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A collaboration between the Soul City Institute for Health and Development Communication and The Communication Initiative. Offers a space to access and share knowledge (currently over 6500 knowledge items), as well as network around a wide range of development issues with a focus on media and communication for social change in Africa. Our current subscriber network consists of over 16,000 members. To join, click here. To discuss partnership please contact Anja

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Launched in March 2014, Réseaux ("Networks" in English) was a six-episode Ivorian television drama series designed to help promote safer sexual behaviours among sexually active young girls, and adult married men and women. The story follows the lives and relationships of three middle class family fathers in their 40s, and seeks to show how...

This report describes the findings from an external evaluation of the Namibia component of the Southern African Regional Social and Behavior Change Communication Program. The programme, which has been implemented in 8 countries in Southern Africa with funding from the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DfID), aims to...

Launched in May 2014 and led by the Soul City Institute for Health and Development Communication (SCI), the RISE Young Women's Clubs initiative seeks to reduce new HIV infections among young women in South Africa. The initiative supports the establishment of women's clubs, which are designed to mobilise and empower young women to advocate for...

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Multiple Concurrent Partnerships (MCP)

Launched in March 2014, Réseaux ("Networks" in English) was a six-episode Ivorian television drama series designed to help promote safer sexual behaviours among sexually active young girls, and adult married men and women. The story follows the lives and relationships of three middle class family fathers in their 40s, and seeks to show how...

This report describes the findings from an external evaluation of the Namibia component of the Southern African Regional Social and Behavior Change Communication Program. The programme, which has been implemented in 8 countries in Southern Africa with funding from the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DfID), aims to...

Action Institute for Environment Health and Development Communication (Action IEHDC) in Zimbabwe has launched a sexual and reproductive health and rights campaign focusing on mobile populations at two border posts - Beitbridge and Chirundu. The campaign messaging focuses on addressing sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) issues to...

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This 35-page report shares findings of a study conducted by Research to Prevention(R2P), based at the Johns Hopkins University, exploring local understandings of communication campaign messages on acute HIV infection, Concurrent Partners (CP), and sexual networks in Tanzania and Botswana. The research sought to understand how these...

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This 56-page document reports on an evaluation of the impact of a mass media behaviour change communication (BCC) campaign in Mozambique that focused on integrating a strategy to reduce multiple sex partnerships (MSP) and concurrent partnerships (CP) into existing HIV prevention programmes that have already increased condom use and HIV testing...

Descriptive and Injunctive Norms Related to Concurrent Sexual Partnerships in Ma

This journal article shares findings of a study to explore two types of norms, descriptive and injunctive norms, toward concurrent sexual partnerships in Malawi because concurrent sexual partnerships are hypothesised to be contributing to the HIV epidemic there. The study found participant perceptions of concurrency to be the following: 1)...

This report offers a summary of an evaluation of the OneLove Campaign, a Southern African regional HIV prevention campaign that was designed to address multiple concurrent sexual partners (MCP). Across the region, the campaign reached 27 million people and was associated with increases in condom use, HIV testing, and knowledge levels, however...

This 32-page report shares the summary results of a meta-analysis of evaluation reports conducted by OneLove regional campaign partners to assess the mid-term progress of the campaign. The OneLove campaign is a regional initiative developed by The Soul City Regional Programme and partner organisations in 10 southern African countries (Lesotho...

In 2011, Action Institute for Environment, Health and Development Communication (Action IEHDC) conducted a 3 months long pilot programme called "Action Fone for Life, Talk Life on the Go" as a way of communicating health messages to the commuting public in Zimbabwe. The programme was intended to reach people travelling in kombis and long...

This programme, which is part of Soul City Southern African Regional Programme activities for border populations in Namibia, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe, aims to reduce new HIV infections within communities...

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Treatment, Care and Support

This report describes the findings from an external evaluation of the Namibia component of the Southern African Regional Social and Behavior Change Communication Program. The programme, which has been implemented in 8 countries in Southern Africa with funding from the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DfID), aims to...

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".

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...

Published by the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University by invitation from Open Society Foundations (OSF), this resource guide "has been designed to be a user-friendly, multi-purpose tool in advocating for health and human rights." Now in its 5th edition, the guide is intended for "a wide array of users, including health...

