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24 Nov 2016

Vizinha, vizinha, …

‘Neighbour, neighbour, why is your little one looking so healthy?’ – ‘Because of his mother’s milk…’ This is the start to one of the first spots on nutrition education produced by community radio stations in Mozambique’s Manica province. The production forms part of a two year capacity building programme on nutrition campaigns in Manica implemented by DMI and funded by the World Food Programme. The main aim of the...

04 Nov 2016

DMI’s creative teams have been working hard to craft our first set of long-format shows for family planning. As of this week, all of our eight radio stations selected for the RCT are on air with the new programme.

The long-format radio show, in combination with our short entertaining spots, aims to stimulate debate about...

12 Oct 2016

DMI has received a $400,000 award from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to test whether a mass media family planning campaign increases contraceptive use among men and women of reproductive age living in rural areas of Burkina Faso, using a randomised controlled trial (RCT). The funds are being provided as stage two funding from USAID’s...

16 Jun 2016

INTENSAÚDE is a planned DMI health mass media campaign supported by the Ministry of Health in Mozambique.

The campaign will build on the recent results of a randomised controlled trial in Burkina Faso, conducted by DMI and evaluated by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. This showed that a radio campaign had a significant impact on several target...

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...

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