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Behavior-Centered Approaches to Improve Health Outcomes: WASHplus Learning Brief
September 19, 2016

Behavior-Centered Approaches to Improve Health Outcomes: WASHplus Learning Brief

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“..promoting improved behaviors without addressing shortcomings in the products and services required to practice the behaviors makes change difficult, if not impossible.”

Variations in the Uptake of Routine Immunization in Nigeria: Examining Determinants of Inequitable Access
August 3, 2016

Variations in the Uptake of Routine Immunization in Nigeria: Examining ...

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Globally, immunisation prevents an estimated 2–3 million deaths among under-5 children, yet in Nigeria, only 25% of children ages 12–23 months are fully immunised. There are also marked disparities in the uptake of immunisations, largely ...

Community Engagement, Routine Immunization, and the Polio Legacy in Northern Nigeria
August 3, 2016

Community Engagement, Routine Immunization, and the Polio Legacy in Northern ...

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"The transition plan for the Polio Eradication Initiative in Nigeria must give a prominent role to community volunteers. They have and will continue to have a major influence on supporting routine immunization and maintaining trust of the primary ...

HC3 Landscaping Summary Report on Zika Coordination and Communication in Four Countries: Honduras, El Salvador, Dominican Republic and Guatemala
July 29, 2016

HC3 Landscaping Summary Report on Zika Coordination and Communication in ...

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"[T]he number of confirmed cases remains minimal, causing rumors and lack of trust towards public health authorities in the local press and social media, as well as the population, and even among practicing clinicians. Trust is an important ...

The GREAT Project - Results Brief
July 26, 2016

The GREAT Project - Results Brief

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"We learned that helping adolescents manage key life transitions and encouraging discussion expectations of what it means to be a man or a woman makes a positive difference in their lives."

Association of Volunteer Communication Mobilizers' Polio-Related Knowledge and Job-Related Characteristics with Health Message Delivery Performance in Kano District of Nigeria
July 19, 2016

Association of Volunteer Communication Mobilizers' Polio-Related Knowledge ...

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"The success of any community health awareness interventions including polio eradication programs largely depends on health workers having appropriate knowledge and skills, and on their quality delivery of health messages."

Gyan Jyoti - Generating FP Demand via Mobile Phones
July 14, 2016

Gyan Jyoti - Generating FP Demand via Mobile Phones

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This Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) Spotlight on Health COMpass from the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) explores the process and impact of developing an android-based phone app called Gyan Jyoti ("light of ...

Enhancing Nutrition and Food Security during the First 1,000 Days through Gender-sensitive Social and Behavior Change: Technical Resource Guide and Technical Brief
July 13, 2016

Enhancing Nutrition and Food Security during the First 1,000 Days through ...

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"Many of the core components of malnutrition and hunger - the multigenerational effects, behavioral manifestations, gender inequality - have proven to be insurmountable for traditional interventions."

The SBCC Capacity Ecosystem™: A Model for Social and Behavior Change Communication Capacity Strengthening
July 11, 2016

The SBCC Capacity Ecosystem™: A Model for Social and Behavior Change ...

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"An 'ecosystem' speaks to the inherently complex, interconnected and often unpredictable nature of capacity strengthening and to...dynamic human environments....It recognizes that one intervention is almost never enough to make change." The ...

Trusted Voices in Challenging Times: Civil Society and Media Leadership (CSML) Program - Final Report
July 8, 2016

Trusted Voices in Challenging Times: Civil Society and Media Leadership ...

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This final report highlights the activities and achievements of the Civil Society and Media Leadership (CSML) Program, which was led by IREX in partnership with The Carter Center and Social Impact. Launched in 2010, this five-and-a-half-year ...

Community-based Health Information Systems in the Global Context: Literature Review
June 9, 2016

Community-based Health Information Systems in the Global Context: Literature ...

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"CBHIS have the potential to engage community members, provide them with an avenue to health services, and hold them accountable, contributing to the goals of sustainability." Community workers (CWs), including community health workers (CHWs), ...

Improving Quality of Post-Partum Family Planning in Low-Resource Settings
June 7, 2016

Improving Quality of Post-Partum Family Planning in Low-Resource Settings

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"...even in a severely resource-constrained environment, gains are possible when managers and front-line providers work together to solve local system challenges and make changes to care delivery processes..." This framework, developed by the ...

