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Simple SIM Cards Provide Sexual Health and Safety for Sex Workers in Uganda
August 25, 2016

Simple SIM Cards Provide Sexual Health and Safety for Sex Workers in Uganda

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Author: Julie Taylor, August 25 2016 - New initiative by Lady Mermaid's Bureau fosters access to information and protects sex workers’ rights In Uganda, commercial sex work is illegal and perceived as immoral and socially unacceptable. As a ...

Storytelling, Participatory Media, and International Health and Human Rights
August 24, 2016

Storytelling, Participatory Media, and International Health and Human Rights

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Please join StoryCenter for a free one-hour webinar, Storytelling, Participatory Media, and International Health and Human Rights.   For the past ten years, StoryCenter’s Silence Speaks initiative has been exploring how narrative and ...

Communication for Humanitarian Action Toolkit (CHAT)
August 24, 2016

Communication for Humanitarian Action Toolkit (CHAT)

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"Well-planned communication can help to promote community resilience and reduce vulnerability to a wide range of disasters and emergency situations." From the University of Adelaide, Applied Communication Collaborative Research Unit (ACCRU), the ...

National Emergency Action Plan for Polio Eradication 2016/17 [Pakistan]
August 24, 2016

National Emergency Action Plan for Polio Eradication 2016/17 [Pakistan]

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"Our communications strategy was very effective in building community acceptance and demand for vaccination and in particular has positioned our brave 'Frontline Workers' as the true heroes of polio eradication working tirelessly for and within ...

How Do We Know If a Program Made a Difference? A Guide to Statistical Methods for Program Impact Evaluation
August 23, 2016

How Do We Know If a Program Made a Difference? A Guide to Statistical ...

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It is our hope that this manual opens the door for the reader to a truly powerful set of tools that allow for us to understand the implications of human welfare programs, in the process providing crucial information about what works and what does ...

Community Radio and Sustainability: A Participatory Research Initiative
August 23, 2016

Community Radio and Sustainability: A Participatory Research Initiative

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"The study shows that Community Radio will have to continue a high level of engagement with its community over a longer period of time, enabling listening audiences and community members to play successively bigger roles in all aspects of its ...

Education and Transitional Justice: Opportunities and Challenges for Peacebuilding
August 19, 2016

Education and Transitional Justice: Opportunities and Challenges for ...

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"The contribution that education can make to peace depends not only on measures such as the physical reconstruction of schools, the reincorporation of young people into the education system, and school curricula that promote universal values of ...

Child-Centered Disaster Risk Reduction in South Asia: Basic Concepts
August 19, 2016

Child-Centered Disaster Risk Reduction in South Asia: Basic Concepts

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"The understanding that children and young people can evolve from vulnerable individuals to empowered citizens lies at the heart of child-centred DRR."

CR Self Assessment Guide
August 19, 2016

CR Self Assessment Guide

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This is a simple, action-oriented self-assessment tool for community radio (CR) stations to assess their structure and performance on a variety of parameters. New Delhi, India's Ideosync Media Combine poses a variety of questions to spark ...

Communication for Development Guidelines for Responding to Polio Events and Outbreaks Post Switch
August 18, 2016

Communication for Development Guidelines for Responding to Polio Events and ...

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In light of the fact that a fast, effective response to stop new polio outbreaks in previously polio-free countries is crucial to meet the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI)'s aim of global eradication, this document provides guidelines ...

Understanding the Role of Indigenous Community Participation in Indigenous Prenatal and Infant-Toddler Health Promotion Programs in Canada: A Realist Review
August 18, 2016

Understanding the Role of Indigenous Community Participation in Indigenous ...

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Disparities in Indigenous maternal-child health outcomes persist in relatively affluent nations such as Canada, despite significant health promotion investments. Indigenous community and organisational political leaders, policymakers, knowledge ...

Are gender-transformative evaluations in conflict situations different from similar evaluations in other settings?
August 18, 2016

Are gender-transformative evaluations in conflict situations different from ...

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Author: Ranjani K Murthy, August 18 2016 - Gender-transformative evaluations seek to assess impact of policies, programmes and projects on transforming gender and other social relations.  These evaluations: adopt transformative evaluation ...

Community Participation for Transformative Action on Women's, Children's and Adolescents' Health
August 17, 2016

Community Participation for Transformative Action on Women's, Children's and ...

