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How can media help people in Bangladesh prepare for disasters?
January 22, 2018

How can media help people in Bangladesh prepare for disasters?

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Author: BBC Media Action Bangladesh's Research Officer Aniqa Hossain, originally posted January 15 2018 - In Bangladesh, we’re pretty disaster-prone. Cyclones are a regular occurrence and much of our coastline is low-lying and often floods. This ...

Influencing Behaviours and Practices to Tackle Poverty and Injustice
January 22, 2018

Influencing Behaviours and Practices to Tackle Poverty and Injustice

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Convinced that effective behaviour change strategies can play a vital role in combating poverty, injustice, and environmental degradation - whether by helping end gender-based violence, improving health and hygiene behaviours, or reducing ...

Strategies to Increase the Demand for Childhood Vaccination in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
January 22, 2018

Strategies to Increase the Demand for Childhood Vaccination in Low- and ...

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A group of researchers carried out a systematic review and meta-analysis to evaluate whether demand-side interventions - e.g., knowledge transfer or communication campaigns - increase uptake of routine childhood vaccination in low- and ...

National Consultation on Strengthening Community Radio in India: Working Papers and Recommendations
January 19, 2018

National Consultation on Strengthening Community Radio in India: Working ...

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On April 11 and 12 2017, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Chair on Community Media and UNESCO organised the National Consultation on Strengthening Community Radio in India in order to revisit the ...

I Am Malala: A Resource Guide for Educators and A Toolkit for After-School Clubs
January 19, 2018

I Am Malala: A Resource Guide for Educators and A Toolkit for After-School Clubs

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To expand the reach of Malala Yousafzai's memoir, I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, and spread her message to young activists around the world, the Global Women's Institute (GWI) of the George ...

Supporting Innovation and the Use of Technologies in Accountability Initiatives: Lessons from Making All Voices Count
January 18, 2018

Supporting Innovation and the Use of Technologies in Accountability ...

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Making All Voices Count was an international initiative that harnessed the power of innovation and new technologies to support effective, accountable governance. The research, evidence, and learning (REL) component led the process of building an ...

Theories of Change for Promoting Empowerment and Accountability in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Settings
January 17, 2018

Theories of Change for Promoting Empowerment and Accountability in Fragile ...

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Published by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) in association with the Action for Empowerment and Accountability Research Programme (A4EA), this paper explores the current state of thinking among a range of aid actors (multilaterals, ...

The Journal of Development Communication
January 16, 2018

The Journal of Development Communication

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The main objective of The Journal of Development Communication, or JDC, is to examine the role of communication in promoting national and regional development in developing countries worldwide. Launched in 1989, the peer-reviewed journal is ...

Social Media in Afghanistan: Users and Engagement
January 16, 2018

Social Media in Afghanistan: Users and Engagement

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"Social media is still in its infancy in Afghanistan, with a small and mostly homogenous user base of educated, relatively wealthy, predominately male users....But while small, it holds opportunity for engagement and expression."

Bridging the Gap: Rebuilding Citizen Trust in the Media
January 15, 2018

Bridging the Gap: Rebuilding Citizen Trust in the Media

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This publication, commissioned by the Open Society Foundation and Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, describes the results of a study on how journalists are experimenting with building trust and engaging with ...

Communicating Risk in Public Health Emergencies
January 12, 2018

Communicating Risk in Public Health Emergencies

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Created by the World Health Organization (WHO) Department of Infectious Hazard Management in collaboration with the WHO Department of Communications, the recommendations in this resource provide overarching, evidence-based guidance on how risk ...

Key Messages: Getting the Most out of Polio Eradication
January 12, 2018

Key Messages: Getting the Most out of Polio Eradication

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"It is ultimately the political dimension and the strength of political linkages made that will determine the fate of this global health initiative." The Global Health Centre (GHC) at the Graduate Institute of International and Development ...

Social Theory After the Internet: Media, Technology and Globalization
January 11, 2018

Social Theory After the Internet: Media, Technology and Globalization

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"New technologies-in-use have made a difference to social development, and for this reason the internet and how it has displaced traditional media cannot be dealt with within the silos of disciplinary specialization or empirically investigated ...

Blind Spot: Reaching out to Men and Boys
January 11, 2018

Blind Spot: Reaching out to Men and Boys

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"[S]ocietal gender inequality and many efforts to address it share a common blind spot: how gender norms that encourage male dominance and emphasize myths of male invulnerability are also harmful to men and boys." Released on World AIDS Day ...

