Stopping Dog Bites Helps Stop Rabies

In Sierra Leone, rabies is among the most highly prioritized zoonotic diseases responsible for hundreds of deaths per year. As access to vaccines and therapeutics remains a challenge, and as the majority of rabies cases are caused by dog bites, Breakthrough ACTION developed a social and behavior change campaign “Stopping Dog Bites Helps Stop Rabies”. The dog bites and rabies campaign was developed in close collaboration with the One Health Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) technical working group (TWG) and featured a campaign song, two radio spots, a job aid for providers, a reminder card to be used by for community engagement by community health workers and community animal health workers, and a poster for community members.

Since 2019, Breakthrough ACTION has conducted three rounds of dog bites and rabies campaigns in Kenema, Western Area Urban, and Moyamba and Western Area Rural, where the campaign reached 109,000 individuals, 350,456 individuals, and 105,265 individuals, respectively. The dog bites and rabies campaign trained 914 community mobilizers to conduct house-to-house visits and outreach to schools, colleges, healthcare facilities, markets, and parks. In addition to reaching community members with messages about key prevention behaviors related to dog bites, the campaign also prompted multiple communities to take action by establishing bylaws to decrease exposure to dog bites and rabies (i.e., bylaws around responsible dog ownership).


Source: Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

Date of Publication: November 21, 2023

COVID and KIDS: A Video Animation from Malawi

UNICEF with support from UKAid is influencing children in Malawi to practice 5 key actions to prevent COVID-19: frequent handwashing with soap, physical distancing, use of the flexed elbow when coughing and sneezing, avoiding touching the face (mouth, nose and eyes) and staying at home.


Date of Publication: September 30, 2021

Kids against Malaria Videos

Kids Against Malaria uses music and film to reach out to the global population at risk from malaria. The project was inspired by a song written with students at the International Center of Art and Music at Ouidah (CIAMO) of Art & Music in Benin.

The song, a triumphant call to defeat malaria, motivated CIAMO cofounder Sarah duPont and filmmaker/musician Jon Fine to engage UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and 3 time Grammy winner Angélique Kidjo in the project. Together, they conceived a transmedia project for radio, TV and online to amplify the message of the song.

Kids Against Malaria was designed to cover a wide range of information about how malaria is transmitted and how to ensure protection. More than 50 people were involved in creating the project and over 100 students participated from CIAMO school of Art and music. Renowned musicians including CIAMO’s executive director Oscar Kidjo, Antibalas, Logozo, Gangbe Brass Band and filmmakers from the ISMA Film Program in Benin joined in alongside Kidjo and the students to make it a success.

Source: Kids Against Malaria

Date of Publication: August 16, 2021

Lassa Fever Campaign, Nigeria

These materials were developed to create awareness on modes of transmission, symptoms and how to access care.



These 10 posters are available in English, Yoruba, Pidgin, Hausa and Igbo

Source: Breakthrough ACTION/Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

Date of Publication: July 15, 2021

Malawi SSDI Project Materials

In 2011, the Support for Service Delivery Integration (SSDI)-Communication was implemented by JHU/CCP in collaboration with Save the Children. SSDI-Communication developed and disseminated behavior change communication materials on 6six priority health areas- family planning and reproductive health, malaria, HIV/AIDS, maternal, neonatal and child health, nutrition, and WASH.

Family Planning Billboard

Family Planning Implant Poster

Net Use Billboard

Family Health booklet

Family Planning booklet

Music4Life AllStars Video

Source: Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

Date of Publication: August 12, 2020

Hand Washing Music Video for Children

This 40 second music video from Bangladesh shows puppets washing their hands and singing a catchy song. It also shows video of proper hand washing procedure.

Source: Breakthrough ACTION/Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

Date of Publication: July 21, 2020

Songs to Wash Your Hands To

GoMo Health is focused on continuing to support health and wellbeing. In an effort to complement the abundance of public domain information available. This is a list of upbeat songs to sing while washing one’s hands.

Source: GoMo Health

Date of Publication: April 23, 2020

Music Video for Children about Coughing Etiquette

This music video, subtitled in English, shows children following COVID-19 prevention practices, especially covering their mouths/faces when sneezing or coughing.

Source: Breakthrough ACTION/Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

Date of Publication: April 16, 2020

Sesame Street Handwashing Song

Elmo sings about handwashing with kids from around the world! Brought to you by the Global-Public Private Partnership for Handwashing and Sesame Workshop.

Date of Publication: April 13, 2020