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The Soul Beat 271 - Communication and Media News and Issues
December 5, 2017

The Soul Beat 271 - Communication and Media News and Issues

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Soul Beat Africa The Soul Beat 271 - Communication and Media News and Issues December 12 2017

Evaluation of the Effects of the Smart Client Digital Health Tool
November 14, 2017

Evaluation of the Effects of the Smart Client Digital Health Tool

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"Many demand generation programs, programs that increase awareness of and demand for health products or services among an intended audience, address the information needs of clients prior to visiting a provider an d encourage them to seek out FP ...

A Roadmap for Change: Impactful Women's Empowerment and Gender Equality Initiatives
November 13, 2017

A Roadmap for Change: Impactful Women's Empowerment and Gender Equality ...

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This compendium shares some of CARE International’s most impactful programmes and projects in the field of women’s empowerment and gender equality. Although not exhaustive, this compendium is designed to offer a good indication of what works best ...

Engaging Community Members to Adopt Effective WASH Practices for Nutrition
November 9, 2017

Engaging Community Members to Adopt Effective WASH Practices for Nutrition

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"The first 1,000 days, the period from pregnancy to two years of age, are critical for early childhood development. During this time, children are especially vulnerable to stunting, an irreversible condition that can result in lifelong cognitive ...

When a King Has Good Counsellors, His Reign is Peaceful: Video and Facilitator's Guide
November 2, 2017

When a King Has Good Counsellors, His Reign is Peaceful: Video and ...

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To draw leaders’ attention to the problem of stunting and their role in improving young children’s nutrition outcomes, the Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING) project in Ghana produced a 24-minute ...

Equipping Adolescent Girls with Health, Life Skills and Financial Literacy Through Safe Spaces - Learning Brief
October 27, 2017

Equipping Adolescent Girls with Health, Life Skills and Financial Literacy ...

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“A safe space is a place where anyone can relax and be able to fully express themselves, without feeling uncomfortable, unwelcome, or unsafe on account of gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, cultural background, religious affiliation, ...

Evaluation of the Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI) Program
October 25, 2017

Evaluation of the Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI) Program

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“Gaps remain in understanding whether family planning (FP) programs can change urban women's FP behaviors. Even less is known about what works among poor urban women.” This article, published online in the Studies in Family Planning journal, ...

Webinar: Tips for Submitting a Competitive Abstract for the International SBCC Summit 2018
October 24, 2017

Webinar: Tips for Submitting a Competitive Abstract for the International ...

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Abstracts are now being accepted for the 2018 International Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) Summit featuring Entertainment-Education to be held April 16 to 20, 2018 in Nusa Dua, Indonesia. SBCC and EE professionals are encouraged ...

HC3 in Action: Enhancing Family Planning Service Delivery through SBC
October 20, 2017

HC3 in Action: Enhancing Family Planning Service Delivery through SBC

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"When family planning SBC and service delivery partners align, programs are more effective and lead to better population and reproductive health outcomes." In 34 countries around the world and at the global level, the Health Communication ...

Mass Media: Reaching Audiences Far and Wide with Messages to Support Healthy Reproductive Behaviors
October 17, 2017

Mass Media: Reaching Audiences Far and Wide with Messages to Support Healthy ...

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This brief describes the evidence on and experience with mass media programming in family planning, finding such programming can influence individual behaviours by providing accurate information, building self-efficacy, and promoting attitudes ...

HC3 in Action: Strengthening the SBCC System
October 11, 2017

HC3 in Action: Strengthening the SBCC System

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This technical brief from the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) describes the components of an effective social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) system and then provides spotlights on HC3's work in five countries to ...

Family Planning Evidence Database and Infographics
October 11, 2017

Family Planning Evidence Database and Infographics

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“For decades, social and behavior change (SBC) has been used in family planning (FP) programs to positively influence behaviors around healthy timing and spacing of pregnancy (HTSP), use of modern contraception, contraceptive method selection and ...

Meeting the Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs of Young Married Women and First-time Parents Toolkit
October 10, 2017

Meeting the Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs of Young Married Women and ...

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This Toolkit brings together a collection of tools that are meant to support programme designers, implementers, donors, and policy makers to advance the sexual and reproductive health needs of young married women and first-time parents. It seeks ...

