Pakistan Health Communication Project

Pakistan Health Communication Project (HCP), a programme of Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs (JHU-CCP), funded by the United States Agency for International Development (...

Updates: The MDG to SDG Journey!

News and Social Media updates with a variety of perspectives on the journey from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals. All commentary text is my take only....

EVIH-T - Haiti

Launched in November 2013 and ongoing through 2017, this social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) campaign was carried out as part of the National AIDS Control Program’s (NACP) efforts in...

"Smart Couple" Family Planning Campaign in Nepal

The Next Generation "Smart Couple" Family Planning Campaign in Nepal, released by the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) in August of 2015, has the objective of reaching couples with...

The "Radijojo Saga": A Global Children's Media Project from a "Mythodological" Perspective

This paper combines reflection on the work of the Radijojo World Children's Radio Network with the cross-cultural approach of Joseph Campbell, whose concept of the "myth" describes patterns that may...

Case Studies of IPV introduction: Albania, Nigeria, and Tunisia


WHO Tiered-Effectiveness Counseling Is Rights-Based Family

"Contraceptive effectiveness is the leading characteristic for most women when choosing a method, but they often are not well-informed about effectiveness of methods. Because of the serious...

Documenting Vaccine Introductions: A Guide for Developing Case Studies and Human Interest Stories

"During each vaccine introduction, national immunization programs learn valuable lessons about what works and what doesn't work. Unfortunately, in the resource-scare world of global public health,...
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The Communication Initiative Network and Partnership convenes the communication and media for development, social and behavioural change community to share knowledge, connect, debate relevant issues, and critically review each other's work in order to advance effective development action across and between all development priorities. Contact Warren


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


"Vaccine hesitancy is complex and context specific, varying across time, place and vaccines. It is influenced by factors such as complacency, convenience and confidence."

"Sexual harassment in public places is found to be one of the major causes of girls’ dropping out of school; this causes an increase in child and early forced marriage." Sheepa Hafiza

Panel Discussion: Spotlight on Progress "...

"I learned about my rights... my right to play and to choose what I wanted to become." Furaha Pascal Karimiko

Panel Discussion: Spotlight on Progress "Securing the Way to Healthy Adulthood and Leadership for Girls"

"The Adolescent Girls Empowerment Programme is for the most vulnerable girls ages 10-19 in Zambia….Evidence shows that economic aspects of girls’ lives can act as key barriers in translating health knowledge into health behaviour change.” Karen...

"What we did was primarily to build the life skills of young people... and we also used sports... to build their self-confidence and self-esteem... We give them capacities in such a way that they can communities and address various...

"I founded JAGRITI Youth really dismantle the oppression that children face literally from womb to tomb, as they grow into adulthood." Rema Nanda

Panel Discussion: Spotlight on Progress "Securing the Way to Healthy Adulthood...

"We train local people to do local things... to approach local situations..." John Chua

Panel Discussion: Spotlight on Progress "Moving up the Agenda: Public and Political"

"We started in 2008 with four girls who wanted to talk about this, at that time, extremely taboo issue [FGM], and we've since grown to a group of well over one hundred young people, including many boys." Lisa Zimmerman

"The End FGM action campaign led by Amnesty International started in 2009 with one main objective: It was to make sure that stopping female genital mutilation would become a priority for the European Union." Elise Petitpas

Panel Discussion: Spotlight on Progress "Moving up the Agenda: Public and Political"

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Vaccine Refusals Spur Outbreak Fears

Maria Danilova
Publication Date
March 25, 2009

Associated Press


Interpersonal Communication and Counseling for Clients on Tuberculosis and HIV and AIDS

Publication Date
Publication Date: 

September 2009

This training curriculum for tuberculosis (TB) health care workers in Ukraine introduces principles of interpersonal communication and counselling of clients on TB and HIV. It provides a framework for the development of experience in TB and HIV counselling skills in a three-day workshop.


Stop TB Partnership website, December 28 2010.

