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November 4, 2015

The Urban Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Social and Behavior Change Communications Implementation Kit

"The social and cultural context surrounding young people growing up in urban areas is...different, in both positive and negative ways, affecting the health behaviors of young men and women, which...

November 2, 2015

The Drum Beat 699 - Global Voices - Geographically Diverse Selections from CI Bloggers

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September 28, 2015

The Soul Beat 256 - Communication and Media News and Issues

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September 7, 2015

Fighting Fear and Stigma with Accurate Information

"As someone who has worked with and in the media, I ...know that lack of accurate information is a big driver of fear and trauma, which in turn can easily translate into stigma and a withholding of...

September 4, 2015

Desk Review and Qualitative Assessment of Malaria Case Management Social and Behavior Change Communication Strategies in Four Countries: Ethiopia, Rwanda, Senegal and Zambia

"The purpose of this desk review is to identify promising SBCC practices related to malaria case management at both community and service provider levels in the four focus countries: Zambia, Ethiopia...

September 1, 2015

"Smart Couple" Family Planning Campaign in Nepal

The Next Generation "Smart Couple" Family Planning Campaign in Nepal, launched by the Johns Hopkins University Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (JHU-HC3) in August 2015, sought to reach...

July 23, 2015

I-Kit for Ebola Preparedness

This Ebola Communication Preparedness Implementation Kit (I-Kit) is designed to provide national and local stakeholders, as well as programme managers, with "key considerations and a roadmap for...

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Lifeline radio for displaced Iraqis

BBC Media Action - 1 min 28 sec ago
Radio is proving a lifeline for people displaced by conflict in northern Iraq and cut off from contact with the outside world.

Nepal: Reconstruction through radio

BBC Media Action - 1 min 28 sec ago
People in Nepal are still recovering from the earthquakes in 2015. We explain how our radio show, Milijuli Nepali (Together Nepal), is helping people rebuild their lives.

Data and development

BBC Media Action - 1 min 28 sec ago
Head of Research Programmes Sonia Whitehead shares her three top takeaways from the first-ever UN World Data Forum.

A tribute to Om Prakash Puri

BBC Media Action - 1 min 28 sec ago
Veteran Indian actor, Om Puri, who passed away last week, fronted our HIV and AIDS drama series, Jasoos Vijay – helping make it one of India’s most watched TV shows of its time. Devika Bahl, creative director for the series shares fond memories of an exceptional man.

Gaming for good: answering those awkward questions about puberty in Bangladesh

BBC Media Action - 1 min 28 sec ago
Talking about their bodies can be a taboo for young people in Bangladesh. A new series of interactive computer games – accessible in 350 schools – are helping them learn about growing up in a safe and fun environment.

Going global with Facebook Live

BBC Media Action - 1 min 28 sec ago
Hundreds of thousands of people across the world joined our first two Facebook Lives from Nepal, grabbing the opportunity to question an inspiring group of female personalities and politicians.

Film for development

BBC Media Action - 1 min 28 sec ago
Films in the international development sector are often associated with fundraising, but they can also serve as a form of aid in themselves.

Using cartoons to help save lives

BBC Media Action - 1 min 28 sec ago
Bangladesh is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. Amrai Pari (Together We Can Do It) is harnessing the power of media to help people be better prepared.

Press release: Historic WTO agreement will reduce exporting red tape and boost UK trade

DFID - 4 hours 37 min ago
A ground breaking global agreement to make it easier to trade across borders will enter into force following ratification by two-thirds of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) membership.

