Chief of Party (COP) - Pact - Hanoi, Vietnam

Description    Pact is recruiting a Chief of Party (COP) for an upcoming USAID-funded program that aims to strengthen human, organizational, and systems capacity to lead the national...

Technical Director, HIV/AIDS - Pact - Hanoi, Vietnam

Description    Pact is recruiting a Technical Director, HIV/AIDS for an upcoming USAID-funded program that aims to strengthen human, organizational, and systems capacity to lead the...

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

The Urban Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Social and Behavior Change Communications (SBCC) Implementation Kit provides a selection of Essential Elements and tools to guide the...

Shuga: Engaging Tanzanian Young People in HIV Prevention through Edutainment Radio - Final Report


Shuga: Engaging Tanzanian Young People in HIV Prevention through Edutainment Radio

Programme Summary: Shuga: Engaging Tanzanian Young People in HIV Prevention through Edutainment Radio - Tanzania - the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Tanzania in collaboration with the...

When Do Gain-Framed Health Messages Work Better than Fear Appeals?

"Message framing is one of the most researched, yet least conclusively understood, phenomena in health communication. Positive or gain-framed messages are sometimes effective, but negative or loss-...

Bolstering State Efforts to Implement the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

"Four years since the release of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States [US], significant activities have taken place in states and communities throughout the country to strengthen the...

Youth Chhlat, Cambodia

"Youth Chhlat is a cross-media life skills programme that enables and encourages young people to engage with gender, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) issues. It combines a computer-...
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Programme Summary: The Volunteer Community Mobilizer: Promotion of ANC Attendance, Uptake of PMTCT Services, Anambra and Benue states, Nigeria, the United Nations Children's Fund (...

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 Haiti to create a collective, national response to...

Moyo ndi Mpamba Health Campaign

Moyo ndi Mpamba, Usamalireni (Life is Precious, Take Care of It) is an interactive communications campaign designed to address public health challenges in Malawi. Moyo ndi Mpamba includes a radio drama, which encourages listeners to interact with...

"HIV self‑testing may provide people with an additional pathway to HIV prevention, care and treatment."

This document is designed "to synthesize experiences, research and policies on HIV self‑testing to inform stakeholders who are...

"Wazazi Nipendeni (Love me, Parents) is a national safe motherhood social and behavior change communication (SBCC) campaign that aims to encourage Tanzanian women and their partners to take steps for a healthy pregnancy and safe delivery."

"Don't take the place of adolescents and young people in decision-making, but listen to us and support us, and together we will end AIDS." - Cédric Nininahazwe, executive director of the Burundian National Network of young people living with...

"At the individual level, youth lack access to appropriate SRH [sexual and reproductive health] information and confidential, low-cost, and stigma-free SRH services. Institutional responses are hampered by sociocultural sensitivities to youth...

Launched in Ghana in January 2013, No Yawa is a youth project developed by DKT Ghana (DKT), Marie Stopes International Ghana (MSIG), and the Grameen Foundation (with funding from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ghana) that links...

Lilian Kiefer

Author: Lilian Kiefer, June 19 2015 - Discrimination and marginalisation have lasting effects in that they take away human dignity. Discrimination means to be treated in a negatively different way because of certain real or perceived...

Author: Nokholo Mhluzani, April 30 2015 - Towards the end of the year 2014 Action IEHDC [Action Institute for Environment, Health and Development Communication] produced a television talk show under the Wize Up, your decision your life campaign....

"Research indicates that mass media campaigns increase knowledge, skills and awareness of sexual and reproductive health issues, yet are most effective when combined with other complementary activities, including peer led interventions and...

This guide was produced to help journalists and writers to report on sex work in South Africa in a respectful and sensitive way. It sets out basic facts about the sex work industry and contains sections on appropriate terminology, use of images,...


"HIV-related stigmatisation and discrimination by young children towards their peers have important consequences at the individual level and for our response to the epidemic, yet research on this area is limited."


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Women & Mobile: A Global Opportunity: A Study on the Mobile Phone Gender Gap in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Publication Date
February 1, 2010

This study from the GSMA Development Fund, the Cherie Blair Foundation, and Vital Wave Consulting analyses data, surveys, a market sizing model, and expert interviews to report on mobile phone use among women in low- and middle-income countries.

Contact Information: 

Global Health Weekly Update, October 12 2010.

A Women-to-Women Communication Strategy for Polio Eradication

Publication Date
September 1, 2010

"In the face of social and cultural barriers which inhibit women from participating in social events or even appearing in public without a 'burqa', the programme successfully demonstrated synergy i


Communication for Development on the UNICEF website, September 7 2010. Image credit: © UNICEF / Afghanistan / 2009

Afghanistan Polio Communication Update

Publication Date
Publication Date: 


This bi-monthly e-newsletter from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) outlines innovations and strategic shifts in communication to support polio eradication in Afghanistan.

