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Empowering Women and Girls to Improve Nutrition: Building a Sisterhood of Success
August 22, 2017

Empowering Women and Girls to Improve Nutrition: Building a Sisterhood of ...

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"Women are both disproportionately affected by malnutrition (60% of the world’s 800 million malnourished people are women) and critical actors in findings lasting solutions.... Nutrition justice will only be achieved when women are empowered and ...

Community Mobilisation through Women's Groups to improve the Health of Mothers and Babies: Good Practice Guide
July 25, 2017

Community Mobilisation through Women's Groups to improve the Health of ...

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"This 'good practice' guide, based on the experience of a project in India and Bangladesh called Saving Mothers and Children, describes an approach that has the potential to reduce maternal and newborn deaths, and to address other health ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

 Social and Behaviour Change Communication Insights and Strategy Case Study: Open Defecation in India
February 1, 2017

Social and Behaviour Change Communication Insights and Strategy Case Study: ...

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"This report demonstrates how behaviour change communications [BCC] is key to improving public health in developing countries. Whilst building infrastructure and services is critical, there is also a need to change social and behavioural norms to ...

Global School Feeding Sourcebook: Lessons from 14 Countries
June 15, 2016

Global School Feeding Sourcebook: Lessons from 14 Countries

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"The Sourcebook documents and analyzes a range of government-led school meals programmes to provide decision-makers and practitioners worldwide with the knowledge, evidence and good practice they need to strengthen their national school feeding ...

Data for Decision-Making: Empowering Local Data Use
May 4, 2016

Data for Decision-Making: Empowering Local Data Use

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Authors: Lora Shimp, Technical Director, with Heather Randall, Program Coordinator, GAVI-NVI Project, May 4 2016 - As we celebrate World Immunization Week [April 25], it's important to remember that one way to "close the gap" on immunization ...

Can a Pilot Succeed?: Lessons Learned in Engaging Stakeholders for HPV Introduction
May 4, 2016

Can a Pilot Succeed?: Lessons Learned in Engaging Stakeholders for HPV ...

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Authors: Lora Shimp, Technical Director, GAVI-NVI Project, and Heather Casciato, Program Manager, GAVI-NVI Project, May 4 2016 - This World Immunization Week [April 25] 2016, eyes are focused on countries' progress towards achieving the global ...

Closing the Immunity Gap
May 4, 2016

Closing the Immunity Gap

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Author: Craig Burgess, Senior Technical Officer, JSI, May 4 2016 - Every child has the right to health and should have the opportunity to survive, develop, and reach their potential in the context of Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Who can ...

Focus on Disability: 'Zika babies' need support now
April 6, 2016

Focus on Disability: 'Zika babies' need support now

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From Hannah Kuper: About 4,000 babies have now been born with microcephaly - abnormally small heads, often with underdeveloped brains  in Brazil alone. Evidence is mounting that this is because of infection during pregnancy by the ...

Enhancing Adoption of Essential Family Practices in DR Congo Integration and Cross-sectoriality
February 9, 2016

Enhancing Adoption of Essential Family Practices in DR Congo Integration and ...

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The focus of this United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) presentation for the International SBCC Summit 2016, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, February 8-10, is on essential family practices (EFPs), including use of oral rehydration therapy (ORT), ...

Cultivate a culture of protecting children at community level
November 9, 2015

Cultivate a culture of protecting children at community level

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Author: PSAf’s Gillies C. Kasongo, November 12 2015 - The fact that there are still community and media reports of children being abused through child neglect, defilement, exploitation and forced labour imply that more needs to be done to ...

Integrating Family Planning and Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health Services
November 2, 2015

Integrating Family Planning and Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health Services

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This  cumulative resource, open to reader contributions, is intended for those who are integrating family planning with maternal, newborn, and child health services throughout the life cycle. The website includes sections entitled: Overview ...

Your StoryTeller
October 6, 2015

Your StoryTeller

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Your StoryTeller is an initiative to create a story collection designed to extend the reach of community radio (CR) stations through interactive "Animated Audio-Visual Storytelling" on tuberculosis (TB) awareness and treatment. It is a project of ...

A doll with a difference
September 28, 2015

A doll with a difference

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Author: Siddhartha Swarup, September 28 2015 - A simple but effective new prop is helping health workers in India tackle one of the country’s biggest killers, says BBC Media Action’s Deputy Country Director, Siddhartha Swarup. Pari isn't exactly ...

Postnatal Care for Mothers and Newborns Highlights from the World Health Organization 2013 Guidelines
September 7, 2015

Postnatal Care for Mothers and Newborns Highlights from the World Health ...

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This brief presents best practices and changes highlighted in the WHO Recommendations on Postnatal Care of the Mother and Newborn [PDF], October 2013.

