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Gender: An Update and a Challenge

Written by: Joanna Skinner, Breakthrough ACTION Population and Reproductive Health Team Lead The evidence continues to gather on the importance of integrating gender into all health and development work. The recent Lancet series on gender equality,…
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Zika’s Silent Threat: Prioritized Behaviors Are Key to Preventing Future Outbreaks of Aedes Aegypti-Borne Diseases

Written by: Deborah Mesce and Reshma Naik, Breakthrough RESEARCH Zika sent waves of panic through the Americas in 2015 and 2016 when the little-known virus was linked to serious birth defects and other neurological disorders. At the height…
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Participating in Life-Changing Decisions: The Value of Community Engagement

A community meeting is called.  Everyone gathers together, anxious to discuss how they can help themselves. Before long, hands are raised, questions are asked, and the conversation becomes lively. “Well, it sounds good that we can improve…
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New Advocacy Tool Offers Guidance and Opportunity for Exchange in Male Engagement in Family Planning

Written by: Erin Portillo, Breakthrough ACTION Program Officer II In family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) programs around the world, there is growing attention to the association between gender inequalities and health outcomes for…
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The New Paradigm for SBC Professionals: Partnerships with the Private Sector

Twenty years ago, support for global health programs was generally under the purview of multinational non-governmental organizations, United Nations agencies, bilateral organizations, and government funding mechanisms. Today, 80 percent of…
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Radically Reducing Maternal, Newborn, and Child Mortality in Northern Nigeria

Written by: Abolade Oladejo, Documentation & Knowledge Management Officer Losing a newborn baby is devastating. Losing three babies in succession like Miriam (not her real name), a mother in Northern Nigeria did, is a tragedy. In this…
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Social and Behavior Change for Postpartum Family Planning

Written by: Cori Fordham, Breakthrough ACTION Program Officer Offering modern contraception as part of maternal health services has been shown to increase postpartum contraceptive use, as well as to prevent unintended pregnancies and pregnancies…
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Accelerating Family Planning Demand Through Advanced Audience Segmentation

Written by: Cori Fordham, Breakthrough ACTION Program Officer Effective social and behavior change (SBC) strategies start with a strong understanding of their audiences. SBC practitioners use a process called segmentation to analyze and divide…
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If you liked Springboard, you’ll love the NEW Springboard

Written by: Susan Leibtag, Compass Curator For over 8,000 members, Springboard—the social and behavior change (SBC) online community funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)—has become a virtual community…