Compass for SBC “Spotlight” on Breakthrough RESEARCH

As USAID’s flagship social and behavior change (SBC) research and evaluation project, Breakthrough RESEARCH—a consortium led by the Population Council that includes Avenir Health, ideas42, the Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown…

Dealing with the worldwide panic about Coronavirus: Providing advice, fighting stigma, dispelling information

Written by: Susan Leibtag, Compass Curator When a frightening new disease suddenly emerges, the global medical and public health communities snap to attention and try to determine how to slow and, ultimately, stop it from spreading. Social…
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Breakthrough ACTION + RESEARCH Resources from the USAID Zika Response

Written by: Alex Reed and Reshma Naik In 2016, USAID launched a response to prevent the transmission and spread of Zika, a once little-known virus spread through the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito, person to person through sexual…

Cutting through the confusion: Prioritizing behavioral messages and calls to action

Written by: Alice Payne Merritt, CCP Deputy Director When Zika first appeared in Brazil and spread quickly through the Americas, dozens of governments and partners grappled with how to help families protect themselves from the mosquito that…

Richer and Faster Data Analysis to Inform SBC Zika Program Design in an Outbreak

Written by: Anne Ballard Sara, Program Officer II; Tilly Gurman, Senior Research and Evaluation Officer; Sean Maloney, Program Officer; and Gabrielle Hunter, Zika Technical Team Lead Despite the need for quick action during an outbreak…

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…