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Community Perception Regarding Childhood Vaccinations and Its Implications for Effectiveness: A Qualitative Study in Rural Burkina Faso
April 23, 2018

Community Perception Regarding Childhood Vaccinations and Its Implications ...

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The aim of this study is to determine the reasons related to complete and incomplete immunisation coverage among children in the Nouna Health District (NHD), 300 km from the capital Ouagadougou in northwestern Burkina Faso, with a focus on the ...

REAL Fathers: Lessons from Scaling a Violence Prevention Program
April 23, 2018

REAL Fathers: Lessons from Scaling a Violence Prevention Program

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The Responsible, Engaged, and Loving (REAL) Fathers Initiative is an effort by Save the Children and Georgetown University's Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH), with funding from the United States Agency for International Development, to ...

Exploring Social and Behavior Change Communication to Support Delivery of Micronutrient Powders in Rural Uganda
April 19, 2018

Exploring Social and Behavior Change Communication to Support Delivery of ...

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"Effective micronutrient powder distribution programming requires a behavior change strategy that is both effective and appropriate in a specific context." Drawing on the experience of the United States Agency for International Development ...

Impact Data - Improving Maternal, Infant, and Young Child Nutrition and Hygiene through Community Videos in Niger
March 26, 2018

Impact Data - Improving Maternal, Infant, and Young Child Nutrition and ...

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"The community video approach proved effective in improving and sustaining knowledge, attitudes, self-efficacy, and self-reported behaviors in Niger." Niger, located in the Sahel region of West Africa, is characterised by harsh climate ...

Documentation of REC in Malawi
March 16, 2018

Documentation of REC in Malawi

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"Mini-surveys conducted by district supervisors indicated over 98% of infants were reached with immunization services. In addition, the contacts were used to counsel postpartum women for FP [family planning] services, for which utilization has ...

Exemptions From Mandatory Immunization After Legally Mandated Parental Counseling
March 16, 2018

Exemptions From Mandatory Immunization After Legally Mandated Parental ...

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"The success of counseling-based interventions to address vaccine hesitancy is not clear. Evaluating the impact of a counseling intervention can provide important insight into population-level interventions that focus on interpersonal ...

Reducing the Gender-Related Immunization Gap in Two Districts of Mopti Region in Mali
March 15, 2018

Reducing the Gender-Related Immunization Gap in Two Districts of Mopti ...

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"This case study demonstrates how integrating gender adds value to the process of quality improvement [QI] and improves communities' acceptance of solutions." As part of its remit, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) ...

Community-Based Newborn Health Promotion in Pastoralist Ethiopia: The Social Mobilization and Demand Creation Project
March 15, 2018

Community-Based Newborn Health Promotion in Pastoralist Ethiopia: The Social ...

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"...this brief pilot study suggests that pregnant women are open to changing their health behaviors when they are encouraged and supported by local CVs [community volunteers]..."

Pivoting from Polio Eradication to Measles and Rubella Elimination: A Transition that Makes Sense Both for Children and Immunization Program Improvement
March 14, 2018

Pivoting from Polio Eradication to Measles and Rubella Elimination: A ...

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"Why not take advantage of the experience and infrastructure developed to eradicate polio to pursue the elimination of measles and rubella...?" This question is at the core of a commentary on the applicability of the Global Polio Eradication ...

Creating the spaces for children to participate in development process
March 10, 2018

Creating the spaces for children to participate in development process

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 As Zambia commemorates Youth Day on 12th March 2018, particular attention must be paid to the concept of child participation. Child participation comes across as a cliché as civic actors discuss children’s rights and the need to create ...

Involving Men to Improve Maternal and Newborn Health: A Systematic Review of the Effectiveness of Interventions
March 8, 2018

Involving Men to Improve Maternal and Newborn Health: A Systematic Review of ...

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This review was conducted to comprehensively assess the effectiveness of male involvement in improving maternal and newborn health (MNH) in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), to inform World Health Organization (WHO) health promotion ...

Effect of a Mass Radio Campaign on Family Behaviours and Child Survival in Burkina Faso: A Repeated Cross-Sectional, Cluster-Randomised Trial
March 7, 2018

Effect of a Mass Radio Campaign on Family Behaviours and Child Survival in ...

