<a href="/ict-4-development/search/apachesolr_search?filters=tid: tid:307"></a> http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/promoted-by-category/307/rss.xml?tid=2686 en Family Planning Law Campaign, Guatemala http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/family-planning-law-campaign-guatemala <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Carlos Palma </div> <div class="field-item even"> Pilar Sebastian </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Haydée Lemus </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-date"><legend>Publication Date</legend><div class="field field-type-date field-field-date-0"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Monday, June 1, 2015</span> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p>"Indigenous Guatemalans have faced a multitude of barriers to access and use of family planning services....While the Guatemalan family planning law was a historic advancement towards empowering all Guatemalans to access and use of family planning, few patients or providers knew the details of the law or their legal rights around family planning, thus preventing the law from becoming a transformative and empowering avenue to family planning for Guatemalans as intended." - from the <a></a></p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-web-link"> <div class="field-label">Web link:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.thehealthcompass.org/sbcc-spotlights/family-planning-law-campaign-guatemala" target="_blank">Click here to read the full text of this document online. </a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/files/imagecache/thumbnail/distribution2_0.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="75" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ict-4-development/content/haydee-lemus-pasmo-guatemala">Haydee Lemus - PASMO Guatemala</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/ict-4-development/node/268590">Kim Martin - Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.thehealthcompass.org/sbcc-spotlights/family-planning-law-campaign-guatemala" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The Health Compass website</a>, July 20 2014.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/family-planning-law-campaign-guatemala" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/family-planning-law-campaign-guatemala#comments Guatemala Strategy Evaluations Evaluations Strategic Thinking 15 to 19 years Academic Institutions Access Advertising Companies Film and Video Bilaterals Adolescent Sexual Health Civil Society Person-to-Person Governance and Democracy Interpersonal MDG 5. Maternal Health Print News/Information Radio Enabling and Inclusive Environments for Adolescents Research Visual Arts NGOs Population Reproductive Health Rights Youth Featured Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs Adolescent Development Democracy and Governance Global Health ICT for Development Mon, 20 Jul 2015 15:41:59 +0000 jlevy 9356071 at http://www.comminit.com African Storybook Project (ASP) http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/african-storybook-project-asp <p>"Our vision is for all African children to have enough stories in a language familiar to them to practise reading and learn to love reading."&nbsp;&nbsp;South African Institute for Distance Education (SAIDE) </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-1"> <div class="field-label">Communication Strategies:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>"The Project aims to address the shortage of books in local African languages for early reading. The main reason why there are so few stories in local African languages is that it is not cost effective to publish and print stories for reading in languages that have a small readership. But if the stories are on the internet, and also can be translated by people themselves into local languages, the challenge can be overcome." The website was established to "provide stories in African languages as well as in English for young children as they are learning to read. This website is for parents and people working with children (such as teachers, librarians, community workers) in African contexts."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The website makes it possible to:</p> <ul> <li>"find, read and download or print stories that you can use with children,</li> <li>write comments on the stories that you find and read,</li> <li>translate stories into an African language that is familiar to the children,</li> <li>adapt stories for the level and context of the children, and also</li> <li>create new stories in one of the templates.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Registration is not required to find and read books, but it is a requirement for translating, adapting, or creating stories. Its open licensing allows users to read, download, print, copy, adapt, and translate stories; acknowledgement of the writers, illustrators, translators of the stories, and the people who hold the copyright is necessary for those who adapt, translate, or copy/print the story for use.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For creating new stories, there are a number of templates to choose from and a three-step process for publishing. The website has pages dedicated to guiding the creation of new versions/translations/adaptations of stories. The website has prompts for making this kind of change to an illustrated online book, including the suggestion that for "translating into an African language (particularly one that uses a lot of diacritics or special characters) you type out the translation first and then copy and paste from your file into the relevant page on the website. As with story creation, you need to save the version and publish it."&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The browsing section lists stories by: type, e.g., "Folktale, Story, Wordless story, Child-created", etc.; language, e.g., Afrikaans, Amharic, Aringati, Ateso, and Changana, etc.; and reader level, e.g., "First words, First sentences, First paragraphs", etc.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-6"> <div class="field-label">Development Issues:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Education, Children</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-2"> <div class="field-label">Key Points:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Linked to the storybook website is the African Storybook Project Research Network (ASReN), a "network of researchers, students, and others who are interested in research on areas related to the African Storybook Project (ASP), such as early reading, mother tongue literacy, and related areas, with a focus on Africa". <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://research.africanstorybook.