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Media and Elections: A Guide for Electoral Practitioners
May 27, 2016

Media and Elections: A Guide for Electoral Practitioners

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[T]he electorate and political actors have the right to freely discuss political issues and public policies and to express opinions. Voters and candidates rely heavily on access to the media to both impart and receive information. This requires ...

Media and Conflict in Myanmar: Opportunities for Media to Advance Peace
May 25, 2016

Media and Conflict in Myanmar: Opportunities for Media to Advance Peace

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"To build trust and reduce fear between citizen and state, respondents tended to prioritize media interventions, such as a participatory radio or television talk show that features state and national officials interacting with citizens." This ...

Geojournalism.org
May 24, 2016

Geojournalism.org

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"We've gotten to the point where data and the tools for explaining it are in the hands of journalists and communicators around the world. But to transform the global issues of climate change, deforestation, and air pollution into local, ...

Infomediaries and Accountability
May 20, 2016

Infomediaries and Accountability

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"With growing consensus that transparency does not always or automatically lead directly to accountability - and research pointing to a role for infomediaries in generating accountability from transparent information - there is an emerging ...

Child-Centred Climate Resilience: Case Studies from the Philippines and Vietnam
May 19, 2016

Child-Centred Climate Resilience: Case Studies from the Philippines and Vietnam

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"Including the voices of children is not just about including their views on certain topics. It is about creating a favourable environment that actively promotes their participation throughout the process, as well as engaging adults." This ...

Media and Communication in Governance: It's Time for a Rethink
May 19, 2016

Media and Communication in Governance: It's Time for a Rethink

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This book chapter provides: a framework for thinking through the different development outcomes media support might achieve; arguments for why successful governance strategies are likely to involve a stronger media support focus in future; the ...

Neenv (Shiksha Ka Sawal) Campaign
May 17, 2016

Neenv (Shiksha Ka Sawal) Campaign

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Launched in May 2015 in Sikar, a district of the Indian state Rajasthan in western India, Neenv (meaning "Foundation "in Hindi) is an initiative to strengthen 30,000+ government schools through citizen audit for quality public education for all ...

Impact of Communication Campaigns to Deter Irregular Migration
May 16, 2016

Impact of Communication Campaigns to Deter Irregular Migration

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"Understanding the decisions to leave is a key part of the success of communication campaigns to deter irregular migration. However there is very little evidence on the impact and effectiveness of these campaigns and anecdotal evidence suggests ...

The Politics of Media Development: The Importance of Engaging Government and Civil Society
May 16, 2016

The Politics of Media Development: The Importance of Engaging Government and ...

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"Without the enabling political conditions for the media to operate freely, media development efforts can achieve only limited success." This report provides guidance on how to engage the public sector - governmental and political systems - in ...

Polio Eradication - Endgame Strategies - Polio Type 2 Withdrawal: National tOPV-bOPV Switch Plan
May 13, 2016

Polio Eradication - Endgame Strategies - Polio Type 2 Withdrawal: National ...

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This guidance document was designed to prepare Sri Lanka's National Switch Coordination Committee (NSCC) and other stakeholders for the April 30 2016 switch day - the day on which, as per the Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan 2013-2018 ...

Countering Antivaccination Attitudes
May 12, 2016

Countering Antivaccination Attitudes

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"Rather than attempting to overcome vaccination myths by convincing parents of the safety of vaccines, provaccine messages might be more effective if they work to convince parents of the dangers of failing to vaccinate their children." Myths ...

Engaging the Missing Link: Evidence from FALAH for Involving Men in Family Planning in Pakistan
May 10, 2016

Engaging the Missing Link: Evidence from FALAH for Involving Men in Family ...

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"When they are directly and effectively engaged, Pakistani men are ready to participate and share responsibility in family planning." Results from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Family Advancement for Life ...

Strategic Communication Framework for Hormonal Contraceptive Methods and Potential HIV-Related Risks
May 9, 2016

Strategic Communication Framework for Hormonal Contraceptive Methods and ...

