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Author: 
Valentina Baú
Publication Date
Sunday, April 1, 2018
Affiliation: 

University of New South Wales

"[E]nabling community members to be the drivers of local peacebuilding processes using their knowledge, experience, communication and media skills can be a more effective avenue for groups to uncover a healing practice that comes from within rather than without, and which can ultimately transform trauma."

In order to explore the potential that involving local community members in media production has to foster healing and reconciliation, this article reviews four media projects carried out in Sierra Leone in the aftermath of the 1991-2002 civil war. This is framed through an introduction of the literature on trauma and healing and a discussion of the main critiques advanced towards current approaches in this field; selected media theories that bring to light the impact that these types of media can have on both their producers and their audience in this context are also examined.

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Online Journal of Art and Design, Volume 6, Issue 2, April 2018 - sent via email from Valentina Baú to The Communication Initiative on June 13 2018. Image credit: InsightShare

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Author: 
Rizky Ika Syafitri
Publication Date
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Affiliation: 

UNICEF

This presentation highlights the role of behaviour change communication, advocacy, and community mobilisation in addressing behavioural-related challenges for childhood immunisation. It does so through by sharing the experiences of, and lessons learned from, the Indonesia measles-rubella (MR) campaign carried out by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and partners in support of the Ministry of Health (MOH). Conducted August-September 2017, Phase 1 sought to reach 35 million children age 9 months to 14 years of age in Java Island; Phase 2 is being implemented in 2018 in 28 provinces outside Java, attempting to reach 33 million children from the same age group.

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Email from Rizky Ika Syafitri to The Communication Initiative on May 4 2018. Image credit: UNICEF

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Author: 
Victoria Bolanle Brown
O. Abimbola Oluwatosin
Publication Date
Monday, December 4, 2017
Affiliation: 

University College Hospital (Brown); University of Ibadan (Oluwatosin)

"Reminder/recall systems are effective ways to improve immunization rates, but their feasibility in primary health care (PHC) settings in Nigeria has not been adequately evaluated."

This is a descriptive report of a cluster randomised controlled trial that evaluated the acceptability and adaptability of an immunisation reminder/recall system in an urban setting in Oyo State in southwest Nigeria. The 2013 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey showed that only 25.8% of children aged 12-23 months in Oyo State were fully immunised with recommended routine vaccines, leading to outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs). Effective and novel strategies are therefore being tested to enable the country to meet the World Health Organization (WHO)-recommended 95% level for the sustained control of VPDs and reduce under-five mortality.

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BMC Health Services Research 2017, 17 (Suppl 2): 703. Image credit: GiftedMom

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Author: 
Gianluca Russo
Alessandro Miglietta
Patrizio Pezzotti
Rodrigue Mabvouna Biguioh
Georges Bouting Mayaka
Martin Sanou Sobze
Paola Stefanelli
Vincenzo Vullo
Giovanni Rezza
Publication Date
Friday, July 10, 2015
Affiliation: 

University of Rome (Russo, Miglietta, Vullo); Istituto Superiore di Sanità (Pezzotti, Stefanelli, Rezza); University of Dschang (Biguioh, Sobze); Dschang District Hospital (Mayaka)

"Information and attitude towards immunization should be strengthened with adequate vaccination education programmes, in order to favour this evidence-based intervention."

This study was performed in Dschang (West Region, Cameroon), during an October 2013 polio outbreak in order to estimate the immunisation coverage among children aged 12-23 months, to identify determinants for incomplete vaccination status, and to assess the risk of poliovirus spread in the study population. Oral polio vaccine type 3 (OPV-3) coverage data reported from the study may represent an indicator for the risk assessment of wild poliovirus (WPV) spread in the study area.

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BMC Public Health (2015) 15:630. DOI 10.1186/s12889-015-2000-2. Image credit: Cameroon Traveler

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Author: 
Kathleen L. Irwin
Mohamed F. Jalloh
Jamaica Corker
Barry Alpha Mahmoud
Susan J. Robinson
Wenshu Li
Nyuma E. James
Musa Sellu
Mohammad B. Jalloh
Alpha Ahmadou Diallo
LaRee Tracy
Rana Hajjeh
Amanda VanSteelandt
Rebecca Bunnell
Lise Martel
Pratima L. Raghunathan
Barbara Marston
The 2015 Guinean Household Survey of Ebola Virus Disease Project Group
Publication Date
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Affiliation: 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC (Irwin, Robinson, Li, Hajjeh, VanSteelandt, Bunnell, Martel, Raghunathan, Marston); Focus 1000 (M.F. Jalloh, James, Sellu, M.B. Jalloh); Consultant to the CDC (Corker); Santé Plus (Mahmoud); Ministry of Health, Conakry, Guinea (Diallo); Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (Tracy)

From March 2014 to May 2016, Guinea suffered a large, national Ebola virus disease epidemic in which 3,814 confirmed, probable, or suspected cases and 2,544 deaths were reported. The government of Guinea's National Coordination for the Fight against Ebola collaborated with partner organisations to increase the public's knowledge about Ebola and to promote life-saving prevention practices; for example, mass media, community events, and door-to-door campaigns spread information about Ebola causes and transmission and advised prompt symptom reporting and avoiding contact with sick people and corpses. As the epidemic waned in August 2015, several organisations collaborated to conduct a national household survey that evaluated the knowledge, attitudes, and practices (KAP) related to the epidemic response and attitudes about hypothetical Ebola vaccines that might inform future use of experimental or licensed Ebola vaccines. This article shares the results of the KAP survey.

