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Shining a light on girl's education in South Sudan
January 22, 2018

Shining a light on girl's education in South Sudan

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Author: BBC Media Action South Sudan's Kenyi Betuel, editor of 'Our School', originally posted on January 15 2018 - Agol Deng Tong dreams of going to university and setting up her own business, but living in rural South Sudan - with no ...

Influencing Behaviours and Practices to Tackle Poverty and Injustice
January 22, 2018

Influencing Behaviours and Practices to Tackle Poverty and Injustice

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Convinced that effective behaviour change strategies can play a vital role in combating poverty, injustice, and environmental degradation - whether by helping end gender-based violence, improving health and hygiene behaviours, or reducing ...

Strategies to Increase the Demand for Childhood Vaccination in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
January 22, 2018

Strategies to Increase the Demand for Childhood Vaccination in Low- and ...

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A group of researchers carried out a systematic review and meta-analysis to evaluate whether demand-side interventions - e.g., knowledge transfer or communication campaigns - increase uptake of routine childhood vaccination in low- and ...

Social and Behavior Change Considerations for Areas Transitioning from High and Moderate to Low, Very Low and Zero Malaria Transmission
January 19, 2018

Social and Behavior Change Considerations for Areas Transitioning from High ...

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"In areas with high, moderate, low, and very low transmission alike, use and uptake of malaria interventions rely heavily on community awareness, demand, and acceptance of essential commodities and services."

Music to Advance Sustainable Development - Baixada Never Gives Up
January 19, 2018

Music to Advance Sustainable Development - Baixada Never Gives Up

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The pilot project Music to Advance Sustainable Development kicked off in June 2016 to explore the transformative potential of music to popularise the 2030 Agenda and contribute to active citizenship and accountability in Brazil's Baixada ...

New Tobacco Industry communication strategies to undermine public health: Part I - 50 shades of gray frame
January 17, 2018

New Tobacco Industry communication strategies to undermine public health: ...

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Author: Franklin Apfel [including interview transcript from Derek Yach] January 18 2018 – This blog, one of four, is part of series in which Apfel analyses and McKee comments on Yach’s interview responses on the tobacco industry and his ...

Occurrence of Home-Based Record Stock-Outs: A Quiet Problem for National Immunization Programmes Continues
January 17, 2018

Occurrence of Home-Based Record Stock-Outs: A Quiet Problem for National ...

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"HBR stock-outs...may impact continuity-of-care, increase inefficiencies at the point-of-care and reduce the ability of caregivers to be effective health advocates."

International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education: An Evidence-Informed Approach
January 16, 2018

International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education: An ...

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"Countries are increasingly acknowledging the importance of equipping young people with the knowledge and skills to make responsible choices in their lives, particularly in a context where they have greater exposure to sexually explicit material ...

Rights-Based Family Planning: 15 Resources to Guide Programming
January 12, 2018

Rights-Based Family Planning: 15 Resources to Guide Programming

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Noting the availability of an abundance of resources on rights-based programming for family planning (FP), which vary in purpose, structure, scope, and detail, the Evidence Project compiled this overview of key publications to enable potential ...

Communicating Risk in Public Health Emergencies
January 12, 2018

Communicating Risk in Public Health Emergencies

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Created by the World Health Organization (WHO) Department of Infectious Hazard Management in collaboration with the WHO Department of Communications, the recommendations in this resource provide overarching, evidence-based guidance on how risk ...

Key Messages: Getting the Most out of Polio Eradication
January 12, 2018

Key Messages: Getting the Most out of Polio Eradication

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"It is ultimately the political dimension and the strength of political linkages made that will determine the fate of this global health initiative." The Global Health Centre (GHC) at the Graduate Institute of International and Development ...

Blind Spot: Reaching out to Men and Boys
January 11, 2018

Blind Spot: Reaching out to Men and Boys

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"[S]ocietal gender inequality and many efforts to address it share a common blind spot: how gender norms that encourage male dominance and emphasize myths of male invulnerability are also harmful to men and boys." Released on World AIDS Day ...

Saving Newborn Lives: Champions Toolkit
January 11, 2018

Saving Newborn Lives: Champions Toolkit

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"In order to engage champions strategically, the most important first step is to ensure that work with champions is linked to advancing a particular advocacy objective." This toolkit, now in its second edition, provides practical guidance about ...

Learning Initiative on Norms, Exploitation and Abuse Webinar Series
January 10, 2018

Learning Initiative on Norms, Exploitation and Abuse Webinar Series

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This series of webinars is being hosted by the LINEA (Learning Initiative on Norms, Exploitation and Abuse) Network, a project of the Gender Violence and Health Centre at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, which works to prevent ...

