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Community Information Boards (CIB)

In 2007, the Government of Nigeria with support from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), developed the concept of a Community Information Board (CIB). The board is designed to capture basic social and development data that communities could use to track the health and well-being of their children, as well as drive community dialogues, collective decision-making, and communal action to realise the rights of women and children.

Communication Strategies: 

The Community Information Board is designed to capture basic social and development data in the community for tracking the situation of children and women, and to provide the focus for community and peer-group dialogues, local theatre and house-to-house counselling that lead to concrete actions that improve services for and the rights status of children, women, and families. As a community tool, it requires the participation of every segment and group in all stages of its use. The principal moderators of the Board are the traditional leader, the community or village development committee, and the recorder. The audience is the entire community — women, youths, children and men. The board is intended to complement existing community engagement processes such as community dialogues and community theatre.

The boards track 16 indicators on a quarterly basis. These indicators track births and child mortality, immunisations, child health and development, school enrolment, use of bed nets, water and sanitation, and maternal health. Each indicator is recorded on the information board, which is placed in a prominent position within villages, and updated quarterly by a recorder who is generally an assigned member of the community development association. The recorders, several of whom are women, use information from daily and weekly entries in community information notebooks to update the boards. Each recorder has a community information notebook or register into which s/he enters information on each indicator when it is collected. At the end of each quarter the information in the notebook is collated and entered on the Community Information Board.

Information is kept on the CIB for one year when it is ‘archived’ or held in a secure place within the community. Recording of information then begins afresh on the wiped board at the start of another year. The traditional leader and the village/community development committee are principally responsible for maintaining the CIBs and ensuring the involvement of all sections of the community. All groups have a chance to participate in responding to issues that arise from a common analysis of the implications of information on the board and in agreeing ways to address problems and move forward within the community. Participation takes place through one or more local level communication forums such as community and peer group dialogues, local theatre, and home counselling.

According to UNICEF, the CIBs were developed through a process of pre-testing with community leaders and different groups (including women and youth) until it was deemed user-friendly. Boards were then produced for 222 focus communities. Guidelines for use of the boards and a training guide were developed with community leaders and resource persons, with technical support from government officials, academics, and UNICEF staff.

Using a two-tier ‘cascade’ process, UNICEF organised training for recorders and members of the community development committees. First, university lecturers from across the country, together with staff from UNICEF’s non-governmental organisation (NGO) partners, participated in national level training of trainers (TOT) workshops. Following that, training of trainers (TOT) participants, equipped with new levels of confidence, knowledge, and skills, returned home to train local people on the selected indicators. UNICEF also helped to develop a Training Guide to be used primarily by NGOs as a resource for training and monitoring processes within communities.

Organisers say that by the end of 2008, 25 NGOs, government experts, and academics had trained 291 community focal persons and over 3000 members of community development committees on how to consolidate data from local records, update the boards, provide feedback to community members, and moderate community dialogue sessions. In addition, 138 communities in 21 states had updated their Community Information Boards and were using them to monitor indicators of child survival and development in their communities.

Development Issues: 

Children, Women, Health, Maternal Health, Immunisation, Malaria

Key Points: 

According to organisers, the boards have been successfully adopted in over 60% of the focus communities. Evidence suggests that analysis and discussion of information on the boards contributes to:

  • increasing the focus on the day-to-day well-being of women and children, and recognition of their rights;
  • stimulating communities to discuss the best way of addressing issues on the board;
  • encouraging communities to track information on their own development;
  • creating a common understanding of development problems; and
  • acting as a catalyst for local assessment, planning, and implementation of action plans, thereby building local ownership of services and programmes.

According to UNICEF, the Boards have exposed communities to an organised and standard method of data collection in the community, and communities have learned to interpret data and understand their usefulness. The Boards have also forged a link between data, dialogue, and knowledge of key household practices. Some community leaders confessed that they had never taken the key household practices or record-keeping seriously and were only just beginning to put these into practice now that they have a better understanding of their benefits. In addition, the process has enabled communities to appreciate the need to initiate, own and control the process of development in their localities rather than yielding to the dominant culture of relying on interventions from outside.

The following are some of the lessons learned from the project:

  • Maintaining communities’ interest in dialoguing on issues related to the well being of children and their families requires that those issues are kept firmly at the forefront of public attention and on the community’s own development agenda.
  • The leadership and support provided by traditional leaders and community development committees is vital to the successful use of the Community Information Boards.
  • Using women as Recorders increased openness, encouraged greater cooperation amongst households, and increased their willingness to provide data to the Board.
  • Providing communities with incentives for maintaining CIBs to a high standard, such as letters of commendation, should be considered.

UNICEF is planning to scale up the initiative. They say that over 80% of all communities in the country could be reached by 2012 if the capacity of staff from universities with outreach programmes and national and local NGOs is developed.

Partner Text: 

UNICEF, Nigerian Ministry of Information, Department of Information

Source: 

UNICEF website on October 29 2010.

Strengthening Community and Health Systems for Quality PMTCT: Applications in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and Ethiopia

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May 1, 2013
Affiliation: 

Pathfinder

This 12-page report by Pathfinder discusses experiences as well as recommendations based on programmes for prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV. According to the report, barriers to implementing programmes for PMTCT in resource-limited settings fall into common biomedical, behavioral, and structural categories.

Contact Information: 
Source: 

Pathfinder website on July 7 2013.

My Gorilla - My Community

The My Gorilla – My Community project is working to develop and implement a comprehensive communications for behaviour change programme to cultivate a community more sympathetic to science-based conservation efforts, and creating a favourable environment for endangered Cross River gorillas in order to avoid extinction. The project is working with local partners to produce a radio drama, host post-broadcast discussions, along with other mentoring and awareness raising activities.

