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The Art of Saving a Life
January 9, 2017

The Art of Saving a Life

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"We want to get the buzz and the conversation going, because it's easy to take these important lifesaving tools for granted." - Dr. Christopher Elias, Gates Foundation The Art of Saving a Life is a creative project commissioned by the Gates ...

Health Reporting and Lessons from the Polio Campaign in Ukraine
December 14, 2016

Health Reporting and Lessons from the Polio Campaign in Ukraine

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Five journalist workshops and one media conference on Polio Vaccination, Lessons From the Polio Campaign in Ukraine and Other Health Issues of Public Concern were held in Kyiv, Cherkasy, Odessa, and Svyatohirsk (Donetsk region), Ukraine, between ...

Power, Fairness and Trust: Understanding and Engaging with Vaccine Trial Participants and Communities in the Setting up the EBOVAC-Salone Vaccine Trial in Sierra Leone
November 21, 2016

Power, Fairness and Trust: Understanding and Engaging with Vaccine Trial ...

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"...understandings of the community in which the trial was being set up have helped the teams to ensure that communities and participants are given an opportunity to voice concerns and to work with them to address mistrust."

Ebola in America: Epidemic of Fear
November 2, 2016

Ebola in America: Epidemic of Fear

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"I thought the coverage here in the US was appalling. It was so hysterical..." - Helene Cooper From the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) Global Health Policy Center, this documentary illuminates how Americans experienced ...

SBCC for Emergency Preparedness Implementation Kit
October 4, 2016

SBCC for Emergency Preparedness Implementation Kit

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"A well-coordinated, timely and strategic communication strategy and implementation plan can manage people's expectations during an emergency and assist response efforts. Affected communities can be engaged and supported to make the required ...

Webinar: Strengthening Emergency Response through SBCC
October 4, 2016

Webinar: Strengthening Emergency Response through SBCC

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Organised by the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3), this September 29 2016 webinar explored the importance of social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) for emergencies and the ways SBCC activities, tools, and resources can ...

Health information systems lay foundation for building from one emergency to the next
October 4, 2016

Health information systems lay foundation for building from one emergency to ...

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Author: James Thomas, cross-posted on October 4 2016 - Ebola has once again surfaced in Guinea. Meanwhile, the battle with Zika virus continues in Latin America. American responses to outbreaks tend to be disease-specific, driven in part by the ...

Engaging Social Media for Health Communication in Africa: Approaches, Results and Lessons
October 3, 2016

Engaging Social Media for Health Communication in Africa: Approaches, ...

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"...health-related social media interventions should be grounded in a theory of change, enhance meaningful participation of critical actors in the development process, and address the problem of inequities."

Managing Ebola Will Take Powerful Communication
August 2, 2016

Managing Ebola Will Take Powerful Communication

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Author: Christopher Graves, August 8 2014 [cross-posted from the Harvard Business Review, linked below] - Whether the world's scariest outbreak of Ebola can be managed may come down to communications. Can governments, NGOs [non-governmental ...

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 ...

Using Media and Communication to Respond to Public Health Emergencies: Lessons Learned from Ebola
July 11, 2016

Using Media and Communication to Respond to Public Health Emergencies: ...

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“BBC Media Action asserts that lives can be saved if high-quality media and communication is central to planning responses to any future disease outbreak, as opposed to being peripheral to the practical hardware of a response.” This practice ...

Tackling Zika: What health communicators can learn from Ebola
July 6, 2016

Tackling Zika: What health communicators can learn from Ebola

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Author: BBC Media Action's Sophia Wilkinson, July 6 2016 - Since the World Health Organisation declared Zika a global public health emergency in February of this year, much attention has been brought to bear on applying lessons learned during the ...

Close the Immunization Gap
May 3, 2016

Close the Immunization Gap

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"No child should be denied the right to immunization for unfair reasons, including economic or social causes. All barriers must be overcome." - Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General Launched during World Immunization Week 2015, this multiyear ...

