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Launched in October 2014, Newman Street is an entertainment-education television series in Nigeria promoting family planning and malaria-prevention practices. Set in a vibrant, urban slum in Nigeria, the story is a "tale of the quest for fame, love and, acceptance" and how far people will go to accomplish these. Newman Street is a collaboration...

These three videos in a series from Pathfinder demonstrate the method of their "Tailored Reflection and Integrated Learning", or TRAIL, model of community mobilisation and action.

This 36-page learning paper discusses Malaria Consortium’s experience developing, implementing, and evaluating job aids for community health workers (CHWs) and health facility workers in Mozambique, Nigeria, South Sudan, and Uganda. The paper notes that job aids are commonly accepted ways to enhance health worker performance, yet little...

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Experiences

Launched in October 2014, Newman Street is an entertainment-education television series in Nigeria promoting family planning and malaria-prevention practices. Set in a vibrant, urban slum in Nigeria, the story is a "tale of the quest for fame, love and, acceptance" and how far people will go to accomplish these. Newman Street is a collaboration...

During World Malaria Month 2013, Peace Corps volunteers in Uganda implemented the Village Drama Outreaches, Podcasting, and Programming Project to provide people in the West Nile region with information about malaria prevention and control. Over the course of the month, the project included training for radio presenters on producing malaria...

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Running from 2009 to 2013, the Pioneer Project was designed to reduce malaria related morbidity and mortality in four districts in mid-Western Uganda, as well as gain a deeper understanding of the most effective approaches in achieving this objective. The project focused on supporting systemic malaria control by increasing both supply and...

Rapid Access Expansion 2015 Programme

Launched in April 2012, the World Health Organization (WHO)'s 5-year Rapid Access Expansion 2015 (RAcE 2015) programme is working to strengthen integrated community case management (iCCM) of malaria, pneumonia, and diarrhoea, as well as to increase coverage of diagnostic, treatment, and referral services for these major causes of childhood...

The Africa Indoor Residual Spraying (AIRS) project, running from August 2011 to August 2014, is working to protect millions of people in 13 African countries from malaria by spraying insecticide on the walls, ceilings, and other indoor resting places of mosquitoes that transmit malaria. AIRS manages indoor residual spraying (IRS) operations and...

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During The Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2013 hosted in South Africa, United Against Malaria(UAM) worked with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to communicate malaria prevention and treatment messages to football fans throughout Africa. Through pan-African television and radio spots, video, on-site branding, and distribution of print...

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Launched in December 2011, the Ugandan Medicine Tracking System (mTrac) is a nationwide SMS (text message)-based disease surveillance system seeking to address problems of stock-outs of lifesaving malaria medicine, such as artemisinin-combination therapies (ACTs). The campaign was developed by the Ministry of Health (MoH) and is being supported...

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Operating since 2010, the Hoima Public Library Health Service is working to improve community health through using information and communication technology, public forums, and film screenings to communicate health information, with a particular focus on malaria. Funded by the Hoima Municipal Council, the partnership project also works with...

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Materials

This toolkit is designed to help guide community dialogues around the prevention and management of childhood illnesses. Produced with support from the Malaria Consortium to be used within a Village Health Team (VHT) programme in Uganda, the guide is intended to help community leaders and VHT, who received training on the community dialogue...

These three videos in a series from Pathfinder demonstrate the method of their "Tailored Reflection and Integrated Learning", or TRAIL, model of community mobilisation and action.

This 36-page learning paper discusses Malaria Consortium’s experience developing, implementing, and evaluating job aids for community health workers (CHWs) and health facility workers in Mozambique, Nigeria, South Sudan, and Uganda. The paper notes that job aids are commonly accepted ways to enhance health worker performance, yet little...

According to this guide, published by the The Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership, "behaviour change communication (BCC) has been a critical component of malaria prevention and control strategies. Most programmes, however, have not been rigorously evaluated, either due to a lack of funding for such evaluations and/or due to lack of clarity...

Malaria Communities Program: Building Community Capacity in Malaria Control

This 6-page brief, published by the Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP), shares the experience of The Malaria Communities Program (MCP), launched in December 2006. Through 20 awards to 18 partners in 12 countries, the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) has supported efforts of communities and non-governmental organisations to...

Rollback Malaria

This toolkit brings together resources from recent experiences and research of long-lasting insecticidal net (LLIN) systems of continuous distribution, including such mechanisms as school-based distribution, community volunteers, antenatal visits, and more.