Exploratory Study of the Role of Knowledge Brokers in Translating Knowledge to Action following Global Maternal and Newborn Health Technical Meetings
June 6, 2016

Exploratory Study of the Role of Knowledge Brokers in Translating Knowledge ...

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"An interactive meeting format alone does not ensure knowledge translation afterwards..."

Engaging the Missing Link: Evidence from FALAH for Involving Men in Family Planning in Pakistan
May 10, 2016

Engaging the Missing Link: Evidence from FALAH for Involving Men in Family ...

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"When they are directly and effectively engaged, Pakistani men are ready to participate and share responsibility in family planning." Results from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Family Advancement for Life ...

Strategic Communication Framework for Hormonal Contraceptive Methods and Potential HIV-Related Risks
May 9, 2016

Strategic Communication Framework for Hormonal Contraceptive Methods and ...

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Given the World Health Organization (WHO)'s recommendation that women should receive correct and full information to enable an informed choice regarding their method of contraception, the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) ...

Galvanizing Commitment: Creating a Supportive Environment for Family Planning Programs
May 6, 2016

Galvanizing Commitment: Creating a Supportive Environment for Family ...

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"Demonstrable commitment to family planning strengthens the enabling environment in which programs and policies are implemented...Advocacy plays a key role in moving toward establishing commitment as stakeholders link the problem and evidence ...

Community Health Workers: Bringing Family Planning Services to Where People Live and Work
May 6, 2016

Community Health Workers: Bringing Family Planning Services to Where People ...

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"When appropriately designed and implemented, community health worker (CHW) programs can increase use of contraception, particularly where unmet need is high, access is low, and geographic or social barriers to use of services exist." This brief ...

Monitoring & Evaluation in Family Planning: Strengths, Weaknesses, and Future Directions
May 6, 2016

Monitoring & Evaluation in Family Planning: Strengths, Weaknesses, and ...

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The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded MEASURE Evaluation carried out this assessment in order to take stock of the practice of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) in the field of FP and to present recommendations ...

Looking Back and Planning Ahead: Examining Global Best Practices in Communication for Inactivated Polio Vaccination Introduction in Rwanda
April 14, 2016

Looking Back and Planning Ahead: Examining Global Best Practices in ...

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"This article provides insights into the critical role that communication efforts have played and will continue to play in polio eradication worldwide."

Community Change Agents: "Doctors" of Malaria Information Mobilizing Communities to Action
April 1, 2016

Community Change Agents: "Doctors" of Malaria Information Mobilizing ...

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"Individual behaviors changed, and when individuals change they advocate to others."

Barriers to Expanded Malaria Diagnosis and Treatment: A Focus on Barriers which May Be Addressed through Advocacy, Communication, and Training Interventions
March 30, 2016

Barriers to Expanded Malaria Diagnosis and Treatment: A Focus on Barriers ...

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This report from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded MalariaCare partnership documents barriers to improved case management services for malaria and other febrile (fever-causing) illnesses. The goal is to address ...

Strengthening Community Platforms to Address Gender Norms
March 18, 2016

Strengthening Community Platforms to Address Gender Norms

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"Because individuals' lives are multifaceted and embedded within their societies and cultures at multiple levels, community-based approaches, which involve all stakeholders, can be powerful tools for advancing gender equality and integrating ...

Vunja Ukimya, Zungumza na Mwenzio: A Mass Media Campaign to Motivate Couples to Communicate Effectively for HIV-Free Households
March 14, 2016

Vunja Ukimya, Zungumza na Mwenzio: A Mass Media Campaign to Motivate Couples ...

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"As a result of the campaign, couples were motivated to communicate about health, and men and women were more likely to seek reproductive health services together."

Meeting Postpartum Women's Family Planning Needs through Integrated Family Planning and Immunization Services: Results of a Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial in Rwanda
March 7, 2016

Meeting Postpartum Women's Family Planning Needs through Integrated Family ...

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The primary objective of this study was to test the effectiveness of integrating family planning (FP) service components into infant immunisation services to increase modern contraceptive method use among postpartum women in Rwanda. Healthy ...