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Their blogsite</a>, aimed to engage the community in current debates as well as share information on new research, funding opportunities, and other news, contains links and posts on topics relevant to the ASP.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/files/imagecache/thumbnail/phooko.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="71" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-partner-text"> <div class="field-label">Partner Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A complete list of partner/collaborators is available on <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.africanstorybook.org/content/our-partners" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">this webpage.</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ict-4-development/node/296493">South African Institute for Distance Education (SAIDE)</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/ict-4-development/content/ephraim-mhlanga-saide">Ephraim Mhlanga - SAIDE</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-link-other-nodes"> <div class="field-label">Related Summaries:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ict-4-development/content/using-mobile-technology-learner-support-open-schooling">Using Mobile Technology for Learner Support in Open Schooling</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.africanstorybook.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">ASP website</a>, June 26 2015. Image credit: Copyright - Franz Phooko</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/african-storybook-project-asp" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/african-storybook-project-asp#comments South Africa Southern Africa Experiences Academic Institutions Access Digital Basic Education for All Children Community Participation MDG 2. Universal Primary Education Quality Early Learning to Scale Entertainment Community Groups Education Research NGOs New Technologies Featured Children, Equity and Development Global Early Child Development ICT for Development Africa Fri, 26 Jun 2015 15:14:41 +0000 jlevy 9355836 at http://www.comminit.com Can You Hear Me Now? Why Good Communication Is Critical to the Nepal Quake Response http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/can-you-hear-me-now-why-good-communication-critical-nepal-quake-response <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Imogen Wall </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-date"><legend>Publication Date</legend><div class="field field-type-date field-field-date-0"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wednesday, April 29, 2015</span> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><em>"The need to communicate - and the idea that information is a form of assistance in its own right - is increasingly acknowledged as an urgent but under-supported aspect of disaster response."</em></p> <p> In this article, Imogen Wall offers examples of the ways that strategic thinking around the use of communication is playing a role in the response to the April 25 2015 Nepal earthquake.</p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-web-link"> <div class="field-label">Web link:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.irinnews.org/report/101421/can-you-hear-me-now-why-good-communication-is-critical-to-the-nepal-quake-response" target="_blank">Click here to read the article on the IRIN website.</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/files/imagecache/thumbnail/irin.jpg" alt="" title="Can You Hear Me Now? Why Good Communication is Critical to the Nepal Quake Response" width="100" height="75" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ict-4-development/content/imogen-wall-freelance-communications-consultant">Imogen Wall - Freelance Communications Consultant</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>CR News, Volume 6, Issue #2, Apr-Jun 2015, sent to The Communication Initiative on May 6 2015. <em>Image caption/credit:</em> Children living in a temporary camp use a smart phone to listen for radio updates. Shreeram KC/Plan International.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/can-you-hear-me-now-why-good-communication-critical-nepal-quake-response" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/can-you-hear-me-now-why-good-communication-critical-nepal-quake-response#comments Nepal Strategic Thinking Access Digital Phone/Mobile Community Media News/Information Radio NGOs Risk Management Featured BBC Media Action Global ICT for Development Media Development Wed, 06 May 2015 15:30:14 +0000 kdevries 9355070 at http://www.comminit.com Verboice http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/verboice <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/files/imagecache/thumbnail/verboice.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="90" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>Verboice is a free and open-source tool for creating and running projects that interact via voice, allowing users to listen and record messages in their own language and dialect or answer questions with a phone keypad.</p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-htmllink"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://verboice.instedd.org/" 0="a:0:{}" target="_blank">Click here to access information about this tool.</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-publisher"> <div class="field-label">Publisher:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ict-4-development/content/instedd-ilab-southeast-asia">InSTEDD iLab Southeast Asia</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ict-4-development/content/instedd-ilab-southeast-asia-0">InSTEDD iLab Southeast Asia</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.ictworks.org/2015/02/16/the-technology-helping-cambodias-disconnected-and-hardest-to-reach/?utm_source=ICTworks&amp;utm_campaign=21de701c5a-MC-RSS-Email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_term=0_0814c7961e-21de701c5a-48308241" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">ICTworks by Inveneo enewsletter</a> of February 16 2015.