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All hands on deck: Addressing the mental health crisis in Bangladesh

Written by: Rakhshindah Akhtar, Program Associate, Breakthrough ACTION Less than 0.11% of the population in Bangladesh has access to free essential psychotropic medications. In rural areas of the country, the overall prevalence of depressive…
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Engaging Men and Boys in Family Planning: Bridging the Gap Between Status Quo and Ideal

Written by:  Danette Wilkins, Program Officer, Breakthrough ACTION Observed every November 19, International’s Men’s Day celebrates positive male role models and their contributions to their families, communities, and the world. This year’s…
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Doing Digital Right: Five Recommendations on Reaching Youth about Contraception and Reproductive Health Online

Written by: Kendra Davis, Program Specialist and Erin Portillo, Senior Program Officer Are you thinking about developing a digital intervention to reach youth about contraception and reproductive health, but are unsure where to start? Who should…
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Malaria SBC in Action: 25 Presentations, 18 Countries, 3 Languages, 2 Days

Written by: Ashley Riley, Program Officer, Breakthrough ACTION, and Eva Rosen, Program Specialist, Breakthrough ACTION “Social and behavior change is an important strategy for us to end malaria. To get back on track, we need to increase the…
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Four Ways the Redesigned Compass Can Work for You

Written By Oluwakemi Akagwu, Online Platforms Manager, Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, and Mouz Asfaw, Compass Curator, Breakthrough ACTION,   The Compass, launched in 2013, helps social and behavior change (SBC)…
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I, Chatbot: Harnessing Digital Technology for Family Planning and Reproductive Health Education for West African Youth

Written by: Antonia Morzenti, Program Officer II, Breakthrough ACTION, and Brooke Huffman, Program Specialist, Breakthrough ACTION   The demographics in many francophone West Africa countries skew young—very young. The under-25 age…
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Building Behavioral Design Skills: Conversations with Breakthrough ACTION Innovators

Written by: Finou Thérèse Mendy, ideas42 This is part of a series of conversations with members of the National Innovations Team (NIT), a group of 54 health professionals across government and non-profit sectors in Burkina Faso and Niger.…
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From Child Bride to Future Nurse

Written by: Lusayo Banda, Knowledge Management Officer, Breakthrough ACTION At the age of 15, Maness had to bear a burden people far older than her struggle with—parenting a newborn with barely any family support. When Maness’s parents…
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What Works in Family Planning and Reproductive Health, Part 2: Co-Creating with Youth

Written by: Erin Portillo, Senior Program Officer, Breakthrough ACTION, Sophie Weiner, Program Officer, Knowledge SUCCESS, and Ruwaida Salem, Senior Program Officer, Knowledge SUCCESS Knowledge SUCCESS is pleased to announce the…