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Women and girl's rights in Sierra Leone: Let Us Know!

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Author: Olabisi Olu Garrick, February 23 2015 - Despite my fourteen years as a journalist, I didn’t always want to work in the media. I actually wanted to be a lawyer.

The ability to hold people to account and help people understand their legal rights always appealed to me. Little did I know that a chance meeting with a woman one sunny afternoon would change my life.

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Talking about Vaccines in a 'Fact-Resistant World'

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Author: Stephanie Desmon, October 31 2017 - Scientific evidence doesn't seem to carry the same weight it used to. In the new era of "alternative facts," it can be especially difficult to effectively communicate with people in order to convince them to behave in their best interests. Take the case of childhood immunizations. There has always been a sliver of the population with distrust of vaccines, some of whom have refused to get the recommended shots for their kids. But the conversations that pediatricians are having with the parents of their patients may be even more challenging in this "fact-resistant world" we live in now, says Rupali J.

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Coping with conflict: making media to support children in Syria

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Author: BBC Media Action's Assistant Project Manager in Syria Julie Boutros, originally posted November 19 2017 - As the world marks Universal Children’s Day, Julie Boutros describes how we're helping children in Syria survive and cope with the conflict. By supporting media based in the country to make tailored 'lifeline' content - animations, radio dramas, discussion programmes and a documentary - we're tackling issues around child rights, development and survival.

Children in Syria have paid the heaviest price in a conflict that has affected their daily lives for more than six years. Going to school, playing outdoors, or enjoying a healthy and safe life has become difficult for many children living in areas affected by conflict.

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Using human-centred design to achieve your goals

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Authors: Radharani Mitra, originally posted November 7 2017 - This blog was originally posted on India Development Review (IDR’s) Practice blog.

One can’t talk about design without quoting Steve Jobs.

"Design is a funny word," he said, "Some people think design is how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works." He hit the bullseye as always. Look at the success of design-driven companies like AirBnB and Pinterest, or even digital giants like Google, eBay and LinkedIn, who have invested in the design of more engaging and differentiated user experiences.

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Mobile hospitals in Zambia, years after!

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Author: Sandra Lombe, November 14 2017 - A few years ago, the government of the Republic of Zambia decided to buy mobile hospitals targeted mainly for rural areas, so they could provide services required, especially surgery. Mobile hospitals are mounted on trucks and are equipped with facilities and services such as X-ray and ultrasound scanners, mini theatre, power and water supply, dental/eye and nose clinic, kitchen and a sleeping room, and pharmacy, among others.

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Investigación Social punto Net: opening scientific knowledge to the collaboration

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Authors: Alejandra Ramírez Soruco, originally posted here in Spanish, November 1 2017 - Undoubtedly, the cybernetic age is having an impact on the daily life of people, not only in their social and recreational relationships, in consumption patterns, in their own political actors and citizen exercises, but also in the ways in which - concern of social scientists - we see ourselves, we understand, we deconstruct and re-construct (identitatively, socially, politically, etc.) constantly.

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Investigación Social punto Net: abriendo a la colaboración el conocimiento científico

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Author: Alejandra Ramírez Soruco, November 1 2017 - Es indudable que la era cibernética está teniendo impacto en la vida cotidiana de las personas, no sólo en sus relaciones sociales y recreacionales, en los patrones de consumo, en sus mismos accionares políticos y ejercicios ciudadanos, sino también en las formas en que- principal preocupación de los cientistas sociales- nos vemos a nosotros mismos, nos comprendemos, nos de-construimos y re-construimos (identitariamente, socialmente, políticamente etc.) constantemente.

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The story of Story Story: 13 years of drama making a difference in Nigeria

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Author: BBC Media Action Nigeria's Head of Production and Training Deji Arosho, originally posted October 20 2017 - After more than 13 years, over 500 episodes and even a visit from The Queen, Story Story: Voices from the Market, is taking a break. As the last episode was broadcast on Sunday, Deji Arosho looks back at the history of the popular radio drama and its impact on listeners.

If you are not one of the 17 million Nigerians who regularly listen to Story Story: Voices from the Market let me fill you in.

Back in 2003 BBC Media Action created a radio drama to reflect the lives of ordinary Nigerians and to help them understand the issues impacting their lives. Set in a fictional market and motor park – places every large town in Nigeria has - we describe it as "somewhere in West Africa, somewhere near you".

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Home safe home: helping people in Nepal 'build back better'

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Authors: BBC Media Action Nepal's Stakeholder Liaison, Pratibha Tuladhar, originally posted October 12 2017On International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction we explore how Sajha Sawal - our TV current affairs show in Nepal – is helping communities displaced by the 2015 earthquakes get the support they need to rebuild safer homes in safer locations. No easy feat.

"My eyes are burning" says Mishri Lama as she prepares dinner in the temporary shelter that has been her family’s home since she was displaced by the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal in 2015.

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Flying solo after training with BBC Question Time

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Authors: Ali Sharif and Rob Hopkin, originally posted October 4 2017 - Ali Sharif, 27, wanted to be an airline pilot but after joining BBC Media Action’s training programme in North Africa - and with help from BBC Question Time director Rob Hopkin - he is now the director of Hiwar Mushtarak, a TV debate show increasing people’s knowledge of current affairs and holding power to account in Libya.

Ali:

When I was growing up I really wanted to be an airline pilot like my Dad. Flying fascinates me – so I gravitated towards studying aviation. But it just wasn’t meant to be. Money was tight and I couldn’t afford to complete my private pilot’s licence.

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