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Publication Date
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2020

"The outbreak of the COVID-19 disease has brought into sharp focus the imperative of the media in society...At the same time, the outbreak has seriously disrupted, and significantly destabilised, media systems and news routines in the countries of West Africa...[L]ike the virus itself, all [effects] require some examination to establish the evidence empirically; all require collaboration to ensure that response and recovery actions are contingent, effective and sustainable."

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MFWA website and MFWA website on November 20 2020. Image credit: MFWA via Twitter

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Author: 
Peter Agyei-Baffour
Matthew Asare
Beth Lanning
Adofo Koranteng
Cassandra Millan
Mary E. Commeh
Jane R. Montealegre
Hadii M. Mamudu
Publication Date
Friday, October 16, 2020
Affiliation: 

University of Science and Technology (Agyei-Baffour, Koranteng); Baylor University (Asare, Lanning, Millan); Ghana Health Services (Commeh); Baylor College of Medicine Houston (Montealegre); East Tennessee State University (Mamudu)

"...health workers will be armed with the right information to educate the public, dispel misconceptions and promote the uptake of the vaccine. Ultimately, this will be a giant step forward in Ghana's attempt at cervical cancer prevention and control."

The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine was first introduced in Ghana in 2013; as in many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), the vaccination rates remain very low there. Studies in other countries have found that healthcare providers (HCPs), including physicians, nurses, and allied health workers, play a central role in HPV vaccine uptake. This study uses Multi-Theory Model (MTM) constructs to examine Ghanaian HCPs' attitudes towards HPV vaccination and their vaccination recommendation practices.

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PLoS ONE 15(10):e0240657. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0240657. Image credit: Modern Ghana

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Author: 
Emelie Yonally
Olivia Tulloch
Nadia Butler
Amaya Gillespie
Publication Date
Sunday, November 1, 2020
Affiliation: 

Anthrologica (Yonally, Tulloch, Butler); UNICEF (Gillespie)

"'Pandemic fatigue' (demotivation to follow recommended protective behaviours...) and complacency are affected by a range of factors and community concerns that cannot be anticipated nor well understood without engaging with communities."

  <div class="field button"><a href="https://opendocs.ids.ac.uk/opendocs/bitstream/handle/20.500.12413/15786/SSHAP%20Synthesis_RCCE%20Strategies%20to%20Overcome%20COVID-19%20Response%20Fatigue%20East%20Med%20and%20MENA%20AL.pdf?sequence=1&amp;isAllowed=y 2019" target="_blank">Click here for the 17-page report in PDF format.</a></div>
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SSHAP website, November 20 2020; and email from Annie Lowden to The Communication Initiative on November 23 2020. Image credit: © UNICEF/UNI347833

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Publication Date
Monday, July 13, 2020

"To engage the public - and to make accountability for women's, children's and adolescents' health more valid and valuable - people's voice, their lived experiences, needs and priorities need to be included at every opportunity. However, voice does not equate to accountability if there is no one to listen, act and respond."

  <div class="field button"><a href="https://iapewec.org/reports/annual-reports/iap-2020-report/" target="_blank">Click here to download the 76-page report in English PDF format, to read an executive summary in 6 UN languages, and to access related materials (e.g., videos, stories, and social media tools).</a></div>
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Launch of the #IAP2020 Report page on the EWEC website, November 5 2020. Image credit: ©UNICEF/UNI326822/Frank Dejongh

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Author: 
Tim Schoot Uiterkamp
Lucy Goodchild
Publication Date
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Affiliation: 

Free Press Unlimited

"Media literacy has reached a critical moment for teenagers: now, more than ever before, they need to be equipped with skills and tools to navigate an increasingly polarised and potentially misleading daily onslaught of content online."

This report shares the findings of an exploratory study, conducted by Free Press Unlimited (FPU), to provide insights into young people's critical engagement with online social media content in different country contexts. The study focused on children aged 13-14 from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds in Mexico, South Africa, and the Netherlands. It is hoped that the findings of this research can help shape new approaches to media literacy training in around the world.