Communication Strategies: 

According to PCI Media Impact, Cross River gorillas have little chance of long-term conservation success without local community protection and support, and the only way to win that support is through communications messaging, and supporting campaigns that educate and change the attitudes and behaviours of populations who are in direct contact with these gorillas.

The overall objectives for My Gorilla – My Community are to:

  • develop the capacity of WCS and local organisations in Nigeria and Cameroon to better use communications to effectively enhance community protection activities and motivate long-term social change in favour of Cross River gorillas;
  • build a community of coalitions of well-informed constituents who understand and support protection of the Cross River gorilla; and
  • change attitudes and behaviours related to Cross River gorillas and heighten awareness of the threats to their long-term survival.

Through training and mentorship, the project is equipping Wildlife Conservation Society in Nigeria and Cameroon with the tools to use social marketing approaches to educate, shape attitudes, and catalyze sustainable behaviour change. Since launching the project, Media Impact has developed a cross border coalition with WCS-Nigeria, WCS – Cameroon, local and national stakeholders, scientists, and broadcast teams that are spearheading awareness-building the communication for development work. Together, the team identified and trained local scriptwriters and held focus groups to uncover culturally relevant stories that writers drew upon for a radio drama.

The radio drama will begin airing in July 2013, and coalition broadcast partners will hold radio call-in shows following every broadcast, providing listeners with a forum to share opinions and lessons learned. The radio drama, called Linda’s Joint, centres on a remote village in the highlands along the Nigeria and Cameroon border, torn apart over plans to pull down the community forest to build a palm plantation. In the drama, hunters become farmers; village leaders fall under the spells of love, money, power, and palm wine; and a little girl’s determination to save a baby gorilla from a hunter transforms the King of Hunters into a Gorilla Guardian. Corruption, arrests, betrayal, and violence befall the village as it comes to grips with the dangers of illicit hunting and deforestation and learns how to survive without destroying its natural resources.

Development Issues: 

Environment

Key Points: 

According to My Gorilla - My Community, hunting and habitat loss are the gorillas biggest barriers to survival: the number of mature Cross River gorillas is estimated at fewer than 200, and the total population is estimated at fewer than 300. This primate is the most endangered African ape and among the world's 25 most endangered primate species.

Partner Text: 

Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), PCI Media Impact, United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Cross River State Broadcasting Corporation

Contact Information: 
Source: 

PCI Media Impact on May 24 2013.

GenARDIS 2002 - 2010: Small Grants that Made Big Changes for Women in Agriculture

Author: 
Jennifer Radloff
Helen Hambly Odame
Sonia Jorge
September 1, 2010
Affiliation: 

Association for Progressive Communications (Radloff), University of Guelph (Hambly Odame)

This document discusses the work of the Gender, Agriculture and Rural Development in the Information Society (GenARDIS) small grants fund, which was initiated in 2002 to support work on gender-related issues in information and communications technologies (ICTs) for the African, Caribbean, and Pacific regions. The small grants fund was disbursed to diverse projects in order to counter barriers to women living in rural areas. This document records the process and results, and is intended to contribute to more gender-aware ICT policy advocacy.

Source: 

Association for Progressive Communications (APC) website, February 16 2011 and March 30 2012.

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Health Communication: Polio Lessons

Subtitle: 
Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives, Volume 15, Supplement 1
May 7, 2010

According to the articles in this Journal of Health Communication supplement, the polio eradication experience provides a rich source of health communication knowledge. And yet, it is one that remains relatively unexamined. The papers in this supplement take a small step towards drawing out some of the lessons and looking at what these experiences have to say to the wider field of health communication. They focus on a series of tensions and the manner in which the polio programme has dealt with them.

Tensions like:

  • Short-term expectations / long-term change processes
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    Understanding Community-Based Information Systems in the Millennium Villages

    December 1, 2009

    This website from newmediadev2009 was a project of a 2009 research seminar developed and taught by Professor Anne Nelson at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in New York, the United States (US).

    Contact Information: 
    Source: 

    Email from Anne Nelson to The Communication Initiative on January 11 2010.

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    Majalisar Mata Manoma

    Initiated in 2009, Majalisar Mata Manoma was a project that involved creating spaces for women farmers in the rural community of Gwagwada, Nigeria, to meet and engage with radio.

    Communication Strategies: 

    Prior to commencement of the project, ARDA carried out a baseline study to identify the needs of the beneficiaries and to draw out issues to be addressed by the radio programme. The baseline was also used to determine the appropriateness of local theatre as a development tool.

    According to ARDA, the participation of two key male figures - a community elder and a school teacher - helped curtail possible opposition from the spouses of participating women. In addition, previous preparation, including work using theatre for development with men and women in the community, helped the women's husbands accept their participation. However, mobilising the women was still a challenge, as their heavy daily workload made listener group activities a secondary priority.

    The project also addressed the issue of unequal workloads between women and men in the community. According to ADRA, the workload for young girls and women is disproportionately heavier than that of their male counterparts. An activity that requested participants to chart the daily diaries of the opposite sex helped build awareness around this problem for community members, while focus group discussions explored the significance of this issue. The theatre for development skits also portrayed this topic.

    Broadcast live, the 30-minute radio programmes included music, a talk-show with an expert guest, phone-ins, and inserts recorded by the listeners' club members. These inserts consisted of discussions, songs, and opinions. The women involved in the project provided a priority list of issues they wanted the radio programmes to address. To deal with these identified issues, the programme relied on scripts downloaded from the Farm Radio International website.

    As part of the project, the listeners' club was given a mobile phone to allow the women to engage with the radio programmes. According to the organisers, this strategy was necessary because women generally have less access to mobile technology due to gender inequalities in the community and lack of income. Members were trained to use the phone to make and receive calls and text messages. The women have also started using the phone to generate income for the club.

    To read more about the programme, visit the listeners' club blog.

