal of all oral polio vaccines (OPVs) in the long term. ...

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 ...

Crowd-pleasing radio
March 23, 2016

Crowd-pleasing radio

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Author: Amensisa Tefasilasie, DATE 2014 - The Jember team pulled in the crowds when they set out to meet listeners face to face in Ethiopia’s Amhara region. Mother-of-two Addisie Beryihun visits her local market occasionally but today she’s in ...

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