Featured content http://www.comminit.com/africa/promoted-rss.xml/38 en EMPowerment for ADvocacy: the EMPAD Policy Framework for National Advocacy By and With Key Populations http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/empowerment-advocacy-empad-policy-framework-national-advocacy-and-key-populations <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-publication-date"><legend>Publication Date</legend><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-year"> <div class="field-label">Year:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2014 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/africa/files/imagecache/thumbnail/empad.jpg" alt="" title="EMPowerment for ADvocacy: the EMPAD Policy Framework for National Advocacy By and With Key Populations" width="70" height="100" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>Published by the AIDS Alliance, "this tool is intended to support national-level advocacy as an element of HIV programmes designed with and for key populations".<bR /></p> <p>As stated in the publication, in many settings key population representatives do not have a voice in HIV policy processes, and must lobby persistently to be included. In response to this situation, the Alliance developed the EMPAD (Empowerment for Advocacy) Policy Framework. The publication explains how civil society organisations and networks can use the EMPAD Policy Framework for:</p> <ul type="square"> </ul><div class="field field-type-link field-field-pdflink"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.aidsalliance.org/includes/Publication/EMPAD.pdf" target="_blank">Click here to download this publication in PDF format. </a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-publisher"> <div class="field-label">Publisher:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/africa/node/4879">International HIV/AIDS Alliance</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-2"> <div class="field-label">Languages:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>English</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-1"> <div class="field-label">Number of Pages:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>32</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/africa/node/267696">International HIV/AIDS Alliance</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.aidsalliance.org/publicationsdetails.aspx?id=90667" target="_blank">AIDS Alliance website</a> on July 28 2014. </p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/empowerment-advocacy-empad-policy-framework-national-advocacy-and-key-populations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/empowerment-advocacy-empad-policy-framework-national-advocacy-and-key-populations#comments Global Materials Advocacy Young People - Sex Work Person-to-Person MDG 6. Combat Diseases Prevention HIV AIDS NGOs Treatment, Care and Support HIV/AIDS - Africa Africa Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:15:21 +0000 aventh 9349981 at http://www.comminit.com Handwashing with Soap Toolkit http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/handwashing-soap-toolkit <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-publication-date"><legend>Publication Date</legend><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-year"> <div class="field-label">Year:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2013 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/africa/files/imagecache/thumbnail/wsp2.jpg" alt="" title="Handwashing with Soap Toolkit" width="100" height="89" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>Published by the Water and Sanitation Program (WSP), this toolkit is intended for public health and other development practitioners working in water, sanitation, and hygiene who want to use behaviour change strategies to promote handwashing with soap. The toolkit is based on experiences and lessons learned from the Global Scaling Up Handwashing project, a handwashing behaviour change project implemented in Peru, Senegal, Tanzania, and Vietnam by local and national governments with technical support from WSP. <Br /></p> <p>The toolkit is organised into four modules: <Br /></p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-htmllink"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.wsp.org/hwws-toolkit/hwws-tk-home" target="_blank">Click here to access this toolkit online. </a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-publisher"> <div class="field-label">Publisher:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/africa/content/world-bank-water-and-sanitation-program-wsp-0">World Bank Water and Sanitation Program (WSP)</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-2"> <div class="field-label">Languages:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>English</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/africa/content/water-and-sanitation-programme-wsp-usa">Water and Sanitation Programme (WSP USA)</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-link-other-nodes"> <div class="field-label">Related Summaries:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/africa/content/involving-men-handwashing-behavior-change-interventions-senegal">Involving Men in Handwashing Behavior Change Interventions in Senegal</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/africa/content/tanzania-handwashing-behavior-change-journey">Tanzania: A Handwashing Behavior Change Journey</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/africa/content/introducing-foam-framework-analyze-handwashing-behaviors-design-effective-handwashing-pr">Introducing