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Social and Behavior Change Communication in Integrated Health Programs: A Scoping and Rapid Review
July 20, 2017

Social and Behavior Change Communication in Integrated Health Programs: A ...

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The aim of this review is to understand the nature and scope of social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) in integrated health programmes, as well as to examine the associated knowledge, attitudinal, behavioural, and health outcomes. The ...

The Path to 2020: Delivering Transformative, Rights-based Family Planning
July 12, 2017

The Path to 2020: Delivering Transformative, Rights-based Family Planning

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"...dialogue and reflection can lead to positive outcomes..."

Advocacy, Communication, and Partnerships: Mobilizing for Effective Widespread Cervical Cancer Prevention
July 11, 2017

Advocacy, Communication, and Partnerships: Mobilizing for Effective ...

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"If we can foster sufficient political will, forge links with global health initiatives, and ensure that decision-makers and the public have accurate and realistic expectations of the services, elimination of cervical cancer is within reach. ...

No answers without questions: a decade of debate in Nepal
July 11, 2017

No answers without questions: a decade of debate in Nepal

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Author: BBC Media Action's Pratibha Tuladhar, originally published July 3 2017 - As Sajha Sawal broadcasts its 500th episode, the team members reflect on what the programme means to the Nepali audience – and them. “Who will answer my questions? ...

Let's talk about sex: using radio to educate teenagers in Bangladesh
July 5, 2017

Let's talk about sex: using radio to educate teenagers in Bangladesh

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Author: Gourob Kundu, originally posted June 30 2017 - Our world is home to 1.8 billion young people. The majority of these 10 to 24-year-olds live in Asia, with 48 million alone growing up in Bangladesh.   Our world is home to 1.8 ...

Improving Data Quality in Mobile Community-Based Health Information Systems
June 27, 2017

Improving Data Quality in Mobile Community-Based Health Information Systems

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"Given the power of community-based data to inform decision making, it is essential that these data are of high quality....The true power of community-based health data can be realized when stakeholders across all levels of the system use this ...

How is a Radio Programme Helping Bangladeshi Youth Cope with the Challenges of Adolescence?
June 22, 2017

How is a Radio Programme Helping Bangladeshi Youth Cope with the Challenges ...

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"Qualitative research found that radio magazine show Dosh Unisher Mor (Crossroads at 10 to 19) [from BBC Media Action] provided adolescents with a much-needed source of information on topics deemed taboo, such as sexual and reproductive health ...

"She Cannot Just Sit Around Waiting to Turn Twenty" - Understanding Why Child Marriage Persists in Kenya and Zambia
June 22, 2017

"She Cannot Just Sit Around Waiting to Turn Twenty" - Understanding Why ...

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“Around the world, an estimated 15 million girls are married each year before they turn 18, and UNICEF estimates that 720 million women alive today were married as children.”

Improving Maternal and Child Health through Media in South Sudan
June 21, 2017

Improving Maternal and Child Health through Media in South Sudan

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"Since 2012, BBC Media Action has been funded by DFID to produce a range of programmes and deliver capacity-strengthening activities aiming to support improved reproductive, maternal, neonatal and child health (RMNCH) in South Sudan. This report ...

The Comprehensive Approach to Health Systems Management
June 21, 2017

The Comprehensive Approach to Health Systems Management

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"Traditionally speaking, public health planning is often driven by central-level policies and resource allocation that trickle their way down the health system. If you only start at the top, however, you miss the bigger picture." - Betty Cox and ...

Behaviour Change Toolkit for International Development Practitioners
June 19, 2017

Behaviour Change Toolkit for International Development Practitioners

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“The vast majority of development interventions have one thing in common: their goals can be achieved only if the target groups start practicing new behaviours, such as washing hands with soap, using new agronomic practices or sending girls to ...

Zika in Twitter: Temporal Variations of Locations, Actors, and Concepts
June 14, 2017

Zika in Twitter: Temporal Variations of Locations, Actors, and Concepts

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This paper presents a study of recent discourse in Twitter among different communities across the globe regarding a public health emergency of international concern: the Zika outbreak. This analysis demonstrates the significance of 3 types of ...

How can communication help stop teenagers dying?
June 13, 2017

How can communication help stop teenagers dying?

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Author: BBC Media Action Health Adviser Emebet Wuhib-Mutungi, originally post June 5 2017 - While the election of Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the next director general of the World Health Organization (WHO) has been accompanied by some ...

Impact: A Design Perspective
June 13, 2017

Impact: A Design Perspective

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"We see opportunities to gather data and improve our designs everywhere. Even in situations where things seem uncertain or difficult to quantify, we simply can't hold for the perfect conditions before we iterate then measure the impact of our ...

Social and Behavior Change and Service Delivery
June 9, 2017

Social and Behavior Change and Service Delivery

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"The evidence is clear: Better health outcomes are possible when service delivery and social and behavior change interventions work hand in hand."

Advocacy for Stronger Infant and Young Child Feeding Policies and Programs for Decentralized Government Models: Lessons Learned From Alive & Thrive
June 6, 2017

Advocacy for Stronger Infant and Young Child Feeding Policies and Programs ...

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"With the [Vietnamese] government's move toward decentralization, Alive & Thrive identified an opportunity to influence localized nutrition policies through the annual Provincial Planning for Nutrition (PPN) process. PPN is an annual process ...

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, ...

Health Communication for Life (HC4L)
May 19, 2017

Health Communication for Life (HC4L)

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Health Communication for Life (HC4L) is a five-year project (September 2016 — September 2021) that seeks to support the Government of Malawi’s efforts to increase public demand for quality, sustainable, priority health services and products. The ...

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 ...

Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) in Guinea - Case Studies
April 26, 2017

Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) in Guinea - Case Studies

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“Guinea’s maternal and child health indicators are among the lowest in the world. Even before Ebola hit in 2014, trust and confidence in its health services were low. Ebola’s rapid spread further fueled fear and distrust, with many people ...

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:

Strengthening Service Delivery for Malaria in Pregnancy: An mHealth Pilot Intervention  in West Nile, Uganda
April 24, 2017

Strengthening Service Delivery for Malaria in Pregnancy: An mHealth Pilot ...

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“Text messaging, in combination with other capacity building tools and approaches, can be effective in achieving health worker behaviour change in resource-poor settings.”

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 ...

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