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Planning for Facility-Based Childbirth in Liberia and the use of Storytelling Aids

Written by: Allison Schachter, Principal Behavioral Designer, and Jana Smith, Managing Director, ideas42 While most rural pregnant women in Liberia intend to give birth in a health facility, many barriers often prevent them from following through…
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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…
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Updating the Global Shared Agenda for Social and Behavior Change in Family Planning/Reproductive Health

Written by: Alison Pack, Program Officer, Breakthrough ACTION The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed the way many people work and live. When the pandemic struck, the global family planning/reproductive health (FP/RH) community realized…
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A Child Bride Reclaims Her Future

Written by: Lusayo Banda, Knowledge Management Officer, Breakthrough ACTION Soon after she got pregnant, Esnart Kazembe, only 17 years old, dropped out of school. Esnart’s story is far from rare in Malawi where 42% of girls are married by…
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Empathways—Dealing a Winning Hand to Youth-Centered Health Services

Written by: Manya Dotson, Senior Technical Advisor, Jhpiego The Empathways card activity is so simple to use, it almost conducts itself. Empathways was originally designed to strengthen family planning service delivery by Breakthrough ACTION,…