FOAM: A Framework to Analyze Handwashing Behaviors to Design Effective Handwashing Programs</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/africa/content/vietnam-handwashing-initiative">The Vietnam Handwashing Initiative</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.wsp.org/hwws-toolkit/hwws-tk-home" target="_blank">Handwashing with Soap Toolkit</a> on July 28 2014. <Br /></p> <p><i>Image credit: WSP/Helena Goldon </i></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/handwashing-soap-toolkit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/handwashing-soap-toolkit#comments Peru Senegal Tanzania Vietnam Materials Children Bilaterals MDG 4. Child Mortality Person-to-Person Interpersonal Print Radio Health NGOs Health Communication - Africa Africa Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:20:48 +0000 aventh 9349980 at http://www.comminit.com Sustainable Development 2015 Advocacy Toolkit http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/sustainable-development-2015-advocacy-toolkit <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-publication-date"><legend>Publication Date</legend><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-year"> <div class="field-label">Year:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2014 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/africa/files/imagecache/thumbnail/advocacy_toolkit_0.jpg" alt="" title="Sustainable Development 2015 Advocacy Toolkit " width="70" height="100" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>This Sustainable Development 2015 Advocacy Toolkit is intended for civil society and other stakeholder organisations, coalitions, and individuals that wish to influence the post-2015 development agenda, including the design and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).<br /><br /></p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-htmllink"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.sustainabledevelopment2015.org/AdvocacyToolkit/index.php/advocacy-toolkit-home" target="_blank">Click here to access the interactive toolkit mini-site. </a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-pdflink"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.stakeholderforum.org/fileadmin/files/Post2015AdvocacyToolkit.pdf" target="_blank">Click here to download the Advocacy toolkit (including Part 1 and 2) in English in PDF format.</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="http://www.stakeholderforum.org/fileadmin/files/Engagingwiththemedia.pdf" target="_blank">Click here to download the English version of the Media Guide in PDF format.</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.sustainabledevelopment2015.org/AdvocacyToolkit/index.php/media-guide/media-guide-translations" target="_blank">Click here to download the French, Spanish and Portuguese versions of the toolkit and media guide in PDF format. </a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-publisher"> <div class="field-label">Publisher:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/africa/content/sustainable-development-2015-0">Sustainable Development 2015</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cost-ma"> <div class="field-label">Cost:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Free to download. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-2"> <div class="field-label">Languages:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/africa/content/sustainable-development-2015">Sustainable Development 2015</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.sustainabledevelopment2015.org/index.php/engagement-tools/advocacy-toolkit" target="_blank">SD2015 website</a> on July 25 2014. </p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/sustainable-development-2015-advocacy-toolkit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/sustainable-development-2015-advocacy-toolkit#comments Global Materials Advocacy Civil Society Person-to-Person Governance and Democracy Development Assistance Print Economic Development Radio Education Television Environment Gender Health News Media HIV AIDS NGOs United Nations Reproductive Health Rights Women Youth Democracy and Governance - Africa Global Africa Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:18:13 +0000 aventh 9349952 at http://www.comminit.com Boda Boda Talk Talk http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/boda-boda-talk-talk <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/africa/files/imagecache/thumbnail/boda-boda-logo-7-june1.jpg" alt="" title="Boda Boda Talk Talk" width="100" height="81" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>Produced by Internews Humanitarian Information Service in South Sudan, Boda Boda Talk Talk (BBTT) is a radio service consisting of a quad bike with a speaker attached to it, that seeks to provide life-saving and life-enhancing information to people displaced at two of the United Nations Missions in Sudan South (UNMISS) Protection of Civilians sites in Juba.