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December 1, 2017

Right to Health

Launched ahead of World AIDS Day 2017, this Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) report attributes recent rises in access to treatment in part to the courage and determination of...

November 27, 2017

The Drum Beat 747 - HIV/AIDS Communication and the Right to Health

HIV/AIDS Communication and the Right to Health - The Drum Beat 747November 29, 2017 In this issue:

November 9, 2017

Youth Participation in HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health Decision-Making, Policies, Programmes: Perspectives from the Field

This study presents and analyses the experiences of youth who are participating in HIV and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) decision-making, policies, and programmes. By combining a literature...

October 23, 2017

Disability and HIV

"Persistent discrimination against and exclusion of people with disabilities, in particular women and girls with disabilities, increases their vulnerability, including their risk of HIV infection."...

October 16, 2017

Ending AIDS: Progress towards the 90-90-90 Targets

"This report clearly demonstrates the power of the 90-90-90 targets....It shows that innovations are possible at every level - from communities to research laboratories, from villages to cities. It...

October 16, 2017

Ending AIDS: Progress towards the 90-90-90 Targets

"This report clearly demonstrates the power of the 90-90-90 targets....It shows that innovations are possible at every level - from communities to research laboratories, from villages to cities. It...

October 16, 2017

UNAIDS Data 2017

"Accurate and credible data on the HIV epidemic are the cornerstone of the AIDS response." - Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS Executive Director The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) collects...

October 16, 2017

UNAIDS Data 2017

"Accurate and credible data on the HIV epidemic are the cornerstone of the AIDS response." - Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS Executive Director The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) collects...

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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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Can basic income contribute towards SDG 5 on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment?

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Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, April 17 2018* - The basic income movement has a long history. As used now, a basic income is a periodic cash payment unconditionally delivered to all on an individual basis, without means-test or work requirement. Basic income is thus universal, individual, unconditional and periodical payment (Basic Income Earth Network - BIEN, n.d.)   Posing an argument for basic income, Shoemaker observes that wage labour (one could add capital) cannot and should not be the only reason for membership within our society. There are care giving and volunteer jobs which contribute to society.  Arguments of freedom (to pursue paths one chooses), justice and poverty reduction are placed by advocates of Basic Income (Shoemaker, n.d.).  According to Davala, basic income should be seen as an entitlement to national public wealth.** 

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A Narrative Engagement Framework to Understand HPV Vaccination Among Latina and Vietnamese Women in a Planned Parenthood Setting

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Suellen Hopfer, PhD, CGC
Samantha Garcia, MPH
Huong T. Duong, BA
Jennefer A. Russo, MD, MPH
Sora P. Tanjasiri, DrPH, MPH
Publication Date
August 30, 2017
Affiliation: 

University of California (Hopfer, Garcia, Duong); Planned Parenthood (Russo); California State University (Tanjasiri)

Disparities in cervical cancer and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination persist among Vietnamese and Latina women in the United States (US). Contending that health communication studies aimed at identifying indicators of health disparities are needed, this group of researchers used narrative communication theory to engage women in an effort to increase awareness about the availability of HPV vaccination among historically underserved Vietnamese and Latina young adult women.

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Health Education and Behavior. 2017 Oct; 44(5):738-747. doi: 10.1177/1090198117728761. Image caption/credit: A Vietnamese girl reads the leaflet provided to her before receiving the cervical cancer vaccine, as her mother anxiously awaits the procedure. © 2010 Amynah Janmohamed, Photoshare

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Mujeres y gaming, mucho terreno por conquistar

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Author: Soraya Carvajal B., publicado el 28 de febrero 2018El sector de los videojuegos y los eSports está creciendo y ganando jugadores y audiencias a nivel mundial, pero tanto en España como en el contexto internacional, la participación de las mujeres en el desarrollo y consumo de juegos electrónicos sigue enfrentando barreras que las invisibilizan y limitan su vinculación con el sector tecnológico.

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The Future of Learning and Technology in Deprived Contexts

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Author: 
Tim Unwin
Mark Weber
Meaghan Brugha
David Hollow
Publication Date
January 1, 2017

"This report addresses the future of basic education, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) use in deprived locations, and the use of ICTs in primary school learning in 2020 and 2025, especially in deprived contexts."

