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Factors and Misperceptions of Routine Childhood Immunization Service Uptake in Ethiopia: Findings from a Nationwide Qualitative Study
April 26, 2018

Factors and Misperceptions of Routine Childhood Immunization Service Uptake ...

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"[W]hile immunization of children might be affected by several factors, its identification using qualitative evidence collected from children's caretakers is generally minimal and narrow addressing aspects of the possible factors, often based on ...

Parents' Experience and Views of Vaccinating Their Child against Influenza at Primary School and at the General Practice
April 24, 2018

Parents' Experience and Views of Vaccinating Their Child against Influenza ...

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The purpose of this study was to gain an in-depth understanding of parents' experience and views of vaccinating their four- to six-year-old child against influenza at school and at the general practice (GP), or doctor's office, in the United ...

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 ...

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) ...

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 ...

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 ...

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."

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.”

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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."

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 ...

Using Behavior Change Approaches to Improve Complementary Feeding Practices
November 6, 2017

Using Behavior Change Approaches to Improve Complementary Feeding Practices

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This paper applies an implementation framework, based on a behaviour change model, to compare four detailed case studies of complementary feeding programmes carried out in Bangladesh, Malawi, Peru, and Zambia. The paper examines commonalities and ...

Behavioral Economics and Developmental Science: A New Framework to Support Early Childhood Interventions
November 2, 2017

Behavioral Economics and Developmental Science: A New Framework to Support ...

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"Parents play an integral role as active agents on behalf of their children. Simplified, program participation and engagement are often assumed to be the result of an active evaluation by parents about costs versus benefits. This evaluation is ...

Communication for Development and Social Change: Influencing Social Norms for an Inclusive Society in Montenegro
October 27, 2017

Communication for Development and Social Change: Influencing Social Norms ...

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"The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities call upon the governments to ensure that all children, irrespective of their abilities, enjoy their rights. However, children with ...

Windows into Early Learning and Development
October 17, 2017

Windows into Early Learning and Development

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From the Executive Summary: "The first five years of a child's life is a time of great promise and rapid change, when the developing brain is most open to the influence of relationships and experiences. However, millions of children across the ...

Approaches of the Leo Toto and APHIAplus Nuru Ya Bonde Programs in Kenya - Case Study on Improving HIV Testing and Services for Children Orphaned or Made Vulnerable by HIV (OVC)
October 12, 2017

Approaches of the Leo Toto and APHIAplus Nuru Ya Bonde Programs in Kenya - ...

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“In spite of the dramatic success of HIV treatment programs around the world, children remain under-tested, and are thus denied access to lifesaving treatment.”

Successful Strategies for Stopping Polio in India
October 10, 2017

Successful Strategies for Stopping Polio in India

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"The polio program became a national movement." This brief from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), one of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partners, shares key approaches implemented by the polio programme in India to ...

Behavioral Insights for Development: Cases from Central America
October 5, 2017

Behavioral Insights for Development: Cases from Central America

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This publication summarises five cases in which the World Bank, in collaboration with governments and partners, has applied behavioural insights to different areas of public policy in Central America. These experiences collectively show how ...

The Impact and Cost of Child Marriage Prevention in Three African Settings
October 4, 2017

The Impact and Cost of Child Marriage Prevention in Three African Settings

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"Developing and testing streamlined, and minimum basic interventions is critical in the context of child marriage. The practice prevails in the poorest countries with large numbers of girls affected. Interventions that have the potential to reach ...

Mmata Tswana (My Partner) - Community Caregiver Support Groups to Improve ART Adherence Amongst Adolescents Living with HIV
October 3, 2017

Mmata Tswana (My Partner) - Community Caregiver Support Groups to Improve ...

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“As experts in their own situations and children’s closest supporters, caregivers are crucial to providing psychosocial, adherence and retention support to the children and adolescents that they care for. They are well placed to provide overall ...

Male Engagement in HIV Response - A Platform of Action
September 28, 2017

Male Engagement in HIV Response - A Platform of Action

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"Gender equality and gender-sensitive approaches must be integral parts of the policies and actions that drive the HIV response." This Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) meeting report highlights gender inequalities and harmful ...

Innovations in Mobile Birth Registration: Insights from Tigo Tanzania and Telenor Pakistan
September 28, 2017

Innovations in Mobile Birth Registration: Insights from Tigo Tanzania and ...