Le We Tap Ebola (Let Us Stop Ebola)
April 27, 2016

Le We Tap Ebola (Let Us Stop Ebola)

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"In order to get to zero Ebola cases, we must all work together. Every Sierra Leonean must take responsibility to ensure that our families, our communities, and our country will end Ebola." "Le We Tap Ebola", meaning "Let Us Stop Ebola", is a ...

Community-Led Ebola Action (CLEA) Field Guide for Community Mobilizers
April 25, 2016

Community-Led Ebola Action (CLEA) Field Guide for Community Mobilizers

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"Communities themselves have the power and the agency to halt the spread of Ebola, and their collective actions are the heart of an effective Ebola response." This field guide is a resource book for community mobilisers, field staff, and ...

C4D Ebola Surge Mission: Community Level Learnings from Sierra Leone
April 25, 2016

C4D Ebola Surge Mission: Community Level Learnings from Sierra Leone

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This presentation summarises the experience of a communication for development (C4D) specialist who traveled to Sierra Leone (SL) on an Ebola virus disease (EVD) surge mission to support social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) for the ...

Exploring the Role of Communication in Community Health
April 20, 2016

Exploring the Role of Communication in Community Health

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"To understand more about the role media and communication can play in Sierra Leone, and the ways it can support efforts to rebuild the health system, BBC Media Action carried out a programme of research in Sierra Leone in late 2015."

How Did Local Radio Stations Support Their Communities During the Ebola Crisis?
April 13, 2016

How Did Local Radio Stations Support Their Communities During the Ebola Crisis?

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"During the 2014/5 Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone BBC Media Action supported staff at 42 local or community-based radio stations to improve communication about the disease. Case studies indicate these stations were able to provide actionable ...

Use of Mobile Phones to Conduct Interactive, Theory-Based Research on Social and Behavior Change Communication in Communities Affected by Ebola
March 3, 2016

Use of Mobile Phones to Conduct Interactive, Theory-Based Research on Social ...

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In a presentation titled "How SMS-Based Surveys Were Used in the Rapid Response to the Ebola Outbreak in Liberia: Potential for Future Applications", given with Maria Elena Figueroa, Amanda Berman displayed the PowerPoint attached here to address ...

How SMS-Based Surveys Were Used in the Rapid Response to the Ebola Outbreak in Liberia: Potential for Future Applications: Abstract
February 22, 2016

How SMS-Based Surveys Were Used in the Rapid Response to the Ebola Outbreak ...

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"As part of the Ebola response in Liberia, HC3 needed prompt information to develop an effective communication strategy such as the level of knowledge about the Ebola virus, modes of transmission and information needs to help curb the ...

Faith Engagement and Faith Sensitive Behavior Change Messaging: An Alternate Model to Social Behavior Change Communication in Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Outbreak Response in Sierra Leone: Abstract
February 22, 2016

Faith Engagement and Faith Sensitive Behavior Change Messaging: An Alternate ...

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"The urgent need to engage faith leaders and deliver faith sensitive messaging was evident. In Sierra Leone Muslims and Christians transcend mere interfaith tolerance; they are highly trusted and esteemed. This World Vision (WV) Channels of Hope ...

Community Perspectives about Ebola in Bong, Lofa and Montserrado Counties of Liberia: Results of a Qualitative Study: Abstract
February 18, 2016

Community Perspectives about Ebola in Bong, Lofa and Montserrado Counties of ...

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"The results far exceeded expectations of the coordinated response happening at the community level and provided yet another lesson to the development community of the value of community capacity and organization that can take place when ...

Communicating in a Crisis like Ebola: Facts and Figures
February 11, 2016

Communicating in a Crisis like Ebola: Facts and Figures

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"A critical look at the complications and experiences from the perspective of communications and social science holds lessons for future public health responses to infectious disease outbreaks."

Eradicating Polio in Nigeria
February 8, 2016

Eradicating Polio in Nigeria

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"The success of Nigeria's federal and state governments, Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is all the more impressive given the climate of disinformation, intimidation, and violence..."