This Good Practice Guide discusses the rationale, principles, and elements of human rights-based HIV programming. It was produced to assist those working on HIV/AIDS and related issues to integrate human rights through all stages of the programming cycle, from design, development, and implementation through to monitoring and evaluation. It is...

Running for six weeks during August and September 2013, the Workplace Sexual Harassment Campaign at Xinavane Sugar Refinery in Mozambique used theatre and discussion to raise awareness about sexual harassment, and educate workers on how to gather evidence and seek support if they are being harassed. The campaign coincided and supported an HIV...

"From the beginning, the education sector has played a central role in responding to HIV. However, its role and the contribution of school-based HIV education has been the subject of much debate."

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This 8-page brief discusses low uptake of prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV treatments in sub-Saharan Africa. PMTCT was first introduced ten years ago and is widely recognised as a key strategy for preventing HIV transmission from mother to child, yet the numbers of women and infants using these lifesaving treatments...

The book, The Bravest Boy I Know, is about two friends, Kendi, who is living with HIV, and Kayla. The story is set in Africa and is a tale of how the two friends deal with HIV in a positive way. Illustrated by artist, Sujean Rim, the book conveys the message that by taking medicine children living with HIV can live active and healthy lives...

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This 8-page summary highlights insights gained through an assessment process conducted in Zimbabwe 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...

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This ten-page summary highlights insights gained through an assessment process conducted in Namibia 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...

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Prevention

Following the First Regional Symposium in Khartoum in 2007, the Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA) is organising the 2nd Symposium in collaboration with the Government of the Republic of Zambia, the Zambia National HIV/AIDS/STI/TB Council, and the Society for Women and AIDS in Africa (SWAA).

The symposium expects to welcome more...

Launched in March 2014, Réseaux ("Networks" in English) was a six-episode Ivorian television drama series designed to help promote safer sexual behaviours among sexually active young girls, and adult married men and women. The story follows the lives and relationships of three middle class family fathers in their 40s, and seeks to show how...

Nearly one-third of Mozambican women aged 15-49 who are married or live in marital union have ever experienced domestic violence, and close to one-quarter have experienced domestic violence within the past 12 months. Young women are particularly at risk for sexual violence - the percentage of young women who experience sexual violence increases...

Launched in May 2014 and led by the Soul City Institute for Health and Development Communication (SCI), the RISE Young Women's Clubs initiative seeks to reduce new HIV infections among young women in South Africa. The initiative supports the establishment of women's clubs, which are designed to mobilise and empower young women to advocate for...

This journal article shares findings from a study to gain insights into the knowledge, attitudes and practices of youth around sexual health, as well as the barriers facing young people in accessing sexual reproductive health services (SRHS) in Mtwara district in Tanzania, which has the highest percentage in the country of teenage pregnancy....

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".

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...

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.

As stated in the toolkit, the training has two primary...

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),...

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,...

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...

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Advocacy

Following the First Regional Symposium in Khartoum in 2007, the Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA) is organising the 2nd Symposium in collaboration with the Government of the Republic of Zambia, the Zambia National HIV/AIDS/STI/TB Council, and the Society for Women and AIDS in Africa (SWAA).

The symposium expects to welcome more...

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".

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...

Give Stigma the Index Finger project, running from 2011 to 2014 in Mozambique, Ethiopia, and Swaziland, aims to increase understanding of HIV stigma by empowering men and women living with HIV to take an active part in research and resulting advocacy on HIV stigma. There are various components to this project which include a stigma measurement...

Published by the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University by invitation from Open Society Foundations (OSF), this resource guide "has been designed to be a user-friendly, multi-purpose tool in advocating for health and human rights." Now in its 5th edition, the guide is intended for "a wide array of users, including health...

This booklet aims to support traditional leaders in Southern Africa to increase knowledge and understanding around sexuality and sexual orientation among other leaders and members of their community. This is in order to promote a culture of tolerance and acceptance and help reduce the spread of HIV, stigma, and discrimination.

The One Touch Sexual and Reproductive Health Campaign seeks to generate and disseminate information on sexual and reproductive health as well as empower young people to protect themselves from HIV, by strengthening HIV knowledge and sexuality education in Zimbabwe. Using social media, mobile phones, and the internet the project is working to...

"From the beginning, the education sector has played a central role in responding to HIV. However, its role and the contribution of school-based HIV education has been the subject of much debate."

