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June 6, 2017

Fast-Track and Human Rights: Advancing Human Rights in Efforts to Accelerate the Response to HIV

"Human rights barriers - including stigma, discrimination, violence and other abuses, negative social attitudes, and legal obstacles - contribute to the vulnerability to HIV..."

November 25, 2015

On the Fast-Track to End AIDS: UNAIDS 2016 - 2021 Strategy

This document outlines the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) 2016-2021 strategy to end the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030. The strategy maps out the UNAIDS Fast-...

November 25, 2015

On the Fast-Track to End AIDS: UNAIDS 2016 - 2021 Strategy

This document outlines the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) 2016-2021 strategy to end the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030. The strategy maps out the UNAIDS Fast-...

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November 23, 2015

Statement by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Author: Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, November 20 2015, on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November: Across the world, violence against women and...

October 29, 2015

Shuga: Engaging Tanzanian Young People in HIV Prevention through Edutainment Radio - Final Report

"The qualitative data from listening clubs showed that youth believe good communication with their parents has a big influence on their behaviours and can help them to make healthier and more...

October 22, 2015

Shuga: Engaging Tanzanian Young People in HIV Prevention through Edutainment Radio

Programme Summary: Shuga: Engaging Tanzanian Young People in HIV Prevention through Edutainment Radio - Tanzania - the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Tanzania in collaboration with the...

October 22, 2015

Shuga: Engaging Tanzanian Young People in HIV Prevention through Edutainment Radio

Programme Summary: Shuga: Engaging Tanzanian Young People in HIV Prevention through Edutainment Radio - Tanzania - the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Tanzania in collaboration with the...

July 27, 2015

A Short Technical Update on Self-Testing for HIV

"HIV self‑testing may provide people with an additional pathway to HIV prevention, care and treatment." This document is designed "to synthesize experiences, research and policies on HIV self‑...

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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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ALL IN to End the Adolescent AIDS Epidemic: A Progress Report

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December 31, 2016

"ALL IN...recognizes the importance of a holistic, multi-sectoral approach towards addressing risk and vulnerability in adolescents, seeking to drive this fast-track effort through partnerships that combine forces to improve leadership, commitment, investments and programmes, and strengthen data, implementation and systems for adolescent engagement across a wide range of areas..."

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UNAIDS website, September 20 2017. Image credit: © UNICEF/UNI177053/Palasi

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The 'Logical Levels' Behavioural Model Applied to Condom Use

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Author: 
Peter Labouchere
Publication Date
September 1, 2017
Affiliation: 

Bridges of Hope

This description of the Logical Levels of Change, a behavioural model by Robert Dilts, details strategies of using it as a framework for designing, reviewing, and enhancing health promotion interventions, illustrated with the example of condom use and the tools of "The Complete Condom Training Kit" from Bridges of Hope, a South African organisation whose goal is the empowerment and motivation of individual "to maintain their health, live positively and realize their life goals and dreams.

According to the model, change or maintenance of a particular behaviour must be supported at various "neurological levels", labeled "Environment", "Skills and Capabilities", "Beliefs and Value", and "Identity", with selected examples of statements and questions as follows:

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Email from Peter Labouchere to The Communication Initiative on September 6 and Sptember 15 2017. Image credit: Ronaldo

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Participation of Children and Adolescents: An Indispensable Factor for a Better Municipal Investment in Central America

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Author: 
Pedro Hurtado Vega
Marvin Moreira Tellez
Janeth Castillo Medal
Publication Date
March 1, 2017
Affiliation: 

Central American Learning Circle on Children’s Rights and Local Development

"Adolescents, youth and adults representing organizations from the Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua Chapters [to  Central American Seminar of Children and Adolescents in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, May 2016] exchanged experiences and reflected on the challenges and good practices related to the direct involvement of children and adolescents in municipal investment processes for the fulfillment of their rights."

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Express yourself: asking fresh questions with Facebook Live in Nepal

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Author: BBC Media Action Nepal Stakeholder Liaison Pratibha Tuladhar, originally posted Augusut 31 2017 - Social media is providing a platform for young voices in a new programme called Taja Sawal (Fresh Questions) in Nepal. The studio painted with murals by volunteers illustrates the vibrant and youthful approach to the new show. Pratibha Tuladhar speaks with the two new young presenters to get the full picture.

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South Asia floods: Two million children shut out of schools by disaster

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Author: Shabir Arain, originally posted on August 31 2017 - At least 18,000 schools damaged or destroyed across Bangladesh, India and Nepal. Severe flooding and landslides in Bangladesh, Nepal and India have prevented around 1.8 million children from attending schools across the region. At least 1,200 people have been killed in south Asia’s worst flooding in the year with more than 40 million affected.

Thousands of schools are being used as emergency evacuation shelters and at least 18,000 have been damaged or destroyed by the floods, which is putting children’s education and long-term well-being at risk, Save the Children has warned.

Hundreds of thousands of children could fall permanently out of the school system if education is not prioritised in relief efforts.

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Capacity and Consent: Empowering Adolescents to Exercise their Reproductive Rights

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Author: 
Katherine Mayall
Rebecca Brown
Publication Date
June 7, 2017
Affiliation: 

Center for Reproductive Rights

"This publication sets forth the barriers adolescents face in realizing their sexual and reproductive health and rights, discusses recent critical developments in the human rights framework underpinning these rights, and proposes a way forward for guaranteeing all adolescents the full exercise of their sexual and reproductive health and rights. [SRHR]"

As detailed in this publication by the Center for Reproductive Rights, the 1.8 billion adolescents and youth (data from 2017) are often deprived of reproductive rights despite the affirmation of the Committee on the Rights of the Child and the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health of the importance of adolescents' sexual and reproductive rights and their urging of "states to take a host of specific measures to ensure the full exercise of these rights." 