Using Social Media for Good: Crafting a Facebook Content Strategy - Webinar
October 10, 2017

Using Social Media for Good: Crafting a Facebook Content Strategy - Webinar

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“Social media platforms like Facebook can be a tremendous tool for public health organizations, making it possible to communicate critical health information, inspire movements, and connect with a widespread and engaged audience. It can also be a ...

Interactive Radio Program Report: An Integrated Approach to Addressing the Issue of Youth Depression in Malawi and Tanzania
October 10, 2017

Interactive Radio Program Report: An Integrated Approach to Addressing the ...

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“In many countries in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), mental health issues are poorly understood. They are often attributed to laziness, and in severe cases spiritual possession or bewitchment. There are very few services available to help people ...

The Soul Beat 270 - Protecting Girls from Child Marriage and FGM
October 9, 2017

The Soul Beat 270 - Protecting Girls from Child Marriage and FGM

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Soul Beat Africa The Soul Beat 270 - Protecting Girls from Child Marriage and FGM October 10 2017

Using the Community Conversation Approach to Tackle Gender Inequalities - Learning Brief
October 9, 2017

Using the Community Conversation Approach to Tackle Gender Inequalities - ...

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“With the extensive gender inequalities that exist in the AGI-K project implementation sites in Wajir, there was need to involve the entire community in identifying issues that contribute to gender inequalities, with specific emphasis on ...

Deliver + Enable Toolkit: Scaling-up Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE)
October 5, 2017

Deliver + Enable Toolkit: Scaling-up Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE)

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Comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) has gained global recognition as a vital effort to empower adolescents and young people; enable them to improve and protect their health, well-being, and dignity; and support them in developing critical ...

The Impact and Cost of Child Marriage Prevention in Three African Settings
October 4, 2017

The Impact and Cost of Child Marriage Prevention in Three African Settings

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"Developing and testing streamlined, and minimum basic interventions is critical in the context of child marriage. The practice prevails in the poorest countries with large numbers of girls affected. Interventions that have the potential to reach ...

Understanding Couple Communication and Family Planning in Zambia: Formative Research Study Findings and Recommendations
October 4, 2017

Understanding Couple Communication and Family Planning in Zambia: Formative ...

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“Little is known about how couple communication and family planning decision-making dynamics play out within the context of child marriages. This study was designed to shed light on these issues in Zambia and to design context-specific family ...

Malaria Case Management: Monitoring and Evaluation for SBCC - Implementation Kit
October 2, 2017

Malaria Case Management: Monitoring and Evaluation for SBCC - Implementation Kit

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This how-to guide was developed to support professionals from National Malaria Control Programs (NMCPs), health promotion units, technical working groups, and implementing partners to monitor and evaluate social and behaviour change communication ...

Malaria SBCC Evidence Package
September 29, 2017

Malaria SBCC Evidence Package

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“For decades, social and behavior change communication (SBCC) has been used in malaria programs to positively influence behaviors around case management, malaria in pregnancy, insecticide-treated nets and indoor residual spraying. However, the ...

HC3 in Action: Supporting Youth Health with SBCC
September 29, 2017

HC3 in Action: Supporting Youth Health with SBCC

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This brief describes key examples, challenges, insights, and resources to emerge from Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) initiatives to improve sexual and reproductive health outcomes for youth and adolescents, ages 10 to 24, ...

Shamba Chef Television Programme
September 26, 2017

Shamba Chef Television Programme

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Shamba Chef is an edutainment reality television show in Kenya designed to promote the adoption of cleaner and more efficient cooking methods, as well as to explore the culture of food and improve family nutrition. In Kenya, eight out of ten ...

Communicating Research Through Data Visualization
September 20, 2017

Communicating Research Through Data Visualization

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This 5-part video series from the Population Reference Bureau (PRB) offers an introduction to data visualisations to help researchers better communicate female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) findings to key policy and programme audiences. It ...

Shifting Norms, Changing Behaviour, Amplifying Voice: What Works? The 2018 International Social and Behaviour Change Communication Summit Featuring Entertainment Education
September 18, 2017

Shifting Norms, Changing Behaviour, Amplifying Voice: What Works? The 2018 ...