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-1"> <div class="field-label">Communication Strategies:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>BBTT (Boda Boda means motorbike taxi across much of Africa) serves more than 30,000 men, women and children who have lost their homes and been displaced following the conflict in South Sudan that broke out in mid-December 2013. According to Internews, through BBTT the people living in both camps "are provided with relevant, accurate, timely information, enabling them to make choices and decisions about their own lives. It updates the affected community on services and aid provided by various humanitarian agencies, and provides a platform for people to share their views and experiences with camp management." <BR /><br /></p> <p>The roving bike has speakers that are bolted to the bike as well as a USB flash drive that is plugged into speakers to broadcast the twice weekly professionally produced programmes. As of June 2014, nearly 40 programmes had been researched, professionally produced, and broadcast in Tong Ping, while nearly 15 have been produced in UN House. <br /><br /> </p> <p>The programmes include practical information about the water supply, health, food distributions, and raising awareness of things such as women's and children’s potential increased vulnerability following the conflict. Each programme also includes a feature story such as advice on how to prevent malnutrition, and how women can protect themselves from the increased risks to threats and violence as normal social protection mechanisms are not available. <br /><br /></p> <p>According to Internews, "all bulletins and feature stories are specific to the sites – generic messaging is avoided to ensure relevancy and appropriateness of the information shared." Engaging with the community, giving them a platform to air their concerns, opinions and views of the services provided in the site are central, as are mobilising people to take charge of their own destinies again. "This might involve mobilising people around taking actions to protect themselves against disease, violence or insecurity, or it might be to support people through difficult times by sharing the happy moments in their lives with each other." <BR /><br /></p> <p>A 3-minute drama – "Tong Ping Tales" and "Jebel Tales" – also helps communicate important issues. For example, an important issue was the safety of women who must leave the UNMISS protection area with their USAID donated sacks of sorghum to go to grinding mills in the main markets of Juba. This makes them an easy targets for abuse, kidnap, and attack. The key message in the drama therefore included using a new plain sack to empty sorghum into when they leave the site, and going to the market in groups. <BR /><br /></p> <p>In June 2014, the initiative was able to responded quickly to a cholera outbreak by producing bulletins and short information pieces through an existing health campaign called "Our Health is in Our Hands", which BBTT had already developed to help improve hygiene awareness and promote better practices in the sites. The team also wrote and produced two public service announcements (PSAs) to make people aware of the cholera transmission routes, how to recognise the symptoms, and what to do if they suspected someone was suffering from the illness. <br /><bR /></p> <p>To ensure the messages were delivered in an accessible way to all listeners, the Boda Boda Talk Talk team also produced a 3-minute drama featuring a child and a mother to demonstrate the danger of defecating on the street and not washing hands with soap afterwards. To reinforce the message, posters with the tag line "Stop. Think. Act. Always Wash Your Hands with Soap" were designed, translated into Nuer and widely distributed in the site – at water points and clinics. T-shirts with the same message have also been printed with "My Health is in My Hands."<br /><bR /></p> <p>Outside of the two sites in Juba, Internews is also working in partnership with South Sudan Red Cross and the Ministry of Health and has produced a special 10-minute recorded audio programme as a spin off from Boda Boda Talk Talk – called Juba Juba Talk Talk. This programme includes a cholera song, PSA, and the drama. The South Sudan Red Cross has trained and deployed 100 volunteers who will target key areas of the city where cholera is concentrated in. They will take the audio programme and target markets, schools and other key places where people gather, playing the program on large speakers provided by Internews.<br /><br /></p> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://bodabodatalktalktest.wordpress.com/" target="_blank">Click here</a> for more information on the Boda Boda Talk Talk website. </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-6"> <div class="field-label">Development Issues:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Health, Conflict, Security</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-2"> <div class="field-label">Key Points:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A survey of people in the camps showed that 95.8% have heard of Boda Boda Talk Talk, and 94% have listened to the programme. In addition, 40% of regular listeners stated that they have changed their lives in some way after hearing the programme. <bR /><bR /></p> <p>According to Internews, the success of Boda Boda Talk Talk has created a demand for more Humanitarian Information Services (HIS) across the country. The programme is planning to roll out to a third site next door to UN House.