This report from Save the Children draws on existing research evidence derived from the literature, on the authors'  experiences of ICT use in education initiatives, on interviews with practitioners and academics, and on information from a workshop and consultations with Save the Children staff from August 2017. It includes predictions for the future of ICT use for learning, observations for deprived contexts, predictions for crisis affected areas (both short- and long-term crises), and  recommendations for Save the Children’s education programmes and advocacy. 

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Save the Children Resource Centre website, February 14 2018. Image credit: Kj Borja/Save the Children

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From Model to Movement: Learning from DOT's Youth Leading Change Project

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Author: 
Heather Gilberds
Publication Date
January 1, 2018

"The report shares DOT's key insights about youth development and entrepreneurship.... It captures DOT’s evolving strategy along a trajectory of 'model to movement,' where youth are supported to become ...social innovators who are creating opportunities and transforming their communities."

The Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT)'s Youth Leading Change (YLC) Project to increase the engagement of youth in the economies of Kenya and Rwanda operates at the intersection of youth, technology, and social innovation. This evaluation looking at DOT’s YLC experience from the perspectives of relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact, and sustainability examines the effectiveness of the DOT youth-led model in order to provide "insight into the ambitions and needs of young people in the rapidly changing world of work." The strategic framework of action and

investment in innovation developed in 2013 includes:

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Beliefs and Practices of Somali Citizens Related to Child Protection and Gender

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Findings from Africa’s Voices Foundation's Interactive Radio Programmes Aired during January and February 2017 for UNICEF Somalia

Publication Date
March 1, 2017

"Effective social change initiatives aimed at eliminating harmful practices and promoting gender equality require a granular understanding of how people perceive and talk about these issues. Yet in Somalia, where there are areas of poor infrastructure and political insecurity, on-the-ground, qualitative research is difficult to undertake and costly to reproduce at scale."

This report presents findings from a project consisting of five interactive radio shows on key protection issues that affect young women and girls, carried out in January and February 2017 designed by Africa’s Voices Foundation (AVF), UNICEF Somalia, and MediaINK. Specific topical issues included: female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C); child marriage; girls’ access to education; and juvenile justice. "Within a framework for social research design and analysis, these shows sought to address gaps in knowledge on social norms and barriers to change."

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Africa's Voices website, February 10 2018.

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Provider Recommendations for the HPV Vaccine: A Qualitative Study of Parent-Provider Interactions

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Author: 
Meers JM
Short MB
Zimet GD
Rosenthal SL
Auslander BA
Publication Date
December 30, 2017
Affiliation: 

University of Houston (Meers); University of Houston-Clear Lake (Short); Indiana University School of Medicine (Zimet); Columbia College of Physician and Surgeons (Rosenthal, Auslander)

Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination is recommended for all adolescents aged 11 and 12; however, parental hesitancy about HPV vaccination contributes to lower than anticipated rates of uptake. This study sought to describe provider-parent communications about HPV vaccination in a sample of vaccine-hesitant parents in the United States (US). This included descriptions of the content and style of the recommendation delivery and their overall satisfaction with the communication.

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International Archives of Public Health and Community Medicine, Volume 1, Issue 1. DOI: 10.23937/iaphcm-2017/1710004. Image credit: Johns Hopkins Medicine

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Noncommunicable Disease Prevention and Adolescents

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Publication Date
December 1, 2017

"Adolescence is a time of rapid physical, neurological, social, and sexual development marked by the growing significance of peer networks, individual behavioral choices, and increased risk-taking behavior. It is also a pivotal period for the development of NCDs..."

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Plan International UK website, February 8 2018. Image credit: © Plan International

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Mine Risk Education via Entertainment Education

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Author: Sergiy Prokhorov, February 5 2018 - Would like to share a good case of Entertainment Education (EE) application in Mine Risk Eduction (MRE) done by UNICEF Ukraine. In Ukraine 580,000 children were affected by an armed conflict in the Eastern part of the country. Ukraine is fast becoming one of the world’s most mine contaminated countries. During the entire conflict period, from 14 April 2014 to 15 August 2017, at least 2,505 civilians were killed in shelling, UXO and landmine related incidents: 1,382 men, 837 women, 137 children. Families who are coming back and those who remained at post-conflict areas of Donbas are at risk due to a lack of knowledge about the dangers of landmines and other explosive devises. Children are not properly informed about how to stay safe in areas where they are present.

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