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Tipping Point report

This report explores how the Covid-19 pandemic threatens to push the world's poorest to the brink of survival.

Socialise to Immunise: boosting vaccination uptake through Facebook

In Myanmar's Kachin state only 54-60% of children under 2 years have received all basic vaccinations. However, the rates for individual vaccination of children is much higher, such as 91.2% for the BCG vaccine.[i] We know that vaccine hesitancy is a complex issue. The WHO identifies three main driving factors; confidence, complacency and convenience. Conventional methods to increase basic child vaccination rates, mostly target caregivers directly to increase people’s knowledge and thus change attitudes and behaviour. Our own research shows that social networks have a strong influence on immunisation behaviour.[ii] An important factor in this respect is the ‘social bandwagon effect’, meaning that caregivers do what everyone does, adhere to the social-cultural norm regarding vaccination, which can be to either follow or not follow the vaccination schedules. The slightest increase in uptake by influential individuals in a group leads to positive spillover in the wider community.[iii] Our Socialise to Immunise project will be piloting and testing an unconventional approach, using Facebook. This interactive approach, based on the premise that the social norm of vaccination behaviour is strongly influenced by peer pressure (social bandwagon), will involve and connect different stakeholders in the vaccination-demand process: caregivers, household decision-makers, community immunisation champions, community members, health care providers. This approach is innovative as it will trial a digital social network which simultaneously addresses the three driving factors as identified by WHO. This update shows how the first stages of the project are progressing and some learnings we are taking forward. [ii] Shi et al., Voluntary vaccination through self organizing behaviors on locally mixed social networks, Scientific Reports 7, 2017 (2665) [iii] Buttenheim AM, Asch DA. Behavioral economics: the key to closing the gap for MDGs 4 and 5? Maternal and child health journal 2013; 17 (4): 581-5 [i] Myanmar Demographic and Health Survey, 2015-2016

Socialize to Immunize project phase 1 two pager

Socialize to Immunize phase 1 two pager

January meditation

A prayer and blessing to welcome the dawn of the New Year with hope. 

Christian Aid Health strategy 2017-20

A strategy for Christian Aid's health work globally

Christian Aid management response – health integration research

The health integration research positioned Christian Aid’s health work well within the global health policy arena and comparatively against other INGOs. It highlighted a number of strengths and areas of expertise of our work. It detailed recommendations for us to leverage upon these strengths to access funding and gain more recognition for our work globally. The research provided definitions of the different types of integration into which our health work fits, namely integrated within wider development strategies, integration at various levels within a health system (from national to community) and health issue level, i.e. disease integration. This is useful in helping CA to understand the multiple ways in which our programmes are integrated and to utilise this to build our work further. This paper features recommendations from research.

Community health in a global context

In 2016, Christian Aid commissioned a research report entitled ‘Putting Christian Aid’s approach to Community Health Integration into a Global Context’. The research was funded by the PPA and sought to reflect on Christian Aid’s approach to health integration and compare that to global health policy and priorities. The research provides recommendations for Christian Aid to continue to strengthen our integrated health programmes. This is a summary of the report, which contains the key strategic and programmatic recommendations.Understanding integration and the changing context of health

Power analysis: A learning review

This learning review explores how power analysis is integrated in Christian Aid resilience programmes funded by CHASE and General PPAs 2011-2016.

Health System Support and Strengthening: Lessons for Christian Aid

Christian Aid's health development approaches - sharing learning about how we ensure health programmes are technically sound and use appropriate methods and approaches eg: integrated health programming and health systems strengthening.

Christian Aid/PPA performance review 2011-2016

This report is based on Christian Aid’s self-assessment of progress and performance against the PPA log frame during this fourth year of PPA funding. DFID has reviewed Christian Aid’s assessment and provided a DFID specific response within each section of the report. DFID’s responses are based on the narrative provided, known evidence and subsequent discussion with Christian Aid. All recommendations have been agreed by both Christian Aid and DFID.

Christian Aid's Policy on Family Planning

This organisational policy document outlines Christian Aid's position on family planning.

Myanmar case study: working towards health convergence

Case study exploring 'convergence’ - a crucial issue in Myanmar’s health sector. Since a civilian government took power in 2011, opportunities for a more comprehensive and unified health system have increased.

Extending maternal and child health services to villages in eastern My

Case study exploring maternal, neonatal and child health - a vital component of Christian Aid's community health programmes in eastern Myanmar.

Controlling malaria in eastern Myanmar

Myanmar has the highest incidence of malaria and mortality rates in Southeast Asia. This case study looks at Christian Aid's work to control malaria in eastern Myanmar.

The Prophetic Church

The Prophetic Church provides a biblical basis for active engagement with those in positions of power and authority. The prophetic church in the 21st century keeps challenging, keeps questioning, and strives to change the world.Together we can hold governments and institutions to account and tackle the causes of poverty head on. 

The Prophetic Church - summary and companion

A summary and companion to the Prophetic Church, a biblical theology for campaigning churches.

Community health: Christian Aid's approach

Christian Aid’s community health framework sets out how every member of society can enjoy the right to health services, based on our programme experiences.