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Home-Based Record Redesigns That Worked: Lessons from Madagascar & Ethiopia
November 17, 2017

Home-Based Record Redesigns That Worked: Lessons from Madagascar & Ethiopia

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This document from JSI's Coordination and Implementation of Child Health Record Redesigns Project summarises two home-based records (HBR) redesign efforts in Madagascar and Ethiopia, including the background and rationale for considering a ...

Assessment of Source of Information for Polio Supplementary Immunization Activities in 2014 and 2015, Somali, Ethiopia
November 16, 2017

Assessment of Source of Information for Polio Supplementary Immunization ...

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Considering that communication is considered key for the successful implementation of polio vaccination campaigns, the purpose of this study is to review and analyse the sources of information utilised by caregivers during polio supplementary ...

Girls' Clubs and Empowerment Programmes
November 15, 2017

Girls' Clubs and Empowerment Programmes

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"This note highlights examples of girls’ clubs that have led to increasingly gender equitable attitudes and practices, from programmes in Burkina Faso to Bangladesh." This research and practice note from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) ...

The Impact and Cost of Child Marriage Prevention in Three African Settings
October 4, 2017

The Impact and Cost of Child Marriage Prevention in Three African Settings

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"Developing and testing streamlined, and minimum basic interventions is critical in the context of child marriage. The practice prevails in the poorest countries with large numbers of girls affected. Interventions that have the potential to reach ...

Applying Theory to Practice: CARE's Journey Piloting Social Norms Measures for Gender Programming
August 15, 2017

Applying Theory to Practice: CARE's Journey Piloting Social Norms Measures ...

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"CARE has found that there are persistent gender inequitable behaviors that are not changing despite working on attitudes and providing information, and where good policies are in place. CARE sought out to test whether a deeper understanding of ...

Immunization Review Meetings: "Low Hanging Fruit" for Capacity Building and Data Quality improvement?
July 28, 2017

Immunization Review Meetings: "Low Hanging Fruit" for Capacity Building and ...

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"Research has shown that peers can learn well from one another, share ideas and build knowledge and skills through adult learning methods like review meetings."

Integrated Social Behavior Change Communication to Improve Maternal, Infant, and Young Child Nutrition Practices
June 15, 2017

Integrated Social Behavior Change Communication to Improve Maternal, Infant, ...

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This technical brief describes the social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) approach used by the Empowering the New Generation to Improve Nutrition and Economic Opportunities (ENGINE) project, a multisector nutrition project implemented ...

The Polio Communication Network Contribution to the Polio Outbreak Response in Ethiopia's Somali Region, 2013-2015
June 8, 2017

The Polio Communication Network Contribution to the Polio Outbreak Response ...

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"The PCN experience in the Somali Region, one of Ethiopia's lowest-performing regions for health indicators, provides important communication lessons for the long term relevant to polio eradication and other public health programs."

Health partnerships in the Global South: more than a marriage of convenience
May 30, 2017

Health partnerships in the Global South: more than a marriage of convenience

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Author: BBC Media Action's Acting Head of Health and Resilience Sophia Wilkinson, originally posted on May 24 2017 - We use the word 'partnership' a lot in the development world. At a global level, we’re all 'partners' - a giant family of ...

Partnering with Women's Associations to Advocate for Stronger Infant and Young Child Feeding Policies and Programs: Lessons Learned From Alive & Thrive
May 24, 2017

Partnering with Women's Associations to Advocate for Stronger Infant and ...

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"In many countries throughout the developing world, women’s associations can be influential advocacy and education organizations that represent the voices of mothers to government and legislative bodies, while also providing a key communications ...

Engaging Medical Associations to Support Optimal Infant and Young Child Feeding: Lessons Learned From Alive & Thrive
May 24, 2017

Engaging Medical Associations to Support Optimal Infant and Young Child ...

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"Medical communities around the world play an important role in educating families about early child nutrition. Creating an enabling environment for mothers and families to adopt optimal IYCF [infant and young child feeding] practices is ...

