III. Global Health
UNICEF and Harvard Opinion Research Program, “Polio Communications Studies” (Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Somalia, Pakistan, Afghanistan)
UNICEF’s $5.1 billion Global Polio Eradication Initiative is nearing the end-game in its campaign to eliminate the most fearsome of all childhood afflictions. Approximately 200 cases of wild-virus paralytic polio still occur annually, chiefly in the least-governed areas of Africa’s and Asia’s most conflict-torn countries. InterMedia is teaming with the Harvard School of Public Health’s opinion research program to conduct intensive, fast-turnaround survey research in these areas to help guide UNICEF’s public campaigns to win popular acceptance of polio vaccination.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, “A Portal for Health Market Innovations” (Global)
InterMedia conducted an early stage assessment of the Center for Health Market Innovations (CHMI at www.healthmarketinnovations.org ), a project managed by the Results for Development Institute and jointly funded by Britain’s Department for International Development (DFID), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation.
CHMI is an online portal and knowledge-sharing community connecting innovators across more than a hundred countries aimed at improving health market performance and financial protection for the poor. The assessment used a combination of offline and online methods to measure awareness, use and impact, including digital network analysis to demonstrate impact in the social media space. CHMI officials used the assessment to prepare for a planned scaling up of the site’s activities.
Population Media Center, “Addressing Social Issues through Radio” (Papua New Guinea)
With 800 known languages and 200 distinct cultures, the four million people of Papua New Guinea comprise a uniquely diverse, ancient and traditional society that shares many of the modern world’s social problems. The Population Media Center asked InterMedia to survey public response to the radio serial drama Nau Em Taim, an education-entertainment program the organization has sponsored for two years on a popular FM radio station to address a number of social issues including family planning, gender inequality, HIV/AIDS, violence against women as well as educational and environmental issues.