Press Prizes for Russia and Eastern Europe

The Norwegian Fritt Ord Foundation and the German ZEIT Foundation are cooperatively announcing a competition for press prizes to journalists and media in Russia and Eastern Europe.

Deadline Date
Deadline Date: 
October 17, 2010

CEI SEEMO Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism

The Central European Initiative (CEI), in cooperation with the South East European Media Organisation (SEEMO), invites applications for the CEI Award for Outstanding Merits in Journalism, with a foc

Deadline Date
Deadline Date: 
May 31, 2010

A Communication Approach on the Ukrainian Forest

Lars Tallert
Petter Bolme
Publication Date
January 1, 2005


This study analyses the communications aspects of Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)-financed Urban Forest Strategic Management Plan (UFSMP) project in the Ukrainian forest se


Sida Communication for Development report A Communication Approach to the Ukrainian Forest, January 2005.

Lessons Learned from SIAs: Magnification of the Opportunities and Risks to Routine Immunization Programmes

Rebecca Martin
Publication Date
February 19, 2009

Communicable Diseases Unit, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe

Contact Information: 

Emails from Ellyn Ogden and Rebecca Fields to The Communication Initiative on February 25 2009 and March 2 2009, respectively.

Impact Data - Nasha Ulitsa (Our Street) Radio Drama

December 1, 2002

InterMedia carried out 4 focus group discussions with 32 young (15-19 year-old men and women) in Simferopol and Sevastopol, Crimea. During the 2-hour discussions - one with young Ukrainians and Russians and one with young Crimean Tatars in each city - participants were asked how close they felt to other ethnic groups before and after they had listened to the entire radio drama series.

  • After listening to "Our Street", the participants' perceptions of distance (on a 6-point Bogardus scale) between the groups in question decreased, in some cases measurably. Mean changes in attitudes towards other ethnic groups (where 1 represents the closest possible relationship - kinship by way of marriage - and 6 represents the most distant relationship - living in the same city or region) were recorded. Groups 1 and 3 consisted of Russians and Ukrainians; Groups 2 and 4 consisted of Crimean Tartars only.
    • The results varied by group but, on average, the Ukrainian and Russians felt somewhat closer to Tatars after hearing the drama series. For example, in Group 1, the mean perceived distance was 2 before listening and 1.8 after. In Group 3, that number improved from 2.8 to 2.
    • The change in attitudes of the Crimean Tatars toward the Russians and Ukrainians was even more pronounced: the Tatars viewed the Russians and Ukrainians in a more favorable light. For example, prior to listening, Group 2 members on average rated Russians at 2.9 on the scale; afterward, they felt closer to this group (1.9). Among this same group, there was a similar change in perception of distance toward Ukrainians (from 2.8 to 1.9). In Group 4, the perceived distance toward Russians improved from 2.4 to 1.5; this number shifted from 1.9 to 1.6 with regard to Ukrainians. Evaluators explain that some of this change may be attributed to the way the radio drama plot unfolded, especially those moments where a few Russian-Ukrainian characters helped the Tatars in difficult situations.
  • After listening, some focus group participants took an interest in ethnic groups other than their own and expressed a desire to understand them better. One participant (Group 1) said, "I have never even thought about the Tatars having been I felt the situation from their side - how painful and hurtful it is. Now I understand them better."
  • Listeners seemed to recognise the importance of comprehending a situation before responding to it, and of trying to resolve a conflict peacefully rather than attempting to overcome the opponent. Many respondents said the serial gave them new methods and skills for resolving conflicts (although others did not discover any methods in the programmes), as follows:
    • "In principle, there is just one method here: Treat people well." (Group 1)
    • "One doesn't have to use fists to resolve something; one can do it peacefully." (Group 1)
    • "I would no longer get too excited if something was wrong. I'd stop and think." (Group 1)
    • "One shouldn't give way to emotions - this won't lead to anything good; this leads to aggression." (Group 1)
    • "When someone starts insulting you, be silent and count to 10." (Group 2)
    • "Problems shouldn't be resolved by determining who is the better drinker or the faster racer." (Group 3)
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