Increasing Support for Reproductive Health Activities Among Religious Leaders in Niger (Accroître le Soutien aux Activités de Santé Reproductive parmi les Leaders Religieux au Niger) - Volumes 1, 2 and 3
January 10, 2018

Increasing Support for Reproductive Health Activities Among Religious ...

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These three dual language reports offer a summary of the human-centred design (HCD) process used by Population Services International (PSI) to engage religious leaders in reproductive health activities in the Zinder region of Niger. Each of the ...

How Does the Time Children Spend Using Digital Technology Impact Their Mental Well-Being, Social Relationships and Physical Activity? An Evidence-Focused Literature Review
January 9, 2018

How Does the Time Children Spend Using Digital Technology Impact Their ...

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"Understandably, parents, teachers and others who have an interest in children's health and well-being become increasingly concerned as children spend more time using digital technology, but are also confused by the lack of consensus on whether ...

Driving Demand for Chlorhexidine: A Human-Centered Design Toolkit for the Development of Demand Generation Materials
January 9, 2018

Driving Demand for Chlorhexidine: A Human-Centered Design Toolkit for the ...

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“A defining characteristic of the human-centered design process is that it prioritizes talking to and collaborating with the people who are most likely affected by the development of a new intervention or program.”

The Benefit of the Doubt or Doubts over Benefits? A Systematic Literature Review of Perceived Risks of Vaccines in European Populations
January 8, 2018

The Benefit of the Doubt or Doubts over Benefits? A Systematic Literature ...

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"In addition to identifying concerns about vaccination in Europe, this study confirmed the notion that individuals have many safety concerns about vaccination and often believe that the risks of vaccination outweigh their benefits." Previous ...

Immunization Effects of a Communication Intervention to Promote Preteen HPV Vaccination in Primary Care Practices
January 8, 2018

Immunization Effects of a Communication Intervention to Promote Preteen HPV ...

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"The Protect Them study shows promise for practice-based communication strategies - including age-appropriate discussion of HPV as a preventable STI - to be effective in promoting preteen HPV vaccination."

Tailoring Immunization Programmes for Seasonal Influenza (TIP FLU): A Guide for Increasing Pregnant Women's Uptake of Seasonal Influenza Vaccination
January 8, 2018

Tailoring Immunization Programmes for Seasonal Influenza (TIP FLU): A Guide ...

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"The TIP approach is an adaptable, people-centred approach to immunization programmes, engaging individuals and communities in shaping how vaccination services are provided, in order to achieve and sustain high immunization coverage in the WHO ...

Medic Mobile Case Study by UNESCO-Pearson Initiative for Literacy
January 5, 2018

Medic Mobile Case Study by UNESCO-Pearson Initiative for Literacy

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"....Medic Mobile was launched in Nepal in 2013 as a mobile phone-based health monitoring solution using a simple data capture interface appropriate for community health workers (CHWs) with low levels of literacy and technical skills."

The Evolution of Vaccination Week in the Americas
January 5, 2018

The Evolution of Vaccination Week in the Americas

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"As a social mobilization campaign, relevant themes and the use of diverse media have allowed PAHO, its partners, and Member States to give visibility to the importance of immunization and communicate with key audiences, building public ...

Lessons Learned on IPV Introduction and the Switch from tOPV to bOPV in the Americas
January 2, 2018

Lessons Learned on IPV Introduction and the Switch from tOPV to bOPV in the ...

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"One measure we used to know whether the communication was working was to see the tone of the messages in the media, and we saw mostly positive or neutral messages, which was a good indication that things were going well." - Lauren Vulanovic, ...

What Constitutes Responsiveness of Physicians: A Qualitative Study in Rural Bangladesh
January 2, 2018

What Constitutes Responsiveness of Physicians: A Qualitative Study in Rural ...

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Derived from the fields of medical ethics, human rights, and human development, the concept of responsiveness entails the social actions by health providers to meet the legitimate expectations of patients. Observing that responsiveness plays a ...

Global Sexual and Reproductive Health Package for Men and Adolescent Boys
December 26, 2017

Global Sexual and Reproductive Health Package for Men and Adolescent Boys

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"The Global Sexual and Reproductive Health Service Package... aims to increase the range and quality of sexual and reproductive services provided that meet the specific and diverse needs of men and adolescents boys." This service package for ...

Understanding Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health-seeking Behaviors in Ethiopia: Implications for Youth Friendly Service Programming
December 21, 2017

Understanding Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health-seeking ...