The art of designing surveys about social norms: insights from Ethiopia
May 23, 2017

The art of designing surveys about social norms: insights from Ethiopia

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Author: BBC Media Action's Hilina Assefa and Lois Aspinall, originally published on May 17 2017 - How we view our role and relationships within our communities shapes how we behave – with important consequences for development. When widespread, ...

Media Engagement and Capacity-Building to Increase Commitment to IYCF Policies and Programs: Lessons Learned from Alive & Thrive
May 17, 2017

Media Engagement and Capacity-Building to Increase Commitment to IYCF ...

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"From 2010-2014, Alive & Thrive worked in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and Viet Nam to reduce undernutrition and death caused by sub-optimal infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices.... The initiative’s work includes a community component ...

Using social ties to make pregnancy safer: insights from Bangladesh and Ethiopia
May 3, 2017

Using social ties to make pregnancy safer: insights from Bangladesh and Ethiopia

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Author: BBC Media Action's Health Adviser Emebet Wuhib-Mutungi, originally posted on April 27 2017 - Following the launch of BBC Media Action's Global Health Stories site, Emebet Wuhib-Mutungi explains how influencing mothers-in-law and ...

The Drum Beat 733 - Global Health Stories
April 25, 2017

The Drum Beat 733 - Global Health Stories

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Global Health Stories - The Drum Beat 733April 26, 2017 In this issue:

Inspirational women and girls in our dramas
April 19, 2017

Inspirational women and girls in our dramas

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Author: BBC Media Action's Geraldine Sweetland, originally posted on March 8 2017 - To celebrate International Women’s Day 2017 (whose theme is #beboldforchange) – we take a closer look at some of the inspirational female characters (past and ...

Health communication changes lives by reaching millions
April 18, 2017

Health communication changes lives by reaching millions

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Author: BBC Media Action's Acting Head of Health and Resilience Sophia Wilkinson, originally posted on April 10 2017 - To mark the launch of our [BBC Media Action's] Global Health Stories site, Sophia Wilkinson explains how health communication ...

Stories of Land, Rights, and Culture: Indigenous Community Leaders Document Their Efforts to Protect Human Rights and Preserve Traditions
April 18, 2017

Stories of Land, Rights, and Culture: Indigenous Community Leaders Document ...

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"Dominant narratives about the 'development agenda' often fail to consider the needs and desires of indigenous communities, who face disproportionate threats to their rights and cultural traditions as a result of land grabs, climate change, and ...

Pathways to Change: Media, Communication and Health - BBC Media Action
April 6, 2017

Pathways to Change: Media, Communication and Health - BBC Media Action

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This short film explains the "theory of change" that lies behind BBC Media Action’s health programmes: how they expect media and communication to lead to healthier practices by influencing factors that "drive" behaviour - things like knowledge, ...

The Influencers - Bringing about Health Change in Bangladesh and Ethiopia - BBC Media Action
April 6, 2017

The Influencers - Bringing about Health Change in Bangladesh and Ethiopia - ...

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This film shows how BBC Media Action has helped women in two of the countries in which they work, Bangladesh and Ethiopia, to have safer pregnancies and healthier babies. They did this by inspiring pregnant women and those who influence them, ...

A Bigger Splash - Partnering for Impact: Lessons from BBC Media Action's Work to Improve Maternal and Child Health
March 23, 2017

A Bigger Splash - Partnering for Impact: Lessons from BBC Media Action's ...

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"By working with governmental and non-governmental partners, BBC Media Action's content was able to go beyond mass media to reach those without access, spark discussion and deepen the impact of work to improve reproductive, maternal and newborn ...

Bolstering Public Health Capacities through Global Polio Eradication
March 3, 2017

Bolstering Public Health Capacities through Global Polio Eradication

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"Despite the value of polio-funded assets to both the Ethiopian health system and U.S. global health goals, ensuring their continuation will involve challenging and complex planning and negotiations between the Ethiopian government and its health ...

Final Project Report: Her Farm Radio in Ethiopia, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda
October 11, 2017

Final Project Report: Her Farm Radio in Ethiopia, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda

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“Women carry out a substantial and growing part of the work on family farms and represent 43 per cent of the global agricultural workforce....For women to have more meaningful contributions to farm management and decision-making, they must have ...