Number of Pages: 


Contact Information: 

Email from Gitanjali Chaturvedi to The Communication Initiative on August 15 2010. Image credit: UNICEF/Afghanistan/2009

Health Communication: Polio Lessons

Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives, Volume 15, Supplement 1
Publication Date
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

    Veil of Tears: Afghans’ Stories of Loss in Childbirth

    Publication Date
    December 1, 2009

    From the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Integrated Regional Information Networks (UN OCHA-IRIN), "Veil of Tears", a 60-page colour booklet created by I

    Contact Information: 

    Email from Louise Tunbridge to The Communication Initiative on January 11 2010.

    Broaching Birth Control with Afghan Mullahs

    Sabrina Tavernise
    Publication Date
    November 14, 2009

    New York Times

    This New York Times article from the Asia Pacific online edition describes seminars run by Marie Stopes International for Afghan Islamic religious leaders (mullahs) on the topic of family planning, in

    Contact Information: 

    Global Health Weekly Update, November 23 2009. Image source: Swarup/AP

    Afghan Radio Connect

    Afghan Radio Connect is an internet-based initiative to link the Afghan Diaspora abroad and Afghanistan's local independent radio sector.

    Communication Strategies: 

    Through this information and communication technology (ICT) media development project, Afghanistan's 33 independent local radio stations are offered an online presence through the interactive Afghan Radio Connect web platform. Since 2003, Internews and Nai have built 30 of these radio stations and have jointly trained their staff. In January 2007, they began using the internet to connect the local network of local independent stations in Afghanistan and to support them in achieving financial independence.


    To begin, organisers trained the staff of the stations in the use of an internet content management system, helped them build their websites, and supported them in developing an e-commerce platform which allows people around the world to pay for personal announcements to be broadcast on the stations (as well as to give donations). Nai also provides ongoing support, as needed, with individual radio stations' regular website updates. (The country has been subdivided in 7 areas, in which each of the radio stations can contact a "base station" which has access to the internet and help them update their website.)


    The Afghan Radio Connect website aims to be the first stop on the way to the 33 Afghan local radio stations' websites. On the home page, an interactive map is designed to enable people to quickly locate where each radio station operates and read the latest local news that has been published on each partner radio station's website. Organisers hope that, after having spent some time on Afghan Radio Connect, people will click directly to go to (and bookmark) the websites of the radio stations of interest. An RSS feed was set up to ensure that people can stay in touch with the latest local news from the Afghan Radio Connect; an e-newsletter is also offered.


    Each radio's website facilitates direct access (where available) to the personal announcement service. For a small fee, anyone around the world can have a message read by a speaker on the chosen radio station's airwaves. "By using this service you also support the radio sector in Afghanistan, and help the radio stations to inform their communities." When an announcement request is submitted, the platform automatically alerts the radio station's staff by email. If the staff do not have easy access to the internet, Nai or the base station in their area will alert them. Once the message is broadcast, the radio station's staff then send a confirmation email to the customer and validate that the message has been broadcast. Nai's staff also monitor the programmes on which the messages will be broadcast to ensure that the messages have been aired. Payment for the messages is facilitated through Paypal or a PIN number. Internews Europe, Nai, and the radio stations have access to a complete record of the transactions made on the platform and also receive the bank statements of the Afghan Radio Connect bank account to ensure the complete transparency of the process.


    Translators, web developers, online marketers, and Afghan diaspora associations are also urged to contribute their skills to the project.

    Development Issues: 

    Media Development.

    Key Points: 

    According to organisers, most of the journalists and technical staff working in the local stations are volunteers dedicating their time and energy to keep their communities informed and entertained. It is often difficult for the stations to pay for even the most basic needs, such as transportation so that reporters can go out into the field for interviews.

    Nai Supporting Open Media in Afghanistan is a local media development organisation established in June 2004 by Afghan independent media activists with support and encouragement from Internews Network.

    Partner Text: 

    Internews Europe, Nai, and ESN. Financed by the European Commission.

    Contact Information: 

    Nai website and Afghan Radio Connect website, both accessed on January 7 2010.

    Survey of Women Broadcasters by Nai: Supporting Open Media in Afghanistan

    Tamara Aqrabawe
    Publication Date
    February 1, 2008


    According to this Internews article, women in Afghanistan continue to be challenged by factors such as customary practices, social conditioning, and the security situation in their country.


    Internews website February 2008; Nai website accessed on January 4 2010; and email from Charmaine Anderson to The Communication Initiative on January 5 2009. Photo source: Internews Canada in Afghanistan

    Executive Summary: Independent Evaluation of Major Barriers to Interrupting Poliovirus Transmission

    Ali Jaffer Mohamed
    Peter Ndumbe
    Andrew Hall
    Viroj Tangcharoensathien
    Michael J. Toole
    Peter Wright
    Publication Date
    October 20, 2009

    This 16-page Executive Summary offers an overview of an independent, external evaluation of the Global Poliomyelitis Eradication Initiative (GPEI).

    Contact Information: 

    WHO Polio website, accessed December 16 2009. Image credit: WHO
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