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Publication Date
Friday, August 23, 2019

"Through a holistic approach, IREX laid the groundwork for positive change in Mozambican media."

This report offers an overview of IREX's implementation of the Mozambique Media Strengthening Program (MSP), covering a 7-year period from June 2012 to June 2019. The programme involved a wide range of assistance activities, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), designed to strengthen the media and health-related communications sectors in Mozambique. The report summarises MSP's objective-related activities, results, and impact, as well as the MSP transformation to sustainable localisation efforts.

  <div class="field button"><a href="https://pdf.usaid.gov/pdf_docs/PA00TX14.pdf" target="_blank">Click here to download the 37-page report in PDF format.</a></div>
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CAMECO Media Development Publications, January - June 2020 [PDF] on October 15 2020. Image credit: Francisco Laque, IREX

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Publication Date
Monday, June 1, 2020

"[P]ositive father involvement and participation is associated with improved outcomes for all family members."

  <div class="field button"><a href="https://heartlines.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/fathers-matter-spreads-low-res.pdf" 0="s:6:&quot;a:0:{}&quot;;" target="_blank">Click here for the 70-page report in PDF format.</a></div>
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Heartlines website, July 20 2020; and email from Latasha Slavin to The Communication Initiative on July 21 2020. Image credit: Heartlines

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Author: 
Amber Peterman
Alessandra Guedes
Gabrielle Berman
Ramya Subrahmanian
Claudia Cappa
Publication Date
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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

"Global and national stakeholders have raised serious concerns about the risk of increased frequency and severity of VAC, alongside other forms of violence, during the COVID-19 pandemic..."

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) contends that research and data are important to draw attention to the experiences of children during the COVID-19 pandemic, to advocate for a range of protection services, and to inform the design of violence against children (VAC) prevention and response programmes. That said, collecting primary data from children or caregivers on the experience of violence during the pandemic presents ethical, safety, and methodological challenges and may pose risks to children, families, and even researchers. This resource is meant to serve as a simple guide to inform decisions related to VAC data collection and evidence generation during and after the COVID-19 crisis.

  <div class="field button"><a href="https://data.unicef.org/resources/research-on-violence-against-children-during-the-covid-19-pandemic-guidance/" target="_blank">Click here in order to download the 22-page resource in PDF format.</a></div>
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22

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ALNAP COVID-19 Response Portal, accessed on October 20 2020. Image credit: © UNICEF/UNI337488/UNICEF Yemen

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Author: 
Emily Carnahan
Ellen Ferriss
Emily Beylerian
Francis Dien Mwansa
Ngwegwe Bulula
Dafrossa Lyimo
Anna Kalbarczyk
Alain B. Labrique
Laurie Werner
Jessica C. Shearer
Publication Date
Thursday, October 1, 2020
Affiliation: 

PATH (Carnahan, Beylerian, Werner, Shearer); Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Ferriss, Kalbarczyk, Labrique); Ministry of Health, Lusaka, Zambia (Mwansa); Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (Bulula, Lyimo)

"New systems that aim to improve data timeliness, availability, or completeness will only be able to do so if they are used consistently as intended."

Traditionally, most low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) have relied on paper-based data collection at the facility level to capture immunisation data. The electronic immunisation registry (EIR) has been proposed as a means of improving data quality, facilitating reporting, and promoting data use in LMICs, ultimately providing the opportunity to strengthen vaccination services. This observational study examines the organisational, technical, and behavioural factors associated with facility EIR use in Tanzania and Zambia between 2016 and 2018.

  <div class="field button"><a href="https://www.ghspjournal.org/content/8/3/488" target="_blank">Click here to read the article online or to download it in PDF format (17 pages).</a></div>
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Global Health: Science and Practice 2020 | Volume 8 | Number 3. Image credit: PATH/Trevor Snapp

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Author: 
Grace Awantang
Stella Babalola
Hannah Koenker
Kathleen Fox
Michael Toso
Nan Lewicky
Daniel Somah
Victor Koko
Publication Date
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Affiliation: 

Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, or CCP (Awantang, Babalola, Koenker, Fox, Toso, Lewicky); National Malaria Control Programme (Somah, Koko)

"Social and behavior change communication campaigns that aim to promote desired care-seeking behaviors should be compelling enough for their audiences to remember[,] as caregiver recall of messages is positively associated with positive care-seeking behaviors."