 Ebola Outbreak, Sierra Leone: Communication Challenges and Good Practices
January 26, 2016

Ebola Outbreak, Sierra Leone: Communication Challenges and Good Practices

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"Early messages designed to change the behaviour were counterproductive, as they failed to take into account deep rooted cultural practices and beliefs and context-specific difficulties. The most efficient messages were adaptable enough to be ...

Introduction of Mobile Health Tools to Support Ebola Surveillance and Contact Tracing in Guinea
January 20, 2016

Introduction of Mobile Health Tools to Support Ebola Surveillance and ...

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"An informatics system consisting of a mobile health application and business intelligence software was used for collecting and analyzing Ebola contact tracing data. This system offered potential to improve data access and quality to support ...

What Does Accountability Mean in Sierra Leone? The Role of the Media in Governance, Particularly in the Context of Ebola
December 4, 2015

What Does Accountability Mean in Sierra Leone? The Role of the Media in ...

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"BBC Media Action's radio programmes Fo Rod and Tok Bot Salone aim to improve people’s understanding of governance issues while also creating platforms to hold leaders to account. Interviews with experts on governance and media in Sierra Leone, ...

Love in the time of Ebola
November 12, 2015

Love in the time of Ebola

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Author: Yvonne MacPherson, November 12 2015 - It's not a stretch of the imagination to consider the potential risk posed by global health threats to us all. We've just seen how Ebola impacted the region of West Africa and scared people much ...

The Role of Connectivity in Emergencies: A Case Study of Ebola
October 28, 2015

The Role of Connectivity in Emergencies: A Case Study of Ebola

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Author: Kelly William Doley, October 28 2015 - The Ebola crisis revealed that a dearth of ICT [information and communication technology] capacity in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone prevented or greatly impeded access to and the exchange of ...

Humanitarian Broadcasting in Emergencies - A Synthesis of Evaluation Findings
October 19, 2015

Humanitarian Broadcasting in Emergencies - A Synthesis of Evaluation Findings

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"This report... focuses mainly on mass communication programming - broadcasting that can reach millions of people when disaster strikes - informing them about what has happened, what to do, how to find missing loved ones and how to protect ...

Fighting Fear and Stigma with Accurate Information
September 7, 2015

Fighting Fear and Stigma with Accurate Information

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"As someone who has worked with and in the media, I ...know that lack of accurate information is a big driver of fear and trauma, which in turn can easily translate into stigma and a withholding of sympathy for those affected by the traumatic ...

I-Kit for Ebola Preparedness
July 23, 2015

I-Kit for Ebola Preparedness

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This Ebola Communication Preparedness Implementation Kit (I-Kit) is designed to provide national and local stakeholders, as well as programme managers, with "key considerations and a roadmap for instituting and implementing critical, relevant, ...

The Story of Ebola
July 21, 2015

The Story of Ebola

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"This animation - produced in collaboration with International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, UNICEF, and Yoni Goodman - brings to life key messages that help people see and understand how Ebola spreads and how to protect ...

Ebola Case Study: The Western Area Surge
July 20, 2015

Ebola Case Study: The Western Area Surge

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Author: J. Dawson, July 21 2015 - The Western Area Surge in Sierra Leone in December 2014 demonstrated that community mobilization and the supply of services are interdependent – one cannot be successful without the other. More than ...

Global Health Reporting Contest
April 30, 2015

Global Health Reporting Contest

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The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), with the support of Johnson & Johnson, is hosting a contest to recognise "the best media coverage of maternal and child health and other urgent health matters such as Ebola and vaccination" in ...

Ebola: audience research by mobile phone
April 21, 2015

Ebola: audience research by mobile phone

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Author: Dorothy Peprah, April 21 2015 - As we tentatively celebrate the recovery of Beatrice Yardolo, the last known Ebola patient to be discharged from a treatment centre in Liberia, BBC Media Action continues working on programmes and training ...

World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) Webinars on Ebola
April 1, 2015

World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) Webinars on Ebola

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The World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) organised free webinars on Ebola/Infectious diseases in March 2015, which are now available online. They seek to raise journalist's awareness about the current situation and the longer-term ...

