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Polio Outbreak in the Middle East: War in Syria Opens the Door to an Old Enemy

Polio Outbreak in the Middle East: War in Syria Opens the Door to an Old Enemy
"'In the beginning people felt afraid. They started to ask us who we are,' says Muhammed, a local volunteer working to immunise children against polio in Syria's Al-Hasakah governate, where heavy fighting has taken place. 'I have taken the ...
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Enhancing Benefits or Increasing Harms: Community Responses for HIV among ...

Enhancing Benefits or Increasing Harms: Community Responses for HIV among Men Who Have Sex With Men, Transgender Women, Female Sex Workers, and People Who Inject Drugs
"Structural determinants are especially important in mediating HIV risk among key populations, including men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, sex workers of all genders, and transgender women. The objective of this systematic ...
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Role of Community-Level Factors across the Treatment Cascade: A Critical Review

Role of Community-Level Factors across the Treatment Cascade: A Critical Review
"Addressing community-level factors (CLFs) is integral to the ongoing effort to design multilevel, effective, and sustainable interventions to address each element of the HIV/AIDS treatment cascade." This review examined 100 evaluations of ...
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Qualitative Study of the Feasibility of HPV Vaccine Delivery to Young ...

Qualitative Study of the Feasibility of HPV Vaccine Delivery to Young Adolescent Girls in Vietnam: Evidence from a Government-Implemented Demonstration Program
"Recently concluded pilots of HPV vaccination in low-income countries have provided important lessons learned for these settings; however, rigorous evaluations of the feasibility of these delivery strategies that effectively reach young ...
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Lessons Learned from HPV Vaccine Delivery in Low-Resource Settings and ...

Lessons Learned from HPV Vaccine Delivery in Low-Resource Settings and Opportunities for HIV Prevention, Treatment, and Care Among Adolescents
"The low level of knowledge on cervical cancer and HPV found in baseline formative research on the part of health workers and teachers,...let alone community members, prompted governments to provide detailed training to them to ensure that they ...
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Mr Condom and me

Mr Condom and me
Author: Boyd Chibale, July 25 2014 - "Well, I am made of latex, and I come in lots of different brands, shapes and sizes. I am anything from small to extra-large, strawberry and banana flavoured," says Mr Condom, one of the stars of a brand new ...
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Sustainable Development 2015 Advocacy Toolkit

Sustainable Development 2015 Advocacy Toolkit
This Sustainable Development 2015 Advocacy Toolkit is intended for civil society and other stakeholder organisations, coalitions, and individuals that wish to influence the post-2015 development agenda, including the design and implementation of ...
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A Role for Health Communication in the Continuum of HIV Care, Treatment, and ...

A Role for Health Communication in the Continuum of HIV Care, Treatment, and Prevention
"The aim of this article is to explore the role of health communication, an approach within the social and behavioral sciences, across the treatment continuum" for HIV. The article is from the JAIDS: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency ...
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HIV Communication Capacity Strengthening: A Critical Review

HIV Communication Capacity Strengthening: A Critical Review
This review examines HIV communication capacity strengthening at national, subnational, and community levels: definitions, measurements, implementation, and effects. It also proposes a model to guide HIV communication capacity strengthening. The ...
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Validity of Behavioral Measures as Proxies for HIV-Related Outcomes

Validity of Behavioral Measures as Proxies for HIV-Related Outcomes
"... although potentially less subject to reporting bias, biomarkers and biologic outcomes have their own flaws."
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New NTD Data to Inform Large Scale Deworming in Ethiopia

New NTD Data to Inform Large Scale Deworming in Ethiopia
"94% of 535 surveyed districts in Ethiopia are endemic for either schistosomiasis and/or soil-transmitted helminths (STH) - Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) which are commonly found in school-children."
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Polio-Free Chad: UNICEF Quarterly Newsletter on the Polio Eradication ...

Polio-Free Chad: UNICEF Quarterly Newsletter on the Polio Eradication Initiative in Chad [July 2014]
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Chad Country Office released this edition of its quarterly newsletter to announce that, thanks to rigorous polio campaigning, the country has achieved a polio-free status for 2 consecutive years.
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What Is Health Communication and How Does It Affect the HIV/AIDS Continuum ...

What Is Health Communication and How Does It Affect the HIV/AIDS Continuum of Care? A Brief Primer and Case Study from New York City
From the Abstract:  "This article responds to key questions related to health communication that are commonly asked in the HIV/AIDS arena: 'What is health communication?'; 'What is its role beyond HIV prevention?'; and 'How can it be used to ...
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Strategic Roles for Health Communication in Combination HIV Prevention and ...