    Development Issues: 

    Gender, Agriculture

    Key Points: 

    According to ARDA, the women in the club are increasingly willing and able to organise themselves with less effort on ARDA's part. They ask more questions about issues to be addressed on the programmes and are generally much more vocal in discussions. The club has also recently evolved into a formal association to be used as a vocational group, development group, or farmers' cooperative.

    Partner Text: 

    African Radio Drama Association (ARDA) and Gender and Agriculture in the Information Society (GenARDIS).

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    Source: 

    GenARDIS website on March 10 2010; and "Rural Nigeria: Radio and Mobile Phones Change Women's Lives", on the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) website and listeners' club blog - both accessed on December 13 2010.

    Rural Internet Kiosks Project

    Rural Internet Kiosks (RIK) is a Kenyan-based organisation that manufactures and distributes movable, recyclable, cost-effective kiosks that operate with satellite connectivity and solar energy to ena

    Communication Strategies: 

    Rural Internet Kiosks produces kiosks that are independent, freestanding booths functioning on solar power and other forms of renewable energy. Each kiosk houses 3 energy-efficient personal computers. The kiosks are modelled on user-friendly software and hardware and are manufactured and assembled in a "knock-down" format, enabling them to be easily transported and set up in even very rugged regions.

    The kiosks have been designed to give access to all users, including children and the disabled. According to RIK, they are also working on ways to use portable USB pen screen readers and accessible websites, which will help the visually impaired access information. Screen readers could also help people who can understand, but not necessarily read, English.

    The kiosks are designed to promote entrepreneurship and electronic service delivery within rural and urban settings and, in turn, facilitate e-commerce, e-education, e-health, and e-governance. The organisers say that the kiosks have helped farmers obtain regular updates on weather patterns and produce prices, thereby expanding their revenue. Business start-ups have been able to exploit digital multimedia advertising. The internet kiosks are helping government agencies to create awareness concerning health and environment and reach out to local communities. Through the use of multimedia information outlets, communities can also access information about infectious diseases such as malaria, polio, HIV/AIDS, and tuberculosis. The kiosks also create platforms for the promotion of tele-medicine, which is still in its infancy in most African countries.

    The kiosks use the open-source Ubuntu Linux operating system, as well as other open-source software. This virtualisation technology allows up to 10 uses to share a single personal computer (PC).

    Development Issues: 

    Information and Communication Technology, Economic Development, Agriculture.

    Key Points: 

    The RIK project was developed by Jitu Patani, also project manager at Rural Internet Kiosk, who has a vision of bridging the digital divide by providing the last mile access to rural or remote communities. RIK is working to help Africa move towards the Millennium Development Goal of Bridging the Digital Divide by year 2015.

    Partner Text: 

    Rural Internet Kiosks, InterSat, and Userful.

    See video
    Source: 

    eLearning Africa website on February 5 2010.

    Measurement, Learning & Evaluation (MLE) Project for the Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (URHI)

    The Measurement, Learning & Evaluation (MLE) Project is an endeavour to identify which interventions of the Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (URHI) are most effective and have the biggest impact.

    Communication Strategies: 

    MLE's communication strategy is built on collaboration with the country consortia (CCs) that are implementing URHI programmes in Uttar Pradesh, India, Kenya, Nigeria, and Senegal. According to organisers, this collaboration is essential in ensuring that the country programme activities are rigorously monitored and evaluated, that high-quality data are collected, and that the results of the impact analysis are used by the country consortia (CCs) to inform programme activities as well as disseminated nationally, regionally, and globally in an effort to promote and scale-up promising FP/RH practices.

    The MLE project has developed a standard set of instruments and indicators for use at the individual, household, and facility levels, which will be reviewed by each CC and adapted to the local context. This core set of indicators is designed to allow for cross-country comparative analysis, while the adaptation provides opportunities to examine specific issues of interest for each country.

    Through a quasi-experimental study design, MLE will evaluate the URHI interventions, which are developed around the following objectives:

    • To develop cost-effective interventions for integrating quality FP with maternal and child health services;
    • To improve the quality of FP services for the urban economically poor with emphasis on high-volume clinical settings;
    • To test innovative private-sector approaches to increase access to and use of FP by the urban economically poor;
    • To develop interventions for creating demand for and sustaining use of contraceptives; and
    • To increase funding and financial mechanisms and a supportive policy environment for ensuring success to FP supplies and services for the urban economically poor.

    From January through December 2009, MLE in partnership with the CC in India: created an in-country advisory board; conducted a baseline key stakeholder interviews; initiated a capacity assessment with the in-country research partner; trained data collection research assistants; pretested the baseline survey instruments; and began data collection. The baseline data collection activities are, as of January 2010, underway in India.

    In an effort to build in-country capacity to undertake rigorous measurement and evaluation of population, FP, and integrated reproductive health programmes, MLE offered a six-hour M&E "101" Short Course for Beginners as part of the International Conference on Urban Health in October 2009. The course consisted of two sessions and covered: an introduction to M&E; uses of data; conceptual frameworks and logic models; development of indicators; data sources; and evaluation research, including descriptions of study designs and how to select the best design for a specific study.

    From MLE's perspective, to revitalise global interest and funding for a new era in the promotion of FP/RH services, robust evidence-based strategies must demonstrate research-driven best practices, and this research must be disseminated widely. Successful local, national, regional, and global dissemination and use of the programme results depend on many factors, including the collaborative relationships among the MLE project and the CCs and the engagement of key stakeholders to improve policymaking and funding allocations at all levels. The MLE website is one way in which organisers are building those relationships and sharing information.

    A variety of resources are offered on the website, such as links to presentations given by MLE partners and colleagues at various venues that highlight findings from the MLE project, its evaluation of the URHI, and other project-related insights and lessons learned, including a series of 6 stories written to personalise the RH barriers and challenges that women and men face living in urban slums. One may also find upcoming regional and global events that MLE partners and others from the broader urban RH community have submitted to the website. Similarly, as part of its larger aim of raising awareness of the importance for M&E (beyond URHI) and building M&E capacity, one page on the site offers recommended tools and resources to assist in incorporating M&E into public health programmes.