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"The ability to prove one’s identity is essential to securing a number of life-enhancing services such as healthcare, education, financial services, connectivity and social protections."  This GSMA report addresses the need of an estimated ...

"Expanding Our Horizons": Formative Research on Aspirations and Family Dynamics Related to Sanitation and Nutrition
September 28, 2017

"Expanding Our Horizons": Formative Research on Aspirations and Family ...

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This document is a summary of a longer report, originally written in Spanish, sharing the results of an investigation to identify the normative and behavioural factors influencing infant nutrition and feeding and sanitation practices in the ...

Prevention Gap Report
September 26, 2017

Prevention Gap Report

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"All programmes require a strong community empowerment element and specific efforts to address legal and policy barriers, as well as the strengthening of health systems, social protection systems and actions to address gender inequality and ...

Peers and Partners: Empowering Children to Take Civic Action
September 26, 2017

Peers and Partners: Empowering Children to Take Civic Action

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"While threats against civic space are well documented around the world, little is said on how civic space trends are being experienced by children, and how children's rights and abilities to be active agents for change in their countries and ...

ALL IN to End the Adolescent AIDS Epidemic: A Progress Report
September 20, 2017

ALL IN to End the Adolescent AIDS Epidemic: A Progress Report

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"ALL IN...recognizes the importance of a holistic, multi-sectoral approach towards addressing risk and vulnerability in adolescents, seeking to drive this fast-track effort through partnerships that combine forces to improve leadership, ...

Development of a Global Mechanism in Support of Advancing the Scale and Impact of Communication and Media for Development, Social and Behaviour Change
September 20, 2017

Development of a Global Mechanism in Support of Advancing the Scale and ...

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Note: What follows is the summary of this report. The full report can be accessed at this link.

IDELA: Fostering Common Solutions for Young Children
September 18, 2017

IDELA: Fostering Common Solutions for Young Children

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"In LMICs [low- and middle-income countries], there is limited guidance on the 'how to' of programs: how to get a return on investment and how to boost children's early development, especially for children from socio-cultural minorities."

Protecting Children on the Move in Asia through Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Social Media
September 18, 2017

Protecting Children on the Move in Asia through Information and ...

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"In a region with more mobile phones than people,...digital growth in Southeast Asia presents opportunities for children on the move to make informed decisions prior to migration and could help to prevent children from moving alone or being ...

Effectiveness of mHealth Interventions for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
September 12, 2017

Effectiveness of mHealth Interventions for Maternal, Newborn and Child ...

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"mHealth research projects are typically under-theorised, poorly specified and vaguely described. This creates challenges for effective evidence synthesis, risks unintended consequences that cannot be explained, makes replication and scaling ...

Digital Tools and Changing Behaviour in Relation to Violence against Women
September 7, 2017

Digital Tools and Changing Behaviour in Relation to Violence against Women

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What are the most effective tools developed for digital platforms (social media, mobile phone apps and websites) that have been successful in changing behaviour in relation to violence against women? Violence against women and girls (VAWG) ...

Participation of Children and Adolescents: An Indispensable Factor for a Better Municipal Investment in Central America
September 6, 2017

Participation of Children and Adolescents: An Indispensable Factor for a ...

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"Adolescents, youth and adults representing organizations from the Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua Chapters [to  Central American Seminar of Children and Adolescents in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, May 2016] exchanged experiences ...

Does Targeting Children with Hygiene Promotion Messages Work? The Effect of Handwashing Promotion Targeted at Children, on Diarrhoea, Soil-Transmitted Helminth Infections and Behaviour Change, in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
September 5, 2017

Does Targeting Children with Hygiene Promotion Messages Work? The Effect of ...

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The purpose of this systematic review is to assess if promoting the practice of handwashing with soap (HWWS), designed to reach children in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), is effective at increasing handwashing behaviour and ...

Social Norms and Girls' Well-Being: Linking Theory and Practice
August 31, 2017

Social Norms and Girls' Well-Being: Linking Theory and Practice

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"Focusing on social norms expands the typical conversation around social change, placing human relationships within communities at the center of the narrative."

Family Honour and Shattered Dreams: Girl Brides in Mali, Niger and Senegal
August 31, 2017

Family Honour and Shattered Dreams: Girl Brides in Mali, Niger and Senegal

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“The research brings a new perspective – that of girls, boys, their parents and their communities – and nuances some of the common assumptions made about why and how child marriage happens in the region.”

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