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Sexual and reproductive health and rights and SDGs
May 25, 2017

Sexual and reproductive health and rights and SDGs

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Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, May 25 2017 - Sexual and reproductive health refers to a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease, in all matters relating to the sexuality and reproductive ...

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 ...

Changing Gender and Social Norms, Attitudes and Behaviours
May 9, 2017

Changing Gender and Social Norms, Attitudes and Behaviours

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"What rigorous evidence is there on what types of programming interventions work to bring about changes in gender and social norms, and changes in wider attitudes and behaviours?" This annotated bibliography presents studies of programmes that ...

A Systematic Review of Positive Youth Development in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
May 8, 2017

A Systematic Review of Positive Youth Development in Low- and Middle-Income ...

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Commissioned by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the YouthPower Learning project, this systematic review aims to document how Positive Youth Development (PYD) approaches have been applied in low- and ...

Bangladesh Knowledge Management Initiative: Strengthening Capacity for Social and Behavior Change Communication
May 5, 2017

Bangladesh Knowledge Management Initiative: Strengthening Capacity for ...

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This end of project report highlights the Bangladesh Knowledge Management Initiative (BKMI), a 3-year (2013-2016) United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded project under the global Health Communication Capacity ...

Adolescent Friendly Health Corners (AFHCs) in Selected Government Health Facilities in Bangladesh: An Early Qualitative Assessment
May 4, 2017

Adolescent Friendly Health Corners (AFHCs) in Selected Government Health ...

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"In Bangladesh, regardless of socio-economic status or educational background, open discussion about sexual and reproductive health (SRH) remains a cultural taboo, particularly for adolescents and young people, and particularly among unmarried ...

WHO Strategic Communications Framework for Effective Communications
May 4, 2017

WHO Strategic Communications Framework for Effective Communications

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This Framework describes the World Health Organization (WHO)'s strategic approach for effectively communicating WHO information, advice, and guidance in an integrated and coordinated fashion across a broad range of health issues. Although ...

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 ...

Essentials of Global Health
May 3, 2017

Essentials of Global Health

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This massive open online course (MOOC) is a comprehensive introduction to global health. It covers a wide range of topics and provides the foundations for further study and practice. The course is based on the global health courses the creator, ...

Rethinking Communication for Maternal and Child Health: Lessons from the Shaping Demand and Practices Project in Bihar, Northern India
April 26, 2017

Rethinking Communication for Maternal and Child Health: Lessons from the ...

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"Between 2011 and 2015, BBC Media Action and its partners implemented a... project to improve family health in Bihar, one of the poorest and most populous states in India. Called Shaping Demand and Practices (SDP), the initiative formed part of ...

Design thinking and health communication: learning from failure
April 25, 2017

Design thinking and health communication: learning from failure

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Author: BBC Media Action India Country Director Priyanka Dutt, originally on April 20 2017 - What do you do when your audience is difficult to reach, tough to keep engaged and doesn’t understand concepts you take for granted? Priyanka Dutt offers ...

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 ...

How Are Gender Equality and Human Rights Interventions Included in Sexual and Reproductive Health Programmes and Policies: A Systematic Review of Existing Research Foci and Gaps
April 11, 2017

How Are Gender Equality and Human Rights Interventions Included in Sexual ...

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Studies have shown that harmful gender norms that promote male dominance over women prevent women from practicing safer sex, limit their use of contraceptives, and increase their risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV. ...

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, ...

Gender Socialization during Adolescence in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
March 28, 2017

Gender Socialization during Adolescence in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

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"By drawing attention to the gender socialization process among adolescents, it is possible to re-direct intervention efforts, taking into consideration how young people imagine their transitions to adulthood - and how they achieve them. Rather ...

Monitoring and Evaluating Digital Health Interventions: A Practical Guide to Conducting Research and Assessment
March 27, 2017

Monitoring and Evaluating Digital Health Interventions: A Practical Guide to ...

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"From those just beginning their digital journey to more sophisticated project teams, we hope that this Toolkit will continue to advance the quality of monitoring and evaluation activities within digital health and contribute to more ...

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 ...

Impact Data - Ujan Ganger Naiya and Natoker Pore
March 23, 2017

Impact Data - Ujan Ganger Naiya and Natoker Pore

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Context:Every day in Bangladesh, more than 320 newborn babies die, and women have a 1 in 110 chance of dying during childbirth. Lack of knowledge, social and cultural barriers, and inequitable access to services, particularly in lower ...