New Masculinity and Family Planning: A Gender Transformative Approach to SBCC in Rural Guatemala
March 4, 2016

New Masculinity and Family Planning: A Gender Transformative Approach to ...

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"SBCC contributes by creating enabling environments that help individuals, health providers, leaders and communities to start a conversation, analyze the information, challenge their own beliefs and traditions, and take well-informed and ...

Educating Girls: Creating a Foundation for Positive Sexual and Reproductive Health Behaviors
February 23, 2016

Educating Girls: Creating a Foundation for Positive Sexual and Reproductive ...

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"Investments that promote keeping girls in school, particularly in secondary school, have far-reaching and long-term health and development benefits for individuals, families, and communities."

Evaluating the Effects of a Community Media Approach:  The SPRING/Digital Green Experience in Niger
February 23, 2016

Evaluating the Effects of a Community Media Approach: The SPRING/Digital ...

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"Behavior change approaches that incorporate videos coupled with guided discussions at the community level have shown promise in public health. However, there is limited evidence on the use of videos to support maternal, infant, and young child ...

Outcome Evaluation of the Safe Love Campaign in Zambia Using Propensity Score Matching: Positive Effects on Condom Use and HIV Testing: Abstract
February 22, 2016

Outcome Evaluation of the Safe Love Campaign in Zambia Using Propensity ...

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"HIV in Zambia is spreading fastest among married couples, but issues of trust and fear of partner reprisal facilitate implicit acceptance of multiple concurrent partnerships (MCPs)." The focus of this Communications Support for Health (CSH) ...

Resetting Beliefs about HIV Risk among Low-Income South African Teens: Abstract
February 22, 2016

Resetting Beliefs about HIV Risk among Low-Income South African Teens: Abstract

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"We designed a simple, interactive computer-based intervention to provide HIV relative risk information with tailored feedback..." The focus of this Empowering New Generations to Improve Nutrition and Economic opportunities (ENGINE) presentation ...

Bringing Nutrition Advocacy to Orthodox Church Leaders to Raise Awareness and Change Social Norms on Fasting Practices in Ethiopia, During the First 1000 Days: Abstract
February 22, 2016

Bringing Nutrition Advocacy to Orthodox Church Leaders to Raise Awareness ...

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"During the initial workshop, which was the first of its kind for nutrition, ENGINE outlined the seriousness of Ethiopia’s under-nutrition problem to influence this highly prominent group using the workshop as a platform for consensus building ...

Bhanchhin Aama: The Role of Formative Research in Informing the Nepal Bhanchhin Aama 'Mother Knows Best' Nutrition Campaign: Abstract
February 22, 2016

Bhanchhin Aama: The Role of Formative Research in Informing the Nepal ...

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"One of the key communication interventions is the ‘Bhanchhin Aama’ (BA) or ‘mother knows best’ communication platform, which includes a popular radio drama, hoarding boards (billboards) that promote key messages and are community specific, and ...

Madagascar Polio Program Evaluation Trip Report
February 18, 2016

Madagascar Polio Program Evaluation Trip Report

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"Overall, more efforts will be required to fully realize the recommendations and their potential impact on ending the current [polio] outbreak and preventing future ones. Improvements in the quality and reach of training and supervision are ...

Community Video for Nutrition Guide
February 2, 2016

Community Video for Nutrition Guide

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"SPRING and DG see this community-led video approach, with videos created by the community for the community, as a revolutionary tool for nutrition and health behavior change which blends innovative, low-cost, accessible technology with the ...

Using a Community-Led Video Approach to Promote Maternal, Infant, and Young Child Nutrition in Odisha, India
February 2, 2016

Using a Community-Led Video Approach to Promote Maternal, Infant, and Young ...

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In October 2012, the Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING) project began a collaboration with Digital Green (DG) and the Voluntary Association for Rural Reconstruction and Appropriate Technology ...

Dads Can Do That! Strategies to Involve Fathers in Child Feeding
January 27, 2016

Dads Can Do That! Strategies to Involve Fathers in Child Feeding

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"Several recent projects have implemented innovative methods to reach fathers in culturally appropriate ways that both respect and challenge traditional gender roles. Initial results suggest that fathers' potential contributions to child health ...