    Development Issues: 

    Reproductive Health, Population, Maternal and Child Health.

    Key Points: 

    According to the United Nations, urban populations in Asia and Africa are expected to double between 2000 and 2030.(1) One in three urban residents lives in slums,(2) often beyond the reach of health services that address maternal and infant morbidity and mortality, including FP. CC interventions are developed around the understanding that the unique nature of urban poverty requires inclusive interventions and strategies that transform the challenges of urban slums into opportunities. The MLE project will determine if the country consortia has indeed managed to expand the reach and quality of integrated FP programmes and maternal and child health services in their respective urban project cities in order to reduce maternal and infant mortality and improve the lives of economically poor urban residents.

    It has been argued that too few impact evaluations have been carried out; and, when they have, they frequently do not use rigorous methods, resulting in information that is misleading or of little use.(3) A dearth of rigorous impact evaluation studies leave decisionmakers with good intentions and ideas but little real evidence of how to spend scarce resources. The MLE project is based on the conviction that better coordination of impact evaluations across countries and institutions around common thematic areas can improve the ability to generalise findings.

     

     

    (1) United Nations, World Urbanization Prospects: The 2007 Revision (New York: United Nations Population Division, 2008).
    (2) United Nations, The State of World Population 1996 (New York: United Nations Population Division).
    (3) William D. Savedoff, Ruth Levine, and Nancy Birdsall. (2006). When Will We Ever Learn? Improving Lives through Impact Evaluation. Report of the Evaluation Gap Working Group. Washington, DC: Center for Global Development.

    Partner Text: 

    University of North Carolina's Carolina Population Center, in collaboration with Africa Population and Health Research Center, International Center for Research on Women, and Population Reference Bureau.

    Source: 

    MLE website, January 14 2010.

    Community Participation for Action in the Social Sector (COMPASS) Project

    Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Community Participation for Action in the Social Sector Project (COMPASS) aims to reach approximately 23 million Nigerians in 51 Local Government Areas (LGAs) through community-led health and education initiatives.

    Communication Strategies: 

    COMPASS draws on a number of communication strategies, as illustrated through the examples below. The main goal is to promote a sense of ownership whereby community members take responsibility for their own community's development.

    Improving quality of basic education: COMPASS has introduced a number of interventions aimed at improving students' skills in math and literacy and increasing primary school retention and girls' enrollment. Carried out in both public and Islamiyya (religious) schools in Kano, Nassarawa, and Lagos atates, activities focus on teacher performance, community support, and integration of health and education, and are designed to:

    • Promote the teaching of math and reading through Interactive Radio Instruction (IRI);
    • Train teachers in teaching methods that are girl-friendly and encourage student participation;
    • Empower Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs) and community members to improve classrooms and school grounds to make them cleaner, safer, and more conducive to learning;
    • Strengthen parent-school relationships by providing PTAs with technical and financial support;
    • Promote and adopt school-based health and nutrition initiatives; and
    • Strengthen the teaching capacity of colleges of education and universities to improve the quality of education in primary schools.


    Promoting FP and quality RH: COMPASS works with local governments, health care providers, and communities to address safe motherhood, FP, postabortion care, HIV/AIDS, youth-friendly services (using culturally sensitive approaches), men's roles in RH (including men in RH discussions and encouraging their participation in decisions involving their partner's RH), and gender-based violence (or, GBV, emphasising community commitment to address GBV and working with health facility staff to recognise it as a health problem affecting women's RH outcomes).

    Improving child health and nutrition: By working with community-based and facility-based health providers and advocating for under-5 child health policies at national and state levels, COMPASS supports child survival activities in 37 LGAs in Kano, Lagos, and Nasarawa states. These interventions address the following components:

    • Malaria (e.g., training local Patent Medicine Vendors, advocating for the use of insecticide-treated nets (ITNs), and organising outreach events to educate communities);
    • Nutrition (e.g., promoting exclusive breastfeeding, appropriate complementary feeding, and Vitamin A supplementation during National Immunisation Days (NIDs) organised by the Federal Ministry of Health);
    • Immunisation (e.g. providing programme assistance with routine and supplementary immunisation in national training and social mobilisation working groups and monitoring and supporting NID activities); and
    • Diarrhoeal diseases, acute respiratory infections, newborn care (e.g., strengthening the home-based skills of community health promoters through refresher trainings and promoting messages on healthy household practices).


    Mobilising communities: COMPASS seeks to create an environment in which all Nigerians are involved in learning, planning, and taking action to improve health and education in their communities. COMPASS uses 2 conceptual frameworks based on participatory problem solving approaches: 1) Community Action Cycle (CAC) - encourages community members to work together to identify priority problems in their communities, define and identify solutions, and take action to improve the situation. The process also includes reviewing progress made in order to adjust strategies and/or address new problems. 2) Partnership Defined Quality (PDQ) - involves service providers and community members working on specific quality issues at the health facility or school level. Through these processes, COMPASS has been mobilising community members to establish 2 key community-based structures to facilitate participation: quality improvement teams and community coalitions. For instance, through the CAC process, community coalitions develop action plans; COMPASS provides technical assistance and guides the community coalitions in identifying strategies for implementing their action plans.

    Contributing to polio eradication: COMPASS strengthens polio immunisation activities in the Federal Capital Territory and 10 other states through: micro-planning and operational preparedness (e.g., participating in advocacy meetings), supervision and monitoring systems (e.g. developing community maps), community and social mobilisation (e.g. exploring with communities and providers ways to recognise and build upon achievements), training, information collection and use, and rehabilitation of polio victims (e.g. helping them develop appropriate skills and knowledge for self-sufficiency and independence).