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-partner-text"> <div class="field-label">Partner Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Internews, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/africa/content/meena-bhandari-internews-south-sudan">Meena Bhandari - Internews South Sudan</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=https://internews.org/boda-boda-talk-talk-and-eye-radio-help-save-lives-critical-information-cholera-prevention" target="_blank">Internews website</a> and<br /> <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=https://internews.org/our-stories/project-updates/boda-boda-talk-talk" target="_blank">Internews website</a> and <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://bodabodatalktalktest.wordpress.com/" target="_blank">Boda Boda Talk Talk website</a> on July 24 2014. </p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/boda-boda-talk-talk" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/boda-boda-talk-talk#comments Sudan Experiences Digital Mobile Populations Conflict and Peace Entertainment MDG 4. Child Mortality Person-to-Person Governance and Democracy MDG 5. Maternal Health News/Information Radio Health News Media NGOs United Nations Democracy and Governance - Africa Community Radio - Africa Africa Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:32:17 +0000 aventh 9349928 at http://www.comminit.com Reducing Sexual Risk Behavior Among Young People: A Training Toolkit for Curriculum Developers http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/reducing-sexual-risk-behavior-among-young-people-training-toolkit-curriculum-developers <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Douglas Kirby, Ph.D. </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-publication-date"><legend>Publication Date</legend><div class="field field-type-date field-field-date-0"> <div class="field-label">Publication Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Friday, February 1, 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/africa/files/imagecache/thumbnail/ertcurriculum.jpg" alt="" title="Reducing Sexual Risk Behavior Among Young People: A Training Toolkit for Curriculum Developers" width="77" height="100" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>This is a training toolkit intended for training sessions with curriculum developers wanting to develop a country or context appropriate curriculum on sexuality and sexually transmitted infections (STI), including HIV, education for schools or other learning environments. <BR /> </p> <p>As stated in the toolkit, the training has two primary objectives:</p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-pdflink"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://africa.unfpa.org/webdav/site/africa/users/Lbarnes/public/Training%20Manual%20for%20South%20Africa%20v52%20(FINAL).pdf" target="_blank">Click here to download the toolkit in PDF format. </a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-publisher"> <div class="field-label">Publisher:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/africa/content/etr-associates-0">ETR Associates</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-1"> <div class="field-label">Number of Pages:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>306</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/africa/content/etr-associates"> ETR Associates</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://africa.unfpa.org/public/site/africa/pid/15150" target="_blank">United Nations Population Fund website</a> on July 23 2014. </p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/reducing-sexual-risk-behavior-among-young-people-training-toolkit-curriculum-developers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/reducing-sexual-risk-behavior-among-young-people-training-toolkit-curriculum-developers#comments Africa Global Materials Featured Person-to-Person MDG 6. Combat Diseases School Curricula Prevention HIV AIDS NGOs Reproductive Health Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights HIV/AIDS - Africa Africa Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:00:26 +0000 aventh 9349890 at http://www.comminit.com Household Survey to Evaluate The Zambia-led Prevention Initiative: Baseline Report http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/household-survey-evaluate-zambia-led-prevention-initiative-baseline-report <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/africa/files/imagecache/thumbnail/zpistudy.jpg" alt="" title="Household Survey to Evaluate The Zambia-led Prevention Initiative: Baseline Report" width="77" height="100" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-date"><legend>Publication Date</legend><div class="field field-type-date field-field-date-0"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Monday, October 1, 2012</span> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-1"> <div class="field-label">Affiliation:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Population Council</p> </div> </div> </div> <p>This 84-page report shares findings of a baseline survey conducted at the beginning of the Zambia-led Prevention Initiative Program (ZPI), to inform monitoring and evaluation as well as programme design. The study was conducted to collect information on key indicators related to HIV knowledge and risk, gender and gender-based violence (GBV), and reproductive health. The Zambia-led Prevention Initiative Program (ZPI) was developed by a consortium led by FHI360, with the Population Council as the evaluation partner.