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Vaccine Volume 35, Issue 49, Part B, December 14 2017, Pages 6915-6923. Image credit: Cellou Binani/AFP/Getty

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Author: 
Lori K. Handy
Stefania Maroudi
Maura Powell
Bakanuki Nfila
Charlotte Moser
Ingrid Japa
Ndibo Monyatsi
Elena Tzortzi
Ismini Kouzeli
Anthony Luberti
Maria Theodoridou
Paul Offit
Andrew Steenhoff
Judy A. Shea
Kristen A. Feemster
Publication Date
Thursday, August 3, 2017
Affiliation: 

The Sidney Kimmel Medical Center at Thomas Jefferson University (Handy); Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (Handy); Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (Handy, Powell, Moser, Japa, Offit, Steenhoff, Feemster); Collaborative Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Outcomes Research (Maroudi); Botswana-UPenn Partnership (Nfila, Tzortzi, Kouzeli, Theodoridou); Robert Reid Cabral Hospital (Japa); Ministry of Health, Gaborone, Botswana (Monyatsi); University of Pennsylvania (Luberti, Offit, Steenhoff, Shea, Feemster); Botswana-UPenn Partnership and University of Botswana (Steenhoff)

"These differences highlight the influence of context on vaccine acceptance and emphasize the importance of region- or country-specific research to understand local drivers of vaccine acceptance."

This study explored attitudes and beliefs related to vaccine acceptance and the methods of communication about vaccines leading to vaccine acceptance in 3 countries in diverse regions of the world and with immunisation programmes in various stages of development: Botswana, the Dominican Republic (DR), and Greece. It has been suggested that region- or country-specific research is crucial given the complex array of individual, sociocultural, and political factors that influence vaccine acceptance.

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Panos Inside the prison walls

From Panos, Lusaka, Zambia, originally posted May 8 2018 - Panos Institute Southern Africa has published a report that highlights the living conditions in correctional facilities across Zambia, and their effects on the right to health for prisoners and circumstantial children.

Titled Inside the Prison Walls – The effects of living conditions on the right to health for prisoners and circumstantial children in Zambia, the report was produced under the Prisoners’ Rights and Human Rights Project which PSAf is implementing with financial support from the European Union (EU), with a contribution from the Norwegian Agency for International Development Cooperation (NORAD). The project seeks to contribute to an increased protection of rights and improved living conditions of prisoners in Muchinga, Luapula and Central Provinces of Zambia.

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Vusumuzi Sifile

Author: Vusumuzi Sifile, posted May 17 2018 - One thing was very clear during the commemoration of World Press Freedom Day on 3 May 2018: the unquestionable public appreciation of the role of the media in speaking truth to power, advancing good governance, transparency, accountability, justice and the rule of law. This was evident in the manner in which various stakeholders – from different sectors -- came out in their numbers to join media practitioners in commemorating this day.

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Author: 
Valentina Baú
Publication Date
Sunday, April 1, 2018
Affiliation: 

University of New South Wales

"[E]nabling community members to be the drivers of local peacebuilding processes using their knowledge, experience, communication and media skills can be a more effective avenue for groups to uncover a healing practice that comes from within rather than without, and which can ultimately transform trauma."

In order to explore the potential that involving local community members in media production has to foster healing and reconciliation, this article reviews four media projects carried out in Sierra Leone in the aftermath of the 1991-2002 civil war. This is framed through an introduction of the literature on trauma and healing and a discussion of the main critiques advanced towards current approaches in this field; selected media theories that bring to light the impact that these types of media can have on both their producers and their audience in this context are also examined.

  <div class="field button"><a href="https://www.academia.edu/36381604/Media_Participation_and_Healing_community-led_content_to_overcome_the_trauma_of_conflict" target="_blank">Click here to download the 21-page paper in PDF format.</a></div>
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Online Journal of Art and Design, Volume 6, Issue 2, April 2018 - sent via email from Valentina Baú to The Communication Initiative on June 13 2018. Image credit: InsightShare

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Participants in the KP-REACH inception workshop

Author: James Ayodele, May 29 2018 - A heart-warming radio and digital campaign, “Unheard Voices”, has launched on radio stations across six Southern African countries (Botswana, eSwatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa) to share real-life stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and sex workers across the region. The campaign features stories of how individuals in these key population groups have become accepted for who they are over time and aims to inspire greater human kindness and inclusion. These never-heard-before human stories show how for every act of intolerance, there is an act of compassion and acceptance.

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