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Women and girl's rights in Sierra Leone: Let Us Know!

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Author: Olabisi Olu Garrick, February 23 2015 - Despite my fourteen years as a journalist, I didn’t always want to work in the media. I actually wanted to be a lawyer.

The ability to hold people to account and help people understand their legal rights always appealed to me. Little did I know that a chance meeting with a woman one sunny afternoon would change my life.

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How can media inspire accountability and political participation? Findings from massive BBC programme

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Author: Duncan Green, Senior Strategic Advisor, Oxfam GB on March 1 2017 - A recurring pattern: I get invited to join a conversation with a bunch of specialists on a particular issue (eg market systems). Cue panic and some quick skim-reading of background papers, driven by the familiar fear of finally being exposed as a total fraud (some of us spend all our lives waiting for the tap on the shoulder). Then a really interesting conversation. Relief!

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Missing the signals: India's anti-vaccination social media campaign

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Author: Heidi Larson, March 7 2017 - It is not just in the US [United States] and Europe, where wealthier populations are among the most vaccine questioning. India recently launched a one-month campaign to vaccinate over 35 million 9-month to 15-year old children with a measles-rubella [MR] vaccine across five states. The campaign marked the start of a two-year initiative aiming to vaccinate over 400 million children across India - part of a larger global effort to eliminate measles and rubella.

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Seeing What We Don't See: An Experience of Supportive Supervision

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Author: Ellen Coates, February 21 2017 - Busy medical, epidemiology, and immunization managers at district levels and above can easily get so caught up in managing logistics and reviewing data that they forget to make the time to go out and gather their own data by visiting static sites and observing field teams. Traveling in Africa and Asia with a polio Outbreak Response Assessment (OBRA) team was an eye-opening experience. None of us ever know what we don't know - managers who don't watch the work being done can’t possibly know what performance gaps exist, and where there are opportunities to support staff and strengthen quality.

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World Radio Day: still relevant in a digital age

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Author: BBC Media Action Insight's Melanie Archer, on February 13 2017 - To mark World Radio Day, Melanie Archer reviews how radio can be a force for inclusion in a changing world, although it is vulnerable to getting co-opted for ideological purposes.

Snapchat’s been grabbing headlines with its decision to become a public company. The messaging app has amassed an impressive 158 million daily users, 39 million of whom are based outside of North America and Europe.

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Radio has never been more necessary

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Author: BBC Media Action's Caroline Nursey, on February 10 2017 - On World Radio Day, Caroline Nursey, BBC Media Action’s Executive Director discusses the ongoing importance of radio in a fast-changing digital world. 

As the digital media landscape develops at a revolutionary pace it is easy to forget that radio still reaches more places and more people in the world than any other medium – and that it has an enduring power to change people’s lives in profound ways.

It can provide urgent life-saving advice in the aftermath of a disaster, help communities divided by conflict rebuild trust in each other, and inspire people to hold those in power to account.

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Lifeline radio for displaced Iraqis

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Author: BBC Media Action's Abir Awad, on February 7 2017 - “The food we are given is not suitable for human consumption. They’ve taken away our identity cards and our phones,” says Ahmed during a phone-in programme at Radio Nawa, an independent radio station broadcasting across Iraq.

The caller is one of tens of thousands displaced from the Mosul area of northern Iraq. He’s in his own country but is not allowed to leave the UN-managed camp where he’s taken shelter; Iraqi security forces suspect anyone who has lived in Mosul during the past two years of being an IS sympathiser.

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Using storytelling to make statistics accessible

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Author: BBC Media Action Insight's Mahmuda Hoque, on February 6 2017 - Bangladesh-based researcher Mahmuda Hoque explains how her team created a story about “Maya”, a 19-year-old mother, to help bring their findings about antenatal preparations to life.

Researchers often uncover insights with real practical relevance but then struggle to communicate their findings compellingly to those who can make use of them.

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Overcoming Barriers of Distrust to Improve Vaccination Coverage: Lessons from Lao and the Hmong Community

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Author: Ellen Coates, February 8 2017 - The 2014/2015 polio outbreak in Lao People’s Democratic Republic [Lao] resulted in two deaths and paralysis of a small group of children and adults. All cases and positive contacts were from the Hmong ethnic minority group, which has traditionally had a tense relationship with the Lao government characterized by a lack of trust on both sides. The Hmong community, where outbreaks of other vaccine preventable diseases in the recent past were also concentrated, had both limited access to, and limited willingness to access health services that in Lao are provided primarily by government-run clinics. During a social investigation conducted in 2015, Hmong parents and caregivers often indicated that they didn't know about polio or the vaccination campaigns, didn't trust the government services or the vaccine quality, and/or weren't comfortable with the health service personnel, most of whom were not Hmong speakers.

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A Developer First. Pursuing a Career in Programming as a Woman from the Eastern Cape

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Author: Praekelt's Mitso Qalaba, originally posted February 8 2017 - Born and raised in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, I grew up in a rural widowed single-parent household. My upbringing is not unique for the country.

I did not have clear career goals growing up, but I always knew I wanted to work in media. Living in the rural areas, radio and television kept me informed about national and world affairs. Whether it was a news anchor, journalist, or film producer, I just knew I wanted to deliver information to people, especially those who were underprivileged and living in remote areas.

Today, I use computer and mobile devices to help millions of people access information.

First Encounter with Computers

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