DMI has been named in the G20 Health & Development Partnership’s (GHDP) 2019 report outlining recommendations to G20 heads of government and finance and health ministers to adopt more cross-sectional approaches towards global public health engagement. One of the six recommendations by the report emphasises the need to scope the health technology horizon for gaps that need to be filled in order to lessen inequalities in health and to fulfil SDG3 commitments. In light of this, DMI’s vision and methodology, and in particular the results of our child and maternal health RCT were published in the report to showcase DMI’s evidence-based approach as a means of reaching the global goal of increased health security.
The G20 Health and Development Partnership – representing a coalition of 21 leading global organisations and more than 1000 collaborators – will launch in UK parliament today, 5th March 2019, urging G20 heads of government and finance ministers to join health ministers in addressing the growing disease burden before it is too late. Coming from an understanding that global health is an issue intimately linked to politics, development and economic growth, the report calls for sustaining and increasing innovation at the intersection of these fields. DMI is thus very honoured to be recognised by and be part of such a powerful coalition of organisations sharing a vision of more holistic global and national public health strategies towards a healthier, wealthier world.
The partnership is presenting the report to the heads of government and finance and health ministers in advance of the joint G20 health and finance ministers meeting in Japan this June.
You can access the report in full here.
We recently launched our first ever social media campaign in Kinshasa, using a series of animations, created by award winning artist Yoni Goodman, as part of our family planning campaign.
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 programme is to enable community radio stations to develop and run effective behaviour change campaigns.
DMI’s creative teams have been working hard to craft our first set of long-format radio shows for our family planning randomised controlled trial (RCT). 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 some of the existing misconceptions and create awareness about the contraceptive options available in Burkina Faso.
In 2015, DMI ran a one-year radio campaign (with eight months of broadcasting) on behaviours linked to child survival in eight provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The campaign, funded by UNICEF, IMA World Health (with DFID funding) and Save the Children, aimed to reduce child mortality by promoting healthy behaviours through radio adverts broadcast on 33 community radio stations. The campaign failed to achieve its main objective (changing behaviours linked to child survival), although it did have an impact on knowledge related to most of the target behaviours.
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.
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.