This online toolkit is a collection of digital resources for promoting mosquito net repair and care behaviours for malaria and dengue prevention and for evaluating programmes for social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) effectiveness. It includes: formative research tools, protocols, and reports; materials developed for behaviour change...

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Published by the Malaria Consortium, this Communications Toolkit is intended to provide practical guidance and support to staff and partners who are looking to increase their communications capacity. It has been developed as a resource for project staff who work at field-level, to help them communicate responsibly, creatively, and effectively...

According to PATH, slow decision-making by policymakers can contribute to a substantial lag between the availability of lifesaving interventions, such as vaccines, and developing countries’ access to them. This booklet presents a set of advocacy tips, success stories, and examples of advocacy efforts designed to bridge the worlds of science and...

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Digital

Hosted by Malaria Consortium, this webinar will share experiences and learning from the design and implementation of mHealth interventions for community health workers (CHWs) in Mozambique and Uganda under the inSCALE project. This session will focus on the collaborative process adopted by inSCALE for identifying barriers to CHWs motivation and...

According to this guide, published by the The Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership, "behaviour change communication (BCC) has been a critical component of malaria prevention and control strategies. Most programmes, however, have not been rigorously evaluated, either due to a lack of funding for such evaluations and/or due to lack of clarity...

This brief discusses lessons learned by the Malaria Consortium during a three-year period of scaling up the use of rapid diagnostic tests (RDT) to detect malaria at the community level and in health facilities. Their work indicates that introducing RDTs requires a "holistic systems strengthening approach" rather than mere distribution, in order...

The African Network for Strategic Communication in Health and Development (AfriComNet) invites entries for the 2014 annual Awards for Excellence in Health Communication in Africa. The purpose of the AfriComNet Award is to:

  • recognise outstanding contributions made by individuals/organisations in the field of strategic...
Centre for Communication and Social Change Awards 2014

The Centre for Communication and Social Change is looking for outstanding and innovative individuals and organisations using communication and information and communication technology (ICTs) in communities to create meaningful change and facilitate social, economic, and technological development. The Award exists to recognise 'unsung heroes'...

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Launched in December 2011, the Ugandan Medicine Tracking System (mTrac) is a nationwide SMS (text message)-based disease surveillance system seeking to address problems of stock-outs of lifesaving malaria medicine, such as artemisinin-combination therapies (ACTs). The campaign was developed by the Ministry of Health (MoH) and is being supported...

health_inform_sharing_meeting-500x218.jpg

Operating since 2010, the Hoima Public Library Health Service is working to improve community health through using information and communication technology, public forums, and film screenings to communicate health information, with a particular focus on malaria. Funded by the Hoima Municipal Council, the partnership project also works with...

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Created by Plan Canada, this malaria awareness game revolves around the idea of mashing enough mosquitoes to earn a real insecticide-treated mosquito-repellent bed net that will be distributed in Africa to save lives. The online game motivates people to help stop the spread of malaria, while also learning about it. According to Plan, players...

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Strategic Thinking

This 3-page case study discusses the experience of leveraging the passion and reach of football (soccer) to communicate messages about malaria prevention and treatment. Beginning during the 2012 World Cup, the United Against Malaria (UAM) partnership and the Voices project of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs (JHU-...

This 3-page case study shares information about the PataPata children's radio programme in Tanzania, exploring how the engagement of children was a key part of the strategy to increase net use in their communities. Launched in 2011 by Communication and Malaria Initiative in Tanzania's (COMMIT), the "show not only educated children about malaria...

This 36-page learning paper discusses Malaria Consortium’s experience developing, implementing, and evaluating job aids for community health workers (CHWs) and health facility workers in Mozambique, Nigeria, South Sudan, and Uganda. The paper notes that job aids are commonly accepted ways to enhance health worker performance, yet little...

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This 2-page brief shares lessons learned and perspectives from the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) related to using mobile health communication caravans to strengthen the access and use of long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (LLINs) by pregnant women and children under five years of age, in an effort to reduce malaria prevalence in Niger....

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This 5-page brief shares information about a programme in South Sudan that is designed to encourage families to request for long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) when they need them, even after distribution campaigns are complete. While many campaigns focus on "pushing" the distribution and use of bed nets, this is a "pull" system designed to...