Strategic Roles for Health Communication in Combination HIV   Prevention and Care Programs
This JAIDS: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes supplement addresses clinicians and public health scientists in the field of HIV prevention and treatment who might value information on health communication.
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Exploring the Emerging Impacts of Open Data in Developing Countries (ODDC)

Exploring the Emerging Impacts of Open Data in Developing Countries (ODDC)
"The open data movement holds out the promise of improving transparency, accountability, citizen participation and economic opportunity across developing countries...Nevertheless, it is not yet clear if open data initiatives are truly delivering ...
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Fighting Poverty with Facts: Community-Based Monitoring Systems

Fighting Poverty with Facts: Community-Based Monitoring Systems
"Primary schools for children where none existed before in remote areas of Cambodia, vocational training programs for poor rural women in Vietnam, daycare centres and sanitation facilities in the Philippines - these are just a few of the services ...
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Giving Youth a Voice: Bangladesh Youth Survey

Giving Youth a Voice: Bangladesh Youth Survey
"From a governance and policy angle, youth is certainly a most crucial and critical phase of life. It implies a new social generation which needs to be integrated into society as citizens, knowing about their rights and duties."
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Give Stigma the Index Finger Project

Give Stigma the Index Finger Project
Give Stigma the Index Finger project, running from 2011 to 2014 in Mozambique, Ethiopia, and Swaziland, aims to increase understanding of HIV stigma by empowering men and women living with HIV to take an active part in research and resulting ...
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Health and Human Rights Resource Guide

Health and Human Rights Resource Guide
Published by the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University by invitation from Open Society Foundations (OSF), this resource guide "has been designed to be a user-friendly, multi-purpose tool in advocating for health and human ...
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UNICEF India's IEC eWarehouse

UNICEF India's IEC eWarehouse
From the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) India, this repository of information, education, and communication (IEC) materials offers links to booklets, posters, books, toolkits, flash cards, documentaries, radio public service ...
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Community Screenings for Participatory Video - A Guide

Community Screenings for Participatory Video - A Guide
Published by InsightShare, this guide is designed to provide ideas and inspiration for organising community screenings as part of a participatory video process. It includes advice on planning and delivering an effective screening, practical ...
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Theo Sowa: We Need The Voices of African Women - Video

Theo Sowa: We Need The Voices of African Women - Video
In this TEDxChange talk, Theo Sowa talks about voice and representation of African women. At the HIV/AIDS conference in Toronto, Canada (XVI International AIDS Conference, 2006), she noticed that issues of care and treatment impacting girls and ...
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Lessons Learned and Experiences related to IPV Introduction

Lessons Learned and Experiences related to IPV Introduction
"The introduction of any new vaccine into routine vaccination programs requires a complex set of activities including: mobilization and leverage of political will and country leadership; advocacy and communications; advanced planning...; broad ...
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Mental Health Crises in Pakistan

Mental Health Crises in Pakistan
Author: Rana Tassawar Ali, July 9 2014 - Mental health is not a priority of any regime; it is a most neglected field in Pakistan. Mental health crises do not get attention at any time in this country; there is no good mental health care in ...
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Responsive Parenting: A Strategy to Prevent Violence

Responsive Parenting: A Strategy to Prevent Violence
"This edition explores the approaches and evidence for the effectiveness of a range of programmes that have been developed to educate and support parents in becoming more responsive to their children."
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A fresh approach to communicating climate change

A fresh approach to communicating climate change
Author: Sonia Whitehead, July 2 2014 - The world engulfed in flames, smoke smothering innocent bystanders, cow carcasses lying on dry bed of earth - these doomsday images have become synonymous with climate change communication efforts. But the ...
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Effective Approaches for Programming to Reduce Adolescent Vulnerability to ...

Effective Approaches for Programming to Reduce Adolescent Vulnerability to HIV Infection, HIV Risk, and HIV-Related Morbidity and Mortality: A Systematic Review of Systematic Reviews
"HIV programming for adolescents should focus on interventions of proven effectiveness and address underlying factors driving incidence and lack of effective treatment and care in this age group."
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PEI Campaign for Scientific Independence of Africa

PEI Campaign for Scientific Independence of Africa
Author: Mehta Garima, June 28 2014 - The Millennium Development Goals for Africa are due to run out in 2015 and this has led to some of the best minds on the continent and the UN [United Nations] turning to what future targets should be set to ...
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South Sudan: making PSAs that matter

South Sudan: making PSAs that matter
Author: Cassie Biggs, June 27 2014 - Voice of Hope radio station in the South Sudanese town of Wau lies in a green and peaceful compound, overlooked by an impressive red brick cathedral built in the 1900s. I had the chance to visit this friendly ...
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Transforming family health in India: lessons learned

Transforming family health in India: lessons learned
Author: Radharani Mitra, June 26 2014 - Over the past three and a half years, a large team of over 250 people has been hard at work on an ambitious project that aims to improve family health in Bihar, one of the poorest and most populous states ...
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A new Nigeria begins with me

A new Nigeria begins with me
Author: Abosede Olowoyeye, February 14 2014 - It was a typical Sunday morning. I was in the car driving to church and happily humming a tune to myself. But then, as I took a turn off the highway, I found the road ahead blocked - cordoned off for ...
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Video Girls for Change: Participatory Video for Monitoring and Evaluation ...

