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May 21, 2015

Next Generation of Science Journalists Award 2015

The World Health Summit (WHS) has called for applications for its Young Science Journalists Award:  "In cooperation with Deutsches Ärzteblatt, the European Union of Science Journalists'...

September 22, 2014

SciDev.Net Investigative Science Journalism Fellowship for the Global South

Science journalists from the Global South are being invited to submit their applications for the SciDev.Net Investigative Science Journalism Fellowship, which will provide one successful fellow with...

June 25, 2014

Next Generation of Science Journalists Award 2014

To help recognise emerging medical science journalists, Germany's medical journal Deutsches Ärzteblatt, the World Health Summit, the European Union of Science Journalists' Associations (EUSJA), and...

February 12, 2014

Science Spaza Project

Science Spaza brings hands-on curriculum linked resources to science clubs in South Africa, with the goal of improving science literacy and exposing learners to science-related opportunities. The...

October 9, 2013

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...

October 9, 2013

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...

October 4, 2013

KAS Media Africa Scholarship

Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Media Africa is offering two scholarships for promising, young (under 30) sub-Saharan African journalists to do a full-time Honours or Masters degree at Wits University...

December 19, 2012

Media Competition 2013: Investing in Agriculture

The Future Agricultures Consortium (FAC) and Institute of Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) are inviting journalists and media specialists to enter a competition for reporting on the...

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GSK Announces Plan To Reduce Drug Prices in Developing Countries, Suggests Patent Pool To Create Drugs for Neglected Diseases

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February 18, 2009

Medicines Transparency Alliance (MeTA) Newsletter #3, Feb 2009; and Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Reports, February 18 2009.

PMI Communication and Social Mobilization Guidelines

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January 1, 2008

The President's Malaria Initiative website accessed on March 12 2009.

Malaria Treatment in Nigeria: The Role of Patent Medicine Vendors

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Oladimeji Oladepo
Salami Kabiru
Babatunde W. Adeoye
Frederick Oshiname
Bola Ofi
Modupeola Oladepo
Olayinka Ogungbemi
William R. Brieger
Gerry Bloom
David H. Peters
Publication Date
March 1, 2009

Future Health Systems (FHS) Research Programme consortium


Improving provider performance id21 insights website, Issue 76, March 2009, on accessed on March 12 2009.

Social Marketing for Health: Did It All Begin with Condoms?

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John Davies
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January 1, 2009

Email from John Davies to The Communication Initiative on January 27 2009; and John Davies website.

Impact Data - Bolongodala

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February 1, 2006

Initiated by the Centre for Innovation Against Malaria (CIAM) Public Health Research & Development Centre in The Gambia, the 26-episode Bolongodala radio drama series, phone-in programmes, and listene


A national cluster sample survey of media use was conducted to measure the "reach" of the radio series, and the use that listeners made of communicated malaria messages. After stratification by local government area (LGA), census enumeration areas were selected with probability proportional to estimated size, households were selected using random walk (a mathematical formalisation of a trajectory that consists of taking successive random steps; for details, see Wikipedia), and one respondent aged 15+ years was selected per household. Respondents were asked about radio listening in the previous week. 2,000 adults were interviewed.


According to the survey, 22% of respondents had listened to Bolongodala, (24% of men and 20% of women). According to the evaluation report, the programme's weekly reach was 10% of the adult population of the Gambia. 68% of those who had listened to the programme recognised that malaria was the major theme of the series, and 41% remembered specific themes about malaria prevention. Bolongodala was more popular among older listeners and among the Mandinka ethnic group. The reach of the programme was significantly higher among listeners who had no formal education or had attended Koranic school (25%) than those who had attended primary or secondary school (18%).

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According to the organisers, one major intended message about malaria prevention in the drama series is to persuade mothers to ensure that children, especially the very young and the most vulnerable, always sleep under ITNs. The evaluation suggests that the drama was successful in getting this information to the intended audiences.


According to the organisers, in one rural community, Julange, the percentage of children under 5 years sleeping under a treated or intact net increased from 49% (among 75 women interviewed before the radio broadcasts) to 69% (among 81 women interviewed after the broadcasts). The surveys showed that women were better informed about malaria transmission, treatment, and prevention after the broadcasts, with only 5% of women scoring low grades (defined as <60% appropriate responses) on the questionnaires when the responses were scored, compared to 40% with low grades on the same questionnaire among women interviewed before the broadcasts.

Qualitative Research into Malaria Prevention in the Gambia

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Focus Group Discussions among Mothers of Under-5 Children and In-Depth Interviews with Grandmothers

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February 1, 2006

In 2006, the Gambia's Centre for Innovation Against Malaria (CIAM) undertook a nationwide qualitative assessment of Bolongodala, a 26-episode radio drama series broadcast in Mandinka, the most widely


Delivering Malaria Control to Those in Need: How to Succeed in a Time of Renewed Hope

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Report of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases (APPMG)

Christopher Whitty
Publication Date
December 17, 2008

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine


Email from Sarah Pickwick to The Communication Initiative on December 17 2008; and "All Party Parliamentary Group on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases Launches Its Fourth Report on Delivery", Malaria Consortium Press Release, December 17 2008.

A Toolkit for Developing Integrated Campaigns to Encourage the Distribution and Use of Long Lasting Insecticide-treated Nets (LLINs) - First Edition

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The Alliance for Malaria Prevention (AMP)
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September 1, 2008

According to the publishers, this toolkit represents the accumulated wisdom of people involved in rapid insecticide treated net (ITN) scale-up. By collecting their experience to make it available to others, the AMP attempts to provide tried and tested guidance for campaign implementation. Developed based on experience obtained from integrating LLINs with the primary platforms of vaccination/nutrition campaigns for children under five, the toolkit provides general lessons that can be applied to achieving the goals of rapid scale up of ITN coverage.

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English and French

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Africa's Health in 2010 website on December 16 2008.

Empowering Health Care Consumers in Europe and Eurasia

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Final Report

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October 7, 2008

Improving Community Health Worker Use of Malaria Rapid Diagnostic Tests in Zambia: Package Instructions, Job Aid and Job Aid-Plus-Training

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Steven A. Harvey
Larissa Jennings
Masela Chinyama
Publication Date
August 22, 2008

University Research Co. - United States (Harvey, Jennings, Mulholland), Malaria Consortium - Zambia (Chinyama), World Health Organization - WHO Zambia Office (Masaninga), World Health Organization - Regional Office for the Western Pacific (Bell)

This Zambia-based study, published by the Malaria Journal, was designed to determine: (i) whether community health workers (CHWs) could prepare and interpret rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) for malaria


Emails from Tula Michaelides and Steven A. Harvey to The Communication Initiative on September 10 2008 and May 6 2009, respectively.

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