This learning paper discusses the adaptation of best practices for delivering training of Community Drug Distributors (CDDs) in the implementation of integrated community case management (ICCM) to the context in South Sudan. In two states of South Sudan, NBeG and Unity, between June 2010 and June 2012, the Malaria Consortium developed materials...

This brief discusses lessons learned by the Malaria Consortium during a three-year period of scaling up the use of rapid diagnostic tests (RDT) to detect malaria at the community level and in health facilities. Their work indicates that introducing RDTs requires a "holistic systems strengthening approach" rather than mere distribution, in order...

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This 68-page publication outlines a framework for re-structuring the way countries address malaria. It presents a menu of concrete, implementable processes and actions to transform malaria responses from being a concern of the health sector only, towards a coordinated multi-pronged effort that harnesses expertise across a range of sectors and...

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This 7-page report shares the experience and lessons learned from C-Change Initiatives in Ethiopia designed to address and reduce malaria morbidity and mortality by scaling up coverage of proven malaria prevention and control interventions such as long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets (LLIN), indoor residual spraying (IRS) in households,...

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This commentary, which appeared in the Malaria Journal, seeks to highlight the benefits and value for money that strategic behaviour change communication (BCC) brings to all aspects of malaria control, and to discuss areas of operations research needed as transmission dynamics change.

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Africa

This 3-page case study discusses the experience of leveraging the passion and reach of football (soccer) to communicate messages about malaria prevention and treatment. Beginning during the 2012 World Cup, the United Against Malaria (UAM) partnership and the Voices project of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs (JHU-...

This 36-page learning paper discusses Malaria Consortium’s experience developing, implementing, and evaluating job aids for community health workers (CHWs) and health facility workers in Mozambique, Nigeria, South Sudan, and Uganda. The paper notes that job aids are commonly accepted ways to enhance health worker performance, yet little...

 mobilemalaria.png

This 2-page brief shares lessons learned and perspectives from the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) related to using mobile health communication caravans to strengthen the access and use of long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (LLINs) by pregnant women and children under five years of age, in an effort to reduce malaria prevalence in Niger....

sudanmalaria.jpg

This 5-page brief shares information about a programme in South Sudan that is designed to encourage families to request for long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) when they need them, even after distribution campaigns are complete. While many campaigns focus on "pushing" the distribution and use of bed nets, this is a "pull" system designed to...

pioneermalaria.jpg

Running from 2009 to 2013, the Pioneer Project was designed to reduce malaria related morbidity and mortality in four districts in mid-Western Uganda, as well as gain a deeper understanding of the most effective approaches in achieving this objective. The project focused on supporting systemic malaria control by increasing both supply and...

This learning paper discusses the adaptation of best practices for delivering training of Community Drug Distributors (CDDs) in the implementation of integrated community case management (ICCM) to the context in South Sudan. In two states of South Sudan, NBeG and Unity, between June 2010 and June 2012, the Malaria Consortium developed materials...

Malaria Communities Program: Building Community Capacity in Malaria Control

This 6-page brief, published by the Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP), shares the experience of The Malaria Communities Program (MCP), launched in December 2006. Through 20 awards to 18 partners in 12 countries, the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) has supported efforts of communities and non-governmental organisations to...

This brief discusses lessons learned by the Malaria Consortium during a three-year period of scaling up the use of rapid diagnostic tests (RDT) to detect malaria at the community level and in health facilities. Their work indicates that introducing RDTs requires a "holistic systems strengthening approach" rather than mere distribution, in order...

Syndicate content

Radio

This 3-page case study discusses the experience of leveraging the passion and reach of football (soccer) to communicate messages about malaria prevention and treatment. Beginning during the 2012 World Cup, the United Against Malaria (UAM) partnership and the Voices project of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs (JHU-...

This 3-page case study shares information about the PataPata children's radio programme in Tanzania, exploring how the engagement of children was a key part of the strategy to increase net use in their communities. Launched in 2011 by Communication and Malaria Initiative in Tanzania's (COMMIT), the "show not only educated children about malaria...

During World Malaria Month 2013, Peace Corps volunteers in Uganda implemented the Village Drama Outreaches, Podcasting, and Programming Project to provide people in the West Nile region with information about malaria prevention and control. Over the course of the month, the project included training for radio presenters on producing malaria...