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REGISTRATION NOW OPEN - Early Bird Discount closes December 15, 2017 - click here Highlight your organisation at the SBCC Summit with various SPONSORSHIP opportunities - click here for more information. ABSTRACTS SUBMISSION PROCESS for this ...

Revising the Script - Taking Community Mobilization To Scale For Gender Equality
September 14, 2017

Revising the Script - Taking Community Mobilization To Scale For Gender ...

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This study explores the challenges of applying the “innovate, evaluate, scale up” recipe or script in one field of recent innovation: community mobilisation approaches to address socially and politically sensitive issues, particularly, but not ...

Moving from Pilot to Scale: Lessons Learned from the GREAT Project
September 6, 2017

Moving from Pilot to Scale: Lessons Learned from the GREAT Project

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“Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in health and well-being requires scaling up successfully tested interventions that catalyze communities to reflect on and challenge existing social norms that lead to poor sexual and reproductive ...

Journal of Health Communication Special Supplement: The Communication and Community Engagement Response to Ebola, 2014–2015: Evidence and Lessons for Future Global Health Crises
September 6, 2017

Journal of Health Communication Special Supplement: The Communication and ...

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The Journal of Health Communication has published a special supplement examining the role of communication, community engagement, and social mobilisation during and after the Ebola response.  The collection of articles reflects some of the ...

The FP INFOcus Guide - A "For Youth, By Youth" Approach to Sharing Family Planning Information Using Mobile Phone Videos
September 4, 2017

The FP INFOcus Guide - A "For Youth, By Youth" Approach to Sharing Family ...

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This guide offers instructions on how to use mobile first and participatory video approaches to create videos that feature authentic voices and perspectives about family planning methods.  Participatory video brings regular people into the ...

Materials to Support Cancer Patients, Caregivers, and Health Workers - Toolkit
August 23, 2017

Materials to Support Cancer Patients, Caregivers, and Health Workers - Toolkit

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“No longer a disease of the West, cancer is responsible for one in six deaths worldwide, with about 70 percent of cancer deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries according to the World Health Organization. But in these countries, with ...

Seventeen Ways to End FGM/C
August 21, 2017

Seventeen Ways to End FGM/C

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The 2016 Annual Report for the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting provides two perspectives: The main document analyses progress in quantitative terms, offering profiles of each of the 17 programme countries. A ...

Sponsorship Package - SUMMIT: What Works?
August 21, 2017

Sponsorship Package - SUMMIT: What Works?

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Social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) engages and supports people to shift norms, change behaviours, and amplify the voices needed to address development challenges such as extreme poverty, gender inequities, public health emergencies, ...

Singing to the Lions - A Facilitator's Guide to Overcoming Fear and Violence in Our Lives
August 21, 2017

Singing to the Lions - A Facilitator's Guide to Overcoming Fear and Violence ...

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“From research and news reports we see that violence is a worldwide phenomenon that occurs in many settings – in our countries, neighborhoods, home and schools. If not treated, the effects of violence are especially harmful to children and can ...

Applying Theory to Practice: CARE's Journey Piloting Social Norms Measures for Gender Programming
August 15, 2017

Applying Theory to Practice: CARE's Journey Piloting Social Norms Measures ...

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"CARE has found that there are persistent gender inequitable behaviors that are not changing despite working on attitudes and providing information, and where good policies are in place. CARE sought out to test whether a deeper understanding of ...

Integrated Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) Programs Implementation Kit (I-Kit)
August 8, 2017

Integrated Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) Programs ...

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“Recent years have witnessed a shift from development programs that focus on a single health or development topic, to initiatives that encompass multiple topics within a single program.” This resource brings together current best practices to ...

The Soul Beat 269 - Promoting Good Nutrition for Mothers and Children in Africa
August 7, 2017

The Soul Beat 269 - Promoting Good Nutrition for Mothers and Children in Africa

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Soul Beat Africa The Soul Beat 269 - Promoting Good Nutrition for Mothers and Children in Africa August 8 2017

Advanced Workshop on Designing for Behavior Change: Focus on Activities
August 3, 2017

Advanced Workshop on Designing for Behavior Change: Focus on Activities

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This workshop curriculum seeks to offer additional, advanced guidance for practitioners who are already experienced in using the Designing for Behavior Change (DBC) framework to design determinant-based behaviour change strategies. “The DBC ...