Request for Proposals to Document Contributions of NGOs and Civil Society to Polio Eradication and the Potential for NGOs and Civil Society to Address Other Health Priorities through Community-based Approaches
February 10, 2017

Request for Proposals to Document Contributions of NGOs and Civil Society to ...

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"CGPP has consistently promoted and championed the inclusion and contributions of civil society to global polio eradication – by engaging with local communities and their leaders, and by using community mobilizers to reach every home to register ...

Lessons from Link Up! What's So Different About Adolescents? - Unique Challenges and Opportunities in Engaging 10-19 Year Olds in Integrated HIV and SRHR Services
January 19, 2017

Lessons from Link Up! What's So Different About Adolescents? - Unique ...

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“Adolescents are unique in their development, their health and their social needs; therefore, their service requirements are different.” This brief explores some of the key lessons learned from the Link Up programme related to engaging and ...

Engaging Communities through Enhanced Community Conversations
June 15, 2017

Engaging Communities through Enhanced Community Conversations

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“ENGINE’s SBCC activities focused on behavior-centered programming, which provides opportunities for families, health workers, and other community members to participate in formulating and testing proposed practices, strategies, activities, ...

Communication for Health Project
June 13, 2017

Communication for Health Project

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Communication for Health aims to measurably contribute to the adoption of healthy behaviours in four regions in Ethiopia (Amhara, Oromia, SNNPR and Tigray) by strengthening social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) capacity at the ...

Biiftuu Jireenyaa y Jember - Programas de Radio para mejorar la salud reproductiva en Etiopia
May 16, 2017

Biiftuu Jireenyaa y Jember - Programas de Radio para mejorar la salud ...

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Biiftuu Jireenyaa, que significa "Principio de vida" en lengua Afan Oromo, y Jember, que significa "luz materna" en amárico, son programas de radio diseñados para mejorar la salud reproductiva, materna, neonatal e infantil ( RMNCH) en Etiopía. ...

Putting Citizens' Voice at the Centre of Development: Challenging Shrinking Civic Space Across Africa
April 20, 2017

Putting Citizens' Voice at the Centre of Development: Challenging Shrinking ...

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"Civil society across Africa has played a central role in the continent’s history and development since independence. However, the hard fought gains on citizen voice and democratic participation are being reversed by worsening restrictions on ...

Experiences, Challenges, and Lessons Learned From an Immunization Demand Generation Project in Afar, Ethiopia
November 29, 2016

Experiences, Challenges, and Lessons Learned From an Immunization Demand ...

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"Expanding this model to other remote and pastoral regions in Ethiopia, as well as similar communities in other countries, could improve community acceptance of and demand for immunization." This report describes a pilot project that PATH ...

The International Social and Behavior Change Communication Summit Summary Report
November 18, 2016

The International Social and Behavior Change Communication Summit Summary Report

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"HC3 believes that if widely shared and followed, the Addis Declaration will strengthen and enrich the SBCC [social and behaviour change communication] field, link members of the SBCC scholarly and professional community more closely to each ...

Coming out about indoor pollution in Ethiopia
November 3, 2016

Coming out about indoor pollution in Ethiopia

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Author: BBC Media Action's Andrey Vladov, November 3 2016 - A new radio drama is helping improve people’s health in Ethiopia by drawing attention to the harmful effects of traditional ways of cooking, heating and lighting homes. “Bring that wood ...

Promoting Vasectomy Services
October 18, 2016

Promoting Vasectomy Services

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"Greater education and support for vasectomy at a national level would address the gender imbalance in contraceptive availability and use."

How Listening Groups Are Adding Value to the Ethiopian Health Development Army and Impacting the Wider Community
September 1, 2016

How Listening Groups Are Adding Value to the Ethiopian Health Development ...

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"Listening groups, based on BBC Media Action’s health programmes, are adding value to the Ethiopian government’s Health Development Army, a network of volunteers tasked with learning about key health behaviours and leading others in their ...

Hunger reduction programme promotes synergy between FAO priorities and the EU development agenda
August 31, 2016

Hunger reduction programme promotes synergy between FAO priorities and the ...