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/verboice" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/verboice#comments Global Materials Access Digital Community Participation Civil Society Phone/Mobile News/Information Environment New Technology Company NGOs New Technologies Risk Management Featured Global ICT for Development Mon, 27 Apr 2015 20:14:35 +0000 jlevy 9354896 at http://www.comminit.com What Do We Know about Communicating with Communities Following an Earthquake? http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/what-do-we-know-about-communicating-communities-following-earthquake <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-date"><legend>Publication Date</legend><div class="field field-type-date field-field-date-0"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Monday, April 27, 2015</span> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p>&nbsp;The Communicating with Disaster-Affected Communities (CDAC) Network has put together a lessons-learned web document on communicating with communities following an earthquake, focused on communication with Nepali communities and connecting lessons learned for early-stage action that can result in operational effectiveness.</p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-web-link"> <div class="field-label">Web link:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.cdacnetwork.org/i/20150427141213-vrsfn/" 0="s:6:&quot;a:0:{}&quot;;" target="_blank">Click here to read the full text of this document online, see additional links, and comment. </a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/files/imagecache/thumbnail/nepal_0.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="54" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ict-4-development/content/rachel-houghton-communicating-disaster-affected-communities-cdac-network">Rachel Houghton - Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities (CDAC) Network</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Email from Rachel Houghton and Nicola Bailey to The Communication Initiative on April 27 &nbsp;and 28 2015, respectively.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-link-other-nodes"> <div class="field-label">Related Summaries:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ict-4-development/content/communicating-disaster-affected-communities-cdac-0">Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities (CDAC)</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/ict-4-development/content/when-communicating-really-matters-experience-cdac-haiti">When Communicating Really Matters: The Experience of CDAC in Haiti</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ict-4-development/content/improving-communication-between-aid-agencies-and-crisis-affected-people-lessons-infoasai">Improving Communication Between Aid Agencies and Crisis-affected People: Lessons from the Infoasaid Project</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/ict-4-development/content/infoasaid">infoasaid</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ict-4-development/content/media-information-systems-and-communities-lessons-haiti">Media, Information Systems and Communities: Lessons from Haiti</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/what-do-we-know-about-communicating-communities-following-earthquake" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/what-do-we-know-about-communicating-communities-following-earthquake#comments Nepal Global Strategic Thinking Access Digital Community Participation Network Civil Society Person-to-Person Voice Community Groups Interpersonal Phone/Mobile Print News/Information Radio Television NGOs Risk Management Featured BBC Media Action Global ICT for Development Media Development Mon, 27 Apr 2015 18:01:06 +0000 jlevy 9354890 at http://www.comminit.com Ebola: audience research by mobile phone http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/ebola-audience-research-mobile-phone-0 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/files/imagecache/thumbnail/bbc_media_action_3.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="59" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>Author: Dorothy Peprah, April 21 2015 - As we tentatively celebrate the recovery of Beatrice Yardolo, the last known Ebola patient to be discharged from a treatment centre in Liberia, BBC Media Action continues working on programmes and training across the region to ensure Ebola is minimised.</p> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/ebola-audience-research-mobile-phone-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/ebola-audience-research-mobile-phone-0#comments Liberia Access Blogs: Global Health Policies Ebola Communication Phone/Mobile Research NGOs Featured BBC Media Action Global Ebola Policy Blogs ICT for Development Tue, 21 Apr 2015 12:38:30 +0000 BBC Media Action 9354711 at http://www.comminit.com 8 Considerations for Better Mobile Learning Solutions for Women http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/8-considerations-better-mobile-learning-solutions-women <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/files/imagecache/thumbnail/inveneo.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="64" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>Author: Alexandra Tyers, April 21 2015 - I was recently in Tanzania, working with the mobile operator Tigo to conduct participatory research with users of their Tigo Biashara service, which launched a few months ago. Tigo were awarded an Innovation Fund grant from GSMA Connected Women to develop Tigo Biashara, a mobile educational service, which offers <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.gsma.com/connectedwomen/where-we-are-working/tigo-tanzania/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">business skills training</a> aimed at low-income female entrepreneurs in Tanzania, delivered through voice and SMS platforms.</p> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/8-considerations-better-mobile-learning-solutions-women" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/8-considerations-better-mobile-learning-solutions-women#comments Bangladesh Tanzania Access Blogs: Shifting Media Landscapes Phone/Mobile Economic Development News/Information Research Gender NGOs New Technologies Women Featured Global Policy Blogs ICT for Development Tue, 21 Apr 2015 12:12:39 +0000 9354710 at http://www.comminit.com Voces Moviles (VozMob) - Mobile Voices http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/voces-moviles-vozmob-mobile-voices <p>On this digital/mobile platform, young and adult Latino immigrant workers in Los Angeles, California, United States (US), can create stories about their lives and communities directly from a cell phone. Vozmob appropriates technology to promote popular communication.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-1"> <div class="field-label">Communication Strategies:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The platform is based on the Drupal content management system using a free software that can display video, audio, and text, designed with the idea that those with limited or no access to computers can tell their own stories and gain more participation in the public digital sphere.