Research Capacity Strengthening for Sexual and Reproductive Health: A Case Study from Latin America
March 16, 2017

Research Capacity Strengthening for Sexual and Reproductive Health: A Case ...

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This paper presents the case study of World Health Organization (WHO) Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP)'s efforts to build research capacity in Latin America by studying and analysing the 5-year history of ...

Adolescents in Bangladesh: A Situation Analysis of Programmatic Approaches to Sexual and Reproductive Health Education and Services
March 14, 2017

Adolescents in Bangladesh: A Situation Analysis of Programmatic Approaches ...

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"[I]ssues surrounding sexual and reproductive health (SRH) remain a cultural taboo, especially for adolescents and young unmarried people. Adolescents in Bangladesh too often enter their reproductive years poorly informed about SRH issues, ...

Are Men Well Served by Family Planning Programs?
March 9, 2017

Are Men Well Served by Family Planning Programs?

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"Although the range of contraceptives includes methods for men, namely condoms, vasectomy and withdrawal that men use directly, and the Standard Days Method (SDM) that requires their participation, family planning programming has primarily ...

Global Health eLearning: Examining the Effects of Blended Learning Models on Knowledge Application and Retention
March 9, 2017

Global Health eLearning: Examining the Effects of Blended Learning Models on ...

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"Findings from the study support the potential of blended learning models to reinforce learning and application of knowledge, which is crucial to ensuring health professionals around the world have access to accurate and timely health information."

A Review of Frameworks on the Determinants of Health
March 8, 2017

A Review of Frameworks on the Determinants of Health

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This report from the Canadian Council on Social Determinants of Health (CCSDH) illustrates the many ways in which the determinants of health - factors such as housing, income, education, employment, and social support networks - can be depicted ...

A Conceptual Framework for Action on the Social Determinants of Health
March 6, 2017

A Conceptual Framework for Action on the Social Determinants of Health

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"Conceptual frameworks in a public health context shall in the best of worlds serve two equally important purposes: guide empirical work to enhance our understanding of determinants and mechanisms and guide policy-making to illuminate entry ...

Designing eLearning Courses to Meet the Digital Literacy Needs of Healthcare Workers in Lower- and Middle-Income Countries: Experiences from the Knowledge for Health Project
March 3, 2017

Designing eLearning Courses to Meet the Digital Literacy Needs of Healthcare ...

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"Traditional conceptualizations of knowledge management fail to incorporate the social aspects in which knowledge management work operates. Social knowledge management places people at the center of all knowledge management, including placing the ...

Bangladesh Knowledge Management Initiative: Effects of a Digital Health Training Package on Client Family Planning Behaviors
March 3, 2017

Bangladesh Knowledge Management Initiative: Effects of a Digital Health ...

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"Knowledge management methods such as eLearning courses and Toolkits provide curated and synthesized collections of selected health information that fieldworkers can easily access and apply in their daily work, and then diffuse this knowledge and ...

Hilkor ("Ripples in the Water") and Mai Sari Sunakhari ("Orchid, Like Me") Radio Dramas
February 24, 2017

Hilkor ("Ripples in the Water") and Mai Sari Sunakhari ("Orchid, Like Me") ...

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"Now 22 years old with a 3.5-year-old daughter, Lalita lives with her parents and listens avidly to a radio drama, Hilkor ('Ripples in the Water'). In it, she hears her story and she hopes that other girls will know the truth and be able to avoid ...

Entertainment-Education and Child Marriage: A Scoping Study for Girls Not Brides
February 22, 2017

Entertainment-Education and Child Marriage: A Scoping Study for Girls Not Brides

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"Knowing that tackling child marriage requires transforming the attitudes and behaviours that perpetuate the practice among families and communities, Entertainment-Entertainment strategies could be a powerful way to engage individuals and ...

Going Vertical: Citizen-Led Reform Campaigns in the Philippines
February 16, 2017

Going Vertical: Citizen-Led Reform Campaigns in the Philippines

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"These theoretical propositions on what kind of strategy works best for strengthening accountability and instituting reforms are built on a review of evidence. As such, they are ripe for testing, deepening and enriching through application to ...

The Impact of Gender on Advanced Maternal Age and High-Parity Pregnancy in Niger and Togo
February 14, 2017

The Impact of Gender on Advanced Maternal Age and High-Parity Pregnancy in ...