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"We found no evidence of an effect of a mass media campaign on child mortality....Nevertheless, this study provides some of the best evidence available that a mass media campaign alone can increase health facility utilisation for maternal and ...

Digital Play for Global Citizens
March 5, 2018

Digital Play for Global Citizens

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"When young people have opportunities to explore otherness in a guided way, with a teacher or a mentor who models a respectful curiosity, they learn not only the value of being macro-minded, but also, they come to see the Internet as a portal to ...

Tipping Point Social Norms Innovations Series
March 1, 2018

Tipping Point Social Norms Innovations Series

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"People do not exist as islands; they make up a social system that is interdependent and built on tacit conventions of behavior....So then, how does one engage with social environments to shift what is considered 'normal'?"

Childhood Interrupted: Children's Voices from the Rohingya Refugee Crisis
February 28, 2018

Childhood Interrupted: Children's Voices from the Rohingya Refugee Crisis

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"In every humanitarian crisis, humanitarian organisations have a responsibility to be accountable and to listen to the communities they support, in line with commitments made to the Core Humanitarian Standard."

Behavior Change Communication Activities Improve Infant and Young Child Nutrition Knowledge and Practice of Neighboring Non-Participants in a Cluster-Randomized Trial in Rural Bangladesh
February 20, 2018

Behavior Change Communication Activities Improve Infant and Young Child ...

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"Studies of nutrition BCC that do not account for information spillovers to non-participants may underestimate its benefits in terms of IYCN knowledge and practice."

Every Newborn: An Advocacy Toolkit and Guidance Manual for Ending Preventable Deaths
February 16, 2018

Every Newborn: An Advocacy Toolkit and Guidance Manual for Ending ...

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"You may be acting as a lone crusader or as part of a larger advocacy effort. Either way, you share an objective with all other advocates: to have your story move audiences from apathy to empathy to action." Offered by Every Newborn, this guide ...

Nutrition Behaviour Change Communication Causes Sustained Effects on IYCN Knowledge in Two Cluster-Randomised Trials in Bangladesh
February 15, 2018

Nutrition Behaviour Change Communication Causes Sustained Effects on IYCN ...

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"Impacts of BCC programmes may be underestimated if persistence of effects is unaccounted for." This paper assesses the effect of nutrition-sensitive social protection interventions on infant and young child nutrition (IYCN) knowledge in rural ...

The Future of Learning and Technology in Deprived Contexts
February 14, 2018

The Future of Learning and Technology in Deprived Contexts

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"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 ...

Tree of Life - A Workshop Methodology for Children, Young People and Adults
February 13, 2018

Tree of Life - A Workshop Methodology for Children, Young People and Adults

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The Tree of Life is a psychosocial support tool based on narrative practices. The methodology helps avoid re-traumatisation (sometimes called secondary traumatisation) that can be caused by the retelling of the original trauma without the ...

Girls' Rights Are Human Rights: An In-Depth Study of the Status of Girls in the International Human Rights Framework
February 8, 2018

Girls' Rights Are Human Rights: An In-Depth Study of the Status of Girls in ...

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"Plan International is rallying those in power, civil society organisations, and young activists - especially girls - to join the movement for girls' rights." From Plan International, this report is an in-depth study into the status of girls in ...

Education about the Holocaust and Preventing Genocide: A Policy Guide
February 6, 2018

Education about the Holocaust and Preventing Genocide: A Policy Guide

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"Understanding how and why the Holocaust occurred can inform broader understandings of mass violence globally, as well as highlight the value of promoting human rights, ethics, and civic engagement that bolsters human solidarity at the local, ...

 Mine Risk Education via Entertainment Education
February 5, 2018

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 ...

Shifting Nutrition and Hygiene Behaviors in Sierra Leone Utilizing Trials of Improved Practices
February 2, 2018

Shifting Nutrition and Hygiene Behaviors in Sierra Leone Utilizing Trials of ...

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"The SPRING project, together with Helen Keller International (HKI), recently used Trials of Improved Practices (TIPs), a qualitative research methodology, to design social and behavior change communication (SBCC) efforts to improve the ...