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Through various digital tools, VozMob provides an <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.vozmob.net" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">online publishing location</a> to capture stories directly from mobile phones. It includes a system of multimedia messages (MMS). It includes audio, photo, video, blogs, a news feed and a day labourers newsfeed, and an urgent action posting page.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Periodically, a team analyses the multimedia stories, develops and shares knowledge, works on the system design, and creates training tools to promote the content management system.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-6"> <div class="field-label">Development Issues:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Youth, Rights, Mobile Populations.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-2"> <div class="field-label">Key Points:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>From the idea of making digital media accessible for low wage and migrant workers, organisers have incorporated volunteers and staff from IDEPSCA, students and professors from ASC &amp; J, and programmers and media activists to give voice to those who have traditionally been "estadosilenciadas/os" - in a state of silence or silenced by the state. Organisations that joined with support for assessment, development of teaching tools, or technical support include: Macarthur/HASTAC (alliance of humanists, artists, social scientists, scientists and technologists) Digital Media and Learning Competition, Nokia, Social Science Research Council, Annenberg Innovation Lab, Annenberg Program on Online Communities, and Netsquared Mobile Challenge.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/vL5utjMK8Us" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/files/imagecache/thumbnail/vozmob_0.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="77" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-partner-text"> <div class="field-label">Partner Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Annenberg School for Communication &amp; Journalism at the University of Southern California (ASC&amp;J), the Institute of Popular Education of Southern California (IDEPSCA), the Popular Communication team of Day Laborers and Household Workers, Los Angeles Community Action Network (LACAN)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ict-4-development/content/maegan-ortiz-instituto-de-educaci%C3%B3n-popular-del-sur-de-california-idepsca">Maegan Ortiz - Instituto de Educación Popular del Sur de California (IDEPSCA)</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-link-other-nodes"> <div class="field-label">Related Summaries:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ict-4-development/content/voces-moviles-vozmob">Voces Moviles (VozMob)</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://vozmob.net/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">VozMob website</a>, March 26 2015.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/voces-moviles-vozmob-mobile-voices" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/voces-moviles-vozmob-mobile-voices#comments United States Experiences 15 to 19 years Academic Institutions Access Adolescent Civic Engagement Children - Communicating with, for and about Digital Mobile Populations Strengthening Capacities for Excellence in C4D Practice Community Participation Voice Community Groups Phone/Mobile Foundations NGOs Rights Youth Featured Adolescent Development Communicating with, for and about children Global ICT for Development Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:13:57 +0000 jlevy 9354280 at http://www.comminit.com A Vision for the Humanitarian Use of Emerging Technology for Emerging Needs http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/vision-humanitarian-use-emerging-technology-emerging-needs <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-date"><legend>Publication Date</legend><div class="field field-type-date field-field-date-0"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Monday, March 23, 2015</span> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-web-link"> <div class="field-label">Web link:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1vf6TLGIC0yZk9UU2t2UGFmNlE/view" target="_blank">Click here to read the full text of this document online.</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/files/imagecache/thumbnail/rc.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="67" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ict-4-development/node/264113">International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Email from Wayan Vota through ICTworks to The Communication Initiative on March 25 and 27 2015.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/vision-humanitarian-use-emerging-technology-emerging-needs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/vision-humanitarian-use-emerging-technology-emerging-needs#comments Global Strategic Thinking Academic Institutions Access Digital Community Participation Community Groups Phone/Mobile Print Foundations Government Departments Research New Technology Company NGOs New Technologies Risk Management Featured Global ICT for Development Africa Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:29:03 +0000 jlevy 9354262 at http://www.comminit.com MIRA Channel http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/mira-channel <p>MIRA Channel, a mobile health initiative produced in India, "is an integrated mobile phone channel to provide health information to rural women and connect them with public health services using mobile phones in low-resource settings. The objective of MIRA is to enable women to improve health indicators by self-managing their health and reach towards a larger goal of women empowerment using digital connect.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-1"> <div class="field-label">Communication Strategies:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The channel for individual women is an “app” that &nbsp;includes tools and information in a form that is icon-rich and interactive, for example, a week-by-week pregnancy tracker, an immunisation-tracker, a menstrual-cycle calculator, a family planning tracker, and an infection-prevention toolkit. "MIRA uses iconic messaging, supported with micro-audio messages in local languages, for the purpose of ease of understanding of semi-literate women."