ICT-facilitated Accountability and Engagement in Health Systems: A Review of Making All Voices Count mHealth for Accountability Projects
July 26, 2017

ICT-facilitated Accountability and Engagement in Health Systems: A Review of ...

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“Information and communication technologies (ICTs) and mHealth innovations hold great potential to improve health systems and health outcomes while at the same time enhancing citizen engagement and accountability. Yet there has been little ...

How to Integrate Children's Participation in Health and Nutrition Programming
July 26, 2017

How to Integrate Children's Participation in Health and Nutrition Programming

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This guide has been developed for Save the Children’s health and nutrition staff and partners so they can better support the meaningful participation of children and young people in health and nutrition programmes. As defined by Save the ...

The Power of Song in the Struggle for Health and Development Outcomes in Africa: Lessons for Social and Behaviour Change Programmes
July 24, 2017

The Power of Song in the Struggle for Health and Development Outcomes in ...

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"Evidence from political and social contexts has shown that music has been used as a channel to persuade, control or advance social causes."

Social and Behavior Change Communication in Integrated Health Programs: A Scoping and Rapid Review
July 20, 2017

Social and Behavior Change Communication in Integrated Health Programs: A ...

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The aim of this review is to understand the nature and scope of social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) in integrated health programmes, as well as to examine the associated knowledge, attitudinal, behavioural, and health outcomes. The ...

Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Strategy 2014-2025 - Technical Guidance Brief: Effective At-Scale Nutrition Social and Behavior Change Communication
July 20, 2017

Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Strategy 2014-2025 - Technical Guidance Brief: ...

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“Successfully influencing human behavior requires an understanding of how behaviors change.” This technical brief summarises key considerations and provides links to available resources and tools to design, implement, monitor, and evaluate ...

Advocating for Change for Adolescents! A Practical Toolkit for Young People to Advocate for Improved Adolescent Health and Well-being
July 20, 2017

Advocating for Change for Adolescents! A Practical Toolkit for Young People ...

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“Adolescents and young people are uniquely positioned to be effective advocates to hold their governments accountable for the delivery of promises, policies and programs that affect their lives. Now, more than any other time, young people have ...

End of Project Report: The Measurement, Learning and Evaluation (MLE) Project for the Urban Reproductive Health Initiative, 2011 - 2017
July 17, 2017

End of Project Report: The Measurement, Learning and Evaluation (MLE) ...

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“Measuring a program’s success should begin when the program is being designed.”

Facilitation Guide for an Integrated Evaluation Methodology: Most Significant Change and PhotoVoice
July 13, 2017

Facilitation Guide for an Integrated Evaluation Methodology: Most ...

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This facilitation guide offers step-by-step instructions on how to conduct participatory evaluation sessions with communities using two qualitative methodologies, Most Significant Change and Photovoice. The method was developed as part of the ...

HC3 in Action: SBCC in Public Health Emergencies
July 4, 2017

HC3 in Action: SBCC in Public Health Emergencies

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“Public health emergencies have no finish line. Even when the peak of a crisis has passed, the public health system must work to recover from the crisis and actively prepare for future crises.”

Guide for Promoting Sexual and Reproductive Health Products and Services for Men
June 29, 2017

Guide for Promoting Sexual and Reproductive Health Products and Services for Men

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This publication provides guidance and recommendations for developing evidence-informed social and behavior change (SBC) interventions and activities to increase men’s demand for and utilisation of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) products ...

Promoting Malaria Prevention through Primary Schools. Communication Guide for Teachers
June 28, 2017

Promoting Malaria Prevention through Primary Schools. Communication Guide ...

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This guide is designed to be used by teachers to educate their students on malaria control and correct use of insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs).  It was published by VectorWorks in collaboration with the National Malaria Control ...

Improving Maternal and Child Health through Media in South Sudan
June 21, 2017

Improving Maternal and Child Health through Media in South Sudan

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"Since 2012, BBC Media Action has been funded by DFID to produce a range of programmes and deliver capacity-strengthening activities aiming to support improved reproductive, maternal, neonatal and child health (RMNCH) in South Sudan. This report ...

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