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Given the World Health Organization (WHO)'s recommendation that women should receive correct and full information to enable an informed choice regarding their method of contraception, the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) ...

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 ...

Immunization Highlights 2015: Report of the WHO Regional Office for Europe
May 4, 2016

Immunization Highlights 2015: Report of the WHO Regional Office for Europe

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This report describes the activities of the Vaccine-preventable Diseases and Immunization (VPI) programme of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe in pursuing the goals and objectives of the European Vaccine Action Plan ...

Close the Immunization Gap
May 3, 2016

Close the Immunization Gap

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"No child should be denied the right to immunization for unfair reasons, including economic or social causes. All barriers must be overcome." - Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General Launched during World Immunization Week 2015, this multiyear ...

Website for Parents: Vaccines for Your Children
April 27, 2016

Website for Parents: Vaccines for Your Children

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Launched during National Infant Immunization Week (April 16-23 2016) by the United States (US)-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this website offers a variety of resources for parents seeking to learn more about childhood ...

How to Report Scientific Findings
April 27, 2016

How to Report Scientific Findings

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This online resource from SciDev.Net is written as a communication guide for journalists reporting scientific research. It explains how and why to interrogate research findings that might appear in press releases. Stories lacking depth and ...

Le We Tap Ebola (Let Us Stop Ebola)
April 27, 2016

Le We Tap Ebola (Let Us Stop Ebola)

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"In order to get to zero Ebola cases, we must all work together. Every Sierra Leonean must take responsibility to ensure that our families, our communities, and our country will end Ebola." "Le We Tap Ebola", meaning "Let Us Stop Ebola", is a ...

Lao PDR's Polio Outbreak and Response: C4D efforts in reaching the last child
April 26, 2016

Lao PDR's Polio Outbreak and Response: C4D efforts in reaching the last child

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The Complete Background to Lao PDR’s Polio Outbreak and Response‬

Communication for Development in Peacebuilding: Directions on Research and Evaluation for an Emerging Field
April 26, 2016

Communication for Development in Peacebuilding: Directions on Research and ...

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"More effective instruments are needed that perform the difficult task of re-connecting broken communities, informing citizens and involving them in processes of reconstruction, and enabling all groups in civil society to have a voice in the ...

Community-Led Ebola Action (CLEA) Field Guide for Community Mobilizers
April 25, 2016

Community-Led Ebola Action (CLEA) Field Guide for Community Mobilizers

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"Communities themselves have the power and the agency to halt the spread of Ebola, and their collective actions are the heart of an effective Ebola response." This field guide is a resource book for community mobilisers, field staff, and ...

Reducing Violence by Transforming Neighborhoods: A Natural Experiment in Medellin, Colombia
April 21, 2016

Reducing Violence by Transforming Neighborhoods: A Natural Experiment in ...

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"Neighborhood-level interventions provide an opportunity to better understand the impact that neighborhoods have on health." This research was done in Medellín, Colombia, to access the effects of transit-oriented development and municipal ...

Health COMpass: Zika Virus
April 21, 2016

Health COMpass: Zika Virus

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This resource-based section of the Health COMpass website, a project of the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3), is designed to give users full access to information about the Zika virus, an emerging mosquito-borne virus reported in ...

Media in Latin America: A Path Forward
April 20, 2016

Media in Latin America: A Path Forward

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"...a coalition of a dozen leading media watchdog organizations and NGOs [non-governmental organisations] that participated...issued a declaration calling on Latin America's governments to take concrete steps to guarantee freedom of expression ...

Use of Rapid Diagnostic Tests to Improve Malaria Treatment in the Community in Uganda
April 15, 2016

Use of Rapid Diagnostic Tests to Improve Malaria Treatment in the Community ...

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Based on the belief that community health workers can help patients in remote locations access prompt treatment for malaria, including artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT), in this study in Uganda, community health workers (CHWs) - ...

Prescriber and Patient-Oriented Behavioural Interventions to Improve Use of Malaria Rapid Diagnostic Tests in Tanzania: Facility-Based Cluster Randomised Trial
April 15, 2016

Prescriber and Patient-Oriented Behavioural Interventions to Improve Use of ...

