Understanding the costs associated with social and behavior change (SBC) interventions for health is critical for budgeting, price setting, program planning, and economic analysis.
Breakthrough RESEARCH is gathering, analyzing, and sharing evidence on the costs and impact of social and behavior change (SBC) interventions to support the case that investing in SBC is crucial for improving health and advancing development. A review of the SBC costing literature identified 147 studies on SBC costs, methodological shortcomings, and knowledge gaps that can be addressed in new SBC costing studies. https://www.thecompassforsbc.org/sites/all/modules/wysiwyg/plugins/break..." title="">
The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on malaria control and elimination efforts. Modeling predictions suggested the annual malaria death toll in sub-Saharan Africa could double because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"This paper explores the ways in which digital and social media channels can be used successfully, appropriately, and responsibly to drive behaviour change in young men and women from lower socioeconomic groups.
"While evidence indicates the potential benefits of social media to behavior change communication, this paper, drawing on current literature, emphasizes the need for a strategic deployment of social media.
The authors ask whether social media campaigns for health issues can break through the "noise" of the multiple messages that populate social media feeds, and if they do, how does the public's “online life” translate to “real-life” behaviors? How can one measure the effectiveness and real impact of social media campaigns?
This review focuses on misinformation that appeared early in the pandemic. During this phase, little was known about the virus, such as how it spread or how infected people could be treated most effectively.
"Public engagement is particularly important during the covid-19 pandemic when the effectiveness of measures such as masking, social distancing, and vaccination requires cooperation and trust across all sectors of society."
"This paper describes the characteristics of an infodemic, which combines an inordinately high volume of information (leading to problems relating to locating the information, storage capacity, ensuring quality, visibility and validity) and rapid output (making it hard to assess its value, manage the gatekeeping process, apply results, track its history, and leading to a waste of effort).
The aim of this study is to investigate public knowledge and perceptions of both the COVID-19 pandemic itself and COVID-19 vaccine acceptance among adults (aged 18 years and above) in 15 African countries.