Consensus Statement on Repurposing ITNs: Applications for BCC Messaging and Actions at the Country Level

There is a growing demand for guidance on what to do with old or worn-out ITNs throughout their life cycle. This consensus statement provides National Malaria Control/Elimination Programs (NMCPs) and implementing partners with clear recommendations and key messages on three categories of repurposing: beneficial repurposing, neutral repurposing, and misuse. With the introduction of universal coverage strategies and the ongoing distribution and sale of ITNs, more people have access to and are using ITNs. Older ITNs accumulate in households as they are replaced with new ITNs, and given the lack of environmentally sustainable disposal options, households are instead repurposing the old ITNs. Households have demonstrated countless ways to repurpose an old ITN, including protecting seedlings, creating screening for window and doors, or using under a mattress as pest control. There are also reports of community leaders instituting fines or penalties for families who repurpose or misuse ITNs. This consensus statement provides guidance on preventing ITN misuse and repurposing ITN materials without reprisal.

Source: Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

Date of Publication: November 16, 2022

Getting to 2030: Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition Technical Roadmap

The Getting To 2030: Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition Technical Roadmap is a framework that guides USAID’s maternal and child survival programs. It serves as a foundational component of USAID’s commitment to Prevent Child and Maternal Deaths alongside the Agency’s investments in family planning, malaria, and health systems strengthening.

This roadmap:

  • Shapes collaborative efforts across USAID Bureaus, Missions, U.S. Government agencies, external stakeholders, and partners.
  • Supports a coordinated, strategic approach to strengthening essential services for women and children and health systems
  • Informs the development, measurement, and adjustment of country level strategic plans led by host country governments with support from USAID missions and other stakeholders.

Source: USAID

Date of Publication: November 9, 2022

Community Approaches to Child Health in Malawi: Applying the Community Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (C-IMCI) Framework

The C-IMCI Framework is made up of three elements: (1) improving partnerships between health facilities and the communities they serve; (2) increasing appropriate and accessible health care and information from community-based providers; and (3) integrating promotion of key family practices critical for child health and nutrition, and a multi-sectoral platform. The intent of the C-IMCI Framework is to enable NGOs and governments to categorize their existing community-based program efforts and develop and implement a coordinated, integrated strategy to improve child health. The framework is designed to address each of the three key elements and a multi-sectoral platform that would be most effective in improving child health.

This paper documents World Relief’s approach to C-IMCI interventions at the household level in Malawi, where the government is dedicated to implementing C-IMCI through its community network of health surveillance assistants. Included are sections on: background, Care Group Model, Programming, Results, Lessons Learned, and Scale Up / Costs.

Source: Core Group, World Relief

Date of Publication: October 17, 2021

Engaging Boys and Men in Gender Transformation: The Group Education Manual

This 11-chapter manual offers trainers an array of participatory experiential exercises to reach men (and their partners), exploring gender socialization and its impact on HIV prevention and care. Piloted in Ethiopia, Namibia, South Africa and Tanzania, the manual is designed to assist master trainers in developing curricula to work with men and boys on gender, HIV and AIDS issues.

After a short background discussing the scientific rationale, chapter topics include: Gender and Power, Sexuality, Men and Health, Substance Use, Healthy Relationships, STI and HIV prevention, Living with HIV, Fatherhood, Violence and Making Change-taking Action. This educational manual allows men to question non-equitable views about masculinity and develop more positive attitudes to prevent unhealthy behaviors that put them and their partners and families at risk. It can also be used to train facilitators who will implement workshop activities with groups of men.

The activities are intended for use with men of all ages, although some adaptations might have to be made depending on the ages of the men and the country and community context. These activities can also be adapted for use with groups of men and women.

Source: EngenderHealth, Promundo

Date of Publication: October 15, 2021

Guide to Prevention and Control of Covid-19 in Services of Health

The Coronavirus topic was included in the Guide for the Prevention and Control of Covid-19 in Health Services of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance of Guatemala.

To facilitate dissemination, a brochure and poster were produced. In addition, workshops were held with staff from the MOH and the municipalities of Nebaj, Chajul, Nebaj and Sacapulas in Quiché.

Source: Save The Children, Breakthrough ACTION /Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, USAID, The Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance, Guatemala

Date of Publication: May 31, 2021

Considering Intersectionality in Africa

This is an entire issue of the journal Agenda (Volume 31, Issue 1) which focuses on intersectionality and gender in Africa.

The contributions in this issue consider the traction that the concept of intersectionality may have in scholarship in and about Africa. They variously address questions of how to do intersectional research; how intersectionality is lived and subjectively experienced; how intersectionality might inform our understanding of practices of resistance; how context – place and history – informs the identities at stake; how social status, such as marital status and profession, might be important identity categories in African contexts, independent of class; and how to expand an intersectional approach beyond social relations, to include intersections of social power with material resources such as water.

The various works in this issue are examples of both the durability of the concept, and the possibilities and richness that African perspectives can offer scholarship on intersectionality. We are optimistic that future calls for contributions in this area will elicit inputs from a wider range of African contexts.

Source: Agenda

Date of Publication: April 7, 2021

Guide for the Preparation of a Risk Communication Strategy for COVID-19 Vaccines: A Resource for the Countries of the Americas

This document was created to facilitate the preparation of a risk communication and community engagement strategy for vaccination against COVID-19.

Its goal is to help to strengthen the communication and planning capacities of the ministries or secretariats of health and other agencies in charge of communicating about new COVID-19 vaccines in the Americas.

It also includes a matrix for the preparation of a risk communication strategy for COVID-19 vaccines.

Source: PAHO

Date of Publication: March 18, 2021

Gender and its Intersectionality: Guidelines for Programming and Engagement in Governance

The Commonwealth Foundation sets policy guidelines for all countries within the British Commonwealth. This document provides an understanding of intersectionality and its application to the Foundation’s focus in supporting people’s participation in governance.

It offers key questions for the Foundation to consider when planning a project, and offers guidance in developing policy and practices.

Source: Commonwealth Foundation

Date of Publication: March 15, 2021

Innovation Brief: Applying the Human-Centered Design Approach

Youth face many obstacles in accessing contraceptive products and services, often more than married or older individuals. These include, for example, lower access to voluntary family planning and reproductive health services, and provider bias and social norms.

Successfully breaking down these barriers requires a deep understanding of the issues that female and male youth face—and actively involving them in the solutions. Human-centered design (HCD) is one strategy for engaging youth and facilitating best practices in offering contraceptive services.

Evidence suggests that individual and community-level participation and engagement leads to more sustainable and stronger outcomes. The purpose of this brief is to describe how PHARE applied the HCD approach to address demand and access barriers to contraceptive products and services among youth in Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, and Niger.

Source: Population Services International

Date of Publication: March 1, 2021