Video Girls for Change: Participatory Video for Monitoring and Evaluation Initiative Final Project Report
This 73-page final report describes the activities and learning from a Participatory Video for Monitoring and Evaluation capacity building (PV for M&E) initiative implemented by InsightShare with Population Council Guatemala and BRAC Uganda, ...
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Business and Cervical Cancer: Issue Brief

Business and Cervical Cancer: Issue Brief
"I am concerned and I call on everyone to be concerned that many more women will die today and tomorrow from highly preventable and treatable conditions while we continue to pay lip service." - Dr. Christine Kaseba-Sata, First Lady of Zambia This ...
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Pakistan: How the People of Pakistan Live with Climate Change and What ...

Pakistan: How the People of Pakistan Live with Climate Change and What Communication Can Do
"How do people in Pakistan live with climate change now? How will its impacts shape their future, and how will they, in turn, shape their environment? What are the most effective ways to support people to adapt to climate change, and how best can ...
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Lessons Learned From a Review of Interventions for Adolescent and Young Key ...

Lessons Learned From a Review of Interventions for Adolescent and Young Key Populations in Asia Pacific and Opportunities for Programming
This review was initiated to identify interventions on HIV prevention in the Asia Pacific region with demonstrated or potential impact for adolescent and young key populations (YKP), "looking at the role of individual and structural factors in ...
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Lessons Learned From Scale-Up of Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision ...

Lessons Learned From Scale-Up of Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision Focusing on Adolescents: Benefits, Challenges, and Potential Opportunities for Linkages with Adolescent HIV, Sexual, and Reproductive Health Services
"By December 2013, it was estimated that close to 6 million men had been circumcised in the 14 priority countries for scaling up voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC), the majority being adolescents (10-19 years). This article discusses why ...
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Yoga Fusion: Yoga in Action for Post-Conflict Reconciliation

Yoga Fusion: Yoga in Action for Post-Conflict Reconciliation
"Yoga Fusion explores the benefits at social level of individual paths of self awareness and recognition of 'the other' as an individual facing similar challenges as human being with a similar body, and similar but different limitations and ...
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What HIV Programs Work for Adolescent Girls?

What HIV Programs Work for Adolescent Girls?
In this study, in order to evaluate the high rates of HIV infection among adolescent girls and to present evidence on what works globally to address the risk, researchers reviewed evidence on programming for adolescents from 150 studies and ...
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Lifelines: The Quest for Global Health

Lifelines: The Quest for Global Health
This series from Al Jazeera is a cross-platform television series and digital project. From the website: "...[I]ts purpose is to engage global audiences around solutions-based health stories, with particular reference to the diseases and ...
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School-girl pregnancies: Elephant in the room for Zambian schools

School-girl pregnancies: Elephant in the room for Zambian schools
Author: Elias Banda, June 23 2014 - The large number of Zambian school girls under the age of 16-years-old falling pregnant within the school system is a serious cause for concern that should make all of us to pause and seek honest answers on how ...
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The HPV Vaccination in Japan: Issues and Options

The HPV Vaccination in Japan: Issues and Options
"This paper explores how Japan’s response to HPV [human papillomavirus] vaccine concerns has been perceived across the globe and illustrates examples in other countries that have faced similar challenges, such as Australia, France, India, and the ...
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Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship Program

Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship Program
The Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, D.C., United States, invites applications for fellowships in 2015-2016.  This federally funded programme enables democracy activists, ...
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Looking beyond the minimum: The case of justice for women domestic workers

Looking beyond the minimum: The case of justice for women domestic workers
Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, June 17 2014 - It is three years since the ILO [International Labour Organization] Domestic Workers Convention (C 189) was adopted on June 16, 2011 (ILO, n.da). The Convention emphasises State responsibility in ...
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Charting the Course of Education and HIV

Charting the Course of Education and HIV
"From the beginning, the education sector has played a central role in responding to HIV. However, its role and the contribution of school-based HIV education has been the subject of much debate."
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How Social Networks Predict Epidemics

How Social Networks Predict Epidemics
In this TED talk transcript of Nicholas Christakis's 2010 talk, he describes studying a research approach of forming networks by having a primary group of people select and connect friends with the network. He and a colleague are looking for "the ...
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UN Climate Talks: changing the conversation about climate change

UN Climate Talks: changing the conversation about climate change
Author: Delia Lloyd, June 13 2014 - When I was invited to speak on a panel at a UN conference on climate change in Bonn, Germany, I wasn't sure what to expect. I envisioned a large, dimly lit amphitheatre filled with diplomats in dark suits, ...
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Making friends with Mehendi

Making friends with Mehendi
Author: Shefali Chaturvedi, June 13 2014 - It was my first foreign trip. My first international conference. And my first chance to talk about our radio programme Khirki Mehendiwali on the international stage.
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The New A-3B-4C-T of HIV Prevention

The New A-3B-4C-T of HIV Prevention
From bloggers Neil M. Orr and David R. Patient, June 3 2014 - The Failure of the ABC Approach
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