Why using polio infrastructure to support broader health services could help secure eradication

Author: Svea Closser, May 22 2015 - When polio eradication was proposed in the 1980s, many hoped that polio would be a "banner disease" that would raise awareness of and build enthusiasm for routine...

Lessons Learned for Routine Immunisation from the Polio Eradication Campaign

Author: Sue Goldstein, May 21 2015 - "Of the 19.3 million children under-immunized with DTP-3 in 2010, 6.6 million were in Africa and 60% of those children lived in only five countries. The...

Relationship between polio eradication and routine immunisation - lessons from the field: Life after Polio

Author: Roma Solomon, May 21 2015 - "What are you doing now that polio has gone? You and your team must be out of a job!" Well, these are easier questions to answer than those we faced when we...

With the grain or against the grain: a media perspective on the governance question of our time

Author: James Deane, BBC Media Action Director, Policy and Learning, May 20 2015 - I was prompted to write this post by Brian Levy, the rightly respected governance guru of the World Bank, now Senior...

Reflecting on development practice the Burkinabé way

Author: Valentina Tartari, May 20 2015 - My name is Valentina Tartari. I am not a journalist, nor an expert on African politics, but an international development graduate with a strong research...

Health Promotion Education Key to Healthy Community

Author: Sanjay Bhonge, May 20 2015 - That a healthy nation can progress economically and socio culturally is a known fact. Every nation works towards providing health facilities at the...

Nepali community radios in the earthquake frontline

Author: Suman Basnet, May 15 2015 - As Regional Coordinator of AMARC Asia Pacific, Suman Basnet sent this email to colleagues on May 13 2015. He has kindly offered to allow its publication as a blog...

Nepal Earthquake: sharing life-saving information during a crisis

Author: Kirsty Cockburn, May 4 2015 - When Saturday’s devastating earthquake struck, I’d just finished filming with Sajha Sawal, BBC Media Action’s debate programme in Nepal.
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Author: Nokholo Mhluzani, April 30 2015 - Towards the end of the year 2014 Action IEHDC [Action Institute for Environment, Health and Development Communication] produced a television talk show under the Wize Up, your decision your life campaign....

From the CHW Reference Guide, authors Donna Bjerregaard, Initiatives Inc., and Henry Perry, Johns Hopkins University, April 28 2015 - The...

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...

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...

Author: Angela Githitho Muriithi, April 13 2015  - In a crowded, dusty camp for displaced people in Somalia, Ibrahim and Raho are doing their best to raise two children. When their baby falls ill with diarrhoea, traditional birth attendant...

Author: Damalie Wasukira, March 25 2015 - Without understanding context, one can't communicate effectively. Considering context in communication means you consider the framework of related facts, conditions and circumstances within which the...

Author: Paul Massaquoi, March 23 2015: What do a priest, a boat, a bus and a bike have in common? Despite sounding like the start of a bad joke this is in fact an important part of our strategy for circulating and transmitting our life-saving...

Author: Liberty Bunce, March 23 2015: One of Nigeria's biggest stars, the singer, songwriter and producer 2Face Idibia, is standing in an abandoned Lagos power plant, saying over and over again that he's had enough. He's not complaining about the...

Author:  Silvio Waisbord, March 18 2015, cross-posted from the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) website: In this guest post, Silvio Waisbord, Ph.D. of the George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs...

Author: Nikhil Patil, March 9 2015 - Non-compliance to polio immunization is a major challenge to effectively reaching 100% coverage of the vaccine across Nigeria and eliminate polio transmission. One solution to address non-compliance has been...

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How people behave really matters to health

Author: Caroline Sugg, October 6 2014 - The Ebola emergency in West Africa shines a fresh light on the way in which peoples' everyday actions are critical to maintaining public health.

Investing in girls' education in South Sudan

Author: Manyang David Mayar, October 2 2014 - For Boldit Deng, an unemployed father of five in South Sudan’s Warrap State, the news that his daughter was about to receive 125 South Sudanese Pounds (£25) meant only one thing: he could buy more goats.

But his daughter Rose, 18, had other ideas. She planned to spend the money on her education.

'I now know my rights': preventing bonded labour in rural India

Author: Aashish Yadav, October 2 2014  - After a two year journey and countless stories of success, our bonded labour project is coming to an end.

Bringing hope after disaster in Nepal

Author: Bidhya Chapagain, September 26 2014 - Man Bahadur Lama was sitting in a relief centre when I first met him. Visibly shocked and heavy with grief, he told me he was desperately awaiting government papers which would qualify him for help as a person displaced by disaster.

We were at the makeshift centre - a vast hall in a disused mining plant in the Sindupalchowk district of Nepal - to record an episode of our TV and radio debate show Sajha Sawal (Common Questions).

Open Jirga: one man’s amazing Afghan journey

Author: Zabiullah Faizy, September 26 2014  - Abdurrasul Pamiri stunned the studio audience of our discussion programme Open Jirga when he revealed he had travelled eight days from the Pamir Mountains in northern Afghanistan to ask a question.

"Twenty kilometres on foot from my village to the Wakhan district," he explained, "And approximately four days of travel by horse and donkey to get to the Eshkashim district [the first district in the north-east that is connected by roads]."

Life Skills Strategy

Author Rana Tasswar Ali, September 29 2014 - In my previous blog "Life skills for children and young people", I have discussed life skills, which are empowering skills and enable people to cope with life in normal and in difficult circumstances. In this blog I will try to draw a life skills strategy, how we can develop professional life skills strategy for designing life skills project or programs.

Towards gender and socially just alcohol policy in India

Author: Ranjani K. Murthy,September 23 2014 - The other day, I was asked a question: “These days women in the corporate sector and elite colleges in Chennai, India want to visit pubs and drink just like men.  Advertisements on liquor are targeting Indian women as much as men, what do you think?” This was in a context where the right-wing was against women’s consumption of alcohol stating that ancient Hindu scriptures do not permit women to drink (in fact Manu Smriti licensed men to remarry if their wives drank!).

Addressing traditional practices that drive HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa

Mamoletsane Khati

Author: ’Mamoletsane Khati, September 23 2014 - Women and girls across Southern Africa continue to bear the brunt of traditions that support multiple concurrent partnerships (MCP) and other uncouth sexual practices.

Could mHealth and behaviour change communication help turn the Ebola tide?

Author: Willie Ngumi, September 15 2014 - It’s not the first time I’ve heard of Ebola.  Every time the epidemic has raised its ugly head, it has been a fairly safe distance from me.  And like any other human being, I figured it was "their problem".  Even on this occasion it didn’t raise any flags for me personally until it touched Nigeria, and when I had to book a flight to Ghana.  Faced with the reality of air travel to West Africa, I began to Google everything about Ebola.  Suddenly, it was an issue for me.  I have a wife and three young children, as do so ma

The power of the pen: Why I left M&E behind for communications

Author: Jennifer Lentfer, September 15 2014 - Up until the last two years of my career in the international aid sector, monitoring and evaluation (M&E) had always been a part of my job title or description. I have always been curious about and driven by the "what works?" question.

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