Mwanzo Bora: Can Public Service Announcements (PSAs) Improve Maternal and Child Healthcare Practices in Tanzania?
September 2, 2015

Mwanzo Bora: Can Public Service Announcements (PSAs) Improve Maternal and ...

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"A qualitative study in March 2015 showed that the PSAs produced by local radio stations with the support of BBC Media Action contributed to increasing knowledge on the importance of the recommended practices, to shift attitudes, especially ...

Mwanzo Bora Nutrition Program (MBNP)
September 2, 2015

Mwanzo Bora Nutrition Program (MBNP)

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Running from 2012 to 2015, the Mwanzo Bora Nutrition Program (MBNP) is designed to improve maternal and child healthcare practices in Tanzania in the areas of antenatal care, exclusive breastfeeding, and complementary feeding. This five-year ...

Social Mobilisation, Advocacy and Communication for Nutrition
August 28, 2015

Social Mobilisation, Advocacy and Communication for Nutrition

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"Social mobilization, advocacy and communications is a growing priority for SUN countries and increasingly seen as an integral part of the national nutrition strategy.  Countries are at very different stages and employing a variety of ...

Healthy Start Advocacy Campaign
June 17, 2015

Healthy Start Advocacy Campaign

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"Healthy Start is WaterAid’s four-year (2015-2019) campaign focused on improving the health and nutrition of newborn babies and children." The campaign aims to bring forward the evidence of "access to clean water for hygiene" on lowering infant ...

Vaccination Reminder Band for Pakistani Infants
June 9, 2015

Vaccination Reminder Band for Pakistani Infants

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"The idea is for every midwife to give an activated VIR [vaccine indicator reminder] band to every infant they attend to in the community, and the VIR band will indicate to the parents the 'Number of Weeks Unprotected' for their child."

Stepping Up Early Childhood Development
June 8, 2015

Stepping Up Early Childhood Development

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This World Bank report is a guide for policy makers and practitioners about how to invest in young children. "It identifies 25 essential ECD [early childhood development] interventions that can be delivered through five integrated packages at ...

ProPAN: Process for the Promotion of Child Feeding - Field Manual
June 5, 2015

ProPAN: Process for the Promotion of Child Feeding - Field Manual

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ProPAN is a tool to design, implement, and evaluate interventions and programmes to improve infant and young child diet and feeding, updated to ProPAN 2.0. It includes 1) this field manual with step-by-step guidelines on how to apply quantitative ...

Breastfeeding Video Series, Global Health Media
June 3, 2015

Breastfeeding Video Series, Global Health Media

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Global Health Media Project offers this series of videos on breastfeeding to illustrate critical health care information for providers and populations in low-resource settings. "This set of videos has been developed for health workers so that ...

WASH for Schoolchildren in Emergencies: A Guidebook for Teachers
May 5, 2015

WASH for Schoolchildren in Emergencies: A Guidebook for Teachers

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The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) created this guidebook for teachers in emergency situations. The guidebook, accompanied by regional flashcards (Africa, Afghanistan/Pakistan, and Latin America), and visual aids, provides teachers with ...

A fictional death that saves real lives
April 13, 2015

A fictional death that saves real lives

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Author: Angela Githitho Muriithi, April 13 2015  - In a crowded, dusty camp for displaced people in Somalia, Ibrahim and Raho are doing their best to raise two children. When their baby falls ill with diarrhoea, traditional birth attendant ...

February 5, 2015

LA-TRAIN- SWACCHATA EXPRESS

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How about using Indian Railways to promote Swachh Bharat! Author: Anand Shekar, February 11 2015 - Mahatma Gandhi had a long relationship with the railways. The railways were instrumental in the conversion of the lawyer M.K. Gandhi into the ...

Meningitis Vaccine Project (MVP)
January 28, 2015

Meningitis Vaccine Project (MVP)

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"There is no point in having a vaccine if you cannot roll it out. This is a story for donors, who increasingly need to know that the money which is going into developing countries is actually having an impact, and this is a very good example of ...

Clean, Fed & Nurtured: Joining Forces to Promote Child Growth and Development
January 15, 2015

Clean, Fed & Nurtured: Joining Forces to Promote Child Growth and Development

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"[E]arlier conversations had revealed that while the WASH sector was increasingly integrating with the nutrition sector; and that ECD research and programming experts have been coordinating with nutrition specialists, little coordination existed ...

The Future of Routine Immunization in the Developing World: Challenges and Opportunities
December 10, 2014

The Future of Routine Immunization in the Developing World: Challenges and ...

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"Routine immunization creates opportunities to educate parents about the benefits of vaccines and other health services. Engaging the community in planning, financing, and delivering the program can increase equity and build trust in the ...

