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Integrated community case management of childhood illness is happening in Bondo, western Kenya
August 4, 2016

Integrated community case management of childhood illness is happening in ...

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Author: Herman Jaoko and Dyness Kasungami, August 4 2016 - Victoria Achieng has been a community health volunteer (CHV) for more than seven years in Nyaguda village in Bondo, a sub county of western Kenya. Until recently, her primary role was to ...

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 ...

AIDSFree HIV Prevention Knowledge Base
July 27, 2016

AIDSFree HIV Prevention Knowledge Base

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The AIDSFree HIV Prevention Knowledge Base is an online collection of research and tools to help people who plan and implement evidence-based HIV prevention activities find what works in prevention. Each knowledge base topic is introduced with a ...

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."

Ebola: A Behavior-Driven Crisis
July 25, 2016

Ebola: A Behavior-Driven Crisis

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From the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3), this web-based multimedia package explores social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) in the context of a public health crisis. Presented in a gallery-style format, the multimedia ...

Passages Project - Transforming Social Norms for Sexual and Reproductive Health
July 25, 2016

Passages Project - Transforming Social Norms for Sexual and Reproductive Health

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Passages is a research-to-practice project that seeks to address the core challenges to improving sexual and reproductive health such as gender-based violence, child marriage, and unintended pregnancy by transforming social norms. Researchers on ...

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."

Family Planning 2020 Midpoint Campaign
July 12, 2016

Family Planning 2020 Midpoint Campaign

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"We have a window of opportunity to raise our collective voices to ensure that health, rights, and the dignity of women and girls are central to family planning and broader development conversations."

Project-Based Learning
July 11, 2016

Project-Based Learning

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In many instances, a social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) project is asked to design, implement, and evaluate SBCC projects in collaboration with local country-based partners. This collaborative implementation process offers ...

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 ...

Zika Communication Network (ZCN)
July 7, 2016

Zika Communication Network (ZCN)

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This online resource curates evidence-based tools and resources to help health and development professionals minimise the spread of Zika and related negative pregnancy outcomes. ZCN strives to support communities currently affected - and those ...

Drama for Conflict Transformation Toolkit: Youth Theater for Peace
July 6, 2016

Drama for Conflict Transformation Toolkit: Youth Theater for Peace

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Across Kyrgyzstan, youth participants in IREX's Youth Theater for Peace (YTP) programme, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), are using the Drama for Conflict Transformation (DCT) methodology introduced in ...

Tackling the Silent Killer With Open Source Health Communications: A Campaign to End Child Pneumonia
June 27, 2016

Tackling the Silent Killer With Open Source Health Communications: A ...

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A campaign to end child pneumonia by reaching mothers and health workers with life-saving information Authors:

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..."

mHealth Compendium Special Edition 2016: Reaching Scale
June 2, 2016

mHealth Compendium Special Edition 2016: Reaching Scale

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The mHealth Compendium Special Edition 2016: Reaching Scale presents ten in-depth profiles of mHealth programmes that have grown in scale over time.  This edition follows on from a series of five mHealth Compendiums which were produced by ...

mHealth Compendium, Volume Five
June 1, 2016

mHealth Compendium, Volume Five

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This fifth volume of the mHealth Compendium, produced by the African Strategies for Health Project for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is a collection of 41 case studies submitted by various implementing partners ...

Use of SMS-Based Platforms for Health Communication and Monitoring in the Context of Polio Outbreak Response
May 31, 2016

Use of SMS-Based Platforms for Health Communication and Monitoring in the ...

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"Overall, the SMS approach did reach a large number of people in a short time compared to conventional methods like interpersonal communication, which in this case would have increased security risks for the community mobilisers." This paper ...

Girl Rising
May 20, 2016

Girl Rising

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"To me the common thread for the girls in the film, was that they each believed (against all evidence) that they deserved more. They just had a deep sense of their own power and potential. For many of the girls we profiled, they often found an ...

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) ...

Addressing Advanced Maternal Age and High Parity Pregnancies: A Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancy Implementation Kit
May 9, 2016

Addressing Advanced Maternal Age and High Parity Pregnancies: A Healthy ...