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Author James Ayodele, September  19 2016 - The Improved Global Governance for Hunger Reduction Programme has helped create synergies between FAO priorities and the EU development agenda in many ways, but its coherence is less ...

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 ...

Independent Media in Exile: A Baseline Consultation
July 13, 2016

Independent Media in Exile: A Baseline Consultation

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"Repression of a free media is increasing worldwide....Many journalists have been forced to flee their countries and operate from exile in order to carry on their work as reporters."

Doing Qualitative Field Research on Gender Norms with Adolescent Girls and Their Families
July 1, 2016

Doing Qualitative Field Research on Gender Norms with Adolescent Girls and ...

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"By listening to what girls, their families and community leaders say, researchers can explore how people perceive the norms that pattern lives, and how they are - or are not - changing. These insights can be invaluable in challenging received ...

Communications to Change Discriminatory Gender Norms Affecting Adolescent Girls
July 1, 2016

Communications to Change Discriminatory Gender Norms Affecting Adolescent Girls

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"Can communications programmes help to change discriminatory gender norms and improve adolescent girls' wellbeing? The short answer is yes. Of the programmes examined in our recent systematic review, most (71%) had positive impacts on norms, ...

A Study on Child Participation in Eastern Africa
June 24, 2016

A Study on Child Participation in Eastern Africa

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As part of efforts to gain an in-depth understanding of child participation in Eastern Africa, this study by The African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) and Save the Children (East Africa Regional Office) examines the mechanisms currently in place to ...

Media Development: An Evaluation of Five Capacity-Strengthening Projects
March 31, 2016

Media Development: An Evaluation of Five Capacity-Strengthening Projects

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"Those involved in media development owe it to the populations they seek to benefit to scrutinise and evaluate their own efforts carefully, ensuring that they continually challenge themselves to improve the work they do." This BBC Media Action ...

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 ...

Impact Data - Alive & Thrive (A&T) in Ethiopia
March 10, 2016

Impact Data - Alive & Thrive (A&T) in Ethiopia

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"Results indicate that the more ways mothers were exposed to feeding messages - through home visits, village gatherings, and radio spots - the more likely they were to sustain changes in feeding practices."

Ending Child Marriage in Ethiopia: Shaping/Redefining Communication for Development Actions Based on Lessons Learned from Global and Ethiopian Evidence
March 9, 2016

Ending Child Marriage in Ethiopia: Shaping/Redefining Communication for ...

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"By focusing on increasing female teachers and supporting girls' completion of primary school (or more years of schooling) I believe we could play a catalytic role in changing the perception of valuing girls' education by all, and potentially ...

Persistent Optimism
March 8, 2016

Persistent Optimism

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Author: Ellyn Ogden, March 1 2016 [cross-posted from The Ethiopian Herald, linked below] - The work of a community vaccinator is vitally important, but rarely easy. Once, while working with an immunization team in Angola, my WHO [World Health ...

Bringing Nutrition Advocacy to Orthodox Church Leaders to Raise Awareness and Change Social Norms on Fasting Practices in Ethiopia, During the First 1000 Days: Abstract
February 22, 2016

Bringing Nutrition Advocacy to Orthodox Church Leaders to Raise Awareness ...

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"During the initial workshop, which was the first of its kind for nutrition, ENGINE outlined the seriousness of Ethiopia’s under-nutrition problem to influence this highly prominent group using the workshop as a platform for consensus building ...

Empowering Each Other: Young People Who Sell Sex in Ethiopia
February 10, 2016

Empowering Each Other: Young People Who Sell Sex in Ethiopia

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"HIV prevention programmes are increasingly recognising the different ways in which sex workers organise themselves and how they prefer to access information and services. However, existing programmes are taking place on a small scale and often ...

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 ...

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 ...

Building the Assets to Thrive: Addressing the HIV-related Vulnerabilities of Adolescent Girls in Ethiopia
November 18, 2015

Building the Assets to Thrive: Addressing the HIV-related Vulnerabilities of ...

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"The HIV Prevention for Vulnerable Adolescent Girls in Ethiopia project demonstrates that well-designed programs — based on thorough formative research, planned from the outset to be replicable and scalable, and carefully monitored and adjusted — ...

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