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Publication Date
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, May 19, 2020

"Not only is it important to amplify community voices, but as Youth Reporters, it is your responsibility to ensure that correct information reaches your community. This toolkit is designed to help you to achieve this safely."

The Children's Radio Foundation (CRF) trains youth reporters at radio stations (68, as of this writing) across 6 African countries (Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Liberia, Ivory Coast, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zambia) to produce weekly radio shows and monthly outreach activities covering themes such as climate change, sexual and reproductive health, education, migration, violence and community safety, and others. To ensure the safety of CRF's 750 youth reporters during the COVID-19 crisis, CRF has suspended all in-person reporting and broadcasting activities and replaced them with remote reporting and broadcasting.

Languages: 

English, Swahili

Number of Pages: 

34 (English); 36 (Swahili)

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  <h4>A Survey of the Experience and Opinions of Educators and Technology Specialists</h4>
Publication Date
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

"What is surprising and encouraging, though is the support for the view that the pandemic represents not only a 'wake-up call,' but also an opportunity for Africans to put technology at the heart of plans for using education to transform the continent."

From eLearning Africa and the EdTech Hub, this report provides a window into the perspectives of EdTech experts regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on education in Africa. It is based on the findings of a survey of the eLearning Africa network, which garnered approximately 1,650 responses from 52 countries in Africa. The survey asked education and technology practitioners, experts, policymakers, administrators, and investors throughout Africa to weigh in on how COVID-19 had affected their countries, institutions, and colleagues. Their own words - in the form of quoted excerpts from the survey - are featured throughout the report.

  <div class="field button"><a href="https://www.elearning-africa.com/survey-COVID19" 0="a:0:{}" target="_blank">Click here in order to download the 81-page report in PDF format. </a></div>
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Email from Rebecca Stromeyer to The Communication Initiative on September 16 2020. Image credit: ICTworks

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Author: 
Nancy A. Otieno
Bryan Nyawanda
Fredrick Otiato
Maxwell Adero
Winnie N. Wairimu
Raphael Atito
Andrew D. Wilson
Ines Gonzalez-Casanova
Fauzia A. Malik
Jennifer R. Verani
Marc-Alain Widdowson
Saad B. Omer
Sandra S. Chaves
Publication Date
Friday, September 4, 2020
Affiliation: 

Kenya Medical Research Institute (Otieno, Nyawanda, Otiato, Adero, Wairimu, Atito); Emory University Rollins School of Public Health (Wilson, Gonzalez-Casanova, Malik, Omer); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Kenya (Verani, Widdowson, Chaves)

"Understanding determinants of influenza vaccine acceptance during pregnancy in low- and low to middle-income settings is important to inform rollout of maternal influenza vaccination programs and guide strategies to promote uptake of the vaccine."

Despite the World Health Organization (WHO) Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) recommendation to prioritise pregnant women for influenza vaccination, many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) have yet to make official recommendations; in places with such policies, uptake of the vaccine remains suboptimal. In an effort to inform decision-making on future plans to expand the pregnancy vaccination platform in Kenya, this study sought to understand knowledge and attitudes of Kenyan pregnant women on influenza vaccination and factors that would influence their willingness to receive influenza vaccines during pregnancy.

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Vaccine https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2020.08.015. Image credit: WHO/S. Torfinn

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Author: 
P C Mugoni, PhD
Publication Date
Friday, August 14, 2020
Affiliation: 

Howard College, University of KwaZulu-Natal

"...adds impetus to calls to understand how women will be impacted by COVID-19, and to proffer evidence on how to reach them with health education and services..."

KwaZulu-Natal Province (KZN), where the first two cases of COVID-19 in South Africa (SA) were confirmed, is experiencing rapidly rising drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) rates. Scholars have observed that TB information is not widely or commonly available, and that universal misconceptions about TB remain prevalent. In light of the possibility that gaps in and successes of SA's TB management programme could inform COVID-19 responses, the present study assessed public health promotion strategies for reaching vulnerable young women with multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) in KZN with information they will access, retain, share, and discuss with others in their primary circles.

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Southern African Journal of Public Health (incorporating Strengthening Health Systems) 2020;4(2):34-40. DOI:10.7196/SHS.2020.v4i2.117

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Vaccine communication strategies in a time of COVID?