Lessons on Integrating Scientific and Community Knowledge of Climate Change to Develop Adaptation Plans in Lower Mekong Basin
October 26, 2015

Lessons on Integrating Scientific and Community Knowledge of Climate Change ...

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"Participatory processes employed in the co-development of these [community-based climate adaptation] plans are important to foster two-way learning between NGOs and communities, allowing the resulting adaptation options to gain greater support ...

Desk Review and Qualitative Assessment of Malaria Case Management Social and Behavior Change Communication Strategies in Four Countries: Ethiopia, Rwanda, Senegal and Zambia
September 4, 2015

Desk Review and Qualitative Assessment of Malaria Case Management Social and ...

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"The purpose of this desk review is to identify promising SBCC practices related to malaria case management at both community and service provider levels in the four focus countries: Zambia, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Senegal."

What Does Not Work in Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health: A Review of Evidence on Interventions Commonly Accepted as Best Practices
September 3, 2015

What Does Not Work in Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health: A Review of ...

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"Youth centers, peer education, and one-off public meetings have generally been ineffective in facilitating young people's access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services, changing their behaviors, or influencing social norms around ...

Social Mobilisation, Advocacy and Communication for Nutrition
August 28, 2015

Social Mobilisation, Advocacy and Communication for Nutrition

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"Social mobilization, advocacy and communications is a growing priority for SUN countries and increasingly seen as an integral part of the national nutrition strategy.  Countries are at very different stages and employing a variety of ...

Wazazi Nipendeni - Love Me, Parents
July 23, 2015

Wazazi Nipendeni - Love Me, Parents

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"Wazazi Nipendeni (Love me, Parents) is a national safe motherhood social and behavior change communication (SBCC) campaign that aims to encourage Tanzanian women and their partners to take steps for a healthy pregnancy and safe delivery."

Perceptions of Influence: Understanding Attitudes to Polio Vaccination and Immunisation in Northern Nigeria
July 9, 2015

Perceptions of Influence: Understanding Attitudes to Polio Vaccination and ...

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"The circumstances of household thinking about community, livelihood, health and vaccination are complex. To reduce this protean calculus to a short list of population proportions and individuated causations is to undermine and underestimate the ...

Health Communication: Enabling Voluntary and Informed Decision-making
June 2, 2015

Health Communication: Enabling Voluntary and Informed Decision-making

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This High Impact Practices (HIP) Health Communication brief highlights practices in family planning (FP) communication gleaned from interventions that show strategies aimed to maximise FP investments. HIP briefs like this one are ...

Family Planning High Impact Practices List
June 2, 2015

Family Planning High Impact Practices List

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This High Impact Practices (HIP) list highlights practices in family planning (FP) from interventions that show strategies aimed to maximise investments through effective service delivery or systems interventions.  Practices were identified ...

Leveraging the Power of Knowledge Management to Transform Global Health and Development
April 29, 2015

Leveraging the Power of Knowledge Management to Transform Global Health and ...

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  "Good knowledge is essential to prevent disease and improve health. Knowledge management (KM) provides a systematic process and tools to promote access to and use of knowledge among health and development practitioners to improve health ...

HIV and Health Communication: Evidence Review
April 20, 2015

HIV and Health Communication: Evidence Review

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This evidence database is the centrepiece of a group of materials (See related summary below) from the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication ...

Understanding Immunization and Vitamin A Communication in Rural Cambodia: A Formative Research Study
March 25, 2015

Understanding Immunization and Vitamin A Communication in Rural Cambodia: A ...

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"The development of an effective behavior change communication strategy requires an indepth understanding of the many stakeholder viewpoints, perceptions, and norms. There is considerable evidence that focused messages to inform parents about ...

University Initiative Needs Assessment
March 12, 2015

University Initiative Needs Assessment

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"An important focus of the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3), a USAID [United States Agency for International Development]-funded global communication capacity building project, is to expand the role universities and training ...

Scaling-up Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision: What Have We Learned?
March 11, 2015

Scaling-up Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision: What Have We Learned?

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  "The purpose of this review article was to apply a systems thinking approach, using the [World Health Organization (WHO)] health systems building blocks as a framework to examine the factors influencing the scale-up of the [voluntary ...

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