Vaccine Indicator and Reminder (VIR) Band Initiative
January 30, 2018

Vaccine Indicator and Reminder (VIR) Band Initiative

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Conceptualised by a physician and public health practitioner from Pakistan, the VIR band is a low-cost device that reminds parents when it is time to vaccinate their newborn children. Constructed with a built-in "timestrip" indicator and secured ...

Preventive Mental Health Interventions for Refugee Children and Adolescents in High-Income Settings
January 29, 2018

Preventive Mental Health Interventions for Refugee Children and Adolescents ...

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"Little attention has been given to the importance of family level processes (such as family relationships, communication, and resilience) in interventions for refugee children despite a body of literature indicating the importance of such ...

Radio Production Training Manual
January 29, 2018

Radio Production Training Manual

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"Some of the chief qualities that make a good radio producer are: curiosity, a love of stories, a love of meeting people and talking to them."

How Is Radio Helping to Improve Girls' Education in South Sudan?
January 24, 2018

How Is Radio Helping to Improve Girls' Education in South Sudan?

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"Midline research found that listeners of the radio programme Our School – which seeks to raise awareness of the benefits of education and tackle associated barriers – had more knowledge of South Sudan’s education system, had been more involved ...

Impact Examples: Girls' and Women's Empowerment
January 23, 2018

Impact Examples: Girls' and Women's Empowerment

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RESEARCH AND EVALUATION FOCUS IMPACT RESULTS Domin Nakloke (Unlocking Love) Domin Nakloke (Unlocking Love) is an entertainment-education film series in Timor-Leste that explores issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, gender equality, ...

I Am Malala: A Resource Guide for Educators and A Toolkit for After-School Clubs
January 19, 2018

I Am Malala: A Resource Guide for Educators and A Toolkit for After-School Clubs

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To expand the reach of Malala Yousafzai's memoir, I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, and spread her message to young activists around the world, the Global Women's Institute (GWI) of the George ...

The Impact of Radio on Nutrition-Related Knowledge Behaviors in Senegal
January 17, 2018

The Impact of Radio on Nutrition-Related Knowledge Behaviors in Senegal

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“By working with radio stations, we could increase our audience at a low cost and assist local radio stations to develop new skills in communication and monitoring and evaluation.”

Soul Buddyz Club Impact Evaluation
January 16, 2018

Soul Buddyz Club Impact Evaluation

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Saving Newborn Lives: Champions Toolkit
January 11, 2018

Saving Newborn Lives: Champions Toolkit

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"In order to engage champions strategically, the most important first step is to ensure that work with champions is linked to advancing a particular advocacy objective." This toolkit, now in its second edition, provides practical guidance about ...

Learning Initiative on Norms, Exploitation and Abuse Webinar Series
January 10, 2018

Learning Initiative on Norms, Exploitation and Abuse Webinar Series

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This series of webinars is being hosted by the LINEA (Learning Initiative on Norms, Exploitation and Abuse) Network, a project of the Gender Violence and Health Centre at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, which works to prevent ...

mVAM for Nutrition Kenya Case Study
January 9, 2018

mVAM for Nutrition Kenya Case Study

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“Using mobile methodologies to collect dietary diversity data for young children and women of reproductive age helps to provide early warning of deteriorating nutrition situations and support global efforts to strengthen nutrition ...

How Does the Time Children Spend Using Digital Technology Impact Their Mental Well-Being, Social Relationships and Physical Activity? An Evidence-Focused Literature Review
January 9, 2018

How Does the Time Children Spend Using Digital Technology Impact Their ...

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"Understandably, parents, teachers and others who have an interest in children's health and well-being become increasingly concerned as children spend more time using digital technology, but are also confused by the lack of consensus on whether ...

One Death, Three Stories About Sickness and Starvation in Jharkhand
December 19, 2017

One Death, Three Stories About Sickness and Starvation in Jharkhand

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Author: Jessica Mayberry, November 16 2017 - At Video Volunteers [VV], we spend nearly all our time reporting on stories that don't make headlines; stories of broken systems and petty corruption occurring amongst the relatively ignored ...

Supporting Teachers with Mobile Technology
December 18, 2017

Supporting Teachers with Mobile Technology

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"[T]eacher capacity building for mobile learning is likely to become increasingly essential as a growing number of educators and students, including those in poor countries, buy and use mobile phones." This report draws lessons from United ...

