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23 May 2016

DMI recently launched a four-year randomised control trial in Burkina Faso to evaluate the impact and cost-effectiveness of a mass media campaign on family planning. To target our campaign effectively, we sent our scriptwriters to live in a rural village for a week. Here is why.

DMI have been working in Burkina Faso for over five years.  We...

13 May 2016

The World Food Programme is funding DMI to run a capacity strengthening project in Manica province of Mozambique, which will help community radio stations to design and run behaviour change campaigns to improve outcomes related to nutrition. 

During the project, which is scheduled to begin in summer 2016, DMI will work with seven community radio stations in Manica Province to help them...

10 Feb 2016

DMI has been awarded $4.5m by the Global Innovation Fund and a private donor to run a second randomised controlled trial. Like our first RCT, it will take place in Burkina Faso, where the very localised media environment permits a media RCT. It will test the impact of a three-year...

04 Feb 2016

DMI will be marking World Radio Day on 13th February by celebrating its partnership with radio stations across Burkina Faso. Since 2012, DMI has been working closely with these radio stations to run a child survival radio campaign. By broadcasting live-saving health messages - contained in 60 second spots and longer dramas - the radio stations are playing a pivotal role in reducing the number of under-5 child deaths in Burkina Faso.

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19 Nov 2015

DMI is delighted to announce that, for the second year running, we have been recommended as a 'standout organisation' by GiveWell. We are one of only eight organisations in the world to receive a recommendation.

GiveWell describes DMI as "a standout giving opportunity because of its strong transparency, rigorous self-evaluation, and its work on a potentially cost-effective program...

03 Nov 2015

DMI and its evaluation partner LSHTM have today published two articles in Global Health: Science and Practice (GHSP), a no-fee, open-access, peer-reviewed, online journal, about the recently completed randomised controlled trial (RCT) of a community radio campaign to reduce under-five mortality in...

09 Sep 2015

A report published today by the World Health Organization and UNICEF says that child mortality worldwide has fallen by more than 50% since 1990. In that year, 12.7 million children...

29 Jul 2015

William MacAskill, co-founder of Giving What We Can, has written a seminal book about effective altruism.

In Doing Good Better, MacAskill introduces the principles underlying effective altruism and sets out a practical guide to increasing your impact through your charity, volunteering, purchases and choice of cause. On a whistle-stop tour of the key issues facing a...

27 May 2015

DMI has recently begun broadcasting scaled-up community radio campaigns on child survival in Burkina Faso and DRC, as part of its Media Million Lives initiative. 

 

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13 Mar 2015

DMI’s randomised control trial in Burkina Faso officially stopped broadcasting in January (the endline survey is now underway, and the results will be available in early 2016). 

This month, we have been very pleased to discover that all seven participating radio stations are continuing to broadcast the health messages and programmes that were produced for the campaign. This unexpected broadcast activity is...

11 Feb 2015

DMI worked with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) to develop a mathematical model that predicts and measures how many lives can be saved by media campaigns. The model predicted that a child health campaign in a typical sub-Saharan African country would reduce under-five deaths by up to 23%. It also suggested that  media campaigns could be...

05 Jan 2015

We are happy to announce the publication of our online Saturation+ Handbook. This has been designed to be a useful tool for organisations that are delivering mass media behaviour change campaigns in developing countries. The handbook can be read online or...

01 Dec 2014

GiveWell, the leading independent evaluator of non-profit effectiveness, has rated DMI as a ‘standout charity’ based on its health impact, evidence base and cost-effectiveness.

According to GiveWell, DMI "offers donors an outstanding opportunity to accomplish good with their donations". GiveWell has published a...

07 Nov 2014

We are looking for a Country Representative for Mozambique, based in Maputo, to work with the Ministry of Health and other partners to design DMI public health media campaigns, negotiate media partnerships, secure funding, and potentially become the manager or executive producer of one or more campaigns. 

The main focus of the role in the initial months of this contract will be on business development, so the successful applicant will...

10 Oct 2014

GiveWell, the leading US-based evaluator of non-profit effectiveness, has published a promising interim review of DMI ahead of a potential 'top charity' recommendation at the end of the year.

The research team at GiveWell has conducted a detailed review of DMI's approach, current activities and future plans, based on a series of conversations with DMI staff and an in-depth analysis...

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