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FPU website, November 5 2020. Image credit: FPU

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Author: 
Samhir Vasdev
Publication Date
Saturday, September 1, 2018
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IREX

"[I]mpartial, fact-based news is a powerful indicator for the quality of media and the vibrancy of an information ecosystem."

In Mozambique, IREX's Media Strengthening Program (MSP, funded by the United States Agency for International Development, USAID) supports Mozambican professional and community journalists and their media platforms to provide high-quality information to citizens. As part of this project, IREX worked with Lore to test whether machine learning can help detect news articles that contain journalists' opinions and biases. This case study describes the process of undertaking the experiment (a minimum viable prototype, or MVP), along with findings and lessons learned.

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CAMECO Media Development Literature, July 2018 - June 2019; and IREX website, March 2 2020. Image credit: IREX

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Utilizing Data from the KAP COVID Survey to Manage the COVID-19 Infodemic -  NOVEMBER 11, 2020, 9 AM EST

As countries continue to manage surges in COVID-19 infections and fatalities, they are also attempting to thwart streams of misinformation. The KAP COVID Dashboard provides ministries of health and public health practitioners in 67 countries with a reliable starting point from which to base policy and programmatic decisions. This webinar will contextualize the value of these data within the global infodemic and highlight global findings. Participants will hear how country-level implementers utilized the data from these dashboards to help drive COVID-19 related decision-making. Register here.

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Publication Date
Tuesday, January 28, 2020

"In 2019, over 51 million people were suffering from drought, displacement, conflict, epidemics and food insecurity in 10 crises away from the public eye."

This report offers an analysis of the top 10 most underreported humanitarian crises in 2019, highlighting natural disasters and conflicts that have affected a million people or more and yet received the least worldwide media attention. Published yearly by CARE International and now in its fourth year, the report seeks to contribute to a wider discussion between the humanitarian aid sector, media outlets, and policymakers on how to jointly raise awareness and deliver aid to those in need.

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CARE Insights website and CARE International Press Release on November 16 2020. Image credit: ©CARE/Clément Radar

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Author: 
Om Prasad Gautam
Lara Kontos
Elijah Adera
Ronnie Murungu
Therese Mahon
Tidiane Diallo
Alison Macintyre
Tommy Ka Kit Ngai
Publication Date
Thursday, October 1, 2020
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WaterAid

"As there is currently an unprecedented focus on handwashing and a high uptake in handwashing with soap, we have an opportunity to leverage multiple motives and change behaviours for an entire generation."

The international not-for-profit federation WaterAid is working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by drawing on its experience in the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sector to implement at-scale hygiene behaviour change programmes. This document outlines its phased, evidence-based, behaviour-centric approach to hygiene response during COVID-19 - examining the theory of change behind this approach, reflecting on challenges and lessons learned, and offering a series of recommendations. Through this response to COVID-19, WaterAid aims to reach 99 million people in the 28 countries it works in across South Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

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WaterAid website, November 12 2020; and email from Om Prasad Gautam to The Communication Initiative on November 12 2020. Image credit: WaterAid/Zambia

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  <h4>Final Report</h4>
Author: 
Stein-Erik Kruse
Birgitte Jallov
Magreth Henjewele
Publication Date
Monday, February 24, 2020

"Femina Hip emphasises that...social and behaviour change programmes must create opportunities and platforms for people to actively participate in a process of dialogue, reflection, negotiation and mobilisation."

This report shares the findings of an evaluation of Femina Hip, a youth information and empowerment programme in Tanzania that uses mass media, edutainment, and youth clubs to reach out to young people. The purpose of the evaluation is to enable Femina Hip and its donor partners to assess the progress of ongoing programme implementation, to learn what works well, and to understand what could be improved to operate better in the current socio-political context and for the next 5-year period. The evaluation covers the period 2013 to 2019.

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Email from Birgitte Jallov to The Communication Initiative on October 15 2020; and Femina Hip website, October 29 2020. Image credit: Femina Hip

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