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"Acknowledging the need for targeted health services for adolescents and youth, the Ethiopian Government has scaled-up and institutionalized youth friendly services (YFS) through intensive capacity building at all levels of the health ...

Civil Society Involvement in Family Planning: A Review of Global Programming and Evidence
December 19, 2017

Civil Society Involvement in Family Planning: A Review of Global Programming ...

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Civil society organisations (CSOs) are often involved in expanding services, raising awareness, generating demand, and advocating for an improved enabling environment to ensure women and men have full, free, and informed choice to determine ...

Lessons Learnt from Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination in 45 Low- and Middle-Income Countries
December 19, 2017

Lessons Learnt from Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination in 45 Low- and ...

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This article synthesises lessons learned and determinants of success from human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine demonstration projects and national programmes in low- and middle-income countries (LAMICs). Between January 2007 and May 2016, over 80 ...

Technical Advisory Group on Polio Eradication for the Horn of Africa Countries: 16th Meeting Report
December 19, 2017

Technical Advisory Group on Polio Eradication for the Horn of Africa ...

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"The TAG congratulates the HOA countries for implementing most of the recommendations from the 15th HOA TAG and for progress in building strong C4D [communication for development] networks in many countries and integrating C4D into the ...

Guidance for Managing Ethical Issues in Infectious Disease Outbreaks
December 18, 2017

Guidance for Managing Ethical Issues in Infectious Disease Outbreaks

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"The importance given to communication during an infectious disease outbreak can make or break public health efforts, and WHO takes this very seriously." - Dr Marie-Paule Kieny, WHO Assistant Director-General, Health Systems and Innovation This ...

Communication is key to quashing suspicion around vaccination drives
December 18, 2017

Communication is key to quashing suspicion around vaccination drives

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Author: Wilmot James, December 14 2017 - Cynthia Gorney wrote in National Geographic in November about the phenomenon of "vaccine hesitancy". She cites the example of Pakistan, where polio vaccinators were turned away or attacked on the basis of ...

Cleaner, Happier, Healthier: Sesame Workshop's Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Intervention among Low-Income Groups in Bangladesh and India
December 15, 2017

Cleaner, Happier, Healthier: Sesame Workshop's Water, Sanitation, and ...

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This paper evaluates a pilot intervention of Sesame Workshop's "Cleaner, Healthier, Happier" multi-media health communication approach promoting water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours among vulnerable children ...

Vulnerable Youth as Prosumers in HIV Prevention: Studies Using Participatory Action Research
December 14, 2017

Vulnerable Youth as Prosumers in HIV Prevention: Studies Using Participatory ...

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Drawing on four cases of research from Africa and South East Asia, this paper discusses the possibilities for youth "prosumerism" as a participation mechanism in HIV prevention, particularly in light of new opportunities arising from a digital ...

Getting to an Evaluation Plan: A Six-Step Process from Engagement to Evidence
December 12, 2017

Getting to an Evaluation Plan: A Six-Step Process from Engagement to Evidence

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"The process of developing an evaluation plan, in cooperation with a group of stakeholders, fosters collaboration, a sense of shared purpose, and transparency, thereby ensuring that stakeholders are on the same page about the purpose, use, and ...

A novel approach to maternal health in Nigeria
December 12, 2017

A novel approach to maternal health in Nigeria

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Author: Producer Trainer for BBC Media Action in Nigeria Akile Gojo, originally posted December 5 2017 - Earlier this year, after a day of training producers at one of our partner radio stations in Gombe state, I was eating dinner in a nearby ...

Key Populations: Evidence in Action - Webinar Series
December 12, 2017

Key Populations: Evidence in Action - Webinar Series

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The Linkages across the Continuum of HIV Services for Key Populations Affected by HIV (LINKAGES) project is hosting monthly webinars in order to optimise service delivery for key populations - sex workers, men who have sex with men, people who ...

Every Last Hiding Place: Fifteenth Report of the Independent Monitoring Board of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative
December 8, 2017

Every Last Hiding Place: Fifteenth Report of the Independent Monitoring ...

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"A major risk for the eradication is complacency, something for which there is no metric that can be monitored....That is one of the biggest challenges for the Polio Programme and can only be resolved by hands-on leadership." This, the 15th ...

Case Study - Kilkari: A Maternal and Child Health Service in India - Lessons Learned and Best Practices for Deployment at Scale
December 7, 2017

Case Study - Kilkari: A Maternal and Child Health Service in India - Lessons ...

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"In order to persuade people to think and do things differently, you need to get inside their heads to understand the barriers to behavioral change, and the triggers that might empower people to break these barriers. This is why behavioral change ...