    Advocating for improved social services and creating, supporting, and publicising policies that lead to better health and education: COMPASS works at state, district, and community levels to strengthen capacity for legislative action, increase awareness of policies that have been enacted to address social issues, advocate for leadership action in response to challenges, and promote community participation in using and providing services. One example of a relevant activity is building the capacity of local media outlets to support dissemination of policies and advocate for improved services in their area of coverage.

    Building the capacity of Nigerian non-governmental organisations (NGOs): In an effort to enable NGOs to contribute to the development of their country and successfully oversee community-based interventions in education, child health, and RH, COMPASS provides the tools and technical assistance they need to successfully develop work plans, raise funds, manage resources, and implement activities.

    Forging alliances between the public and private sectors: COMPASS begins by sensitising organisations, businesses, and individuals on the needs of the community. Once challenges are identified, groups are encouraged to support COMPASS initiatives through cost-sharing efforts such as donating needed goods and services. COMPASS also conducts advocacy visits to corporate organisations, influential individuals, and members of market and transport unions to leverage additional resources.

    For further details on all these activities and strategies, as well as access to a variety of COMPASS materials (e.g., posters) and success stories, visit the COMPASS website.

    Development Issues: 

    Children, Education, Health, Reproductive Health, Gender.

    Partner Text: 

    USAID, Federal Government of Nigeria. The 9-partner COMPASS team includes: Pathfinder International, Management Sciences for Health, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs (CCP), Federation of Muslim Women's Associations of Nigeria (FOMWAN), Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Civil Society Action Coalition on Education For All (CSACEFA), Creative Associates International, Inc. (CAII), Adolescent Health Information Project (AHIP), Futures Group.

    Source: 

    COMPASS website, accessed January 13 2010.

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    "Injectable antibiotics for newborns remain underutilized and as such, have been identified by the UN [United Nations] Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women’s and Children’s Health as one of 13 commodities that if more widely accessed and properly used, could save the lives of more than six million women and children worldwide."

    This article on postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) prevention and treatment presents the author, Dr. Shirley Villadiego's discussion of programmatic experience in Central America with oxytocin provided in the form of the Uniject™ injection system (oxytocin in Uniject - OIU), presented to the Maternal and Child Integrated Health Program (MCHIP) in...

    This roadmap for communication design focuses on advocacy for use of chlorhexidine, one of "13 Life-Saving Commodities." The commodity is used for newborn umbilical cord care to prevent infection. The document forms part of a comprehensive Demand Generation Implementation Kit for Underutilized Commodities in RMNCH (Reproductive, Mother, Newborn...

    This roadmap for communication design focuses on advocacy for use of misoprostol, one of 13 "Life-Saving Commodities." The commodity is used for postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) , a leading cause of maternal deaths, along with another underutilised commodity, oxytocin, as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) for cases of PPH when...

    "A communication strategy provides a 'road map' for local action targeted at behavior change and creates a consistent voice for the messages, materials, and activities developed. It also ensures that activities and products work together to achieve the program goal and objectives. The final communication strategy should be used to guide content...

    This study was done to test the safety and effectiveness of the use of trained Ghana Health Service (GHS) community health officers (CHOs) in administering one of the 13 UN Commission's life-saving commodities for women and children, namely oxytocin (10 intravenous units - IU) for prevention of postpartum haemorrhage (PPH), the leading cause of...

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    Digital

    "By adding social media to the annual work plans and official set of strategies that are being used in an emergency, you will be able to reduce opposition, increase internal awareness and buy-in for your activities..."

    "This resource provides an in-depth look at three programs that illustrate the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and new media - specifically using mobile technologies - as part of an integrated strategy to increase demand for and use of reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) commodities and services."...

    "[T]he UNCoLSC’s Neonatal Resuscitation Technical Working Group (TWG) was formed to systematically identify best practices for scaling up interventions, identifying barriers in current implementation and gaps in knowledge, and addressing other issues related to reducing neonatal mortality through the development of technical standards."

    The authors of the more than 60 articles in this supplement to The Journal of Infectious Diseases reflect on the tools, tactics, and alliances that the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partners have undertaken as part of the effort to combat the international spread of wild polioviruses into previously polio-free countries...

    This tool from the global initiative Every Newborn aims to support countries to analyse health system bottlenecks and challenges preventing the scale up of high-impact, cost-effective interventions for newborns and to identify solutions. It is part of the...

    This roadmap for communication design focuses on advocacy for use of chlorhexidine, one of "13 Life-Saving Commodities." The commodity is used for newborn umbilical cord care to prevent infection. The document forms part of a comprehensive Demand Generation Implementation Kit for Underutilized Commodities in RMNCH (Reproductive, Mother, Newborn...

    Chevening Scholarships are the United Kingdom (UK) government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and partner organisations for outstanding scholars with leadership potential.

    The scholarships are offered for many fields of study, including journalism and media. The programme provides full or...

    The Matter International Reporting Fellowship is accepting applications for its international reporting fellowship. One writer or team of journalists will receive US$10,000 to investigate and report a narrative feature on an issue of global importance or local stories of global interest.

    The grant will also cover travel expenses up to US...

    This roadmap for communication design focuses on advocacy for use of misoprostol, one of 13 "Life-Saving Commodities." The commodity is used for postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) , a leading cause of maternal deaths, along with another underutilised commodity, oxytocin, as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) for cases of PPH when...

    "A communication strategy provides a 'road map' for local action targeted at behavior change and creates a consistent voice for the messages, materials, and activities developed. It also ensures that activities and products work together to achieve the program goal and objectives. The final communication strategy should be used to guide content...

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    Film and Video

    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 website (See video below for a guide to site use): "By using and adapting the...

    This Colombian project, begun in 2007 and now ongoing as Revela2, uses theory and evidence, ongoing research and university partnerships, monitoring and evaluation, strengthening of local and regional capacity, local participation, a focus on national, regional and local levels of intervention, inter-institutional and multisectorial work, and...