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Utilising Social Media to Support HIV/STI Prevention: Evidence to Inform a Handbook for Public Health Programme Managers

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Author: 
Clarissa Simas
Heidi Larson
William S. Schulz
Maged Kamel-Boulos
Franklin Apfel
Andrew Amato
Judit Takács
Publication Date
July 27, 2017
Affiliation: 

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (Simas, Larson, Schulz); University of the Highlands and Islands (Kamel-Boulos); World Health Communication Associates (Apfel); European Centre of Disease Prevention and Control, or ECDC (Amato, Takács)

This European Centre of Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) report describes and analyses the social media space and the opportunities it presents for programmes to prevent HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among youth (aged 15-24) across Europe. Part 1 consists of a "netnographic" analysis (through which the researcher immerses himself/herself in social networks and conversations online) of sexual health content on social media, outlining the social media platforms studied, methods used, findings, and discussion. Part 2 reports the methods and findings of in-depth interviews conducted with young people in Europe, and summarises emerging recommendations. Part 3 then identifies some promising approaches to the use of selected media and gamification, as well as other approaches that may be available to health programmes.

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ECDC website, August 1 2017. Image credit: © iStock

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Digital Reach

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Working with 12 delivery partners, Nominet Trust is supporting six pilot projects in the United Kingdom (UK) to test a range of new models to meaningfully improve the digital skills, confidence, and resilience of young people aged 15-24 who lack basic digital skills. Nominet Trust research conducted in early 2017 found that these young people are also the most likely to be facing multiple forms of disadvantage that make them among the hardest to reach.

Communication Strategies: 

Launched in June 2017, this evidence-based programme aims to engage 4,000 young people through three key design components:

  1. Leveraging the expertise of youth organisations that have trusted one-on-one relationships with young people to lead on digital skills provision and to incorporate it into the delivery of their existing services.
  2. Piloting a variety of models with a consortium of expert youth organisations to understand which approaches are most effective in overcoming the factors inhibiting digital skills acquisition.
  3. Exploring how digital skills can be embedded in the acquisition of other skills, including literacy, numeracy, and social skills, rather than being taught as a standalone subject.

Over a nine-month period, the following organisations will be working on the following pilots, in association with Nominet:

  • Action for Children (ACF) will digitise their current paper-based content across three employability programmes in severely deprived urban areas in Scotland. Supporting some of the hardest-to-reach young people in the area, the pilot will aim to enable them to complete their qualifications online and ensure they develop the capability and confidence to use the internet to look for jobs and complete pre-employability training.
  • Carers Trust will work with Good Things Foundation to develop an e-learning resource for young adult carers as an extension to Learn My Way (a tool for digital skills delivered through libraries and community organisations). The website contains over 30 free courses designed to help beginners get started with the online basics - using a mouse, keyboard, setting up email accounts and using internet search engines - while also offering material to help people develop their digital skills further. Eight Carers Trust Network Partners will use the resource to help young adult carers gain the basic digital skills they need to achieve their aspirations.
  • Home-Start and #techmums will collaborate to help 500 young mothers acquire basic digital skills to overcome the challenges they face in their daily lives.
  • The Children's Society and City & Guilds Group will engage 550 young people across the Midlands and the North of England by helping them to improve their digital skills through accredited course development.
  • UK Youth will create Digital Hubs in 10 member organisations, training a youth worker and three young people to become Digital Champions. They will then work with referral and outreach partners to support the most isolated young people that are engaged with the Digital Hubs.
  • Wales Co-Operative Centre will work with YMCA Swansea, Llamau, and GISDA to engage 375 of the "hardest to reach" young people across Wales through a series of workshops and by incorporating digital literacy into existing life skills programmes.

To deliver shareable insights about social impact, evaluation is an integral part of Digital Reach. Nominet Trust is working with Dr. Ellen Helsper, Associate Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science and digital engagement expert, to develop an evaluation framework and validate key findings.

Development Issues: 

Technology, Youth

Key Points: 

The Basic Digital Skills UK 2017 report suggests that, despite an overall increase in the number of UK adults who have gained basic digital skills, at least 3% (300,000) of those aged 15-24 are still left behind. The research identified three key barriers to developing basic digital skills:

  • Personal skills barriers: Factors such as poor literacy and numeracy can prevent young people from using digital technology for formal communications such as job applications.
  • Cicumstantial barriers: Household poverty and poor credit ratings can deny access to home broadband; long-term family health conditions can mean peer and formal support to use technology are not readily accessible.
  • Systemic barriers: Young people living in households with intergenerational unemployment can lack motivation to develop digital skills through formal training programmes.

Nominet Trust research also found that these barriers are intensified by disruption to the lives of young people including experience of the care and criminal justice system, moving home, family breakups, and addiction or violence in the household.

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Slimline C4D Network Twitter Trawl: 3 - 9 July 2017; "DIGITAL REACH: Digital skills for the hardest-to-reach young people" [PDF]; and "Nominet Trust is investing in the digital future of the disadvantaged youth", by Derek du Preez, diginomica, July 10 2017 - all accessed on July 10 2017. Image credit: Better Internet for Kids

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Let's talk about sex: using radio to educate teenagers in Bangladesh

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Author: Gourob Kundu, originally posted June 30 2017 - Our world is home to 1.8 billion young people. The majority of these 10 to 24-year-olds live in Asia, with 48 million alone growing up in Bangladesh.  

Our world is home to 1.8 billion young people. The majority of these 10 to 24-year-olds live in Asia, with 48 million alone growing up in Bangladesh.  

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