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The African Network for Strategic Communication in Health and Development (AfriComNet) invites entries for the 2015 annual Awards for Excellence in Health Communication in Africa. The purpose of the AfriComNet Awards are to:

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

"Good-quality reporting is all the more crucial as malaria control efforts seek to keep up with shifts in epidemiology and communication technologies. Well-written reports can lead to a better understanding of 'what works' in different contexts and are crucial to maximizing investments in research."

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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 to 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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Materials

Offered by the NetWorks Project, this online training series is designed to strengthen capacity on how to use evidence and data to create strong social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) programmes for malaria prevention and control. The training series is intended for a wide audience, but primarily for those who work on malaria control...

"Good-quality reporting is all the more crucial as malaria control efforts seek to keep up with shifts in epidemiology and communication technologies. Well-written reports can lead to a better understanding of 'what works' in different contexts and are crucial to maximizing investments in research."

This interactive, "intelligent" comic book explores the ongoing battle with the parasite that causes malaria, by going inside the labs and the clinics where scientists are working to put an end to the disease. It is designed to serve as an educational tool that engages the next generation of malaria researchers, allowing students in schools and...

This comic book on malaria forms part of the WASH 4 ALL (water, sanitation and hygiene for all) comic book series, which is being created "to positively engage youths in the fight against diseases related to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene."

The series is being produced by Horizon International, a non-governmental organisation based...

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

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...

"Behavior Change Communication (BCC) has been a critical component of malaria prevention and control strategies. Most programs, however, have not been rigorously evaluated, either due to a lack of funding for such evaluations and/or due to lack of clarity about best practices for measuring the contribution of BCC for malaria prevention and...

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.

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Digital

The African Network for Strategic Communication in Health and Development (AfriComNet) invites entries for the 2015 annual Awards for Excellence in Health Communication in Africa. The purpose of the AfriComNet Awards are to:

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

Offered by the NetWorks Project, this online training series is designed to strengthen capacity on how to use evidence and data to create strong social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) programmes for malaria prevention and control. The training series is intended for a wide audience, but primarily for those who work on malaria control...

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...

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...

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...

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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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Strategic Thinking

"In the context of the Support to National Malaria Control Programme (SuNMaP), demand creation is the strategic combination of advocacy, communication, and mobilisation approaches that seek to achieve increased community awareness of, and demand for, effective malaria prevention and treatment services."

This 4-page case study shares the experience of Ghana's Aha Ye De (Twi for "It's Good Here [under the net]") campaign in keeping net use messages fresh and relevant over a 3-year campaign. The Ghana Behavior Change Support (BCS) project, a four-year project funded by the United States Agency for International Development and managed by the...

"The use of visual tools and local languages enables community-based facilitators, who receive a two-day basic training, to generate participatory discussions through sharing of testimonies among participants."

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...

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Africa

The African Network for Strategic Communication in Health and Development (AfriComNet) invites entries for the 2015 annual Awards for Excellence in Health Communication in Africa. The purpose of the AfriComNet Awards are to:

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

"In the context of the Support to National Malaria Control Programme (SuNMaP), demand creation is the strategic combination of advocacy, communication, and mobilisation approaches that seek to achieve increased community awareness of, and demand for, effective malaria prevention and treatment services."

This comic book on malaria forms part of the WASH 4 ALL (water, sanitation and hygiene for all) comic book series, which is being created "to positively engage youths in the fight against diseases related to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene."

The series is being produced by Horizon International, a non-governmental organisation based...

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 to 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...

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Youth

This comic book on malaria forms part of the WASH 4 ALL (water, sanitation and hygiene for all) comic book series, which is being created "to positively engage youths in the fight against diseases related to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene."

The series is being produced by Horizon International, a non-governmental organisation based...

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Radio

The African Network for Strategic Communication in Health and Development (AfriComNet) invites entries for the 2015 annual Awards for Excellence in Health Communication in Africa. The purpose of the AfriComNet Awards are to:

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

"In the context of the Support to National Malaria Control Programme (SuNMaP), demand creation is the strategic combination of advocacy, communication, and mobilisation approaches that seek to achieve increased community awareness of, and demand for, effective malaria prevention and treatment services."

This 4-page case study shares the experience of Ghana's Aha Ye De (Twi for "It's Good Here [under the net]") campaign in keeping net use messages fresh and relevant over a 3-year campaign. The Ghana Behavior Change Support (BCS) project, a four-year project funded by the United States Agency for International Development and managed by the...

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...

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 to 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.

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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 (...

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Television

The African Network for Strategic Communication in Health and Development (AfriComNet) invites entries for the 2015 annual Awards for Excellence in Health Communication in Africa. The purpose of the AfriComNet Awards are to:

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

This 4-page case study shares the experience of Ghana's Aha Ye De (Twi for "It's Good Here [under the net]") campaign in keeping net use messages fresh and relevant over a 3-year campaign. The Ghana Behavior Change Support (BCS) project, a four-year project funded by the United States Agency for International Development and managed by the...

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-...

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 (...

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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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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