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"In a geographical area where previously in some areas over 90% of patients who were prescribed an antimalarial did not have malaria, this study has demonstrated that a combination of prescriber and patient behavioural interventions can, by ...

From Access to Inclusion: Educating Clients
April 13, 2016

From Access to Inclusion: Educating Clients

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"...using media and audiovisual campaigns is a powerful channel in reaching to un- and underbanked populations and providing low-income women with relevant financial education messages that will help them make full use of the financial products ...

Step It Up for Gender Equality Media Compact
April 11, 2016

Step It Up for Gender Equality Media Compact

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Launched in March 2016 by UN Women during a side event of the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, this alliance of international, regional, and national media outlets is working as gender champions to galvanise attention and ...

Evaluation of the Behaviour Change Communication and Community Mobilization Activities in Myanmar Artemisinin Resistance Containment Zones
April 7, 2016

Evaluation of the Behaviour Change Communication and Community Mobilization ...

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This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of the behaviour change communication and community mobilisation activities carried out under the rubric of the fifth objective of the Myanmar Artemisinin Resistance Containment (MARC) programme ...

Immunization in Practice: A Practical Guide for Health Staff
April 7, 2016

Immunization in Practice: A Practical Guide for Health Staff

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Building on the previous edition (2004) of Immunization in Practice (IIP), which has been translated and used throughout the world, this 2015 update of the World Health Organization (WHO)'s practical information guide is meant to support the work ...

Global Population Speak Out
April 6, 2016

Global Population Speak Out

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"I would like to see people talk about this issue, this radical upward trajectory in our numbers. I'd love to see people discuss that, and then not forget about it the next day when there are 200,000 more people at the breakfast table. I don't ...

Identity Constructions and Inter-Organizational Collaboration: Islamic Faith-Based Organizations and the Polio Vaccination Stoppage in Northern Nigeria
April 6, 2016

Identity Constructions and Inter-Organizational Collaboration: Islamic ...

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In the context of a Northern Nigerian vaccination stoppage by Islamic faith-based organisations (FBOs) in 2003-2004, this study - informed by literature in communication studies on inter-organisational collaboration (IOC) - focuses on the role of ...

One year on from the Nigerian elections: "no violence, just vote"
April 6, 2016

One year on from the Nigerian elections: "no violence, just vote"

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Author: Osebi Adams, April 6 2016 - This time last year, I wasn’t sure what the future held for me as a young Nigerian. Not because I was worried about a job or a family since I was already working as a researcher for BBC Media Action and ...

Strategies for Improving Polio Surveillance Performance in the Security-Challenged Nigerian States of Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe During 2009-2014
April 5, 2016

Strategies for Improving Polio Surveillance Performance in the ...

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To identify areas of polio transmission in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe (3 of the states in the northeast geopolitical zone of Nigeria), polio surveillance must be very sensitive, according to this report. These states, which also have international ...

No Hoodie No Honey Social Media Campaign
April 5, 2016

No Hoodie No Honey Social Media Campaign

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Launched in December 2013, the No Hoodie No Honey (No Condom, No Sex) social media campaign is designed to reach young people in Nigeria, especially girls aged 15-24, with information on sexual and reproductive health (SRH), including safer sex. ...

Polio in Ukraine: Crisis, Challenge, and Opportunity
March 31, 2016

Polio in Ukraine: Crisis, Challenge, and Opportunity

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"How did a modern country with aspirations toward European identity fail so dramatically on something as basic as childhood vaccines? The decline of Ukraine's immunization system is fueled primarily by corruption, coupled with ineffective public ...

Media Development: An Evaluation of Five Capacity-Strengthening Projects
March 31, 2016

Media Development: An Evaluation of Five Capacity-Strengthening Projects

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"Those involved in media development owe it to the populations they seek to benefit to scrutinise and evaluate their own efforts carefully, ensuring that they continually challenge themselves to improve the work they do." This BBC Media Action ...