</p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-web-link"> <div class="field-label">Web link:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.popcouncil.org/uploads/pdfs/2012HIV_ZambiaHHBaselineReport.pdf" target="_blank"> Click here to download the full report in PDF format. </a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/africa/content/population-council-publications">Population Council - Publications</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.popcouncil.org/research/zambia" target="_blank">Population Council website</a> on July 21 2014. </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-link-other-nodes"> <div class="field-label">Related Summaries:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/africa/content/zambia-led-prevention-initiative-zpi">Zambia-led Prevention Initiative (ZPI)</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/household-survey-evaluate-zambia-led-prevention-initiative-baseline-report" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/household-survey-evaluate-zambia-led-prevention-initiative-baseline-report#comments Zambia Strategic Thinking Person-to-Person MDG 6. Combat Diseases Research Prevention HIV AIDS NGOs Reproductive Health Health Communication - Africa Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights HIV/AIDS - Africa Africa Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:09:46 +0000 aventh 9349886 at http://www.comminit.com Rapid Assessment of Sexual and Reproductive Health and HIV Linkages: Swaziland http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/rapid-assessment-sexual-and-reproductive-health-and-hiv-linkages-swaziland <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/africa/files/imagecache/thumbnail/rapid_assess_swazi.jpg" alt="" title="Rapid Assessment of Sexual and Reproductive Health and HIV Linkages: Swaziland" width="60" height="100" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-date"><legend>Publication Date</legend><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-year"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2011 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p>This summary highlights insights gained through an assessment process conducted in Swaziland to better understand the linkages between sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and HIV/AIDS. The assessment was part of a multi-country initiative conducted using an assessment tool developed in 2009 by the International Planned Parenthood Foundation, United Nations Population Fund, World Health Organisation, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, GNP+, the International Community of Women with HIV/AIDS, and Young Positives.</p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-web-link"> <div class="field-label">Web link:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.integrainitiative.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/ras_swaziland_2011_web_en.pdf" target="_blank">Click here to access this report in PDF format. </a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/africa/content/rejoice-nkambule-ministry-health-swaziland">Rejoice Nkambule - Ministry of Health Swaziland</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/africa/node/268799">International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/africa/node/269843">World Health Organization - Department of Reproductive Health and Research</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/africa/node/268800">United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/africa/node/268455">UNAIDS Secretariat</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.integrainitiative.org/countries/swaziland/index.php?sub=3" target="_blank">Integra Initiative website</a> on July 21 2014. </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-link-other-nodes"> <div class="field-label">Related Summaries:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/africa/content/rapid-assessment-sexual-and-reproductive-health-and-hiv-linkages-zimbabwe">Rapid Assessment of Sexual and Reproductive Health and HIV Linkages in Zimbabwe</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/africa/content/rapid-assessment-tool-sexual-and-reproductive-health-and-hiv-linkages-namibia">Rapid Assessment of Sexual and Reproductive Health and HIV Linkages in Namibia</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/rapid-assessment-sexual-and-reproductive-health-and-hiv-linkages-swaziland" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/rapid-assessment-sexual-and-reproductive-health-and-hiv-linkages-swaziland#comments Swaziland Strategic Thinking Person-to-Person MDG 6. Combat Diseases Research Prevention HIV AIDS NGOs United Nations Reproductive Health Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights HIV/AIDS - Africa Africa Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:32:46 +0000 aventh 9349808 at http://www.comminit.com Wize up Campaign - Namibia http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/wize-campaign-namibia <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/africa/files/imagecache/thumbnail/wize_up_nam.jpg" alt="" title="Wize up Campaign - Namibia" width="71" height="100" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>Wize up is an ongoing youth campaign in Namibia that seeks to increase young people’s knowledge around sexual and reproductive health (SRH) as well as their access to services, thereby reducing early pregnancy, unsafe abortions, and increasing use of condoms as a dual protection for both HIV and pregnancy prevention. Led by Desert Soul Health and Development Communicatio and implemented with a range of partners, the campaign activities include a musical performance, production and distribution of booklets, and radio talk shows. <br /></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-1"> <div class="field-label">Communication Strategies:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The specific objectives of the campaign are to: </p> <ul type="square"> <li>increase