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What Drives Behavior? Key Factors for Handwashing in Bangladesh
February 4, 2016

What Drives Behavior? Key Factors for Handwashing in Bangladesh

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"What behavior will you promote? What key factors will you address to motivate people?"

Definition and Key Messages to Support Advocacy and Action for Communication with Communities
February 3, 2016

Definition and Key Messages to Support Advocacy and Action for Communication ...

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"In the context of humanitarian action Communication with Communities, which is sometimes abbreviated to CwC, refers to activities where the exchange of information is used to save lives, mitigate risk, enable greater accountability and shape the ...

Community Video for Nutrition Guide
February 2, 2016

Community Video for Nutrition Guide

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"SPRING and DG see this community-led video approach, with videos created by the community for the community, as a revolutionary tool for nutrition and health behavior change which blends innovative, low-cost, accessible technology with the ...

Using a Community-Led Video Approach to Promote Maternal, Infant, and Young Child Nutrition in Odisha, India
February 2, 2016

Using a Community-Led Video Approach to Promote Maternal, Infant, and Young ...

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In October 2012, the Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING) project began a collaboration with Digital Green (DG) and the Voluntary Association for Rural Reconstruction and Appropriate Technology ...

Training Resource Package for Family Planning (TRP)
February 1, 2016

Training Resource Package for Family Planning (TRP)

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This website offers curriculum components and tools for trainers to design, implement, and evaluate family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) training. The TRP provides organisations with what are meant to be user-friendly resources and ...

Engaging Communities in Preparation for Third Round of Polio Vaccination Campaign
February 1, 2016

Engaging Communities in Preparation for Third Round of Polio Vaccination ...

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"Everyone has a role to play in bringing this vaccine to children. Families need the facts about polio and the value of immunization. Please talk to your friends and neighbors. Teach children about polio at school. Go out into your community to ...

Blog Spotlight from IDDS Lahore in Pakistan
January 29, 2016

Blog Spotlight from IDDS Lahore in Pakistan

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Author: Kendra Sharp, January 22 2016 [cross-posted from International Development Innovation Network (IDIN), linked below] - How fitting that the day we celebrated Martin Luther King [MLK] Jr. Day in the U.S. was the day we had our second site ...

Change Leadership: The Making or Breaking of an Immunization Supply Chain
January 29, 2016

Change Leadership: The Making or Breaking of an Immunization Supply Chain

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"There is no magic bullet to have effective leaders and a culture of leadership available and ready to drive the change for immunization supply chains around the world. There are, however, things that can be in place that can develop those ...

Mapping Vaccine Hesitancy: Country-Specific Characteristics of a Global Phenomenon
January 29, 2016

Mapping Vaccine Hesitancy: Country-Specific Characteristics of a Global ...

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"Vaccine hesitancy is an individual behaviour, but is also the result of broader societal influences and should always be looked at in the historical, political and socio-cultural context in which vaccination takes place."

AIDSFree Guidance Database
January 28, 2016

AIDSFree Guidance Database

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The AIDSFree Guidance Database brings together national HIV testing and treatment guidance from many priority countries around the world. This interactive database can be used to prepare guideline revisions for specific countries, conduct ...

Dads Can Do That! Strategies to Involve Fathers in Child Feeding
January 27, 2016

Dads Can Do That! Strategies to Involve Fathers in Child Feeding

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"Several recent projects have implemented innovative methods to reach fathers in culturally appropriate ways that both respect and challenge traditional gender roles. Initial results suggest that fathers' potential contributions to child health ...

A life-saving radio station in the clouds
January 27, 2016

A life-saving radio station in the clouds

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Author: Rishika Das Roy, January 27 2016 - How a life-saving radio station in the Himalayas is helping prepare its listeners for potential flooding, earthquakes and landslides: Tucked away in the Himalayas, close to some of India’s highest ...

Communities Deliver: The Critical Role of Communities in Reaching Global Targets to End the AIDS Epidemic
January 26, 2016

Communities Deliver: The Critical Role of Communities in Reaching Global ...

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"Communities were the first responders to HIV three decades ago, and they remain essential in advocating for a robust response to the epidemic, delivering services that can reach everyone in need and tackling HIV-related stigma and discrimination."