Effective Use of Digital Platforms for HIV Prevention among Men Who Have Sex with Men in the European Union/European Economic Area: ECDC Guides
December 7, 2017

Effective Use of Digital Platforms for HIV Prevention among Men Who Have Sex ...

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"Online and digital/social media are increasingly important communication channels for reaching audiences in a targeted and cost-effective manner....[T]he use of the technology by gay and bisexual men, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) ...

Urban Adolescent SRH SBCC I-Kit Pilot Qualitative Research & Case Study Report
December 7, 2017

Urban Adolescent SRH SBCC I-Kit Pilot Qualitative Research & Case Study Report

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In 2015, the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) project developed the Urban Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Social and Behavior Change Communications Implementation Kit (I-Kit) to help guide the creation, or ...

Understanding and Tackling the Gendered Drivers of Poor Adolescent Mental Health
December 6, 2017

Understanding and Tackling the Gendered Drivers of Poor Adolescent Mental Health

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"We hypothesize that rigid social norms and gender-based discrimination limit the perceived control that both girls and boys have over their own lives and futures, and that this perceived lack of control can have deleterious effects on their ...

Moving Forward on Strengthening and Sustaining National Immunization Technical Advisory Groups (NITAGs) Globally: Recommendations from the 2nd Global NITAG Network Meeting
December 6, 2017

Moving Forward on Strengthening and Sustaining National Immunization ...

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National Immunization Technical Advisory Groups (NITAGs) provide independent, evidence-informed advice to assist their governments in immunisation policy formation. In 2016, recognising that NITAGs could potentially benefit from intercountry ...

Peer Education Program to Reduce Tuberculosis and HIV Risks in Tanzania Prisons: Pocket Guide for Peer Educators
December 6, 2017

Peer Education Program to Reduce Tuberculosis and HIV Risks in Tanzania ...

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This guide is designed to support peer education programmes among inmates and prison staff in Tanzania. It seeks to encourage behaviour change to reduce the risk of HIV and tuberculosis (TB) by educating inmates and prison staff about what leads ...

Facilitator's Guide for Father-to-Father Support Groups: Infant and Young Child Feeding and Gender in Ghana
December 6, 2017

Facilitator's Guide for Father-to-Father Support Groups: Infant and Young ...

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This facilitator's guide was developed by the Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING) project in Ghana to support discussions among groups of fathers in order to improve men’s support to women in the ...

Reasons for Non-Vaccination: Parental Vaccine Hesitancy and the Childhood Influenza Vaccination School Pilot Programme in England
December 5, 2017

Reasons for Non-Vaccination: Parental Vaccine Hesitancy and the Childhood ...

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"This study is a reminder of the importance of asking parents their reasons for non-vaccination to identify all reasons, including perhaps unexpected ones." In 2013, the annual influenza immunisation programme in England was extended to children ...

Research on Subgroups Is not Research on Equity Attributes: Evidence from an Overview of Systematic Reviews on Vaccination
December 5, 2017

Research on Subgroups Is not Research on Equity Attributes: Evidence from an ...

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Through an overview of systematic reviews (SRs) in the area of vaccination, this study aims to describe how, globally, research on the effects of interventions on vaccination coverage has looked specifically at vulnerable populations, and, in ...

We Change the World: What Can We Learn from Global Social Movements for Health?
December 5, 2017

We Change the World: What Can We Learn from Global Social Movements for Health?

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This report from the global innovation foundation Nesta presents actionable ways to grow social movements based on the practical experience of over 40 social movement leaders, allies, and dissenters around the world. It looks primarily at four ...

Creating a Culture of Evidence Use: Using an Innovative Knowledge Translation Platform to Inform HIV/AIDS Programming for Women and Girls
December 4, 2017

Creating a Culture of Evidence Use: Using an Innovative Knowledge ...

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"Interviews with [36] key individuals and a review of 55 national policies and programming documents have found that What Works has had a substantial impact in promoting the use of evidence to effect positive change in HIV interventions for women ...

Reframing Communication about Zika and Mosquitoes to Increase Disease Prevention Behavior
December 1, 2017

Reframing Communication about Zika and Mosquitoes to Increase Disease ...

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"To address the issue of controlling invasive disease vector mosquitoes, it is clear that we need new methods and strategies that emphasize the efficacy of collective action by local communities."

Right to Health
December 1, 2017

Right to Health

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Launched ahead of World AIDS Day 2017, this Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) report attributes recent rises in access to treatment in part to the courage and determination of people living with HIV demanding and claiming their ...

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