Why Europe's response to Ebola shouldn't surprise us
December 1, 2014

Why Europe's response to Ebola shouldn't surprise us

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Authors: Professor Sir Roy Anderson (London Centre for Neglected Tropical Disease Research), and Sunit Bagree (Partnership for Child Development, Imperial College London), December 1 2014 -

Factors Limiting Immunization Coverage in Urban Dili, Timor-Leste
November 21, 2014

Factors Limiting Immunization Coverage in Urban Dili, Timor-Leste

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"The main reasons for low vaccination rates in urban Dili included caregivers' knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions as well as barriers at immunization service sites." The objective of this study, conducted in the Democratic Republic of ...

Opportunities and Challenges for Health Communication in Health Disparities Settings
October 23, 2014

Opportunities and Challenges for Health Communication in Health Disparities ...

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"How can we build health communication and other capacity in disadvantaged settings?" This is one of the questions asked in this interview of Rafael Obregon, PhD and Benjamin Hickler, PhD, both involved with communication for development (C4D) ...

Lessons Learned from the Global Polio Eradication Initiative: Implications for Communication Interventions
October 23, 2014

Lessons Learned from the Global Polio Eradication Initiative: Implications ...

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"What are some of the communication challenges in engaging people on polio immunization issues?" This is one of the questions asked in this interview of Thomas Abraham, MA, who is affiliated with the Journalism and Media Studies Center (JMSC) at ...

An Adaptable Communication Strategy for Amoxicillin
September 25, 2014

An Adaptable Communication Strategy for Amoxicillin

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This strategy document is written to support communication on one of the "13 Lifesaving Commodities" as described in Demand Generation Implementation Kit for Underutilized Commodities in RMNCH, the I-Kit. Materials associated with the I-Kit, like ...

A Theory-Based Framework for Media Selection in Demand Generation Programs
September 25, 2014

A Theory-Based Framework for Media Selection in Demand Generation Programs

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"Theories are often used to guide the design of messaging content aimed at increasing demand for health services and commodities. However, it not always the case that theories are used to guide the selection of the media through which those ...

Trial of Zinc for Childhood Diarrhoea in Guatemala
September 25, 2014

Trial of Zinc for Childhood Diarrhoea in Guatemala

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To demonstrate the effectiveness of zinc treatment in reducing child mortality, the Micronutrient Initiative (MI) piloted a programme in 2007 in three districts of Alta Verapaz, Guatemala, to add zinc as a mineral supplement recommended for ...

Addressing the Role of Gender in the Demand for RMNCH Commodities: A Programming Guide
September 25, 2014

Addressing the Role of Gender in the Demand for RMNCH Commodities: A ...

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"Demand generation increases awareness of and demand for health products or services among a particular intended audience through social and behavior change communication (SBCC) and social marketing techniques."

ZINC+ORS Website
September 24, 2014

ZINC+ORS Website

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This website is a repository of materials on the use of the mineral zinc and oral rehydration salts (ORS) to treat childhood diarrhoeal diseases. The website offers this advice on the use of materials available for free downloading on this ...

Projecting Health
September 9, 2014

Projecting Health

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"When communities drive their own messaging, they magnify the power of persuasion among their peers, accelerating the adoption of healthier behaviors that can save the lives of women and children."

Beijing Platform for Action: Progress and Challenges Twenty Years On
September 8, 2014

Beijing Platform for Action: Progress and Challenges Twenty Years On

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Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, September 8 2014 - At the Fourth United Nations World Conference on Women held at Beijing in 1995, the UN, national governments and civil society called for action on eleven critical areas.

Hungry to learn: The rise of Home Grown School Feeding
September 3, 2014

Hungry to learn: The rise of Home Grown School Feeding

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Author: Sunit Bagree, Partnership for Child Development at Imperial College London, September 3 2014 - An innovative approach helps smallholder farmers and supports children’s education at the same time. What does it take to get a child to attend ...

A&T Framework for Scaling up IYCF Programs
August 13, 2014

A&T Framework for Scaling up IYCF Programs

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"The three A&T country programs reached more than 11 million mothers of children under two years of age within the first three years of implementation through interpersonal communication and/or mass media."

eHealth and Innovation in Women's and Children's Health: A Baseline Review
August 7, 2014

eHealth and Innovation in Women's and Children's Health: A Baseline Review

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"This report shows how, on a daily basis, eHealth innovations are improving access to care and assisting women to take control of their own health...[T]hrough the use of ICTs, health-care professionals and the women and children they care for, ...

Family Health Map: Immunisation Chart
August 7, 2014

Family Health Map: Immunisation Chart

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"Child health records help ensure every child receives the vaccines they need to live a healthy and productive life. However, many health records are lost or destroyed, not accurately maintained, or are simply too confusing to read."

Asha's story - stopping polio in its tracks
August 4, 2014

Asha's story - stopping polio in its tracks

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Author: Barkhad Kaariye, August 4 2014 - I knew this was going to be a story worth the 300km trip from my home town of Hargeisa to Burao in Somaliland. It was early morning and the sun was just about to set out from the east when I visited the ...

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