According to this guide, published by the The Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership, "behaviour change communication (BCC) has been a critical component of malaria prevention and control strategies. Most programmes, however, have not been rigorously evaluated, either due to a lack of funding for such evaluations and/or due to lack of clarity...

pioneermalaria.jpg

Running from 2009 to 2013, the Pioneer Project was designed to reduce malaria related morbidity and mortality in four districts in mid-Western Uganda, as well as gain a deeper understanding of the most effective approaches in achieving this objective. The project focused on supporting systemic malaria control by increasing both supply and...

Rollback Malaria

This toolkit brings together resources from recent experiences and research of long-lasting insecticidal net (LLIN) systems of continuous distribution, including such mechanisms as school-based distribution, community volunteers, antenatal visits, and more.

kopaluimpact_2.jpg

This Malaria journal article discusses the impact of a national communications campaign in Cameroon (July 2011 - March 2012) to accompany the distribution of free long-lasting insecticide treated nets (LLINs) in an effort to reduce the morbidity and mortality burden of malaria in the country. Drawing on behaviour change communication (...

The African Network for Strategic Communication in Health and Development (AfriComNet) invites entries for the 2014 annual Awards for Excellence in Health Communication in Africa. The purpose of the AfriComNet Award is to:

  • recognise outstanding contributions made by individuals/organisations in the field of strategic...

The Africa Indoor Residual Spraying (AIRS) project, running from August 2011 to August 2014, is working to protect millions of people in 13 African countries from malaria by spraying insecticide on the walls, ceilings, and other indoor resting places of mosquitoes that transmit malaria. AIRS manages indoor residual spraying (IRS) operations and...

Centre for Communication and Social Change Awards 2014

The Centre for Communication and Social Change is looking for outstanding and innovative individuals and organisations using communication and information and communication technology (ICTs) in communities to create meaningful change and facilitate social, economic, and technological development. The Award exists to recognise 'unsung heroes'...

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Television

Launched in October 2014, Newman Street is an entertainment-education television series in Nigeria promoting family planning and malaria-prevention practices. Set in a vibrant, urban slum in Nigeria, the story is a "tale of the quest for fame, love and, acceptance" and how far people will go to accomplish these. Newman Street is a collaboration...

This 3-page case study discusses the experience of leveraging the passion and reach of football (soccer) to communicate messages about malaria prevention and treatment. Beginning during the 2012 World Cup, the United Against Malaria (UAM) partnership and the Voices project of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs (JHU-...

According to this guide, published by the The Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership, "behaviour change communication (BCC) has been a critical component of malaria prevention and control strategies. Most programmes, however, have not been rigorously evaluated, either due to a lack of funding for such evaluations and/or due to lack of clarity...

kopaluimpact_2.jpg

This Malaria journal article discusses the impact of a national communications campaign in Cameroon (July 2011 - March 2012) to accompany the distribution of free long-lasting insecticide treated nets (LLINs) in an effort to reduce the morbidity and mortality burden of malaria in the country. Drawing on behaviour change communication (...

The African Network for Strategic Communication in Health and Development (AfriComNet) invites entries for the 2014 annual Awards for Excellence in Health Communication in Africa. The purpose of the AfriComNet Award is to:

  • recognise outstanding contributions made by individuals/organisations in the field of strategic...
Centre for Communication and Social Change Awards 2014

The Centre for Communication and Social Change is looking for outstanding and innovative individuals and organisations using communication and information and communication technology (ICTs) in communities to create meaningful change and facilitate social, economic, and technological development. The Award exists to recognise 'unsung heroes'...

 uamdrogba_2.png

During The Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2013 hosted in South Africa, United Against Malaria(UAM) worked with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to communicate malaria prevention and treatment messages to football fans throughout Africa. Through pan-African television and radio spots, video, on-site branding, and distribution of print...

Cameroon Malaria Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices: Progress from 2011 to 2012

This 17-page report shares findings of progress related to Malaria No More (MNM) work in Cameroon, particularly MNM's contributions to the national K.O. Palu (Knock Out Malaria) campaign. The results of the 2012 Malaria Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices (KAP) Survey were compared to 2011 baseline indicators in order to track progress over the...

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This 26-page case study shares the experience of NetMark, a programme to increase demand for and expand the availability of insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) to prevent malaria, to develop business models for ITN promotion and distribution. As part of its programming, NetMARK developed a market-based approach of shared risk and investment dubbed...

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The President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), in partnership with the United Sates Agency for International Development (USAID and the Centre for Disease Control (CDC), is working to reduce malaria related morbidity and mortality by 50% in Liberia by 2012, focusing on reaching pregnant women and children under 5 years of age with lifesaving...

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