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Healthy timing and spacing of pregnancy (HTSP) is an approach to family planning (FP) and maternal and child health (MCH) education, counseling, and services to help families have planned pregnancies at the healthiest times of their lives for the ...

Thinking Outside the Separate Space: A Decision-Making Tool for Designing Youth-Friendly Services
May 6, 2016

Thinking Outside the Separate Space: A Decision-Making Tool for Designing ...

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This tool, developed for the international sexual and reproductive health (SRH) community, seeks to advance services tailored to young people's needs by helping programme designers to select and adapt appropriate youth-friendly service (YFS) ...

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 ...

Quick Investigation of Quality: A User's Guide for Monitoring Quality of Care in Family Planning (2nd Edition)
May 6, 2016

Quick Investigation of Quality: A User's Guide for Monitoring Quality of ...

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This resource offers materials needed to design and implement a practical, low-cost methodology for monitoring quality of care (QoC) in clinic-based family planning (FP) programmes in developing countries. QoC in FP and reproductive health (RH) ...

Data for Decision-Making: Empowering Local Data Use
May 4, 2016

Data for Decision-Making: Empowering Local Data Use

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Authors: Lora Shimp, Technical Director, with Heather Randall, Program Coordinator, GAVI-NVI Project, May 4 2016 - As we celebrate World Immunization Week [April 25], it's important to remember that one way to "close the gap" on immunization ...

AIDSFree HIV Testing Services Community of Practice
April 20, 2016

AIDSFree HIV Testing Services Community of Practice

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The AIDSFree HIV Testing Services (HTS) Community of Practice is an electronic information sharing tool to help achieve the HIV testing target set out by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)'s 90-90-90 strategy to help end the ...

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."

Promising Programmatic Approaches for Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health (AYSRH)
April 6, 2016

Promising Programmatic Approaches for Adolescent and Youth Sexual and ...

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"Programs must actively engage girls and women, boys and men, parents and in-laws, partners and spouses, extended family, religious leaders, educators, and the community to question the cultural roles and expectations that contribute to negative ...

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."

Gender and Social and Behavior Change Communication Implementation Kit
March 31, 2016

Gender and Social and Behavior Change Communication Implementation Kit

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"By integrating gender into your SBCC strategy, you can make health messages more effective, stimulate equity in gender roles, and improve health outcomes. Since the roles and power relations between men and women affect how an activity is ...

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 ...

AIDSFree Prevention Update
March 18, 2016

AIDSFree Prevention Update

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The Prevention Update is an online library that provides a sample of summaries and abstracts of recent published articles - some available as free, open source documents and others available by purchase or subscription only - on global HIV ...

Singha Durbar (Madam Prime Minister)
March 15, 2016

Singha Durbar (Madam Prime Minister)

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"What if we could create a fictional road map to good governance, firmly rooted in reality, believable, yet reaching for the stars? What if it sparked conversations around the country about how to redefine what good leadership means for Nepal? ...

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."

Persistent Optimism
March 8, 2016

Persistent Optimism

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Author: Ellyn Ogden, March 1 2016 [cross-posted from The Ethiopian Herald, linked below] - The work of a community vaccinator is vitally important, but rarely easy. Once, while working with an immunization team in Angola, my WHO [World Health ...

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 ...

Community Mobilisation on Food and Nutrition Security: Materials for Community Development Officers and Mobilisers
March 2, 2016

Community Mobilisation on Food and Nutrition Security: Materials for ...

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This guide and accompanying flip chart was produced to strengthen the capacity of community development officers and mobilisers to improve food and nutrition security within communities in Uganda. A collaboration between the Food and Nutrition ...

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."

Strengthening Linkages between Clinical and Social Services for Children and Adolescents Who Have Experienced Sexual Violence: A Companion Guide
February 19, 2016

Strengthening Linkages between Clinical and Social Services for Children and ...

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"Similar to sexual violence against adults, sexual violence against children and adolescents is surrounded by a culture of secrecy, stigma, and silence. Too often, it is viewed as a private matter, especially when the perpetrator is a family ...

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 ...

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