The prevalence of prompt artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) among children in Liberia was stagnant for several years before this study took place in 2014. This paper investigates the correlates of 2 malaria case management outcomes: (i) a female caregiver taking a febrile child to a health facility, and (ii) prompt treatment with ACT. The authors were specifically interested in caregiver exposure to the "Healthy Baby, Happy Mother" social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) campaign, which disseminated 4 key messages about how a caregiver should respond if her child developed fever.

  <div class="field button"><a href="https://malariajournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12936-018-2249-x" 0="a:0:{}" target="_blank">Click here to read the article online or to download it in PDF format (10 pages).</a></div>
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Malaria Journal 17, 105 (2018) doi:10.1186/s12936-018-2249-x - sourced from "Liberian Health Campaign Linked to Children with Fevers Receiving Appropriate Malaria Treatment", by Stephanie Desmon, April 9 2018. Image credit: CCP

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Author: 
Berhanu Legesse
Harriet Akullu
Stephanie Baric
Publication Date
Tuesday, September 22, 2020

"[G]irls and women are once again the most vulnerable as the [COVID-19] crisis exacerbates discriminatory structures and practices in part because of gender inequitable access to resources, capabilities and opportunities including the perception that programmes targeting girls and women, such as the elimination of harmful practices, are not life-saving."

  <div class="field button"><a href="https://www.unfpa.org/sites/default/files/resource-pdf/RESILIENCE_IN_ACTION-_LESSONS_LEARNED_FROM_THE_JOINT_PROGRAMME_DURING_THE_COVID-19_CRISIS.pdf" 0="s:6:&quot;a:0:{}&quot;;" target="_blank">Click here for the 24-page report in PDF format.</a></div>
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Save the Children Resource Centre, September 25 2020. Image credit: UNFPA Sénégal via Facebook

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Author: 
Alieu Sowe
Maria Isabella Gariboldi
Publication Date
Saturday, August 8, 2020
Affiliation: 

MyChild Solution External Project Evaluators, Gambia

"High-quality health data is paramount to health systems planning, implementing new programs, and evaluating their effectiveness..."

The World Health Organization (WHO) deems health information systems as one of the key building blocks of health systems, their main functions being data generation, compilation, analysis and synthesis, and communication and use. The goal of this study is to characterise the quality of routine immunisation data generated using MyChild Solution, an electronic immunisation register (EIR), compared to data obtained through the conventional health management information system (HMIS) used in The Gambia.

  <div class="field button"><a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264410X20310185" target="_blank">Click here to read the article online or to download it in PDF format (9 pages).</a></div>
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Vaccine, Volume 38, Issue 42, 29 September 2020, Pages 6618-26. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2020.07.074. Image credit: © Nargis Rahimi & Shifo Foundation

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Publication Date
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Joining Forces is a global alliance of 6 child rights organisations - ChildFund, Plan International, Save the Children, SOS Children's Villages, Terre des Hommes, and World Vision - working in coalition to prevent and respond to violence against children across 70 countries. Drawing on their frontline experience, this brief outlines the emerging key child protection risks that girls and boys are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic and the proactive measures they argue that governments, donors, United Nations (UN) agencies, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) must take.

  <div class="field button"><a href="https://www.wvi.org/sites/default/files/2020-06/Ending%20violence%20against%20children%20and%20COVID-19%20publication.pdf" target="_blank">Click here for the 13-page brief in PDF format.</a></div>
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WVI website and Joining Forces website - both accessed on July 2 2020. Image credit: © SOS Children's Villages International

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Author: James Ayodele, originally posted from Addis Ababa, November 28 2018 - Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) released guidance today to improve detection of outbreaks and other public health threats in African Union Member States.

Under the coordination of Africa CDC, the “Framework for Event-Based Surveillance” is a product of extensive consultation and technical input by key experts from African Union Member States, the World Health Organization (WHO), China CDC, US CDC, Médecins sans Frontières (MSF), International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and non-profit organizations.

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Author: 
Kathryn M. Edwards
Sonali Kochhar
Publication Date
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
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Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (Edwards); Global Healthcare Consulting (Kochhar); University of Washington (Kochhar)

"The approaches to clinical research in outbreak settings developed for Ebola virus have moved the field forward...and will improve the responses to SARS-CoV-2 and future epidemics. However, many challenges remain including poverty, lack of surveillance systems, inadequate health care delivery systems, and fear and misinformation in the countries impacted."

  <div class="field button"><a href="https://www.annualreviews.org/doi/10.1146/annurev-virology-013120-013123" target="_blank">Click here to read the article online or to download it in PDF format (23 pages).</a></div>
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Annual Review of Virology. 2020. Vol. 7:475-94 - sourced from: IMPRINT website, October 2 2020.

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