Gender and Social and Behavior Change Communication Implementation Kit
March 31, 2016

Gender and Social and Behavior Change Communication Implementation Kit

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"By integrating gender into your SBCC strategy, you can make health messages more effective, stimulate equity in gender roles, and improve health outcomes. Since the roles and power relations between men and women affect how an activity is ...

Why Branding Matters for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs)
March 30, 2016

Why Branding Matters for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs)

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From Charles Kojo Vandyck: The last couple of years, my colleagues and I at WACSI [West Africa Civil Society Institute] have initiated passionate discussions about branding and its value added to strengthening the institute’s relevance, identity, ...

Predictors of Knowledge about Tuberculosis: Results from SANHANES I, a National, Cross-Sectional Household Survey in South Africa
March 24, 2016

Predictors of Knowledge about Tuberculosis: Results from SANHANES I, a ...

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"To reduce the burden of tuberculosis in South Africa, media campaigns targeting both rural and urban communities should include conveying accurate information about the disease. Policy makers should also address structural barriers that ...

The Effectiveness of Disaster Risk Communication: A Systematic Review of Intervention Studies
March 14, 2016

The Effectiveness of Disaster Risk Communication: A Systematic Review of ...

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The aim of this systematic review is to identify, appraise and synthesise the findings of studies of the effects of risk communication interventions during 4 stages of the disaster cycle: mitigation and prevention, preparedness, response, and ...

Findings from the Use of a Narrative Story and Leaflet to Influence Shifts along the Behavior Change Continuum toward Postpartum Contraceptive Uptake in Sylhet District, Bangladesh
March 14, 2016

Findings from the Use of a Narrative Story and Leaflet to Influence Shifts ...

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"Social and behavior change strategies are key to providing postpartum women and their families with the information they desire, engaging communities in dialogue to shift social norms, and linking women to needed FP [family planning] services. ...

Why Information Matters: A Foundation for Resilience
March 11, 2016

Why Information Matters: A Foundation for Resilience

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“You can make a system work better with surprising ease if you give it more timely, more accurate, more complete information.” - Donella Meadows, Thinking in Systems

Impact Data - Alive & Thrive (A&T) in Ethiopia
March 10, 2016

Impact Data - Alive & Thrive (A&T) in Ethiopia

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"Results indicate that the more ways mothers were exposed to feeding messages - through home visits, village gatherings, and radio spots - the more likely they were to sustain changes in feeding practices."

Comics Uniting Nations
March 9, 2016

Comics Uniting Nations

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Comics Uniting Nations is a partnership of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), PCI Media Impact, and Reading with Pictures which seeks to communicate information about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) using comics. The ...

World Malaria Day Photo Contest "End Malaria For Good"
March 9, 2016

World Malaria Day Photo Contest "End Malaria For Good"

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Ahead of this year's World Malaria Day on April 25 2016, the President's Malaria Initiative (PMI) is looking for photos that support the theme of "End Malaria For Good," to showcase stories of efforts to reduce malaria illness and death around ...

Mother tongue: boosting maternal health through mobile phones
March 7, 2016

Mother tongue: boosting maternal health through mobile phones

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Author: Bindi Thakka - Our producer looks at the importance of tribal language - and how it can be used to help provide life-saving advice to mothers in India. In India an incredible 1,652 different languages are spoken. Jharkhand, a state in ...

The Nepalese girl whose story touched thousands
March 7, 2016

The Nepalese girl whose story touched thousands

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Author: Bidhya Chapagain - Bidhya Chapagain, presenter of Sajha Sawal (Common Questions) - a weekly debate show broadcast across Nepal on TV and Radio - writes a letter to Ujeli, a 15 year old girl she got to know while visiting earthquake ...

Meeting Postpartum Women's Family Planning Needs through Integrated Family Planning and Immunization Services: Results of a Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial in Rwanda
March 7, 2016

Meeting Postpartum Women's Family Planning Needs through Integrated Family ...

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The primary objective of this study was to test the effectiveness of integrating family planning (FP) service components into infant immunisation services to increase modern contraceptive method use among postpartum women in Rwanda. Healthy ...

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