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"The Global strategy for women's, children's and adolescents' health (2016-2030) recognizes that people have a central role in improving their own health. We propose that community participation, particularly communities working together with ...

Community Participation in Health Systems Research: A Systematic Review Assessing the State of Research, the Nature of Interventions Involved and the Features of Engagement with Communities
August 17, 2016

Community Participation in Health Systems Research: A Systematic Review ...

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"Community participation can be instrumental as working with communities can help make interventions more relevant to local needs, informed by local knowledge and priorities, and therefore more effective. More fundamentally, depending on the ...

"You runaway": the challenges of research in South Sudan
August 17, 2016

"You runaway": the challenges of research in South Sudan

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Author: Trish Doherty, August 17 2016: Writing from Juba, Research Manager Trish Doherty explains the importance of conducting research in conflict-affected countries like South Sudan – despite the very real risks for both researchers and the ...

From Principle to Practice: Implementing the Principles for Digital Development
August 17, 2016

From Principle to Practice: Implementing the Principles for Digital Development

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“The Principles for Digital Development are a framework for considering both the possibilities and the challenges that digital development can present.” ~ Jens Karberg, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

Exploring the Role of Community Engagement in Improving the Health of Disadvantaged Populations: A Systematic Review
August 16, 2016

Exploring the Role of Community Engagement in Improving the Health of ...

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"The findings suggest that CE models can lead to improved health and health behaviours among disadvantaged populations if designed properly and implemented through effective community consultation and participation."

Community Participation in Developing and Assessing Household Food Security in the Highlands of Northern Thailand
August 16, 2016

Community Participation in Developing and Assessing Household Food Security ...

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"To understand what the local communities meant by food security with respect to their own context, we conducted group discussions and workshops where members of the community at each site, both man and women, participated in the discussion ...

Women Empowered (WE) Fighting Zika in Guatemala
August 16, 2016

Women Empowered (WE) Fighting Zika in Guatemala

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"During times of emergency, when individuals, families and communities face a new epidemic, being able to identify who is most at risk, and understanding how it happens and how to prevent it, is crucially important for those we are most vulnerable."

CLTS Learning Series: Lessons from CLTS Implementation in Seven Countries
August 16, 2016

CLTS Learning Series: Lessons from CLTS Implementation in Seven Countries

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This report shares key findings that emerged from a cross-country synthesis of rural sanitation behaviour change processes using the Community-led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach implemented by Plan International Country Offices (COs) in ...

Pushing the Boundaries: Understanding Women's Participation and Empowerment
August 16, 2016

Pushing the Boundaries: Understanding Women's Participation and Empowerment

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"For women to be able to push the boundaries of power it is essential for them to have the opportunity to participate, to organise and discuss issues affecting their lives, to explore concepts of women's rights and to analyse how power operates ...

Evaluation of Child and Youth Participation in Peacebuilding
August 16, 2016

Evaluation of Child and Youth Participation in Peacebuilding

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This report highlights the results of an evaluation of peacebuilding initiatives involving children and youth in three countries: Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and Nepal. The objectives of the study are to: explore children ...

Research Findings about Organisations Engaging in Media Assistance in the Fields of Journalism Training, Civil Society Support, and Good Governance
August 15, 2016

Research Findings about Organisations Engaging in Media Assistance in the ...

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This literature review from Media Conflict and DEMocratisation (MeCoDEM) provides a systematic overview of findings on media assistance in the fields of journalism training, civil society support, and good governance. MeCoDEM is a research ...

Exploring the Link between Child and Youth Participation and Development Effectiveness
August 12, 2016

Exploring the Link between Child and Youth Participation and Development ...

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"A key learning of the research to date is the need to recognise the different perspectives of the various research participant groups to child and youth participation, in considering programming activities and how best to ensure support from ...

Ukraine Media (U-Media) Project
August 12, 2016

Ukraine Media (U-Media) Project

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The 5-year (Oct 2011-Sept 2016) Ukraine Media (U-Media) Project promotes the development of a free, vibrant and professional media sector in Ukraine, which provides a range of news and information, serves as a watchdog in the public interest, and ...

One Win Leads to Another
August 10, 2016

One Win Leads to Another

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Coinciding with the beginning of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, UN Women, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and Always/Whisper launched the One Win Leads to Another initiative, community-based programme to build ...