knowledge and encourage correct and consistent condom use as a dual protection mechanism (HIV and pregnancy prevention) among youths; </li> <li>encourage positive peer pressure while creating the ability to resist negative peer pressure on youth sexuality; </li> <li>encourage delayed sexual debut among the youth while ensuring that they are informed by the time they engage in sexual activities; </li> <li>increase parent-child communication around sexual health issues including teenage pregnancy and its consequences; </li> <li>provide comprehensive knowledge on SRHR to youths and parents; </li> <li>advocate for increased access to comprehensive and youth friendly SRHR services for youths in and out of school; </li> <li>advocate for protection of young people from child abuse and age disparate sex; and </li> <li>positively shift gender norms that make young women vulnerable to SRH problems. </li> </ul> <p>The primary target audience are youths aged 15 – 24 years and the secondary target audience is parents. According to Desert Soul, parents are being targeted due to the overwhelming evidence regarding the need to strengthen the role of parents in adolescent challenges. <br /><br /></p> <p>Following formative research into the attitudes and behaviours of youth in Namibia, Desert Soul held a message design workshop to develop messages that could be used across all campaign activities. The key messages are: <br /><br /> <i>Messages to youth: </i><br /> 1. You have the right to SRH and this means:</p> <ul type="square"> <li>sex has consequences and you should not have it if you are not ready to take the consequences;</li> <li>you can decide when and with whom to have safe sex;</li> <li>having a baby at an early age prevents you from having a fulfilling future;</li> <li>you can decide to abstain from sex;</li> <li>you can decide to use condoms correctly and consistently to prevent pregnancy and STIs including HIV;</li> <li>having access to health facilities;</li> <li>speaking to your parents and/or a trusted adult about sexual issues affecting you; and</li> <li>avoiding age-disparate sexual relationships. </li> </ul> <p>2. Young women have the right to equal involvement in SRH decision-making. Respect young women’s decisions.<br /> 3. Don’t let your friends make sexual decisions for you; be in control of your sexual life. <br /><bR /></p> <p><i>Messages to parents: </i><br /> 1. Youth look up to parents to provide them with the correct information about sex and sexuality. Talk to your children about sex including safe sex, issues of growing up (physical and emotional changes), and empower them to resist negative peer pressure.<br /> 2. Be good role models.<br /> 3. Discourage and protect young people from engaging in age-disparate sexual relationships which increase the risk of SRH problems.<br /> 4. It is the responsibility of both parents when a girl gets pregnant. <Br /><Br /></p> <p>The Wize up campaign in Namibia has included the following activities: <br /><br /><br /> <i>Wize up radio programme </i><br /> In 2011 and 2012, Desert Soul broadcast 2 series of radio talk shows on youth and sexual health-related topics<i> (see Related Summary below for more information).</i> The second season of 20 episodes contained a mini drama followed by a discussion. These were broadcast on Fresh FM over a period of 3 months. In 2014, the second series of radio programmes are being rebroadcast, but in order to reach a wider audience across Namibia, the rebroadcast is taking place over 4 community radio stations - Base FM in Windhoek in the Khomas Region, Live FM in Rehoboth in the Hardap Region, Kharas FM in Keetmanshoop in the Karas Region, and Ohangwena Community Radio in Eenhana in the Ohangwena Regions. <bR /><BR /></p> <p><i>Wize up musical </i><br /> The musical was a culmination of work done during 2013 with high schools and tertiary institutions with support from a PEPFAR Small Grant. It was hosted in April 2014 by the University of Namibia (UNAM) Drama Department and dealt with issues such as safer sexual practices, condom use, and faithfulness in a relationship. It was attended by approximately 200 people of different age groups, but mainly students from UNAM and youth groups. <BR /><bR /></p> <p><i>Wize up youth booklet </i><br /> A youth booklet on sexual and reproductive health is being developed and Desert Soul is planning to print 20,000 copies with funding from Sweden and Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) through the Soul City Institute and WHO. The aim of the booklet is to provide comprehensive knowledge on sexual and reproductive health. <br /><br /></p> <p>Desert Soul also used theatre outreach to tackle the issue of teenage pregnancy in the Okavango region. Three scripts were developed to deal with three specific issues: a teenage girl falling pregnant, the type of support that girls need during pregnancy, and what to do to avoid a second pregnancy. The short dramas were performed by local actors in three high schools in June 2014 and performances were followed up with direct face-to-face discussions with learners to their feedback and input. </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-6"> <div class="field-label">Development Issues:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>HIV/AIDS, Reproductive Health, Youth</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-2"> <div class="field-label">Key Points:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Desert Soul developed the Wise up youth campaign based on research highlighting young people’s vulnerability to sexual and reproductive health risks. The study showed that Namibian youth understand the severity of the HIV epidemic, but still do not use condoms consistently. These findings align with national statistics that illustrate continued risky sexual behaviours among Namibian youth. For example, 64% of youth 15-19 years old have never used contraceptives, and consequently 13% of youth had a baby or were pregnant (DHS 2006).