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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 ...

South Asia floods: Two million children shut out of schools by disaster
September 1, 2017

South Asia floods: Two million children shut out of schools by disaster

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Author: Shabir Arain, originally posted on August 31 2017 - At least 18,000 schools damaged or destroyed across Bangladesh, India and Nepal. Severe flooding and landslides in Bangladesh, Nepal and India have prevented around 1.8 million ...

Overcoming Barriers of Distrust to Improve Vaccination Coverage: Lessons from Lao and the Hmong Community
February 8, 2017

Overcoming Barriers of Distrust to Improve Vaccination Coverage: Lessons ...

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Author: Ellen Coates, February 8 2017 - The 2014/2015 polio outbreak in Lao People’s Democratic Republic [Laos] resulted in two deaths and paralysis of a small group of children and adults. All cases and positive contacts were from the Hmong ...

Kakalliya: The rapping granny
December 5, 2016

Kakalliya: The rapping granny

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Chibuike Utaka, Head of Factual, BBC Media Action Nigeria, December 2 2016 - Granny-power hits the airwaves to help improve the health of mothers and babies in northern Nigeria. An old woman is ...

Putting Traditional Leaders in the driving seat for ending inequalities
December 9, 2015

Putting Traditional Leaders in the driving seat for ending inequalities

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Author: PSAf's Exectutive Director Lilian Kiefer, December 10 2015 - Traditional leaders are an important institution in the formulation of public opinion and internalisation of social change processes in Zambia. Traditional leaders such as ...

Empowering Families: Parenting Education Is Essential
December 3, 2015

Empowering Families: Parenting Education Is Essential

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Author: Eve Sullivan of the Parents Forum, December 3 2015 (originally posted in April 2014) - Here I am, recovering from jetlag after a nearly 14-hour flight back to the U.S. from Doha, Qatar where I attended a fascinating international ...

The challenge of preventing violence and guaranteeing the right to protection
November 11, 2015

The challenge of preventing violence and guaranteeing the right to protection

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Author: Verónica Bagnoli of Equidad para la Infancia, December 9 2015 - Crime and criminality acquired a connotation of "epidemic" in Brazil and other Latin American countries, the reason being great social unrest. For the first time in decades, ...

Cultivate a culture of protecting children at community level
November 9, 2015

Cultivate a culture of protecting children at community level

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Author: PSAf’s Gillies C. Kasongo, November 12 2015 - The fact that there are still community and media reports of children being abused through child neglect, defilement, exploitation and forced labour imply that more needs to be done to ...

Learning from Community Communication: For better Mission Indradhanush
October 9, 2015

Learning from Community Communication: For better Mission Indradhanush

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Author: Suchi Gaur, October 9 2015 - I had the opportunity to attend the launch of the Immunization initiative titled "Mission Indradhanush" of the Government of India. With the objective that every child gets immunized for seven (7) vaccine ...

Comics for Public Health: Power of Storytelling
October 9, 2015

Comics for Public Health: Power of Storytelling

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Author: Suchi Gaur, October 92015 - All I can remember of comics from my childhood days are images of me flipping through the fresh pages of Archies, Pinky, Chacha Chowdhary, Biloo, Tintin and Champak amongst many others. And while I sat watching ...

Women and Land Rights in Burkina Faso
October 2, 2015

Women and Land Rights in Burkina Faso

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Author: Emma Orchardson, October 2 2015 - This month marks the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Conference on Women. While celebrating the achievements of the past two decades, it is equally important to keep highlighting the current issues faced ...

Is Educating Girls the magic bullet to end global poverty?
September 15, 2015

Is Educating Girls the magic bullet to end global poverty?

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Author: Juliet Le Breton, September 30 2015 - As a seasoned aid worker, it really worries me that many policy-makers imply that if we can just get girls to complete school, they can break out of poverty.