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This individual app is being disseminated through MIRA workers, described below, and through the networks of telecom recharge centres (kiosks), community radio stations, and the network of self-help groups (SHGs), as well as through Nokia App stores, schools, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and workshops.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The “MIRA Worker Toolkit” channel has content, communication, and service provisioning for "a chain of health workers called MIRA workers who go from house-to-house to do household registrations and identify pregnant women and under 5 year children for RI (routine immunization) using mobile phones. After registering the pregnant women, MIRA visits the women regularly on a weekly basis and advises them through mobile phone based iconic graphic and audio which pertain to the current pregnancy week of the women. The data of pregnant women and children for immunization collected by MIRA workers is sent over the mobile to central server and is shared with local PHCs [public health clinics]."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>MIRA also trains "communities on immunization and counsels adolescent girls on issues related to menstrual hygiene, emergency contraception, education, marriage, reproductive &amp; sexual health, women rights etc. The majority of the content provided for adolescent girls is provided through games and story-telling."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>MIRA workers are often chosen from among young girls with an interest in health work who then work in their own communities. They are trained and connected with accredited social health activists (ASHAs) in their communities. Each is then provided with a standard Java phone that has the MIRA toolkit uploaded. Each "carries a MIRA register with a village map, badge, dress and necessary stationary."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A third channel, ‘MIRA-PHC Connect’, is designed for communication and service delivery "in sync with public health network of Haryana State Rural Health Mission." It is customised for ASHAs and ANMs (Auxiliary Nurse and Midwives). It provides “info-graphics on growing baby in the week, dietary, medical related, dos and donts. On every weekly visit, ASHA also asks women a set of 5 symptomatic questions which are related to high risk pregnancies (HRPs) like anemia, pre-eclampsia etc. The question is answered in ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ in green and or red dots respectively. The second application is for the ANMs to interact with data service delivery. All the women data sent over the server are viewed by the ANM. An ANM can view pregnancy records of all women of the ASHAs. ANM triggers action request to ASHAs for ANC check-ups of women. All the records of the checkup are uploaded on state health servers and shared with ASHA. The system produces instantaneous ‘Live-Data’ for the state to take timely decisions and action."</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-6"> <div class="field-label">Development Issues:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Women, Reproductive Health, Youth, Children, Immunisation and Vaccination</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-2"> <div class="field-label">Key Points:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>ZMQ, developer and implementer of the MIRA technology, uses what they call a "'[f]ully-technology linked community model’ (also a ‘Bottom-up Technology Model’)" in order to empower "communities and give them more control of information and services.... With increasing mobile networks globally and low-cost handsets, millions of people that never had regular access to computers or fixed-line telephones now use mobile devices as daily tools for communication. This explosion of mobile phone usage has the potential to service delivery on a massive scale. It has also been evidenced that technology can bring in transformative changes by substantially improving accessibility, affordability and effectiveness of any health program. ZMQ’s theory of change is to provide 'information &amp; services' to isolated, marginalized and rural communities in a timely and accessible way...."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Impact reported by ZMQ: "MIRA was launched on the ground on 8th March 2012. In two years time, the project has reached to 266,000 women and girls. In the project intervention area, there has been an increase in ANC visits by 55% (from 23% to 82% - overall Haryana is 42.2%), Institutional deliveries by 49% (from 32% to 81%, overall Haryana is 49%) and immunization rates by 41% (from 51% to 92%, overall Haryana is 78%)."</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/files/imagecache/thumbnail/mira2.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="49" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-partner-text"> <div class="field-label">Partner Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>ZMQ partners with: "the Millennia2025 Foundation, co- founder of Zero Mothers Die, to scale up in West Africa along with local partners, such as Traffina Foundation in Nigeria. An initial implementation of Zero Mothers Die is planned in Ghana, with MOH-Ghana Health Service, UNAIDS, and local partners by end 2014."&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ict-4-development/content/subhi-quraishi-zmq-development">Subhi Quraishi - ZMQ Development</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-link-other-nodes"> <div class="field-label">Related Summaries:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ict-4-development/content/zmqs-freedomtb-active-compliance-system-combat-tuberculosis">ZMQ&#039;s FreedomTB: An Active Compliance System to Combat Tuberculosis</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Email from Subhi Quraishi to The Communication Initiative on March 15 2015, and&nbsp;<a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.MIRAchannel.org/Index.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The MIRA Channel website</a>, March 25 2015.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/mira-channel" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/mira-channel#comments India Experiences 10 to 14 years 15 to 19 years Access Children Community Participation Network Person-to-Person Community Groups Interpersonal Phone/Mobile News/Information Foundations Government Departments Health NGOs Immunisation and Vaccines United Nations Reproductive Health Women Youth Featured UNAIDS Adolescent Development Global Health ICT for Development Wed, 25 Mar 2015 13:49:59 +0000 jlevy 9354256 at http://www.comminit.com