European Framework for the Digital Competence of Educators: DigCompEdu
December 15, 2017

European Framework for the Digital Competence of Educators: DigCompEdu

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"[I]it is part of educators' digital competence to enable learners to actively participate in life and work in a digital age. It is also part of their competence to reap the benefits of digital technologies for enhancing pedagogic practice and ...

Cleaner, Happier, Healthier: Sesame Workshop's Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Intervention among Low-Income Groups in Bangladesh and India
December 15, 2017

Cleaner, Happier, Healthier: Sesame Workshop's Water, Sanitation, and ...

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This paper evaluates a pilot intervention of Sesame Workshop's "Cleaner, Healthier, Happier" multi-media health communication approach promoting water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours among vulnerable children ...

The State of the World's Children 2017: Children in a Digital World
December 12, 2017

The State of the World's Children 2017: Children in a Digital World

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"Making the digital space better for children requires collaboration and cooperation among governments, United Nations agencies and other international children's organizations, civil society, the private sector, academia and the technical ...

Facilitator's Guide for Father-to-Father Support Groups: Infant and Young Child Feeding and Gender in Ghana
December 6, 2017

Facilitator's Guide for Father-to-Father Support Groups: Infant and Young ...

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This facilitator's guide was developed by the Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING) project in Ghana to support discussions among groups of fathers in order to improve men’s support to women in the ...

Reasons for Non-Vaccination: Parental Vaccine Hesitancy and the Childhood Influenza Vaccination School Pilot Programme in England
December 5, 2017

Reasons for Non-Vaccination: Parental Vaccine Hesitancy and the Childhood ...

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"This study is a reminder of the importance of asking parents their reasons for non-vaccination to identify all reasons, including perhaps unexpected ones." In 2013, the annual influenza immunisation programme in England was extended to children ...

Promising Practices in Refugee Education: Synthesis Report
November 28, 2017

Promising Practices in Refugee Education: Synthesis Report

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"Whilst the challenges of providing education to the world's refugee children are contextual, multiple and varied, with sustained attention, sufficient political will, and a commitment to creativity and innovation, they can, and must, be overcome."

Talking about Vaccines in a 'Fact-Resistant World'
November 21, 2017

Talking about Vaccines in a 'Fact-Resistant World'

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Author: Stephanie Desmon, October 31 2017 - Scientific evidence doesn't seem to carry the same weight it used to. In the new era of "alternative facts," it can be especially difficult to effectively communicate with people in order to convince ...

Coping with conflict: making media to support children in Syria
November 21, 2017

Coping with conflict: making media to support children in Syria

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Author: BBC Media Action's Assistant Project Manager in Syria Julie Boutros, originally posted November 19 2017 - As the world marks Universal Children’s Day, Julie Boutros describes how we're helping children in Syria survive and cope with the ...

Impact Evaluation of the Marketing Innovation for Health Project in Bangladesh
November 20, 2017

Impact Evaluation of the Marketing Innovation for Health Project in Bangladesh

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Marketing Innovation for Health (MIH) is an integrated social marketing project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Bangladesh that is designed to provide comprehensive health and family planning education, ...

An Evidence Map of Social, Behavioural and Community Engagement Interventions for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
November 15, 2017

An Evidence Map of Social, Behavioural and Community Engagement ...

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This document provides an evidence map of existing research into a set of selected social, behavioural, and community engagement (SBCE) interventions for reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH). The product of a collaboration ...

SHIKHA Project: Final Report
November 15, 2017

SHIKHA Project: Final Report

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The final report for the SHIKHA Project, conducted in the Barisal and Khulna divisions of southern Bangladesh from October 2013 to September 2016, describes how the project used a proven behaviour change strategy to improve infant and young child ...

Engaging Community Members to Adopt Effective WASH Practices for Nutrition
November 9, 2017

Engaging Community Members to Adopt Effective WASH Practices for Nutrition

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"The first 1,000 days, the period from pregnancy to two years of age, are critical for early childhood development. During this time, children are especially vulnerable to stunting, an irreversible condition that can result in lifelong cognitive ...

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