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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 ...

EK duniya anEK awaaz (EDAA) [One World, Many Voices]
May 3, 2016

EK duniya anEK awaaz (EDAA) [One World, Many Voices]

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EK duniya anEK awaaz (EDAA) [One World, Many Voices] is a web-based, free and open audio content and resource exchange platform for community radio (CR) broadcasters in India. It enables CR stations and other content producers to share their ...

Radio Saathi App
May 2, 2016

Radio Saathi App

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"We understood from the very onset that the role of the CR community in the creation of such a learning tool was pivotal..." The Radio Saathi app is an Android mobile application for multimedia-based training for individuals in India who are ...

Mobile Vaani
April 29, 2016

Mobile Vaani

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Mobile Vaani (MV) is a mobile-based voice media platform for underserved areas in India whereby users generate content in their own local dialect through Interactive Voice Response (IVR). Created by Gram Vaani, the intelligent IVR system allows ...

April 29, 2016

Why New Zealand is a terrible example to follow

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"New Zealand was also highlighted as a model system by some experts, who said that given its size and geographic position, it might be a more suitable model for smaller nations."Rethinking Public Service Broadcasting's Place in International ...

Life Saving Community Media
April 28, 2016

Life Saving Community Media

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This blog has been posted onto The Communication Initiative platform: A life-saving radio station in the clouds. It outlines the role of community radio related to disasters. Mandakini Ki Awaaz (‘Voice of the Mandakini’) was developed following ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Exploring the Role of Communication in Community Health
April 20, 2016

Exploring the Role of Communication in Community Health

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"To understand more about the role media and communication can play in Sierra Leone, and the ways it can support efforts to rebuild the health system, BBC Media Action carried out a programme of research in Sierra Leone in late 2015." From BBC ...

My "TAFIGAWALO" Experience!
April 16, 2016

My "TAFIGAWALO" Experience!

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Author: George O. Ndukwu, April 20 2016 - I had a wonderful experience supervising the scripting and production of "TAFIGAWALO" (Working towards change) for the Population Media Center[PMC]/ Nigeria. A 78 Episode Pidgin English Serial Radio ...

Meaty issues on the radio
April 14, 2016

Meaty issues on the radio

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Author: Ehizogie Ohiani, April 8 2016 - A meal without meat is as good as no meal for most people in Benue State, North Central Nigeria. Considering its importance, one would expect that hygiene surrounding the preparation and sale of meat would ...

Tackling cholera through radio in Kenya
April 14, 2016

Tackling cholera through radio in Kenya

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Author: David Njuguna, April 6 2016 - Last year Kenya was facing a devastating cholera outbreak. It started in the capital, Nairobi and by June 2015, a total of 4,937 cases and 97 deaths had been reported nationally. According to public health ...

Looking Back and Planning Ahead: Examining Global Best Practices in Communication for Inactivated Polio Vaccination Introduction in Rwanda
April 14, 2016

Looking Back and Planning Ahead: Examining Global Best Practices in ...

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"This article provides insights into the critical role that communication efforts have played and will continue to play in polio eradication worldwide."

Tea Cup Diaries: How a Radio Drama is Changing Attitudes in Myanmar
April 14, 2016

Tea Cup Diaries: How a Radio Drama is Changing Attitudes in Myanmar

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"BBC Media Action’s Tea Cup Diaries promotes understanding, openness and respect for people from different ethnic and religious backgrounds in Myanmar.Listeners reported improved knowledge of other ethnic and religious groups, and had a better ...

Rethinking Public Service Broadcasting's Place in International Media Development
April 13, 2016

Rethinking Public Service Broadcasting's Place in International Media ...

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"Media developers and donors are taking a second look at public service broadcasting. Could it be that PSB, even with all its challenges and pitfalls, might offer a new path for opening up the media environment?" This paper from the Center for ...

How Did Local Radio Stations Support Their Communities During the Ebola Crisis?
April 13, 2016

How Did Local Radio Stations Support Their Communities During the Ebola Crisis?

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"During the 2014/5 Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone BBC Media Action supported staff at 42 local or community-based radio stations to improve communication about the disease. Case studies indicate these stations were able to provide actionable ...

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 ...

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. ...

Zika: Radio Information Spots
April 1, 2016

Zika: Radio Information Spots

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"The power of radio, its proximity to the population and its ease of access, provide a unique opportunity to reach the largest number of people in the shortest possible time to effectively disseminate prevention messages during sanitary crises ...

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."

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 ...