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“When we go to a prenatal or pediatric exam, they advise us about FP methods for spacing the births…at home, when we tell our husbands, they refuse under the pretext that these methods create illnesses that will still be their responsibility, ...

Radio has never been more necessary
February 13, 2017

Radio has never been more necessary

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Author: BBC Media Action's Caroline Nursey, on February 10 2017 - On World Radio Day, Caroline Nursey, BBC Media Action’s Executive Director discusses the ongoing importance of radio in a fast-changing digital world.  As the digital media ...

Engaging Men in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Including Family Planning
February 13, 2017

Engaging Men in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Including Family ...

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"[The guide] emphasizes the importance of using a gender lens when planning and programming men’s engagement in sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), including family planning - which means engaging men as clients of SRH services, as ...

Policy Communication Toolkit
February 10, 2017

Policy Communication Toolkit

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"Research often has profound implications for policy, but without effective communication between researchers and policy audiences, the significance of research findings may be lost. Through this toolkit, users can build skills to bridge this ...

PACE (Policy, Advocacy, and Communication Enhanced for Population and Reproductive Health) Project
February 10, 2017

PACE (Policy, Advocacy, and Communication Enhanced for Population and ...

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Implemented by the Population Reference Bureau (PRB) starting in November 2015, the 5-year PACE (Policy, Advocacy, and Communication Enhanced for Population and Reproductive Health) project focuses on ensuring that family planning and population ...

Using storytelling to make statistics accessible
February 9, 2017

Using storytelling to make statistics accessible

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Author: BBC Media Action Insight's Mahmuda Hoque, on February 6 2017 - Bangladesh-based researcher Mahmuda Hoque explains how her team created a story about “Maya”, a 19-year-old mother, to help bring their findings about antenatal preparations ...

Beyond the Health Governance Gap: Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in South Sudan
February 3, 2017

Beyond the Health Governance Gap: Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in ...

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"Demand is key to a working health system. Yet too often, as can be seen in the case of South Sudan in recent years, financing and policy focus on the supply-side factor."

SBCC Check-In: Quality Standards for SBCC
February 1, 2017

SBCC Check-In: Quality Standards for SBCC

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...continuous SBCC quality improvement can only be achieved when programmers continually investigate the current SBCC process and commit to improving it." From the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3), SBCC Check-In is a performance ...

Media Toolkit: Helping Journalists Get The Story - And Get It Right
February 1, 2017

Media Toolkit: Helping Journalists Get The Story - And Get It Right

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This interactive toolkit offers a detailed description of a journalism training project called Women’s Edition - a global journalism project and model designed to increase and strengthen reporting on population and reproductive health in Africa, ...

Technical Guidance for Prioritizing Adolescent Health
January 31, 2017

Technical Guidance for Prioritizing Adolescent Health

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This technical guidance, developed by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)- and World Health Organization (WHO)-led Adolescent Working Group of the Every Woman Every Child (EWEC) initiative, aims to support countries to both advocate for ...

The Girl Generation Campaign
January 31, 2017

The Girl Generation Campaign

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Launched in 2014, The Girl Generation Campaign is a social change communication initiative that seeks to provide a global platform for galvanising, catalysing, and amplifying the Africa-led movement to end female genital mutilation (FGM). The ...

Gender and Tuberculosis: Discussion Paper
January 26, 2017

Gender and Tuberculosis: Discussion Paper

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"Making the investment case for programming that addresses the specific vulnerabilities and needs of both males and females who are affected by or at risk of tuberculosis [TB]."

Gender and Malaria: Discussion Paper
January 26, 2017

Gender and Malaria: Discussion Paper

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"Making the investment case for programming that addresses the specific vulnerabilities and needs of both males and females who are affected by or at risk of malaria."

Menstrupedia
January 26, 2017

Menstrupedia

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Launched in 2012, Menstrupedia is an effort to open up the conversation on menstruation in India, where discussion of the topic is taboo. The organisation aims to promote awareness and act as a guide to periods for girls and women, using a comic ...

Recent Experiences and Lessons Learned in Vasectomy Programming in Low-Resource Settings: A Document Review
January 20, 2017

Recent Experiences and Lessons Learned in Vasectomy Programming in ...

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"By maximizing the confluence of existing infrastructure and more positive attitudes toward FP [family planning] use, and by building upon the existing body of effective male involvement interventions, now is an opportune time to incorporate ...

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