1. What communication strategies are you pursuing? Why?

2. In support of your work; what questions do you have for others in the network?

Please share your responses in support of all engaged in this network. Feel free to reply by email and we will do the rest. Or click on "Please click to review, comment and access any attachments" above or below and post a comment online.

I guess we all know the dynamics by now. But have included below my quick, informal analysis in case helpful. Plus there are links below to just a few relevant knowledge summaries shared through The CI networks COVID-19 HUB.

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Author: 
Daniel Ominde Okoth
Publication Date
Monday, June 1, 2020

"These are voices they already trust, and when they tell them to do something that will save their lives, they are inclined to listen." - Mr Julius Kyamanywa, Station Manager, Uganda's CGR Radio

Studies on how radio was used during the West African Ebola outbreak, and how it is being used during the COVID-19 pandemic, show that it can be an effective tool in influencing changes in social behaviours that might help in reducing the spread of infectious diseases in East Africa. This is the central argument of this report, which was commissioned by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Media Programme SubSahara Africa. It shares details about research carried out among 9 radio stations across Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania that sought to find out how local radios are using social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) in the fight against the pandemic.

  <div class="field button"><a href="https://www.kas.de/documents/285576/285625/Radio+and+Pandemics+-+COVID-19+in+East+Africa.pdf/d4d1cd25-82d6-1fe3-8c8e-325be8330c95?version=1.0&amp;t=1593162113737" target="_blank">Click here for the 23-page document in PDF format.</a></div>
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Author: 
Sapphire Crosby
Sarah Younie
Iain Williamson
Katie Laird
Publication Date
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Affiliation: 

De Montfort University

"...by adopting a Co-Creation approach, the on-going relationships with each collaborator ensures the shared-ownership and sustainability of the resources and enables the opportunity for further resources to be continually adapted and developed for their contexts."

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PLoS ONE 15(9):e0239234.https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0239234; and A Germ's Journey website, September 23 2020. Image credit: A Germ's Journey

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Author: 
Morenike Oluwatoyin Folayan
Brandon Brown
Bridget Haire
Chinedum Peace Babalola
Nicaise Ndembi
Publication Date
Saturday, August 15, 2020
Affiliation: 

Obafemi Awolowo University (Folayan); Kirby Institute (Brown); University of California, Riverside School of Medicine (Haire); University of Ibadan (Babalola); Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (Ndembi)

"Civil-society organizations, members of community advisory boards and ethics committees, young persons, COVID-19 survivors, researchers, government, and the private sector are assets for the implementation and translation of COVID-19 related clinical trials."

  <div class="field button"><a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7461519/" target="_blank">Click here to read the article online or to download it in PDF format (7 pages).</a></div>
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Developing World Bioethics. 2020 Aug 15: 10.1111/dewb.12283. Image credit: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

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Publication Date
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

From Girl Effect and Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, this toolkit is designed to facilitate the planning, creation, implementation, and evaluation of a girl-focused human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine communication campaign, regardless of timeline, resources, or budget. It consists of a series of guides and creative tools meant to help communications managers and design agencies learn from others who have developed an HPV vaccine campaign and plan their own.

Organisers note that, for adolescent girls, cervical cancer and the HPV vaccine can be difficult subjects to engage with. Rumours, miscommunication, taboos around sexual health, and lack of information have all contributed to their unease and uncertainty. Thus, each piece of communication in the Girl Focus strategy speaks directly to girls, inspiring them with positive messages (while reassuring their communities) that getting vaccinated is the right thing to do. This approach is meant to help girl:

Languages: 

English; French

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Source: 

TechNet-21, accessed on September 10 2020. Image credit: Girl Effect

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Publication Date
2020

"Empowerment of people through Media and Information Literacy (MIL) is an essential prerequisite for fostering equitable access to information and knowledge and promoting free, independent and pluralistic media and information system."

In response to the "infodemic" around the COVID-19 pandemic, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Office in Abuja, Nigeria, launched a survey on the perception of COVID-19 communication in West Africa (non-Sahel). Conducted between April 28 and May 10 2020, this survey sought to understand how people in Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Togo obtain and use information on COVID-19 for behavioural change.

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