Crowd-pleasing radio
March 23, 2016

Crowd-pleasing radio

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Author: Amensisa Tefasilasie, DATE 2014 - The Jember team pulled in the crowds when they set out to meet listeners face to face in Ethiopia’s Amhara region. Mother-of-two Addisie Beryihun visits her local market occasionally but today she’s in ...

Singha Durbar (Madam Prime Minister)
March 15, 2016

Singha Durbar (Madam Prime Minister)

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"What if we could create a fictional road map to good governance, firmly rooted in reality, believable, yet reaching for the stars? What if it sparked conversations around the country about how to redefine what good leadership means for Nepal? ...

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 ...

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

Community Radio and Gender: Towards an Inclusive Public Sphere
March 11, 2016

Community Radio and Gender: Towards an Inclusive Public Sphere

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"There still exist social hierarchies along the lines of caste, class and other oppressions that inhibit women from negotiating fair representation and equal participation on community radio. This is especially true in gender-mixed stations. ...

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."

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

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

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"A greater proportion of women practiced the recommended behaviors when they had face to face contact with frontline workers plus mass media (TV spots) than did women who only saw the TV spots."

Weaving to the rhythm of The Tea Cup Diaries
March 10, 2016

Weaving to the rhythm of The Tea Cup Diaries

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Author: Lay Min Pyae Mon - Slender fingers rhythmically work at the brilliantly-coloured threads; legs undulate like a dancer’s as foot pedals are pushed down - the cloth on the loom growing a little larger each time. The faces of the weavers, ...

The Role of the Polio Program Infrastructure in Response to Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in Nigeria 2014
March 7, 2016

The Role of the Polio Program Infrastructure in Response to Ebola Virus ...

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"The support from the polio program infrastructure, particularly the coordination mechanism adopted (the EEOC), the availability of skilled personnel in the polio program, and lessons learned from managing the polio eradication program greatly ...

The darker side of Valentine's Day in Cambodia
March 7, 2016

The darker side of Valentine's Day in Cambodia

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Author: Vy Yaro - The presenter of Love9 looks at why Valentine’s Day in Cambodia is the perfect time to talk about sexual and reproductive rights. Valentine’s Day is extremely popular in Cambodia. But the celebration isn’t always a happy one. ...

FGM: Making a voice heard
March 7, 2016

FGM: Making a voice heard

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Author: Akwumaba Esther Adaji - Reporter, Akwumaba describes how deeply she was affected after interviewing a woman who had experienced female genital mutilation aged seven, and how radio has helped her shared her story. “I saw these huge women ...

Cricket aid: Bangladesh stars help out waterlogged village
March 7, 2016

Cricket aid: Bangladesh stars help out waterlogged village

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Author: Saad Shahriar - Villagers in Bangladesh’s waterlogged Satkhira region were bowled over when their national team cricket captain, Mashrafe Mortaza flew in with his team mates to take part in a special edition of Amrai Pari (Together We Can ...

New Masculinity and Family Planning: A Gender Transformative Approach to SBCC in Rural Guatemala
March 4, 2016

New Masculinity and Family Planning: A Gender Transformative Approach to ...

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"SBCC contributes by creating enabling environments that help individuals, health providers, leaders and communities to start a conversation, analyze the information, challenge their own beliefs and traditions, and take well-informed and ...

Involvement of Boys through Interactive BCC/IEC to Enhance Adolescent and Sexual Reproductive Health in Northern Uganda
March 4, 2016

Involvement of Boys through Interactive BCC/IEC to Enhance Adolescent and ...

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The Communication for Development Foundation Uganda (CDFU) engaged in a project in the Lira and Alebtong districts of Uganda to involve boys in sexual and reproductive health (SRH) through the use of interactive behaviour change communication ...

Supporting the media to be a platform for electoral debate
February 28, 2016

Supporting the media to be a platform for electoral debate

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Author Elias Banda: AS the Electoral Commission of Zambia puts in place systems for ensuring the forthcoming August 2016 general elections are credible, free and fair, one of the platforms they will need is the media.

Teaching Journalism for Sustainable Development: New Syllabi
February 23, 2016

Teaching Journalism for Sustainable Development: New Syllabi

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This publication offers a collection of model syllabi that include ideas, methods, and materials related to teaching subjects related to media and sustainable development. It was designed to guide and inspire teachers and planners working in ...

Success of Community Radio in Addressing Child Marriage in Purulia, West Bengal, India: Abstract
February 23, 2016

Success of Community Radio in Addressing Child Marriage in Purulia, West ...

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"...a campaign against early marriage, highlighting the hazards of early marriage, for the education of the adolescents and their parents and a sensitization programme of the Santhali (Tribal) priests called Laya, and Hindu priests called Puruhit ...

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