Three Examples of Why Content Is King and Context Shapes the Package
March 25, 2015

Three Examples of Why Content Is King and Context Shapes the Package

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Author: Damalie Wasukira, March 25 2015 - Without understanding context, one can't communicate effectively. Considering context in communication means you consider the framework of related facts, conditions and circumstances within which the ...

By bike, by bus and by boat: Our Ebola radio show's incredible bi-weekly journey across Sierra Leone
March 23, 2015

By bike, by bus and by boat: Our Ebola radio show's incredible bi-weekly ...

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Author: Paul Massaquoi, March 23 2015: What do a priest, a boat, a bus and a bike have in common? Despite sounding like the start of a bad joke this is in fact an important part of our strategy for circulating and transmitting our life-saving ...

 The Extended Parallel Processing Model: An HC3   Research Primer
March 16, 2015

The Extended Parallel Processing Model: An HC3 Research Primer

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The Extended Parallel Processing Model (also widely known as Threat Management or Fear Management) describes how rational considerations (efficacy beliefs) and emotional reactions (fear of a health threat) combine to determine behavioural decisions.

Community Perspectives about Ebola in Bong, Lofa and Montserrado Counties of Liberia: Results of a Qualitative Study
March 4, 2015

Community Perspectives about Ebola in Bong, Lofa and Montserrado Counties of ...

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"Strategic health communication can play a key role in stopping the outbreak, primarily by helping community members recognize and identify how they can modify their religious and cultural practices and behaviors — such as not directly touching ...

TELLME - Transparent communication in Epidemics: Learning Lessons from experience, delivering effective Messages, providing Evidence
February 2, 2015

TELLME - Transparent communication in Epidemics: Learning Lessons from ...

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Culminating at a December 2014 conference, TELLME was a 36-month collaborative project that sought to provide evidence and to develop models for improved risk communication during infectious disease crises around the world. The TELLME project ...

New Communication Strategies for Preventing Misinformation
February 2, 2015

New Communication Strategies for Preventing Misinformation

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"...although two-way communication is listed as a strength of social media, this can also be used negatively to further perpetuate misinformation..."

I Survived Ebola Multi-media Campaign
January 19, 2015

I Survived Ebola Multi-media Campaign

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Launched in December 2014, the I Survived Ebola campaign is using personal stories and experiences told by Ebola survivors in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea "to inform, protect, and spread hope" while also countering stigma and discrimination. ...

Deutsche Welle Ebola Special: Radio Series
January 12, 2015

Deutsche Welle Ebola Special: Radio Series

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Deutsche Welle produced and broadcast an 8-part radio series on Ebola for listeners in Africa, which started broadcasting in November 2014 - initially in English, followed by programmes in four regional languages. Focusing on listeners in West ...

A dramatic approach to Ebola
January 8, 2015

A dramatic approach to Ebola

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Author: Mary Kolu Massaquoi, January 8 2015 - I recently spent a week away from my home in Bradford, in the north of England, working with a team in London on scripts for a new BBC Media Action radio drama for West Africa called Mr Plan-Plan and ...

A man with a plan: using drama to tackle Ebola
January 7, 2015

A man with a plan: using drama to tackle Ebola

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Authors: Yvonne Macpherson and Radharani Mitra, January 7 2015 - In the three countries most affected by Ebola, information and communication play an important role in curtailing its spread. There is a lot of information out there, from posters ...

Fighting Ebola: now it’s personal
January 7, 2015

Fighting Ebola: now it’s personal

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Author: Mustapha Dumbuya, January 7 2015 - I have a strong bond with my mother and we are often in contact. She lives in the city of Makeni, northern Sierra Leone and I live in the capital, Freetown, a two hour drive away. When she called me in ...

How to hunt a virus: 5 ways polio is helping fight Ebola
January 2, 2015

How to hunt a virus: 5 ways polio is helping fight Ebola

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Author: Sherine Guirguis, January 2 2015 - I'm often asked how the largest-ever public health movement - to end polio - has boosted the world’s ability to fight other deadly infectious diseases.

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