Communication for Land Governance in Guatemala
August 10, 2016

Communication for Land Governance in Guatemala

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"Participatory communication is a powerful means to enable the informed and active participation of individuals and groups in decisions that affect their life." - Marzia Pafumi, FAO A communication for development (ComDev) initiative organised ...

Medscape Vaccine Acceptance Report 2016
August 10, 2016

Medscape Vaccine Acceptance Report 2016

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Noting that "[t]he personal and public health impact of vaccine hesitancy, if it culminates in refusal, is substantial", the online global destination for physicians and healthcare professionals worldwide, Medscape, surveyed more than 1,500 ...

This Is How We Stop Zika
August 5, 2016

This Is How We Stop Zika

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Carried out from July through September 2016 by RTI International, this research-based multimedia campaign aims at empowering pregnant women on how to prevent Zika virus transmission in Puerto Rico. The campaign, part of an effort with the ...

Integrated community case management of childhood illness is happening in Bondo, western Kenya
August 4, 2016

Integrated community case management of childhood illness is happening in ...

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Author: Herman Jaoko and Dyness Kasungami, August 4 2016 - Victoria Achieng has been a community health volunteer (CHV) for more than seven years in Nyaguda village in Bondo, a sub county of western Kenya. Until recently, her primary role was to ...

Why Do People Do What They Do? A Social Norms Manual for Zimbabwe and Swaziland
August 4, 2016

Why Do People Do What They Do? A Social Norms Manual for Zimbabwe and Swaziland

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This training manual offers a detailed explanation of what social norms are and how they influence behaviour - with a particular emphasis on behaviour related to violence against children. The manual forms part of a series of products from The ...

Evidence-Based Engagement of the Somali Pastoralists of the Horn of Africa in Polio Immunization: Overview of Tracking, Cross-Border, Operations, and Communication Strategies
August 3, 2016

Evidence-Based Engagement of the Somali Pastoralists of the Horn of Africa ...

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Building on the experience of the 2013-2014 wild poliovirus (WPV) outbreak in the Horn of Africa, this study examines applied strategies that helped to engage pastoralists of the Somali cluster (Somalia, Somali Region of Ethiopia, and North-East ...

Community Engagement, Routine Immunization, and the Polio Legacy in Northern Nigeria
August 3, 2016

Community Engagement, Routine Immunization, and the Polio Legacy in Northern ...

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"The transition plan for the Polio Eradication Initiative in Nigeria must give a prominent role to community volunteers. They have and will continue to have a major influence on supporting routine immunization and maintaining trust of the primary ...

Why Debunking Myths About Vaccines Hasn't Convinced Dubious Parents
August 2, 2016

Why Debunking Myths About Vaccines Hasn't Convinced Dubious Parents

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Author: Christopher Graves, February 20 2015 [cross-posted from the Harvard Business Review, linked below] - Seventeen years ago, a physician in the UK [United Kingdom] published a study of twelve children who had been given the MMR (measles, ...

Physician Communication Training and Parental Vaccine Hesitancy: A Randomized Trial
August 2, 2016

Physician Communication Training and Parental Vaccine Hesitancy: A ...

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"A physician-targeted communications intervention was not effective in changing maternal vaccine hesitancy from birth to 6 months or in improving physician confidence in communicating with parents....Further research should determine the most ...

Engaging Migrants and Other Stakeholders to Improve Communication in Cross-Cultural Consultation in Primary Care: A Theoretically Informed Participatory Study
August 1, 2016

Engaging Migrants and Other Stakeholders to Improve Communication in ...

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"From our findings, participatory approaches can be used at the outset of an implementation journey to enable migrants to work with other key stakeholders to select an intervention that makes sense in their local setting and that they will engage ...

How to Design Projects to End Violence against Women and Girls
August 1, 2016

How to Design Projects to End Violence against Women and Girls

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"Follow Moana's story as she uses this Toolkit to help design a project to promote safe and respectful relationships between young people in her community." This Toolkit brings together information, resources, and practical activities to help ...