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-partner-text"> <div class="field-label">Partner Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Desert Soul, Sweden and Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and the World Health Organisation (WHO)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/africa/content/celia-kaunatjike-desert-soul-health-and-development-communication">Celia Kaunatjike - Desert Soul Health and Development Communication</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-link-other-nodes"> <div class="field-label">Related Summaries:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/africa/content/wize-youth-radio-talk-show">Wize Up Youth Radio Talk Show - Namibia</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/africa/content/challenges-youths-accessing-sexual-and-reproductive-health-information-and-services-sout">Challenges to Youths Accessing Sexual and Reproductive Health Information and Services in Southern Africa: A Review of Qualitative Research in Seven Countries</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/africa/content/soul-city-regional-programme-sexual-and-reproductive-health-and-rights">Soul City Regional Programme on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Email received from Mathew Haikali from Desert Soul on July 17 2014. </p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/wize-campaign-namibia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/wize-campaign-namibia#comments Namibia Experiences Entertainment Live Performance Interpersonal MDG 6. Combat Diseases Print Radio Prevention HIV AIDS NGOs Reproductive Health Youth Desert Soul Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights HIV/AIDS - Africa Africa Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:02:36 +0000 aventh 9349779 at http://www.comminit.com Voice & Matter: Global Conference on Communication for Development - Sept. 17-20 2014 http://www.comminit.com/africa/event/voice-matter-global-conference-communication-development-sept-17-20-2014 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-event-date"> <div class="field-label">Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-start">Sep 17 2014</span><span class="date-display-separator"> - </span><span class="date-display-end">Sep 20 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/africa/files/imagecache/thumbnail/politics-of-hope_banner.png" alt="" title="Voice &amp; Matter: Global Conference on Communication for Development" width="100" height="62" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-1"> <div class="field-label">Location:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Roskilde, Denmark (Sept. 17-18) and Malmö, Sweden (Sept. 19-20)</p> </div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/africa/content/voice-matter-%C3%B8recomm">Voice &amp; Matter - Ørecomm</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/event/voice-matter-global-conference-communication-development-sept-17-20-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/event/voice-matter-global-conference-communication-development-sept-17-20-2014#comments Global Events Calendar Academic Institutions Featured Film and Video Person-to-Person Governance and Democracy Interpersonal Democracy and Governance - Africa Global Africa Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:34:05 +0000 kdevries 9349769 at http://www.comminit.com Wize Up TV Talk Show in Swaziland http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/wize-tv-talk-show-swaziland <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/africa/files/imagecache/thumbnail/wize_up_swazi.jpg" alt="" title="Wize Up TV Talk Show in Swaziland" width="100" height="67" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>Broadcasting from January 2014, this 13-episode television talk show aimed to reach young people (age 15-24 years) in Swaziland with information related to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) , HIV and AIDS, and life skills, tackling issues such as condom use, inter-generational sex, multiple concurrent partnerships, and parent- child communication. The aim of the talk show was to create awareness, promote self-efficacy, and shift attitudes and norms towards more healthy sexual behaviours, as well as advocate for increased access to SRHR for young people in the country. <br /></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-1"> <div class="field-label">Communication Strategies:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The target audience for the show was female and male youth aged 15 - 24, but with a special focus on most at risk youth, and young women and girls. <br /><bR /><br /> The objectives of the show were: </p> <ul type="square"> <li>A reduction in the number of young women (15-24) who have older sexual partners - 10 and more years older than them; </li><li>More young people getting information on safer sexual behaviour; </li> <li>More young people freely discussing sexuality with their parents; </li> <li>More youth delaying sexual debut and making informed decisions; and</li> <li>An