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June 27, 2016

Tackling the Silent Killer With Open Source Health Communications: A Campaign to End Child Pneumonia

A campaign to end child pneumonia by reaching mothers and health workers with life-saving information Authors:

June 21, 2016

App designed to help Syrian refugees

Author: Leen Hashem, June 21 2016 - 'We've started a WhatsApp group for refugees living in this area' a middle aged man said enthusiastically, explaining how the platform was helping the group share...

June 15, 2016

Skiing in Afghanistan

Author: Mukhtar Yadgar, June 15 2016 - Afghanistan’s Bamyan province is best known for its ancient statues of Buddha, destroyed 15 years ago by the Taliban government. Today, its relative security...

June 13, 2016

Our Best Shot At Immunization Success: Winning Over The Community

Author: Rina Dey, June 10 2016 [cross-posted from the Huffington Post, linked below] - With India having crossed five years of being polio-free this year, looking back at some of the important...

June 8, 2016

Tikambe: Let's talk about sex

Author: Sandi Chimpala, June 6 2016 - Standing in a dark TV studio, Sharon Mutale poured out her heart. "While in school I got pregnant...I was 16 years old. At that point my father stopped...

June 8, 2016

Sharing stories from the World Humanitarian Summit

Author: Caroline Nursey, June 6 2016 - It was quite something to see more than 6,000 humanitarians gathered at this week’s World Humanitarian Summit [WHS] - and not a pair of muddy boots in sight! We...

June 5, 2016

Community Radio Stations in Coastal Bangladesh in Addressing Cyclone Roanu

Author: AHM Bazlur Rahman, June 16 2016 - As part of addressing the risk of Cyclone Roanu, eight community radio (CR) stations in the coastal region of Bangladesh broadcasted 348 hours program for 3...

June 5, 2016

Youth Women in Community Media and Journalism: the beginning of a new era in rural broadcasting journalism of Bangladesh

Author: AHM Bazlur Rahman, June 16 2016 - In spite of the social and religious barriers such scenarios in gender disparity, particularly in media, has been gradually changing. Bangladesh NGOs Network...

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World Sight Day: using radio to reach out

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Author: Aveseh Asough, October 9 2015 - We were already a few hours into our production training workshop in Benin City in south Nigeria, when a shy, young man arrived in my training room, apologising "Madam, I am so sorry I am late."

I soon learned that this was Timothy Osemwegie. Born with good sight, Timothy became blind at the age of three but didn’t let that stop him becoming a presenter on both radio and TV at the Edo State Broadcasting Service here in Nigeria.

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Learning from Community Communication: For better Mission Indradhanush

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Author: Suchi Gaur, October 9 2015 - I had the opportunity to attend the launch of the Immunization initiative titled "Mission Indradhanush" of the Government of India. With the objective that every child gets immunized for seven (7) vaccine preventable diseases, the Programme is an addition to the Routine Immunization initiative that is already running in the country.

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Comics for Public Health: Power of Storytelling

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Author: Suchi Gaur, October 92015 - All I can remember of comics from my childhood days are images of me flipping through the fresh pages of Archies, Pinky, Chacha Chowdhary, Biloo, Tintin and Champak amongst many others. And while I sat watching Avengers sometime back, all I could think of (beyond analyzing the movie on SFX and characterization, plot, story) was how every (mostly) comic character, hero, at the end is trying to save the world, restore peace.

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Women and Land Rights in Burkina Faso

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Author: Emma Orchardson, October 2 2015 - This month marks the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Conference on Women. While celebrating the achievements of the past two decades, it is equally important to keep highlighting the current issues faced by women around the world. Let’s ensure that their voices are heard, and that their distinct challenges continue to be taken into consideration when preparing the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Rural communities: time for a change?

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The post-2015 Global Goals: moving from "what" to "how" will rest on more informed societies

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Author: James Deane, September 28 2015 - Ahead of this week's UN [United Nations] summit in New York [United States], BBC Media Action’s Director of Policy and Learning argues for a stronger focus on the provision of information as well as resources.

