Recent news

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...

08 Oct 2014

BBC Journalist, Tamasin Ford visited DMI’s project in Burkina Faso to film a TV report about the trial.

The report features interviews with Dr Bocar A Kouyaté, Technical advisor to the Ministry of Health in Burkina Faso; Matthew Lavoie, DMI’s Country Director in Burkina Faso, as well as radio listeners who are benefiting from DMI’s radio campaign.

The short film followed by a live television interview with DMI’s CEO, Roy Head,...

25 Sep 2014

 We are looking for a public engagement and development manager (on maternity cover) to help us to raise funds from donors and to prepare for the dissemination of our RCT results to a wide audience.

The public engagement and development manager will join DMI’s small, friendly and dynamic London-based team, providing maternity cover for the current post-holder. He or she will work closely with the Director of Public Engagement and...

19 Sep 2014

Since the global launch of Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed in June 2012, nearly 180 governments have pledged to scale up efforts to accelerate declines in preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths. 
In September 2014, the most recent data on child mortality causes and outcomes around the world was published. The key points...

01 Aug 2014

DMI strongly supports the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH) in its efforts to keep the health of mothers and children at the centre of global development policy.

PMNCH joins the reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) communities into an alliance of more than 500 members to ensure that all women, infants and children not only remain...

05 Jun 2014

DMI is to launch a new project in Burkina Faso: ‘viral videos’. Funded by a Grand Challenges Exploration Grant from the Gates Foundation, the project will promote maternal and child health using short entertaining films that can be watched on mobile phones.

People in Burkina Faso are increasingly watching and sharing short videos on their mobile phones. The project will tap into this trend by creating ‘viral videos’ in local languages...

30 May 2014

DMI has received provisional reviews from the leading non-profit evaluators, GiveWell (in the US) and Giving What We Can (in the UK).

Both assessments are extremely positive.

According to...

27 May 2014

Last week, the World Health Assembly in Geneva adopted the first-ever global plan to end preventable newborn deaths and stillbirths: the ‘Every Newborn’ action plan.

Despite the emphasis and progress that has been made towards reducing maternal mortality and under-5 child mortality, the reduction in newborn deaths (under 1 month) has been far slower.

Every year, an estimated 1 million babies die on their first day of life. 2·9...

23 Apr 2014

The midline results for our Burkina Faso RCT provide an indication of how far we have changed our target behaviours so far.

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27 Jan 2014

We present more findings informed by the ongoing qualitative research of our scientific trial in Burkina Faso.

In the last quarter of 2013, the research team carried out four pretesting trips and two feedback visits. Pretesting covered hygiene, respiratory infections, exclusive breastfeeding and colostrum, and malaria, with Nuni and Mooré...