Confronting Provider Bias Through Human-Centered Design in Nigeria

Johns Hopkins CCP - 5 hours 8 min ago
The Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative, Phase 2 (NURHI 2), a five-year, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded project that aims to increase contraceptive use in three Nigerian states, has been busy tackling the issue of health provider bias around family planning. Using the principles of human-centered design (HCD), local NURHI and CCP staff are considering the design challenge: “How might we encourage providers to counsel and offer all clients the full range of contraceptive methods, regardless of the client’s age, marital status, parity, partner consent, or socioeconomic status?” NURHI has evidence that providers’ own values and beliefs often influence which methods they will or will not offer certain clients. Some, for example, will not offer family planning to young, unmarried women, or hormonal methods to women who have not had children. These biases, whether explicit or implicit, limit contraceptive choice – and in some cases, deny access to contraception completely. To address this longstanding challenge, NURHI 2 decided to try an HCD approach to learn directly from the people we’re designing for, and co-create a solution that meets their deepest needs – whether they’re aware of those needs or not. This past November, we conducted an accelerated 4-day design workshop in Lagos that took participants through the entire HCD process, from Inspiration to Ideation and Implementation, using resources adapted primarily from and Design Kit. We brought together a diverse group of participants to help give a range of perspectives and cross-pollinate ideas. Designers included social and behavior change communication (SBCC) professionals, family planning service providers, monitoring and evaluation experts, program managers, State Ministry of Health representatives, advertising agency creatives and radio producers. Below are our top three moments from the workshop: Inspiration through immersion. After a “crash course” in the mindsets and methods of HCD and a look at the existing evidence around provider bias, we identified the three target audiences we wanted to understand first: family planning service providers, clients and influencers. The team got to work developing interview guides and research tools that would help us dig deeper into why providers are reluctant to give some methods to certain demographics. Groups spent the second day at three different health facilities (two public and one private) interacting with each audience. We used printed images representative of different client categories to spark discussion around how providers would counsel these clients (e.g. an adolescent girl in her school uniform, a young unmarried couple, a recently married couple, a couple with one child, a couple with six children). Beyond the conversation starters, teams also asked providers to show them their counseling tools and demonstrate how they use them, received tours of the health facilities and counseling rooms and made observations about the environment. One group was even able to observe a full counseling session, which resulted in a contraceptive implant insertion. Story sharing and synthesis. We all regrouped in our creative space on the third day, and teams shared their stories from the field. We covered the walls with sticky notes containing observations, quotations and “ah-ha!” moments, then selected the gems among them, categorized these into themes and turned those themes into insight statements. One of our major insights was that while providers receive extensive training and clinical counseling tools that they use frequently and rely on heavily, personal value systems and religious and cultural beliefs still “overrule” medical eligibility criteria in certain cases. Ideation and prototyping. Next, it was time to brainstorm. Based on our insights, we formulated the question, “How might we use unconventional methods to shift providers’ perspectives and attitudes?” The ideas started flying. We came up with everything from small twists on the ordinary to the wacky and wild. These included: the facilitation of experiences that bring together providers, clients and the community to discuss religious and cultural beliefs around contraception; the creation of interactive fora for experiential learning among providers; “reward systems” for unbiased providers; a “relaxation room” at health facilities where providers could meet informally and exchange ideas; an improved values clarification exercise during provider training that more openly addresses the real sources of bias; and, the creation of Whatsapp groups that enable continued discussion. Groups then selected their favorite ideas to prototype. We built out the selected ideas first through storyboards, then through mock-ups, and did our first test by sharing the prototypes with each other for feedback. After the initial HCD workshop in Lagos, newly trained HCD facilitators conducted step-down workshops in Kaduna and Oyo States, where more immersion took place, more sticky notes plastered the walls and more ideas made their way into prototypes. NURHI 2 is currently refining its prototypes for further testing, iteration, and eventual implementation. This post was written by Jen Orkis, Regional Technical Advisor for Social and Behavior Change Communication. Jen is currently based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, supporting CCP projects around the world. The post Confronting Provider Bias Through Human-Centered Design in Nigeria appeared first on Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs.

Speech: The world is sleepwalking towards catastrophic famine – Britain will help prevent this

DFID - 6 hours 35 min ago
International Development Secretary Priti Patel announces new humanitarian support for South Sudan and Somalia and calls on international community to step up their response.

Press release: UK outlines new humanitarian support and urges international community to save lives before it's too late

DFID - 10 hours 25 min ago
Priti Patel announces new packages of UK aid for South Sudan and Somalia and calls on others to step up as well.

Дело Аскарова: Кыргызстан нарушает обещание положить конец пыткам и соблюдать принцип верховенства права

Open Society - February 21, 2017 - 12:49pm
Азимжан Аскаров продолжает отбывать пожизненное лишение свободы, несмотря на явные серьезные недостатки при рассмотрении его дела. English

With Askarov Case, Kyrgyzstan Belies Pledges to End Torture and Uphold the Rule of Law

Open Society - February 21, 2017 - 11:08am
Azimjan Askarov, a 66-year-old human rights defender, remains in prison serving a life sentence, despite manifest and profound shortcomings in the handling of his case. Српски

How Mexican Human Rights Lawyers Found a New Route to Accountability

Open Society - February 21, 2017 - 10:27am
Mexican federal prosecutors must apologize to three indigenous women who were maliciously prosecuted and jailed—in a case that charts a new route to accountability.

CROI shows the importance of 90–90–90

UNAIDS _ latest stories - February 21, 2017 - 8:30am
A number of important updates were announced at the annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) that have shown the importance of, and ways to achieve, the 90–90–90 targets, whereby, by 2020, 90% of people living with HIV know their HIV status, 90% of people who know their HIV-positive status are accessing treatment and 90% of people on treatment have suppressed viral loads.

News story: Famine in South Sudan

DFID - February 21, 2017 - 7:35am
Statement from International Development Secretary Priti Patel and summary of how UK aid is already helping.

First Formal Springboard Learning Event Held in Cairo

Health Communication Capacity - February 20, 2017 - 1:09pm
More than 125 students, faculty and staff attended the first formal Springboard for Health Communication learning event Feb. 20 at Modern Sciences and Art (MSA) University in Cairo. The event was sponsored by the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) in Egypt and MSA, a private university in the city. HC3 Capacity Implementation Director Uttara Bharath Kumar presenting at the Springboard learning event in Cairo, Egypt The two-hour event featured a guest presentation by HC3 Capacity Implementation Director Uttara Bharath Kumar and Program Officer Trish Davis titled “Communication: Why is it important to your work?” Attendees represented various schools within the University including pharmacy, engineering, mass communication, dentistry and medicine/health.  Attendees of the Springboard learning event in Cairo, Egypt The presentation gave attendees an overview of how strategic communication can be used to improve health outcomes. They were also linked to relevant HC3 tools and resources such as the Health COMpass and Springboard, an online community of social and behavior change communication professionals. Laptops were made available immediately after the event for registration on the Springboard platform. Visit Springboard to see updates on the launch in Egypt as well as other posts from Springboard members across the globe. The post First Formal Springboard Learning Event Held in Cairo appeared first on Health Communication Capacity Collaborative - Social and Behavior Change Communication.

Empowering Vulnerable Communities in Cambodia

USAID - February 20, 2017 - 10:49am
In commemoration of World Day of Social Justice, meet Latt Kay, who was inspired to fight for the same social justice his family was denied, and is now leading efforts to empower vulnerable or marginalized rural communities that have been affected by land rights violations in Cambodia.

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