Protect children from defilement, teen pregnancy
September 9, 2015

Protect children from defilement, teen pregnancy

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Author: Gillies C. Kasongo, September 30 2015 - The high number of defilements and teen pregnancies in rural Zambia is a cause for concern and requires concerted efforts to resolve. The Penal Code (Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia) defines ...

The business of bringing up a child is everybody's business
September 6, 2015

The business of bringing up a child is everybody's business

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Author: Amina Kato, September 2 2015 - If radio programme Ya Take ne Arewa (What’s Happening Up North) was a person, she’d be a caring Kaka, ‘grandmother’ in Hausa. She wants every pregnant mother and baby in Nigeria to be alive, safe and ...

A girl without education is like a bird without wings
September 6, 2015

A girl without education is like a bird without wings

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Author: Trish Doherty, August 12 2015 - In a country where only one in ten girls complete primary education, Trish Doherty looks at how a BBC Media Action radio programme is helping more girls stay in school in South Sudan.

Chapter 3: National Planning for CHW Programs
June 16, 2015

Chapter 3: National Planning for CHW Programs

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Author: Dr. Ranu S. Dhillon, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, June 16 2015 - The CHW Reference Guide was produced under the Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program, the United States Agency for International ...

Halt Early Marriages for the African Child
June 11, 2015

Halt Early Marriages for the African Child

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Author: Mamoletsane Khati, June 11 2015 - African children suffer from neglect, deprivation, poor nutrition, poor access to health services, violence and other harmful social and cultural practices that affect children’s wellbeing and expose ...

Health Camps: Expanding Access to Healthcare during Polio Immunization Campaigns in Northern Nigeria
March 9, 2015

Health Camps: Expanding Access to Healthcare during Polio Immunization ...

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Author: Nikhil Patil, March 9 2015 - Non-compliance to polio immunization is a major challenge to effectively reaching 100% coverage of the vaccine across Nigeria and eliminate polio transmission. One solution to address non-compliance has been ...

The Impact of Polio Eradication Activities on Routine Immunization in Three Northern Nigerian States
March 4, 2015

The Impact of Polio Eradication Activities on Routine Immunization in Three ...

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Author: Anne McArthur, March 4 2015 - I’ve been working on immunization programs for the past 14 years, including seven years as Immunization Advisor to the Partnership for Reviving Routine Immunization in Northern Nigeria/Maternal Neonatal and ...

Putting journalists on the driving seat to end child marriages
February 12, 2015

Putting journalists on the driving seat to end child marriages

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Author: Mamoletsane Khati, February 18 2015 - In a region where child marriage reigns supreme and is silently accepted by many as a "normal" practice, the media needs to take charge and correct misconceptions. And that is exactly what journalists ...

Slipping through the sieve?  Equitable Sex Ratio at Birth as a Post 2015 Target
February 12, 2015

Slipping through the sieve? Equitable Sex Ratio at Birth as a Post 2015 Target

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Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, February 12 2015 - There are several gender-specific targets suggested by different UN agencies as part of post-2015 Development Agenda which are beyond those included in the MDGs.  However, they do not include the ...

Reaching children in extreme poverty and attaining MDG 2 target: Revitalizing Education Extension Program, A policy priority
January 27, 2015

Reaching children in extreme poverty and attaining MDG 2 target: ...

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Author: Md. A. Halim Miah, Knowledge Service Coordinator (Operations), Practical Action Bangladesh, January 27 2015 - One of the major challenges of poverty reduction initiatives in Bangladesh is exploring the multifaceted nature of poverty. The ...

Power, Policies and Social/Gender Relations: Can Evaluations Change the Equation?
January 20, 2015

Power, Policies and Social/Gender Relations: Can Evaluations Change the ...

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Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, January 20 2015 - The Context

Could mHealth and behaviour change communication help turn the Ebola tide?
September 15, 2014

Could mHealth and behaviour change communication help turn the Ebola tide?