Shifting Social Norms to Tackle Violence Against Women and Girls: DFID Guidance Notes
January 25, 2016

Shifting Social Norms to Tackle Violence Against Women and Girls: DFID ...

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"Although the development community has long recognised the importance of attitudes, norms, and beliefs that justify violence and gender inequality in perpetuating violence against women and girls (VAWG), there has often been a lack of clarity ...

Factors Associated with Incomplete Childhood Immunization in Arbegona District, Southern Ethiopia: A Case-Control Study
January 22, 2016

Factors Associated with Incomplete Childhood Immunization in Arbegona ...

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"To reduce the number of children with an incomplete immunization status, the district needs to consider specific planning for mothers with risk profiles, and focus on strengthening health communication activities to increase immunization ...

Mapping How Information about Childhood Vaccination Is Communicated in Two Regions of Cameroon: What Is Done and Where Are the Gaps?
January 21, 2016

Mapping How Information about Childhood Vaccination Is Communicated in Two ...

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"By identifying the interventions used in Cameroon and developing an intervention map, we allowed stakeholders to see where they were concentrating their communication efforts and where gaps exist, allowing them to reflect on whether changes are ...

Stand Up and Fight: Addressing Discrimination and Inequality in Solomon Islands
January 21, 2016

Stand Up and Fight: Addressing Discrimination and Inequality in Solomon Islands

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This report published by the Equal Rights Trust presents evidence of the extent of discrimination and inequality experienced by groups including: women; persons with disabilities; lesbian, gay and bisexual persons; and persons living with HIV in ...

Tiphunzire! (Let's Learn!)
January 20, 2016

Tiphunzire! (Let's Learn!)

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Launched in 2014, the Tiphunzire! (Let's Learn!) project is working to create empowering learning contexts for marginalised girls in rural central and southern Malawi in order to keep girls in school. The project is training young female teachers ...

Radio show 'hatches' a plan
January 20, 2016

Radio show 'hatches' a plan

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Author: BBC Media Action blogger Elizabeth Mbwana, January 20 2015 - Listening to radio programme Nyakati Zinabadilika (Times are Changing) inspired three young unemployed men to approach the district veterinary officer, helping them to start a ...

Kwanele
January 18, 2016

Kwanele

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Launched in July 2015, Kwanele is a five-year pilot programme working in 20 schools in Khayelitsha township in South Africa to decrease the high level of gender-based and sexual violence in schools and ensure a safe learning environment for ...

Multisectoral Responses to Gender-based Violence in Mozambique
January 15, 2016

Multisectoral Responses to Gender-based Violence in Mozambique

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"Gender-based violence (GBV) is both pervasive and widely accepted in Mozambique. The complex and multifaceted structural and sociocultural factors that underlie and reinforce GBV warrant a strong multi-level and multisectoral response."

Participatory Video and the Most Significant Change: A Guide for Facilitators
January 15, 2016

Participatory Video and the Most Significant Change: A Guide for Facilitators

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This toolkit is designed to support users in planning and carrying out evaluations using Participatory Video (PV) with the Most Significant Change (MSC) technique (PVMSC). According to the guide, this is "a participatory approach to monitoring, ...

Gender Considerations Along the HIV Treatment Cascade: An Evidence Review with Priority Actions
January 14, 2016

Gender Considerations Along the HIV Treatment Cascade: An Evidence Review ...

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"Expanding access to ART while considering equity and human rights is urgently needed..."

FAO analytical tools and engagement on national strategies help advance both climate change adaptation and mitigation
January 13, 2016

FAO analytical tools and engagement on national strategies help advance both ...

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A recent evaluation by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has shown that the advanced analytical tools and data of the Organization and its support to national climate change strategy development processes have helped to strengthen ...

Raising Students' Voices: School Councils in Tanzania Supporting Young People to Claim Their Education Rights
January 11, 2016

Raising Students' Voices: School Councils in Tanzania Supporting Young ...

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"Overall, the barazas have been so successful that the local authorities have extended the approach to a further 60 schools, and some schools have committed to doing baraza business within core school hours in recognition of their positive ...