Changing the National Family Planning Policy in Niger: an urgent imperative?
January 11, 2018

Changing the National Family Planning Policy in Niger: an urgent imperative?

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Author: Balkissa Harouna, January 11 2018 - NIGER: a landlocked country in West Africa, with about 17 million inhabitants, holding the world record of the strongest fertility rate: 8 children on average for a woman. This picture is the one most ...

Learning Initiative on Norms, Exploitation and Abuse Webinar Series
January 10, 2018

Learning Initiative on Norms, Exploitation and Abuse Webinar Series

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This series of webinars is being hosted by the LINEA (Learning Initiative on Norms, Exploitation and Abuse) Network, a project of the Gender Violence and Health Centre at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, which works to prevent ...

The Father Factor: How Community Video Encourages Male Involvement for Better   Nutrition and Hygiene Behaviors in Niger
January 9, 2018

The Father Factor: How Community Video Encourages Male Involvement for ...

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"In Niger, where the Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING) project has worked to improve nutrition since 2015, MIYCN [maternal, infant, and young child nutrition] behaviors are influenced by cultural ...

How Does the Time Children Spend Using Digital Technology Impact Their Mental Well-Being, Social Relationships and Physical Activity? An Evidence-Focused Literature Review
January 9, 2018

How Does the Time Children Spend Using Digital Technology Impact Their ...

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"Understandably, parents, teachers and others who have an interest in children's health and well-being become increasingly concerned as children spend more time using digital technology, but are also confused by the lack of consensus on whether ...

The Benefit of the Doubt or Doubts over Benefits? A Systematic Literature Review of Perceived Risks of Vaccines in European Populations
January 8, 2018

The Benefit of the Doubt or Doubts over Benefits? A Systematic Literature ...

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"In addition to identifying concerns about vaccination in Europe, this study confirmed the notion that individuals have many safety concerns about vaccination and often believe that the risks of vaccination outweigh their benefits." Previous ...

Immunization Effects of a Communication Intervention to Promote Preteen HPV Vaccination in Primary Care Practices
January 8, 2018

Immunization Effects of a Communication Intervention to Promote Preteen HPV ...

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"The Protect Them study shows promise for practice-based communication strategies - including age-appropriate discussion of HPV as a preventable STI - to be effective in promoting preteen HPV vaccination."

Tailoring Immunization Programmes for Seasonal Influenza (TIP FLU): A Guide for Increasing Pregnant Women's Uptake of Seasonal Influenza Vaccination
January 8, 2018

Tailoring Immunization Programmes for Seasonal Influenza (TIP FLU): A Guide ...

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"The TIP approach is an adaptable, people-centred approach to immunization programmes, engaging individuals and communities in shaping how vaccination services are provided, in order to achieve and sustain high immunization coverage in the WHO ...

Medic Mobile Case Study by UNESCO-Pearson Initiative for Literacy
January 5, 2018

Medic Mobile Case Study by UNESCO-Pearson Initiative for Literacy

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"....Medic Mobile was launched in Nepal in 2013 as a mobile phone-based health monitoring solution using a simple data capture interface appropriate for community health workers (CHWs) with low levels of literacy and technical skills."

Lessons Learned on IPV Introduction and the Switch from tOPV to bOPV in the Americas
January 2, 2018

Lessons Learned on IPV Introduction and the Switch from tOPV to bOPV in the ...

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"One measure we used to know whether the communication was working was to see the tone of the messages in the media, and we saw mostly positive or neutral messages, which was a good indication that things were going well." - Lauren Vulanovic, ...

How Can We Use the 'Science of Stories' to Produce Persuasive Scientific Stories?
January 2, 2018

How Can We Use the 'Science of Stories' to Produce Persuasive Scientific ...

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"[T]o better connect with audiences communicators would do well to recognize themselves as storytellers - not to distort the truth, but to help people to connect with problems and issues on a more human level in terms of what matters to them."

MIRA Channel Case Study by UNESCO-Pearson Initiative for Literacy
January 2, 2018

MIRA Channel Case Study by UNESCO-Pearson Initiative for Literacy

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Launched in 2012 by the Indian organisation ZMQ Development, MIRA Channel is an integrated mobile phone service providing communication and information tools for maternal and child health care to rural women in low-resource settings. "The ...

What Constitutes Responsiveness of Physicians: A Qualitative Study in Rural Bangladesh
January 2, 2018

What Constitutes Responsiveness of Physicians: A Qualitative Study in Rural ...