    "I danced today to demand the female condom so women can control their sexual health...and have access to the female condom worldwide."

    As part of the third annual Global Female Condom Day (GFCD), September 16 2014, this social media campaign is inviting sexual health and reproductive justice advocates to use music and dance to...

    Edutainment +Mobilization = Social Change is a communication and mobilisation process, based in Colombia and on a multimedia edutainment platform, aimed at facilitating dialogue and behaviour change about sexual and reproductive rights (SRR) amongst adolescents and youth 12-19  years of age, with emphasis on the 15-19 age group.

    "The annual SIMA Awards champion eye-opening impact films from around the world that inspire activism, compassion and social transformation."

    The Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA) is an effort to unearth the stories of independent filmmakers, grassroots change-makers, and humanitarian organisations and to provide a springboard...

    "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."

    "[D]igitally literate women can bring about a lot of change in culture, thinking and social welfare."

    Through collaboration between Google and the Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF), amongst other partners (see below),  with training through Community Information Resource Center (CIRC) of women, adolescent girls, and "dropout"...

    Helping Women Get Online (HWGO) is a website, YouTube video channel, and training project (see Related Summaries below) aimed to increase knowledge and access of Indian women to information and communication technology (ICT) usage through the internet and a telephone hotline.

    The website includes a step-by-step guide, covering, for...

    Author: Margaret Miller, cross-posted from The World Bank website, August 22 2014 - In the wake of the current Ebola crisis, the 2011 movie Contagion (See the trailer here) directed by Steven Soderbergh has repeatedly been cited as one of...

    Author: Allison Tunnoch, August 19 2014, crossposted from The WVoice, a publication of Women's Voices Now - "Honor killings are acts of vengeance, usually death, committed by male...

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    Radio

    "This resource provides an in-depth look at three programs that illustrate the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and new media - specifically using mobile technologies - as part of an integrated strategy to increase demand for and use of reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) commodities and services."...

    This roadmap for communication design focuses on advocacy for use of chlorhexidine, one of "13 Life-Saving Commodities." The commodity is used for newborn umbilical cord care to prevent infection. The document forms part of a comprehensive Demand Generation Implementation Kit for Underutilized Commodities in RMNCH (Reproductive, Mother, Newborn...

    Chevening Scholarships are the United Kingdom (UK) government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and partner organisations for outstanding scholars with leadership potential.

    The scholarships are offered for many fields of study, including journalism and media. The programme provides full or...

    This roadmap for communication design focuses on advocacy for use of misoprostol, one of 13 "Life-Saving Commodities." The commodity is used for postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) , a leading cause of maternal deaths, along with another underutilised commodity, oxytocin, as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) for cases of PPH when...

    "A communication strategy provides a 'road map' for local action targeted at behavior change and creates a consistent voice for the messages, materials, and activities developed. It also ensures that activities and products work together to achieve the program goal and objectives. The final communication strategy should be used to guide content...

    Author: Aashish Yadav, October 2 2014  - After a two year journey and countless stories of success, our bonded labour project is coming to an end.

    Launched in July 2014, the ICT-Enhanced Advocacy: Mobilising Communities Around Children's Rights project is using SMS (text messaging) to mobilise communities in Malawi around issues affecting children's rights and education. The initiative is designed to provide information, empower the community to voice their concerns, and put a structure...

    "This mapping examines the use of Communication for Development (C4D) in peacebuilding efforts ....The objectives of this mapping are to identify C4D interventions that might be applicable to peacebuilding and what lessons can be drawn about process and impact."

    Author: Bidhya Chapagain, September 26 2014 - Man Bahadur Lama was sitting in a relief centre when I first met him. Visibly shocked and heavy with grief, he told me he was desperately awaiting government papers which would qualify him for help as a person displaced by disaster.

    We were at the makeshift centre...

    Author: Zabiullah Faizy, September 26 2014  - Abdurrasul Pamiri stunned the studio audience of our discussion programme Open Jirga when he revealed he had travelled eight days from the Pamir Mountains in northern Afghanistan to ask a question.

    "Twenty kilometres on foot from my village to the Wakhan...

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    This roadmap for communication design focuses on advocacy for use of chlorhexidine, one of "13 Life-Saving Commodities." The commodity is used for newborn umbilical cord care to prevent infection. The document forms part of a comprehensive Demand Generation Implementation Kit for Underutilized Commodities in RMNCH (Reproductive, Mother, Newborn...

    Chevening Scholarships are the United Kingdom (UK) government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and partner organisations for outstanding scholars with leadership potential.

    The scholarships are offered for many fields of study, including journalism and media. The programme provides full or...

    This roadmap for communication design focuses on advocacy for use of misoprostol, one of 13 "Life-Saving Commodities." The commodity is used for postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) , a leading cause of maternal deaths, along with another underutilised commodity, oxytocin, as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) for cases of PPH when...

    "A communication strategy provides a 'road map' for local action targeted at behavior change and creates a consistent voice for the messages, materials, and activities developed. It also ensures that activities and products work together to achieve the program goal and objectives. The final communication strategy should be used to guide content...

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    Launched in February 2013, the Maternal Health Channel is a television and radio series that is part drama, part documentary, and part discussion, designed to improve maternal health in Ghana. Produced by Creative Storm Networks, the project comprises documentaries about real-life stories, studio discussions, bulletins, and special reports. The...

    Author: Bidhya Chapagain, September 26 2014 - Man Bahadur Lama was sitting in a relief centre when I first met him. Visibly shocked and heavy with grief, he told me he was desperately awaiting government papers which would qualify him for help as a person displaced by disaster.

    We were at the makeshift centre...

    Author: Zabiullah Faizy, September 26 2014  - Abdurrasul Pamiri stunned the studio audience of our discussion programme Open Jirga when he revealed he had travelled eight days from the Pamir Mountains in northern Afghanistan to ask a question.

