Local beliefs and behaviour change for preventing Ebola in Sierra Leone Dr Susie Miles introduces the Inclusive Learning Topic Guide Learning Achievement: Engaging with Evidence
Children in Sierra Leone

Local beliefs and behaviour change for preventing Ebola in Sierra Leone

‘The Ebola epidemic ravaging parts of West Africa is the most severe acute public health emergency seen in modern times.  Never before in recorded history has a biosafety level four pathogen infected so many people so quickly, over such a broad geographical area, for so long’ (Margaret Chan, 26th September 2014, WHO). This report focuses [...]Read more >

Teacher holding hand of blind student, North Darfur, Sudan

Dr Susie Miles introduces the Inclusive Learning Topic Guide

The HEART Topic Guide brings together evidence on what works in inclusive learning for children aged 3 to 12 years with disabilities and/or difficulties in learning in low and middle income countries, and explores the role of inclusive approaches in contributing to inclusive societies and ultimately inclusive growth. Inclusive learning is defined in the Topic [...]Read more >

Waiting mothers shelter, Zimbabwe

Learning Achievement: Engaging with Evidence

This paper, developed in-house by DFID staff, is intended to be the first iteration of a ‘living document’ to explore in more detail the Learning Framework themes (see figure 1 below) and their relation to learning achievement. The idea is for this paper to bring together in-house synthesis work on existing evidence and to act [...]Read more >

Nutrition programming in urban settings

15 December 2014

Child with food - Pakistan

More than half of the world’s 7 billion people now live in urban areas. As the world’s population is becoming increasingly urbanised, new challenges are arising. The rural-urban gap in nutrition has narrowed in recent decades – essentially because the situation has worsened in urban areas. Ensuring adequate nutrition and food security for people living [...]

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Categories: Helpdesk Reports, Nutrition0 Comments

Early childhood development and the role of the father

12 December 2014

A father holds his youngest child while his wife receives a long-acting contraceptive, Uganda

I attended the launch of the HEART Early Childhood Development (ECD) topic guide this week. Experts who attended put emphasis on parenting and nurture. Nutrition programmes are currently the strongest element in ECD. As a way forward there was a suggestion that parenting advice could be built into existing nutrition programmes. The importance of early [...]

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Categories: Education, Health, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health1 Comment

Guy Le Fanu on inclusive learning

10 December 2014

Inclusive education classroom

Guy Le Fanu is the education advisor for Sightsavers, an international development organisation working in the fields of health, education and social inclusion.  His work involves overseeing education projects for children with disabilities in sub-Saharan Africa, India, and South Asian. In this interview, Guy talks about the recently published HEART Inclusive Learning Topic Guide, for [...]

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Categories: Access and Participation, Education, HEART Talks0 Comments

Nutrition Aid Architecture: How could improvements in financing mechanisms galvanise the global effort?

10 December 2014

A woman works at the Dawanu Cowpea market in Kano State, Nigeria.

As governments, agencies and organisations from around the world gather in Rome for the Second International Conference on Nutrition, RESULTS UK have launched a new nutrition report looking at the complex web of financing for nutrition, the ‘nutrition aid architecture’, in the world today. The report shows clearly that the nutrition sector is vastly underfunded. [...]

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Categories: Financing nutrition, Nutrition0 Comments

People with disabilities must be included in crises responses

10 December 2014

Aftermath of a tsunami in Sri Lanka

Ten years on from the Indian Ocean Tsunami, the needs and rights of people with disabilities in emergencies continue to be overlooked 2014 marks the ten year anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami which took place on Boxing Day.  At the time, poor data, knowledge and understanding of people with disabilities living in affected areas [...]

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Categories: Equity, Health, Non-Communicable Diseases and Mental Health0 Comments

Mental health of women and girls in developing countries

07 December 2014

Social workers trained in family planning, India

Gender is a critical determinant of mental health and mental illness. Gender dictates the differential power and control men and women have over the socioeconomic determinants of their mental health and lives. These determinants include their social position, their access to resources, their status and treatment in society and their susceptibility and exposure to gender-specific [...]

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Categories: Health, Helpdesk Reports, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Non-Communicable Diseases and Mental Health0 Comments

Disability and development – leaving no one behind

05 December 2014

The 3rd December was International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and increase support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. This year, DFID used the date to launch their new Disability Framework, which aims to strengthen disability inclusion in DFID policies and programmes, [...]

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Categories: Access and Participation, Education, Health0 Comments

Looking beyond prosthetics? Including people with disabilities in emergency relief efforts

05 December 2014

Girl learning to walk with prosthetic leg, Afghanistan

The disproportionate impact of emergencies on people with disabilities “In all wars and disasters, it is persons with disabilities that are first to die; persons with disabilities that are the first to get disease and infection; and it is persons with disabilities who are the last to get resources and medicines when they are handed [...]

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Early childhood development

04 December 2014

This topic guide focuses on early childhood development (ECD), which has become a priority for research, policy and programming, at national and global level, with increasing recognition of the interconnections between a nation’s development goals and the quality of services for all young girls and boys, and their families.  The guide summarises evidence across the full age span of ECD,  maps the various sectoral entry points for delivering comprehensive holistic services, and identifies opportunities and challenges in achieving more integrated ECD at every level.

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Country Coordinating Mechanism Request for Interim Funding, National AIDS Commission Malawi

29 November 2014

AIDS support group, Malawi

This funding application describes the epidemiological situation and country context with regards to HIV/AIDS in Malawi. Urban HIV prevalence in adults is estimated at 17% while the rural prevalence is 9%. 46,000 HIV-related deaths are estimated to have occurred in 2012. In 2011, with support from the Global Fund, Malawi started implementation of its innovative [...]

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Categories: Health, HIV and AIDS, International Policy and Aid Financing0 Comments

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