increase in the use of condoms at first sexual debut and overall more consistent use of condoms. </li> </ul> <p>The message design workshop was held in 2011 following a formative research process. Key messages were then guided by the research findings as well as by key stakeholders, who also participated in the workshop. <br /><bR /></p> <p>The following episode topics were then developed: </p> <ol> <li>Sexual and reproductive health and rights for young people - dealing with youth rights to SRHR services</li> <li>Young people’s right to privacy when confiding in teachers and parents</li> <li>Sex talk between parents and children </li> <li>Parents role modelling - looking at whether parent's lifestyles model healthy behaviours for youth</li> <li>Sexual violence and "tibi tendlu" (meaning family secret)</li> <li>Sexuality and disability</li> <li>Growing up: what does it mean to grow up – understanding our bodies and feelings </li> <li>Sexual experimentation and the consequences </li> <li>Unhealthy relationships vs. healthy relationships </li> <li>Peer pressure and going against the norm </li> <li>Role of social media, it's power and influence (positives and negatives)</li> <li>Circumcision </li> <li>Condom use by young people </li> </ol> <p> <br /><br /></p> <p><i>Youth participation and input </i><br /> As the show was pre-recorded, it was not possible to get live feedback from youth, however, Lusweti was able to get audience input through their <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=https://www.facebook.com/wizeupswaziland " target="_blank">Wizeup Facebook page</a> where planned topics would be discussed in advance of the programme. <br /><bR /></p> <p>Also, young people from all parts of Swaziland, who were the primary target audience for the show, were interviewed on each programme topic. These comments and short interviews would then be featured in an insert which was used at the beginning of the programme to introduce and launch the discussion. In addition, all episodes had two youth guests as part of the panel.<br /><bR /></p> <p><i>Branding and marketing</i></p> <p>The TV talk show builds on the popularity and established branding of the Wize up! Your decision your life campaign which also included three series of radio talk shows that were aired in 2012 and 2013. Youth listenership clubs had also been established, who were provided with recorded radio talk shows to help guide group discussions. <br /><bR /></p> <p>Branding and messages were also reinforced through weekly newspaper articles by Lusweti on youth SRHR issues. According to Lusweti, these articles attracted positive responses from young people who would write and share their experiences and testimonials. <br /><bR /></p> <p>To promote and encourage viewership of the TV talk show, Lusweti set up a competition on their Facebook page where the public was asked questions relating to the show and the winners would get prizes. The show was also promoted by weekly newspaper and radio adverts, as well as through television trailers reminding people to tune into the show. Lusweti also set up stalls with Wize up branding at national and community events to make the show more visible. <br /><bR /></p> <p><i>Integration with other programme activities</i></p> <p>To strengthen the impact, the TV show was supported by social mobilisation activities in communities which included sensitisation forums with cultural and religious leaders. These activities were supported by other donors like United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and National Emergency Response Council on HIV and AIDS (NERCHA). <br /> <br /></p> <p>Following the success and impact of the talk show in early 2014, Lusweti received funding from UNFPA to produce a further eight episodes of the talk show. The show is schedule to go on air from the first week of August 2014.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-6"> <div class="field-label">Development Issues:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>HIV/AIDS, Reproductive Health, Youth</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-partner-text"> <div class="field-label">Partner Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Lusweti Institute for Health and Development Communication, Soul City Institute for Health and Development Communication, the Sweden and Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), UNFPA.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/africa/node/278582">Lusweti Institute for Health and Development Communication</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-link-other-nodes"> <div class="field-label">Related Summaries:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/africa/content/wize-your-decisions-your-life-campaign">Wize up! Your Decisions, Your Life Campaign - Swaziland</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Project report received from Lusweti Institute for Health and Development Communication on July 17 2014.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/wize-tv-talk-show-swaziland" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/wize-tv-talk-show-swaziland#comments Swaziland Experiences Featured Person-to-Person Interpersonal MDG 6. Combat Diseases News/Information Television Prevention HIV AIDS NGOs Reproductive Health Women Lusweti Institute for Health Development Communication Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights HIV/AIDS - Africa Africa Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:57:52 +0000 aventh 9349761 at http://www.comminit.com