"Everybody Just Wants to Do What's Best for their Child": Understanding How Pro-vaccine Parents Can Support a Culture of Vaccine Hesitancy
January 8, 2016

"Everybody Just Wants to Do What's Best for their Child": Understanding How ...

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"The decision-making experience in the context of overwhelming and contradictory vaccine information in the media and throughout social networks may be a mechanism that generates and perpetuates a culture of vaccine hesitancy and tolerance for ...

Getting communities to drive environmental sustainability-Case for Community-Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) in Zambia
January 7, 2016

Getting communities to drive environmental sustainability-Case for ...

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High environmental degradation is one of the key developmental challenges facing Zambia today. This is because rural livelihoods are largely natural resource based. High poverty levels lead to the majority of citizens over-depending on the ...

Learning from "Chennai floods": Development Paradigms and Disasters
January 7, 2016

Learning from "Chennai floods": Development Paradigms and Disasters

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Author: Ranjani.K.Murthy, January 7 2016 - Living in Chennai at the time of 2015 floods (which in fact hit several coastal districts of the state Tamil Nadu), and hearing commentaries of how climate change and poor disaster reduction/management ...

Evaluation stakeholders highlight key issues in evaluating hunger, food security and improved nutrition
January 7, 2016

Evaluation stakeholders highlight key issues in evaluating hunger, food ...

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Rome, Italy, November 18 2015. After two days of enriching and stimulating discussions, evaluation stakeholders have identified some priorities for evaluating actions to reduce hunger and poverty and improve nutrition.

Polio in State House
January 6, 2016

Polio in State House

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Author: BBC Media Action's Hodan Ibrahim, January 7 2016 - I didn’t know that a simple radio programme could help change lives, until I began working as a researcher for BBC Media Action [Somalia].

Nigeria's seven lessons from polio and Ebola response
January 6, 2016

Nigeria's seven lessons from polio and Ebola response

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Author: Ayodeji Oluwole Odutolu (co-authors: Ritgak Dimka, Mayowa Oluwatosin Alade), cross-posted from the World Bank blog Investing in Health (see below), January 5 2016 - Amid the devastating effects of West Africa's Ebola outbreak to human ...

Let's Talk about Protection: Enhancing Childhood Vaccination Uptake
January 6, 2016

Let's Talk about Protection: Enhancing Childhood Vaccination Uptake

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The focus of this action is on identifying ways to help health care providers (HCPs) communicate in ways that encourage parents to want and get their children protected by vaccination as a desired behavioural goal and outcome, particularly those ...

We Can Do It: Solutions to Prevent Violence against Children
January 5, 2016

We Can Do It: Solutions to Prevent Violence against Children

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"...the utilisation of systemic, holistic and multifaceted approaches is critical to address the variety of drivers behind different forms of violence, abuse and exploitation."

World's Largest Lesson
January 5, 2016

World's Largest Lesson

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"If every school in the world teaches children about these goals, we will help them become the generation that changed the world."

RAPID Outcome Mapping Approach (ROMA): A Guide to Policy Engagement and Influence
January 4, 2016

RAPID Outcome Mapping Approach (ROMA): A Guide to Policy Engagement and ...

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"Policy processes can be highly political, sometimes involving dense networks of actors and coalitions with competing values and interests. Engaging with policy in these types of environment requires a collaborative approach, and ROMA has been ...

Participatory Photography for Peace: Using Images to Open up Dialogue after Violence
January 4, 2016

Participatory Photography for Peace: Using Images to Open up Dialogue after ...

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Through the illustration of Lenses of Conflict and Peace, a project carried out in a Kenyan slum with a group of young people from different tribes who experienced the events of the 2007/2008 Post-Election Violence, this paper discusses how ...

The Journalists Initiatives on Immunisation Against Polio and Improved Acceptance of the Polio Vaccine in Northern Nigeria 2007-2015
January 4, 2016

The Journalists Initiatives on Immunisation Against Polio and Improved ...

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"...the JAP not only covered and monitored immunization activities in the media, but also sensitized and educated the grassroots communities, especially parents and guardians in noncompliant communities, about immunization activities."

