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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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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 socio-economic ...

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 ...

A Review of 10 Years of Vasectomy Programming and Research in Low-Resource Settings
January 18, 2017

A Review of 10 Years of Vasectomy Programming and Research in Low-Resource ...

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"With...growing support and refinement of gender and male involvement programming, now is an opportune time to incorporate voluntary vasectomy services into national family planning strategies." This peer-reviewed journal article reviews recent ...

Vasectomy: A Long, Slow Haul to Successful Takeoff
January 18, 2017

Vasectomy: A Long, Slow Haul to Successful Takeoff

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"Robust demand generation should include messaging specific to vasectomy, but should also draw on broader social and behavior change communication efforts increasingly aimed at engaging men in family planning."

Breakthrough-RESEARCH
January 17, 2017

Breakthrough-RESEARCH

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"Breakthrough-RESEARCH addresses a clear need for increased study of SBC [social and behaviour change] interventions. Few existing studies examine mechanisms of effect in large, multi-component interventions, raise questions of cost-benefit or ...

Breakthrough-ACTION
January 17, 2017

Breakthrough-ACTION

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"Recent years have seen significant changes in behavioral programming generally, and SBCC [social and behaviour change communication] specifically. Widespread access to mobile phones and social media has transformed the communication landscape, ...

Gaming for good: answering those awkward questions about puberty in Bangladesh
January 13, 2017

Gaming for good: answering those awkward questions about puberty in Bangladesh

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Sharif Hossen Saimum on January 9 2017 - Talking about their bodies can be a taboo for young people in Bangladesh. A new series of interactive computer games - accessible in 350 schools - are ...

Engendering Men: A Collaborative Review of Evidence on Men and Boys in Social Change and Gender Equality
January 13, 2017

Engendering Men: A Collaborative Review of Evidence on Men and Boys in ...

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"...engaging men in interpersonal gender issues have been shown to be an important entry point for more political and public pro-feminist engagement."

Making Content Meaningful: A Guide to Adapting Existing Global Health Content for Different Audiences
January 12, 2017

Making Content Meaningful: A Guide to Adapting Existing Global Health ...

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This guide is designed to help programme managers and implementers working in the health and development sectors to adapt existing openly accessible health content to different contexts, local languages, and formats. As explained in the guide, ...

Strengthening CSO-Government Partnerships to Scale Up Approaches to Engaging Men and Boys for Gender Equality and SRHR: A Tool for Action
January 10, 2017

Strengthening CSO-Government Partnerships to Scale Up Approaches to Engaging ...

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This tool provides guidance on good partnership practices that can facilitate productive conversations and promote strong relationships between civil society organisations (CSOs) and government representatives on engaging men and boys in gender ...

When Men Change
January 10, 2017

When Men Change

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"What works to engage men in achieving gender equality?" "When Men Change" tells the story of 4 men who changed the way they think about gender equality, sexual and reproductive health, and violence. Produced by Promundo, this film illustrates ...

Capacity Strengthening: HC3 Uses Technology in Bangladesh to Build Field Worker Confidence  and Social and Behavior Change Communication Skills
January 10, 2017

Capacity Strengthening: HC3 Uses Technology in Bangladesh to Build Field ...

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From the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3), this case study examines the Bangladesh Knowledge Management Initiative (BKMI) is part of a series describing HC3's social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) capacity ...

A Guide to Identifying and Documenting Best Practices in Family Planning Programmes
March 23, 2017

A Guide to Identifying and Documenting Best Practices in Family Planning ...

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This guide outlines steps to identifying and documenting best practices in family planning (FP), and was developed so that FP programmes can build on existing experience and not duplicate efforts every time they implement a new practice. As ...

What Works to Prevent HIV Among Adolescent Girls?
March 10, 2017

What Works to Prevent HIV Among Adolescent Girls?

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“AIDS is the leading cause of death among adolescents (aged 10-19) in ESA [East and Southern Africa]. Adolescents (aged 10-19) are the only age group in which AIDS deaths rose between 2001 and 2013.”

Care Groups and Behaviour Change: Lessons from Karamoja
February 21, 2017

Care Groups and Behaviour Change: Lessons from Karamoja

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"The Care Group approach in Karamoja is a good example of an intervention gradually learning to harness the power of mothers working together to improve their health and that of their children." This learning paper describes a social and ...

Now Girls Know Their Rights - Lessons From an Intervention on Child Marriage and  Female Genital Mutilation in Mara Region, Tanzania
February 16, 2017

Now Girls Know Their Rights - Lessons From an Intervention on Child Marriage ...

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"Child marriage and FGM are deeply engrained traditions that are fuelled by a mix of social norms on sexuality, social pressure, and structural factors including poverty, lack of options and an ineffective legal framework. The combination of FGM ...

Programme Ra Manual
January 3, 2017

Programme Ra Manual

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"Discussing mutual respect, the way that other people think, and how we should respect each other's opinions were crucial in making me consider changing the way I think and behave with others." - young man taking part in a Programme Ra training ...

Film for development
December 23, 2016

Film for development

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action Insight blog by Melanie Archer, Digital Editor, BBC Media Action, on December 15 2016 - Films in the international development sector are often associated with fundraising but they can also serve as a ...

Half the Sky Movement Global Engagement Initiative: Final M&E Report
December 20, 2016

Half the Sky Movement Global Engagement Initiative: Final M&E Report

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"...the HTSM project offers promising potential as a bottom-up media intervention model. If used with local populations in high need areas, these media tools can help change individual attitudes and behaviors that will pave the way for local ...

Religion & Sexuality: A Report on Faith-based Responses to Children's Comprehensive Sexuality Education and Information
December 15, 2016

Religion & Sexuality: A Report on Faith-based Responses to Children's ...

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“As the world is rapidly becoming more complex, with many children maturing earlier and being exposed to competing sources of information, the need for Comprehensive Sexuality Education and Information (CSE & I) has become urgent. There is a ...

The 5 C's of Successful Digital Health Scale-up
December 14, 2016

The 5 C's of Successful Digital Health Scale-up

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Author: Dr. Sherri Bucher, December 13 2016 - Launched in August 2014, MomConnect, a stage-based text messaging platform which connects women in South Africa with targeted, evidence-based information regarding pregnancy, childbirth, and ...

A Tool for Strengthening Gender-Sensitive National HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Monitoring and Evaluation Systems
December 13, 2016

A Tool for Strengthening Gender-Sensitive National HIV and Sexual and ...

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"Policies and programmes to improve health outcomes and reduce health inequities are more effective when systems are in place to record, report, measure and monitor health data, analyse such evidence and apply it to design effective strategies." ...

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