    "Twenty kilometres on foot from my village to the Wakhan...

    "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 messages are conveyed; especially in modern demand generation initiatives that leverage new...

    "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."

    "The role of the media in tackling HIV related stigma is crucial. It is seen as one of the drivers of HIV reduction, yet the media is far from reaching its full potential....Many of our interviewees believe there is fatigue with HIV in the mainstream media..."

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    Community Participation

    "This resource provides an in-depth look at three programs that illustrate the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and new media - specifically using mobile technologies - as part of an integrated strategy to increase demand for and use of reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) commodities and services."...

    "Polio eradication's surveillance, communications, and service delivery systems were unmatched in terms of combining quality with reach....Applying the resolve and dedication that characterizes polio eradication to a wider suite of services could provide communities with the services they are demanding, give workers a fresh reason for...

    "[T]he UNCoLSC’s Neonatal Resuscitation Technical Working Group (TWG) was formed to systematically identify best practices for scaling up interventions, identifying barriers in current implementation and gaps in knowledge, and addressing other issues related to reducing neonatal mortality through the development of technical standards."

    The authors of the more than 60 articles in this supplement to The Journal of Infectious Diseases reflect on the tools, tactics, and alliances that the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partners have undertaken as part of the effort to combat the international spread of wild polioviruses into previously polio-free countries...

    Author: John Kuumuori Ganle, October 15 2014  - The story below of a Ghanaian midwife from the Ashanti region illustrates how one person was able to mobilize local community members in rural Piase in the Bosomtwi district to create demand for, and improve access to and use of, emergency and routine maternal health services. Her...

    "Injectable antibiotics for newborns remain underutilized and as such, have been identified by the UN [United Nations] Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women’s and Children’s Health as one of 13 commodities that if more widely accessed and properly used, could save the lives of more than six million women and children worldwide."

    This roadmap for communication design focuses on advocacy for use of chlorhexidine, one of "13 Life-Saving Commodities." The commodity is used for newborn umbilical cord care to prevent infection. The document forms part of a comprehensive Demand Generation Implementation Kit for Underutilized Commodities in RMNCH (Reproductive, Mother, Newborn...

    This roadmap for communication design focuses on advocacy for use of misoprostol, one of 13 "Life-Saving Commodities." The commodity is used for postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) , a leading cause of maternal deaths, along with another underutilised commodity, oxytocin, as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) for cases of PPH when...

    "A communication strategy provides a 'road map' for local action targeted at behavior change and creates a consistent voice for the messages, materials, and activities developed. It also ensures that activities and products work together to achieve the program goal and objectives. The final communication strategy should be used to guide content...

    This study was done to test the safety and effectiveness of the use of trained Ghana Health Service (GHS) community health officers (CHOs) in administering one of the 13 UN Commission's life-saving commodities for women and children, namely oxytocin (10 intravenous units - IU) for prevention of postpartum haemorrhage (PPH), the leading cause of...

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    Materials

    "By adding social media to the annual work plans and official set of strategies that are being used in an emergency, you will be able to reduce opposition, increase internal awareness and buy-in for your activities..."

    This tool from the global initiative Every Newborn aims to support countries with a roadmap, "Every Newborn: an action plan to end preventable deaths", by improving quality care at the time of birth and support for small and sick babies through the scale...

    This tool from the global initiative Every Newborn aims to support countries to analyse health system bottlenecks and challenges preventing the scale up of high-impact, cost-effective interventions for newborns and to identify solutions. It is part of the...

    This roadmap for communication design focuses on advocacy for use of misoprostol, one of 13 "Life-Saving Commodities." The commodity is used for postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) , a leading cause of maternal deaths, along with another underutilised commodity, oxytocin, as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) for cases of PPH when...

    "A communication strategy provides a 'road map' for local action targeted at behavior change and creates a consistent voice for the messages, materials, and activities developed. It also ensures that activities and products work together to achieve the program goal and objectives. The final communication strategy should be used to guide content...

    "Successful IPV introduction relies on effective planning with measurable outcomes and processes. Key components of planning include vaccine procurement and supply, cold chain and logistics, health worker training, communications, and social mobilization."

    "Enhanced child participation improves parliament by making it more inclusive, more representative and more democratic. Indeed, if parliaments are to serve and reflect the will of all the people, then including children will help engender a system that better serves the entire population; it will in consequence strengthen parliaments'...

    This Cholera Toolkit was produced to provide United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) staff and partners with practical resources to support the implementation of integrated approaches to cholera prevention, preparedness, and response. "It addresses water, hygiene and sanitation, health, and communication for development...

    "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 messages are conveyed; especially in modern demand generation initiatives that leverage new...

    "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."

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    The uptake on adolescent girls, however, has not been so mainstream. Girls are still seen as victims or beneficiaries, not economic agents of change...

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    A recent graduate of Neuroscience.  Experience working in the Student lead global health organisation Medsin UK and on medical relief field projects in Nepal with the charity Moving Mountains...

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    I have over 20 years of experience in print, broadcat media and public relations departments of Governemnt of India. I am an  Indian Information Service officer in the Ministry of Information...

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    Currently a student completing a Bachelor of Arts in Social/Cultural Anthropology with supplements in Environmental and Development studies. I intend to continue on into Postgraduate studies in...

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    Currently a masters of arts in sustainable development candidate and a graduate intern for Search for Common Ground- Guinee

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    A British doctor with a BSc Public Health and Epidemiology, MSc International Health Management and four years commercial experience in public and independent healthcare sectors, firstly as a...

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    Lucy has worked as a BBC radio and television producer for both factual programmes and drama in the UK and internationally. She has specialised in communication for development working for a range...

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    Applied resarch relevant to social policy for children and their households - particularly in relation to poverty and inequality, spatial mobility, care arrangements in the context of AIDS and...

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    I was journalist for 10 years and PRO for 12 years.I am in teaching profession since last six years. I am interested in Development Communication.