Supplementary Immunization Activities for Measles and Rubella Vaccine in Vanuatu
December 17, 2015

Supplementary Immunization Activities for Measles and Rubella Vaccine in Vanuatu

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In early 2015, the Ministry of Health (MoH) Vanuatu in partnership with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) conducted Supplementary Immunization Activities (SIA) for measles and rubella (MR) ...

CORE Group Working Groups
December 15, 2015

CORE Group Working Groups

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The CORE Group works toward building "a world of healthy communities, where no woman or child dies of preventable causes". It seeks to fulfill that vision by working with its 50+ member organisations and network of partners to generate ...

Kutubdia: the vanishing island
December 11, 2015

Kutubdia: the vanishing island

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Author: BBC Media Action's Saad Shahriar, December 11 2015 - Supti Nath lives on an island that is disappearing. Kutubdia, in the Bay of Bengal in Bangladesh, has halved in size over the last 20 years with water levels rising an average of 8mm a ...

2015 Assessment Report of the Global Vaccine Action Plan
December 10, 2015

2015 Assessment Report of the Global Vaccine Action Plan

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"Global partners need to strengthen country accountability."

Call for Nominations: Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunisation
December 9, 2015

Call for Nominations: Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunisation

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The World Health Organization (WHO) is soliciting proposals for nominations to its Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on immunisation. SAGE reports directly to the Director-General and is charged with advising WHO on overall global ...

Putting Traditional Leaders in the driving seat for ending inequalities
December 9, 2015

Putting Traditional Leaders in the driving seat for ending inequalities

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Author: PSAf's Exectutive Director Lilian Kiefer, December 10 2015 - Traditional leaders are an important institution in the formulation of public opinion and internalisation of social change processes in Zambia. Traditional leaders such as ...

2015 Human Rights Day: Our Rights, Our Freedoms Always…
December 9, 2015

2015 Human Rights Day: Our Rights, Our Freedoms Always…

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Author: PSAf Executive Director Lilian Kiefer, December 9 2015 - Human Rights Day, which is observed internationally every year on 10 December, reminds us of our responsibility to promote and protect human rights for all. In the same way every ...

How Radio and Distance Learning Built Skills and Knowledge for Cocoa Farmers
December 7, 2015

How Radio and Distance Learning Built Skills and Knowledge for Cocoa Farmers

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"BBC Media Action's 'Pathways to Learning' project in the Eastern region of Sierra Leone aimed to improve farmers’ skills and knowledge about cocoa farming. Evaluation work in 2015 shows how farmers and local experts feel the project has helped ...

100 women interview their president
December 7, 2015

100 women interview their president

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Author: BBC Media Action blogger Bidhya Chapagain, December 7 2015 - I met Bidhya Devi Bhandari - Nepal's first female president - a while back while presenting an episode of Sajha Sawal (Common Questions), a weekly TV debate show giving ...

What Does Accountability Mean in Sierra Leone? The Role of the Media in Governance, Particularly in the Context of Ebola
December 4, 2015

What Does Accountability Mean in Sierra Leone? The Role of the Media in ...

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"BBC Media Action's radio programmes Fo Rod and Tok Bot Salone aim to improve people’s understanding of governance issues while also creating platforms to hold leaders to account. Interviews with experts on governance and media in Sierra Leone, ...

Our Call to the UN Solutions Summit
December 3, 2015

Our Call to the UN Solutions Summit

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Author: Eve Sullivan of the Parents Forum, December 3 2015 - Because our instinct to put children first is strong, we often ignore our own needs as parents. Even the Sustainable Development Goals, several of which* relate to family, do not ...

Open Jirga: national identity in Afghanistan
December 3, 2015

Open Jirga: national identity in Afghanistan

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Author: Shirazuddin Siddiqi of BBC Media Action, December 3 2015 - When a TV debate show was filmed at the tomb of one of Afghanistan's founding fathers it was clear how much a sense of 'place' is interlinked with 'identity'. Not even a mosquito ...

Empowering Families: Parenting Education Is Essential
December 3, 2015

Empowering Families: Parenting Education Is Essential

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Author: Eve Sullivan of the Parents Forum, December 3 2015 (originally posted in April 2014) - Here I am, recovering from jetlag after a nearly 14-hour flight back to the U.S. from Doha, Qatar where I attended a fascinating international ...

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