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Author: Willie Ngumi, September 15 2014 - It’s not the first time I’ve heard of Ebola.  Every time the epidemic has raised its ugly head, it has been a fairly safe distance from me.  And like any other human being, I figured it was ...

The Power of Belief: What Polio and Ebola have in common
September 5, 2014

The Power of Belief: What Polio and Ebola have in common

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Author: Heidi J Larson, PhD, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Dept. Global Health, University of Washington, September 5 2014 - The myriad of challenges contributing to the persisting spread of Ebola in West Africa - the ...

Ebola in Sierra Leone: new radio shows join the fight
September 3, 2014

Ebola in Sierra Leone: new radio shows join the fight

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Author: Musa Sangarie, BBC Media Action, September 3 2014 - A couple of weeks ago in the middle of the night, phones started ringing across Sierra Leone. Despite the late hour, people were calling to pass on the latest rumour about Ebola that ...

Investing in young children makes good business sense
August 25, 2014

Investing in young children makes good business sense

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Author: Michael Feigelson, August 25 2014 - In 2007, The Lancet medical journal published an article stating that more than 200 million children under five fail to reach their potential in cognitive development because of poverty, poor health and ...

Using radio to respond to Ebola in Sierra Leone
July 29, 2014

Using radio to respond to Ebola in Sierra Leone

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Author: Musa Sangarie, July 29 2014 - For the past four years, the BBC Media Action team here in Sierra Leone has been building the skills of radio stations' producers and journalists across the country. We've trained community journalists on how ...

Communication and education for peace in military-controlled South Sudan - Part II
May 19, 2014

Communication and education for peace in military-controlled South Sudan - ...

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Author: Kerida McDonald, UNICEF Senior Advisor, May 19 2014 - Juba, South Sudan - Without the luxury of coffee to start the first day of our mission in Mingkaman we joined the early morning community leaders meeting which provided a perfectly ...

Communication and education for peace in military-controlled South Sudan - Part I
May 19, 2014

Communication and education for peace in military-controlled South Sudan - ...

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Author: Kerida McDonald, UNICEF Senior Advisor, May 19 2014 - Juba, South Sudan - Last month, traveling on roads punctuated by armed soldiers, I attended a workshop on Conflict Sensitive Programming and Peacebuilding Message Development in Juba ...

Every Child Counts
February 20, 2014

Every Child Counts

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Author: Manuel Manrique Castro, from his column in El Mundo de Medellín - translation: Cynthia Selde, published February 12 2014, cross-posted February 20 2014:      For many years The State of the World’s Children report ...

The Voice of Children in the Global Arena
February 18, 2014

The Voice of Children in the Global Arena

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Author: Manuel Manrique Castro from his column, Connecting the Dots; translation: Cynthia Selde, published January 29 2014, cross-posted February 18 2014:        Her melodious and now universally renowned name ...

Social Change Agent
January 6, 2014

Social Change Agent

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Author: Rana Tassawar Ali, January 6 2013          My night's thoughts often foster in me a regret that I fill my vision with such a small contribution for serving humanity.... The social change ...

I want to tell you something - messages from abused children
December 10, 2013

I want to tell you something - messages from abused children

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Author Lisa Jordan December 10 2013:       The Dutch are very proud that, according to UNICEF’s research, children here are the happiest in the world. But averages hide extremes. Sadly, in the Netherlands, neglect ...

Child protection requires leadership, community commitment
November 27, 2013

Child protection requires leadership, community commitment

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Author: Lilian Kiefer, November 29 2013       The media is always awash with reports of children being abused at homes, at schools or in other parts of their communities.

Women and girl's rights in Sierra Leone: Let Us Know!
February 24, 2015

Women and girl's rights in Sierra Leone: Let Us Know!

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Author: Olabisi Olu Garrick, February 23 2015 - Despite my fourteen years as a journalist, I didn’t always want to work in the media. I actually wanted to be a lawyer. The ability to hold people to account and help people understand their legal ...

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