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Poster from Children for Health (5) Junior community health workers in Iraq

We have Junior community workers here in Iraq, see our website:

This approach works very well, we also have a comic book that will shortly be animated

the kids love it!

Evidence-informed country-level policymaking (47) Mass media, public opinion, and health policymaking

I am reminded that back in 1992­1993, the leading UK newspaper, The Sunday Times, ran a series of articles arguing that the AIDS epidemic in Africa was a myth. The articles claimed that antiviral therapy was ineffective, HIV testing unreliable, and that AIDS was not a threat to heterosexuals.  

A separate public health issue is the MMR controversy, where 'The media have been criticized for their naive reporting and for lending undue credibility to the architect of the fraud, Andrew Wakefield'.

What’s in a name? Whether Zika or Ebola, the name provokes anxiety and fuels rumours.

'With no clear confirmation that the Zika virus causes microcephaly and a general lack of trust in the government against the background of Brazil undergoing severe economic and political crises, there is deep mistrust in official communications, and rumours of all kinds and origins are emerging across Brazil, on street corners as well as spreading rapidly through social media. In January, the Minister of Health (well known for his controversial comments) said Brazil was losing the fight against the mosquito.

Engaging communities for increasing immunisation: what do we know?

This paper analyses the role of community engagement approaches in immunisation programmes. It finds that these programmes focus mainly on demand generation. Technology-based interventions may work but contextual factors should inform the programme design. The study also highlights implementation problems, which if not addressed, can lead to a lack of confidence in the programme. However, more studies are needed to identify what works in this regard.


Kenya: Church Told Off Over Polio Vaccine

Yesterday, the government of Kenya hosted an EPI stakeholders' meeting to review progress and setbacks of the national immunization porgram.. The meeting followed by 24 hours a call by the Catholic bishops of Kenya to postpone the August polio vaccination cammpaign. Their views were not shared by Senator Harold Kipchumba, who spoke as follows to the meeting (excerpt from my unofficial notes; full text attached). Polio Ambassador Harold Kipchumba, on crutches, came to the podium...



Reaching Young Married Women and First-time Parents for Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancies in Burkina Faso

This technical brief discusses Pathfinder’s experience in Burkina Faso, implementing a project to reach young married women, first-time parents, and their key influencers, for healthy timing and spacing of pregnancy through contraceptive use.   

10-year-old boy ‘sacrificed’ to cure local youth in Nawalparasi

NAWALPARASI: In a bizarre incident, it has been revealed that a 10-year-old child was mercilessly hacked to death as human sacrifice to cure an 18-year-old boy, who suffered from health problems, in a village in Nawalparasi district recently....

Ideation and intention to use contraceptives in Kenya and Nigeria

BACKGROUND: Contraceptive use remains low to moderate in most African countries. Ideation, or the ideas and views that people hold, has been advanced as a possible explanation for differences in contraceptive use within and across countries.
OBJECTIVES: In this paper, we sought to identify the relevant dimensions of ideation and assess how these dimensions relate to contraceptive use intentions in two illustrative countries, Kenya and Nigeria.


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