Using Preference Parameter Estimates to Optimise Public Sector Wage Contracts
August 1, 2016

Using Preference Parameter Estimates to Optimise Public Sector Wage Contracts

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"Using smartphones to collect data on the performance of polio vaccination campaign workers is a cheap and reliable way to improve the existing monitoring activities. The use of geo stamped and time stamped data provides a good picture of the ...

A Systematic Review on Factors Affecting Community Participation towards Polio Immunization in Nigeria
August 1, 2016

A Systematic Review on Factors Affecting Community Participation towards ...

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Noting that poliomyelitis disease eradication has continued to falter in Nigeria, this paper examines research conducted on the factors affecting immunisation coverage in the country from social, political, cultural, religious, and economic ...

Manual on Social Norms and Change
August 1, 2016

Manual on Social Norms and Change

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This manual is meant for training programme managers to promote the abandonment of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C). It has been designed under a joint programme of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the United Nations ...

HC3 Landscaping Summary Report on Zika Coordination and Communication in Four Countries: Honduras, El Salvador, Dominican Republic and Guatemala
July 29, 2016

HC3 Landscaping Summary Report on Zika Coordination and Communication in ...

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"[T]he number of confirmed cases remains minimal, causing rumors and lack of trust towards public health authorities in the local press and social media, as well as the population, and even among practicing clinicians. Trust is an important ...

Cell Coverage: Reaching Pakistan's Children with the Polio Vaccine
July 29, 2016

Cell Coverage: Reaching Pakistan's Children with the Polio Vaccine

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"With better knowledge of the reasons for resistance to polio vaccines in specific regions, Rotary has been able to adapt its existing strategies appropriately, such as engaging religious and community leaders to educate them about the importance ...

Participatory Approaches Involving Community and Healthcare Providers in Family Planning/Contraceptive Information and Service Provision: A Scoping Review
July 29, 2016

Participatory Approaches Involving Community and Healthcare Providers in ...

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"Participation has been recognised as a precondition for sustainable development and for ensuring good-quality care and increased use of services..."

Communication and the polio endgame
July 28, 2016

Communication and the polio endgame

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Author: Caroline Sugg, Head of Special Projects at BBC Media Action, July 28 2016 - The sense of excitement in the public health community is palpable. While experts on polio warn against celebrating too soon, it looks as if this crippling ...

Inside a randomised control trial: insights from Bangladesh
July 28, 2016

Inside a randomised control trial: insights from Bangladesh

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Author: BBC Media Action Research and Learning team, July 27 2016 - BBC Media Action conducted its first ever randomised control trial (RCT) on the impact of our health programming on audiences. In this blog, we explore some of the methodological ...

Gender and Forests: Climate Change, Tenure, Value Chains and Emerging Issues
July 28, 2016

Gender and Forests: Climate Change, Tenure, Value Chains and Emerging Issues

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"This ...book brings together the work of gender and forestry specialists from various backgrounds and fields of research and action to analyse global gender conditions as related to forests."

Reporting on Gender-Based Violence in the Syria Crisis: Facilitator's Guide
July 28, 2016

Reporting on Gender-Based Violence in the Syria Crisis: Facilitator's Guide

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"While the media have a major role to play in tackling all types of violence, both traditional and new media in the Arab region continue to perpetuate stereotypes and generalisations about gender-based violence. Ethically flawed, unprofessional, ...

AIDSFree HIV Prevention Knowledge Base
July 27, 2016

AIDSFree HIV Prevention Knowledge Base

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The AIDSFree HIV Prevention Knowledge Base is an online collection of research and tools to help people who plan and implement evidence-based HIV prevention activities find what works in prevention. Each knowledge base topic is introduced with a ...

Gender Assessment of the Refugee and Migration Crisis in Serbia and fYR Macedonia
July 27, 2016

Gender Assessment of the Refugee and Migration Crisis in Serbia and fYR ...

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"The advance of ISIS terrified me. I bid farewell to my husband and sold my business in order escape with my daughter. I wanted her to be able to continue her studies in law and live a good life in peace. After years of conflict and unrest in ...

Reaching the Unreached with Polio Vaccine and Other Child Survival Interventions through Partnership with Military in Angola
July 26, 2016

Reaching the Unreached with Polio Vaccine and Other Child Survival ...

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"Using this partnership it was possible to reach a significant number of children in insecure and hard to reach areas with polio vaccine and other child survival interventions. The military partnership also contributed in increasing the demand ...

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