"This Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity." So begins the outcome document which forms the basis of the agreement for a new set of "global goals" which are expected to be signed by 215 world leaders this week. It is a statement that encapsulates both their ambition and weakness.

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The fictional village of Lulu, promoting peace in South Sudan

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Author: Winnie Jaguru, September 28 2015  - For International Day of Peace (21 September), our [BBC Media Action's] script writer in South Sudan blogs about her experience in Juba when the civil war first started and how a radio drama she’s writing is helping address conflict in local communities.

After 20 months of conflict, president of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Myardit, and rebel leader, Dr Riek Machar Teny sat down last month (26 August 2015) to sign a peace deal.

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A doll with a difference

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Author: Siddhartha Swarup, September 28 2015 - A simple but effective new prop is helping health workers in India tackle one of the country’s biggest killers, says BBC Media Action’s Deputy Country Director, Siddhartha Swarup.

Pari isn't exactly like the other members of our BBC Media Action team here in Delhi. She's made out of plastic, is only about 20 cm tall and lives in a doll's house. But in the three months since she's joined us, she's become a vital part of the team.

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Advocacy against Hepatitis

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Author: Rana Tassawar Ali, September 28 2015 - Hepatitis has becoming an increasingly troubling disease in Pakistan, with estimates of over 16 million Hepatitis-infected sufferers in the country.  The prevalence of this disease is a sadly alarming situation of which people need to become aware and informed. In Pakistan, the National Hepatitis Control Program became decentralized after the passage of the 18th amendment; now, provincial governments are providing treatment services in their limited resource settings.

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Is Educating Girls the magic bullet to end global poverty?

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Author: Juliet Le Breton, September 30 2015 - As a seasoned aid worker, it really worries me that many policy-makers imply that if we can just get girls to complete school, they can break out of poverty.

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10 Myths About Girls' Empowerment and Mobile Learning

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Author: Linda Raftree, September 9 2015 - I had the chance to share some thoughts at UNESCO's recent Mobile Learning Week. My presentation explored some myths about girls empowerment and mobile learning and offered suggestions of things to think about when designing and implementing programs.

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  • June 2, 2016

    Sustainable Development Under Threat from Drug Trafficking in West Africa

    Author: Leandre Banon, June 2 2016 - Drug trafficking is fast becoming the most serious problem in West Africa. The sub- region has seen an increase in drug trafficking, production and consumption which continues to ruin many lives. There has also...

  • May 25, 2016

    Using radio to tackle stigma and pain

    Author: BBC Media Action's Alice Mbelwa, May 25 2014 - Heavily pregnant, experiencing difficulties and far from any medical professionals, Adelina, a farmer from Kobunshwi in north-west Tanzania, wasn’t able to get the help she needed. Complications...

  • May 25, 2016

    Need to address the trauma from sexual abuse critical

    Author: PSAf Executive Director Lilian Kiefer, May 25 2016 - In many parts of our society, children in general and particularly girls are exposed to numerous vices that limit their opportunity to develop to their full potential. The vices that lead...

  • May 25, 2016

    The 'othering' of development and SDGs

    Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, May 25 2016 - Development discourse has often about paid attention to problems of developing countries, and till recently the analysis was largely done by those in developed countries.  Developing countries are the "...

  • May 19, 2016

    A brush with Somalia's people smugglers

    Author: Mohammed A. Gaas, May 18 2016 - I came home from work to find my wife, visibly worried, standing at the gate. She had news about my teenage nephew. "Abdirisaq hasn't come home yet. Something must have happened to him. He’s never been out...

  • May 19, 2016

    Gambo, the radio show superfan

    Author: Haruna Kakangi, May 19 2016 - On a Thursday morning in the ancient town of Bauchi in north-east Nigeria, I’m sitting with a group of 10 men and seven women by the side of a road in a quiet neighbourhood. The sun is bright and hot, but we’re...