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    Ebola News Feed

    DRC: Continuing efforts to contain Ebola
    Oct 19 2014 - 10:20pm
    An Ebola outbreak that has killed several people in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) appears to be slowing down, but health workers say there is a need for continued vigilance in order to contain the virus. 'Their last confirmed case was admitted in the MSF [Médecins Sans Frontières]/Ministry of Health Ebola ward on October 10, after two weeks with no confirmed cases,' Olimpia de la Rosa,...

    Heroes of our time
    Oct 19 2014 - 10:20pm
    2014-10-14 - http://jpupdates.com/2014/08/10/fidel-castro-signs-anti-israel-international-manifesto-defense-palestine/The departure of the first batch of Cuban medical personnel to fight the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone rekindles in the mind of Fidel Castro memories of Cuba’s military support for the liberation struggle in Angola. It is continuation of the Black revolutionary tradition

    Heroes dressed in white
    Oct 19 2014 - 10:20pm
    2014-10-15 - http://medicoanthropologist.blogspot.com/Cuba recently sent a medical team of 165, consisting of 63 doctors and 102 nurses, to Sierra Leone to support efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak. It is a mission they were happy to undertake and it goes right into the heart of Cuba’s people-to-people solidarity.

    The Cost of Ebola
    Oct 19 2014 - 10:20pm
    The Ebola Crisis in West Africa has saturated international news. The current outbreak has killed thousands of people. Beyond the obvious health and humanitarian concerns, the Ebola Crisis is threatening the stability of some already fragile states, recovering from civil wars. Mistrust and poor communication between the government […]

    The fear and hopelessness behind the deadly attack on Ebola workers in Guinea
    Oct 19 2014 - 10:20pm
    Originally published on WashingtonPost.com – Sept. 19By Abby Phillip When the Ebola outbreak made a resurgence in Guinea in early August, after earlier showing signs of stabilizing, Moise Mamy knew what he needed to do. The Guinean pastor had already been traveling from remote village to remote village […]

    DRC: Ebola toll rises, health system on its knees
    Oct 19 2014 - 10:20pm
    Since the start of the month the death toll of the Ebola outbreak in the north-east has climbed from 15 to 31, the World Health Organization (WHO) said, defining the situation 'serious'. Fadela Chaib, a spokeswoman for the Geneva-based agency, stressed that 'it is unusual that the first person to be infected was a health worker'. The areas affected by the outbreak are Isiro and Viadana (70km...

    DRC: Ebola toll rises to 36
    Oct 19 2014 - 10:20pm
    An outbreak of Ebola fever in the Democratic Republic of Congo may have killed up to 36 people, out of 81 suspected cases, according to a new death toll released by the health ministry. The ministry said that 20 confirmed cases have been recorded, as well as 32 likely and 29 suspected as of 29 September.

    Uganda: Killer disease reaches Uganda capital, five dead
    Oct 19 2014 - 10:20pm
    An outbreak of the deadly Marburg virus in Uganda has spread to the capital Kampala after an infected woman travelled to the city and the death toll from the disease, a cousin of Ebola, climbed to five, a health official said on Monday. The latest outbreak of another haemorrhagic fever, first confirmed on Friday in Kabale district, 430 km (270 miles) southwest of Kampala, has rattled a country...

    Executive VP Sandra Melone on Ebola Crisis and Border Issues
    Oct 19 2014 - 10:20pm
    The second case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States is sparking off a debate on disease control and border issues. For all our Spanish speakers, hear what our Executive VP Sandra Melone has to say about the Ebola crisis on Telesur. Watch the video here.   Location:   Washington, […]

    LIBERIA: Govt. Loses $116m In Revenue To Ebola Epidemic
    Oct 19 2014 - 2:35pm
    Commerce Minister Axel Addy has disclosed that government has lost US$116 million in revenue to the Ebola crisis as a short-term impact. Minister Addy also explained that the World Bank estimates a catastrophic economic blow to the already fragile Liberian state, whose Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is falling dramatically and could be negative by 2015, if the Ebola virus is not contained. The...

    Press release: British aid flight carrying medical supplies for Ebola treatment facility lands in Freetown
    Oct 19 2014 - 2:11pm
    This was the UK’s sixth aid flight and carried almost £900,000 worth of medical equipment needed for the 92 bed treatment facility in Kerry Town, including blood banks, centrifuges and protective equipment such as goggles and gloves. International Development Secretary Justine Greening said: “As part of Britain’s £125 million response we are building six treatment centres across Sierra Leone...

    Zimbabwe: Nurses Run Away From 'Ebola' Patient
    Oct 19 2014 - 12:07pm
    [Zimbabwe Standard]Masvingo -- Deputy Health and Child Care minister, Paul Chimedza has admitted that there are loopholes in the country's Ebola prevention mechanisms, saying government is working on plugging them.

    Scientists want to fight the Ebola outbreak using robots
    Oct 19 2014 - 7:48am
    Outbreaks of lethal viruses like Ebola are bad enough by themselves, but they're made worse by having to send in aid workers -- these people can quickly become victims, no matter how careful they are. To eliminate that risk, both the White House and a trio of educational institutions are holding workshops on November 7th where scientists will discuss using robots to tackle the current Ebola...

    Africa: The Ebola You Haven't Heard About
    Oct 19 2014 - 7:08am
    [Chatham House]As the world has rightly focused on the response to the terrible outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, and the new cases in Europe and the US, another unrelated Ebola outbreak has taken place in the Equateur province of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    Ebola deaths in Liberia are ‘far higher than reported’ as officials downplay epidemic
    Oct 19 2014 - 6:10am
    Film-maker Sorious Samura, recently returned from Liberia, says Ebola is still not under control, with cultural practices and data problems masking the true extent of the epidemic. Read More Of This Story   Rate this article:  Select ratingGive it 1/5Give...