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Derived from the fields of medical ethics, human rights, and human development, the concept of responsiveness entails the social actions by health providers to meet the legitimate expectations of patients. Observing that responsiveness plays a ...

Global Sexual and Reproductive Health Package for Men and Adolescent Boys
December 26, 2017

Global Sexual and Reproductive Health Package for Men and Adolescent Boys

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"The Global Sexual and Reproductive Health Service Package... aims to increase the range and quality of sexual and reproductive services provided that meet the specific and diverse needs of men and adolescents boys." This service package for ...

Civil Society Involvement in Family Planning: A Review of Global Programming and Evidence
December 19, 2017

Civil Society Involvement in Family Planning: A Review of Global Programming ...

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Civil society organisations (CSOs) are often involved in expanding services, raising awareness, generating demand, and advocating for an improved enabling environment to ensure women and men have full, free, and informed choice to determine ...

Lessons Learnt from Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination in 45 Low- and Middle-Income Countries
December 19, 2017

Lessons Learnt from Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination in 45 Low- and ...

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This article synthesises lessons learned and determinants of success from human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine demonstration projects and national programmes in low- and middle-income countries (LAMICs). Between January 2007 and May 2016, over 80 ...

Technical Advisory Group on Polio Eradication for the Horn of Africa Countries: 16th Meeting Report
December 19, 2017

Technical Advisory Group on Polio Eradication for the Horn of Africa ...

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"The TAG congratulates the HOA countries for implementing most of the recommendations from the 15th HOA TAG and for progress in building strong C4D [communication for development] networks in many countries and integrating C4D into the ...

Guidance for Managing Ethical Issues in Infectious Disease Outbreaks
December 18, 2017

Guidance for Managing Ethical Issues in Infectious Disease Outbreaks

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"The importance given to communication during an infectious disease outbreak can make or break public health efforts, and WHO takes this very seriously." - Dr Marie-Paule Kieny, WHO Assistant Director-General, Health Systems and Innovation This ...

Communication is key to quashing suspicion around vaccination drives
December 18, 2017

Communication is key to quashing suspicion around vaccination drives

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Author: Wilmot James, December 14 2017 - Cynthia Gorney wrote in National Geographic in November about the phenomenon of "vaccine hesitancy". She cites the example of Pakistan, where polio vaccinators were turned away or attacked on the basis of ...

Little by Little: Exploring the Impact of Social Acceptance on Refugee Integration into Host Communities
December 15, 2017

Little by Little: Exploring the Impact of Social Acceptance on Refugee ...

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"It is very difficult here. There is discrimination, so people get to know you little by little." - Male Colombian refugee This study from Catholic Relief Services (CRS) explores the multifaceted ways - economic, political, social, and ...

De Taali
December 13, 2017

De Taali

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"With an entire programme focusing on adolescent empowerment, girls who have been raised in a culture of silence are getting the courage to raise and voice their concerns and opinions." - Supriya Tewari of Breakthrough Launched in 2016, De Taali ...

Key Populations: Evidence in Action - Webinar Series
December 12, 2017

Key Populations: Evidence in Action - Webinar Series

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The Linkages across the Continuum of HIV Services for Key Populations Affected by HIV (LINKAGES) project is hosting monthly webinars in order to optimise service delivery for key populations - sex workers, men who have sex with men, people who ...

The State of the World's Children 2017: Children in a Digital World
December 12, 2017

The State of the World's Children 2017: Children in a Digital World

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"Making the digital space better for children requires collaboration and cooperation among governments, United Nations agencies and other international children's organizations, civil society, the private sector, academia and the technical ...

Youth and Violent Extremism on Social Media: Mapping the Research
December 11, 2017

Youth and Violent Extremism on Social Media: Mapping the Research

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"Attempts to prevent Internet dimensions of the violent radicalization of youth do not have proven efficacy, but on the other hand it is clear that they can damage online freedoms, especially freedom of expression, freedom of information, privacy ...

Every Last Hiding Place: Fifteenth Report of the Independent Monitoring Board of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative
December 8, 2017

Every Last Hiding Place: Fifteenth Report of the Independent Monitoring ...

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"A major risk for the eradication is complacency, something for which there is no metric that can be monitored....That is one of the biggest challenges for the Polio Programme and can only be resolved by hands-on leadership." This, the 15th ...