  • May 5, 2016

    A life-changing TV show

    Author: BBC Media Action's Bidhya Chapagain, May 5 2016 - I had first met Ujeli on a chilly morning outside a temporary shelter on top of a hill in Selang, Sindhupalchowk, just northeast of Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu. The encampment of rickety...

  • May 5, 2016

    Developing the talent of Somali journalists

    Author: BBC Media Action's Abdillahi Jama, May 5 2016 - As a Somali journalist, I’ve seen a lot. As the 1991 civil war erupted in Mogadishu, bombs and bullets interrupted my journalism studies. Finding it impossible to finish - despite being in the...

  • May 4, 2016

    Data for Decision-Making: Empowering Local Data Use

    Authors: Lora Shimp, Technical Director, with Heather Randall, Program Coordinator, GAVI-NVI Project, May 4 2016 - As we celebrate World Immunization Week [April 25], it's important to remember that one way to "close the gap" on immunization...

  • May 4, 2016

    Can a Pilot Succeed?: Lessons Learned in Engaging Stakeholders for HPV Introduction

    Authors: Lora Shimp, Technical Director, GAVI-NVI Project, and Heather Casciato, Program Manager, GAVI-NVI Project, May 4 2016 - This World Immunization Week [April 25] 2016, eyes are focused on countries' progress towards achieving the global...

  • May 4, 2016

    Next Generation Immunization Supply Chains: Rethinking the Denominator and the Dose

    Author: Chris Wright, JSI Practice Lead, Data Visibility & Use, May 4 2016 - Today [April 25] is Innovation Day during World Immunization Week, and there are a lot of innovative ideas out there to reach every child. But innovation doesn’t always...

  • May 4, 2016

    Closing the Immunity Gap

    Author: Craig Burgess, Senior Technical Officer, JSI, May 4 2016 - Every child has the right to health and should have the opportunity to survive, develop, and reach their potential in the context of Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Who can disagree...

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    April 27, 2016

    "Gifts and lifts": one reason girls drop out of school in South Sudan

    Author: Manyang David Mayar, April 26 2016 - In South Sudan, it’s not uncommon for older men to offer girls and young women gifts of transport, mobile phones and cash with the expectation of them starting a sexual relationship in return. This...

  • April 26, 2016

    Lao PDR's Polio Outbreak and Response: C4D efforts in reaching the last child

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  • April 20, 2016

    Dispel rumours to fix immunisation's image problems

    Author: Inga Vesper, April 18 2016. This blog is cross-posted from the SciDev.Net website, linked below. Vaccine programmes can trigger fears of conspiracies and oppression. It's time they got more collaborative. The world is becoming more crowded...

  • April 20, 2016

    A true partnership

    Author: Jackie Christie, April 20 2016 - Working together, BBC Media Action and the Kenyan Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) have transformed a shabby studio into a HD home for KBC’s flagship politics programme, Beyond the Headlines. I think it’s fair...

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    April 16, 2016

    My "TAFIGAWALO" Experience!

    Author: George O. Ndukwu, April 20 2016 - I had a wonderful experience supervising the scripting and production of "TAFIGAWALO" (Working towards change) for the Population Media Center[PMC]/ Nigeria. A 78 Episode Pidgin English Serial Radio Drama...

  • April 14, 2016

    Meaty issues on the radio

    Author: Ehizogie Ohiani, April 8 2016 - A meal without meat is as good as no meal for most people in Benue State, North Central Nigeria. Considering its importance, one would expect that hygiene surrounding the preparation and sale of meat would be...

  • April 14, 2016

    Tackling cholera through radio in Kenya

    Author: David Njuguna, April 6 2016 - Last year Kenya was facing a devastating cholera outbreak. It started in the capital, Nairobi and by June 2015, a total of 4,937 cases and 97 deaths had been reported nationally. According to public health...

  • April 6, 2016

    One year on from the Nigerian elections: "no violence, just vote"

    Author: Osebi Adams, April 6 2016 - This time last year, I wasn’t sure what the future held for me as a young Nigerian. Not because I was worried about a job or a family since I was already working as a researcher for BBC Media Action and planning a...

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