Urban Adolescent SRH SBCC I-Kit Pilot Qualitative Research & Case Study Report
December 7, 2017

Urban Adolescent SRH SBCC I-Kit Pilot Qualitative Research & Case Study Report

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In 2015, the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) project developed the Urban Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Social and Behavior Change Communications Implementation Kit (I-Kit) to help guide the creation, or ...

Understanding and Tackling the Gendered Drivers of Poor Adolescent Mental Health
December 6, 2017

Understanding and Tackling the Gendered Drivers of Poor Adolescent Mental Health

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"We hypothesize that rigid social norms and gender-based discrimination limit the perceived control that both girls and boys have over their own lives and futures, and that this perceived lack of control can have deleterious effects on their ...

Moving Forward on Strengthening and Sustaining National Immunization Technical Advisory Groups (NITAGs) Globally: Recommendations from the 2nd Global NITAG Network Meeting
December 6, 2017

Moving Forward on Strengthening and Sustaining National Immunization ...

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National Immunization Technical Advisory Groups (NITAGs) provide independent, evidence-informed advice to assist their governments in immunisation policy formation. In 2016, recognising that NITAGs could potentially benefit from intercountry ...

Peer Education Program to Reduce Tuberculosis and HIV Risks in Tanzania Prisons: Pocket Guide for Peer Educators
December 6, 2017

Peer Education Program to Reduce Tuberculosis and HIV Risks in Tanzania ...

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This guide is designed to support peer education programmes among inmates and prison staff in Tanzania. It seeks to encourage behaviour change to reduce the risk of HIV and tuberculosis (TB) by educating inmates and prison staff about what leads ...

Facilitator's Guide for Father-to-Father Support Groups: Infant and Young Child Feeding and Gender in Ghana
December 6, 2017

Facilitator's Guide for Father-to-Father Support Groups: Infant and Young ...

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This facilitator's guide was developed by the Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING) project in Ghana to support discussions among groups of fathers in order to improve men’s support to women in the ...

Reasons for Non-Vaccination: Parental Vaccine Hesitancy and the Childhood Influenza Vaccination School Pilot Programme in England
December 5, 2017

Reasons for Non-Vaccination: Parental Vaccine Hesitancy and the Childhood ...

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"This study is a reminder of the importance of asking parents their reasons for non-vaccination to identify all reasons, including perhaps unexpected ones." In 2013, the annual influenza immunisation programme in England was extended to children ...

Gender Equality: Our Approach and Strategy - BBC Media Action
December 5, 2017

Gender Equality: Our Approach and Strategy - BBC Media Action

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"This paper outlines BBC Media Action’s approach to Gender Equality and our strategy for achieving impact in this area. This paper reviews and builds on learnings and evidence from initiatives that have sought to advance gender equality through ...

Research on Subgroups Is not Research on Equity Attributes: Evidence from an Overview of Systematic Reviews on Vaccination
December 5, 2017

Research on Subgroups Is not Research on Equity Attributes: Evidence from an ...

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Through an overview of systematic reviews (SRs) in the area of vaccination, this study aims to describe how, globally, research on the effects of interventions on vaccination coverage has looked specifically at vulnerable populations, and, in ...

We Change the World: What Can We Learn from Global Social Movements for Health?
December 5, 2017

We Change the World: What Can We Learn from Global Social Movements for Health?

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This report from the global innovation foundation Nesta presents actionable ways to grow social movements based on the practical experience of over 40 social movement leaders, allies, and dissenters around the world. It looks primarily at four ...

Right to Health
December 1, 2017

Right to Health

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Launched ahead of World AIDS Day 2017, this Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) report attributes recent rises in access to treatment in part to the courage and determination of people living with HIV demanding and claiming their ...

Who Cares What Others Think? The Role of Latinas' Acculturation in the Processing of HPV Vaccination Narrative Messages
November 30, 2017

Who Cares What Others Think? The Role of Latinas' Acculturation in the ...

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"[H]ealth campaigns can be used to change beliefs and teach new behaviors, as long as they account for the fact that the audience's cultural background and social environment can either reinforce or attenuate persuasion."

Using Technology to Document Violations: Enabling Sex-worker Communities to Document Violence Against Them in India and Cambodia
November 30, 2017

Using Technology to Document Violations: Enabling Sex-worker Communities to ...

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Carried out by the Tactical Technology Collective (Tactical Tech) and funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), this project was based on the assumption that enabling sex workers in India and Cambodia to document violations ...

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