Published online and in print by Development Media Consulting, the Journal of Development and Communications Studies (JDCS) is an academic, peer-reviewed journal that is dedicated to research exploring linkages between communication and human development. According to the publication, the core goal of the JDCS "is to make available to...

This toolkit was developed as part of the ACT!2015 campaign, which seeks to mobilise young people around the world "to ensure HIV remains a priority in the post-2015 agenda and that sexual and reproductive health and rights gets recognized for the first time ever in major UN [United Nations] goals" (see Related Summary below for more...

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This 8-page summary highlights insights gained through an assessment process conducted in Zimbabwe 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...

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News/Information

Nearly one-third of Mozambican women aged 15-49 who are married or live in marital union have ever experienced domestic violence, and close to one-quarter have experienced domestic violence within the past 12 months. Young women are particularly at risk for sexual violence - the percentage of young women who experience sexual violence increases...

This report describes the findings from an external evaluation of the Namibia component of the Southern African Regional Social and Behavior Change Communication Program. The programme, which has been implemented in 8 countries in Southern Africa with funding from the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DfID), aims to...

Launched in May 2014 and led by the Soul City Institute for Health and Development Communication (SCI), the RISE Young Women's Clubs initiative seeks to reduce new HIV infections among young women in South Africa. The initiative supports the establishment of women's clubs, which are designed to mobilise and empower young women to advocate for...

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-...

This booklet aims to support traditional leaders in Southern Africa to increase knowledge and understanding around sexuality and sexual orientation among other leaders and members of their community. This is in order to promote a culture of tolerance and acceptance and help reduce the spread of HIV, stigma, and discrimination.

Launched in 2011, the Mtandao wa Wanahabari Watoto Tanzania (Young Reporters' Network Tanzania) recruits and trains children in Tanzania to produce radio programmes exploring issues that are important to them and their peers, while also sharing their perspectives, hopes, and aspirations for the future. The project is designed to increase...

Published by Panos Institute Southern Africa (PSAf), this manual was produced to build the capacity of media to counter hate speech, discrimination, and violence against sexual minorities, particularly related to their sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR). It discusses sexuality issues using a human-rights-based approach, including...

Launched in June 2013, the Mediating Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights in Southern Africa project is working to enhance the media’s capacity to positively report on issues around sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) of marginalised groups in Angola, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia. The project is providing practical training and...

This reference manual, which was developed jointly by SAfAIDS and Women'sNet, with support from Oxfam Canada, is designed to provide a step-by-step guide on using digital storytelling - which combines audio and visual images with a script or story - to document and communicate good practices.

This Handbook has been developed to support organisations working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in southern Africa to develop effective information, education and communication (IEC) materials with a focus on HIV, sexual and reproductive health (SRH), and broader health issues.

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Interpersonal

Nearly one-third of Mozambican women aged 15-49 who are married or live in marital union have ever experienced domestic violence, and close to one-quarter have experienced domestic violence within the past 12 months. Young women are particularly at risk for sexual violence - the percentage of young women who experience sexual violence increases...

Launched in May 2014 and led by the Soul City Institute for Health and Development Communication (SCI), the RISE Young Women's Clubs initiative seeks to reduce new HIV infections among young women in South Africa. The initiative supports the establishment of women's clubs, which are designed to mobilise and empower young women to advocate for...

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...

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-...

Give Stigma the Index Finger project, running from 2011 to 2014 in Mozambique, Ethiopia, and Swaziland, aims to increase understanding of HIV stigma by empowering men and women living with HIV to take an active part in research and resulting advocacy on HIV stigma. There are various components to this project which include a stigma measurement...

Published by the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University by invitation from Open Society Foundations (OSF), this resource guide "has been designed to be a user-friendly, multi-purpose tool in advocating for health and human rights." Now in its 5th edition, the guide is intended for "a wide array of users, including health...

This 33-page report shares the findings of key informant research in Zimbabwe conducted to inform a communication initiative to address young people's sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). The research was undertaken with 10 key informants in 7 provinces by Action Institute for Environment, Health and Development Communication. It...

This 53-page report discusses the findings of research conducted into sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) among mobile populations in two of Zimbabwe's border areas, Chirundu and Beitbridge. Focus group discussions and in-depth key informant interviews were conducted by Action Institute for Environment, Health and Development...

This reference manual, which was developed jointly by SAfAIDS and Women'sNet, with support from Oxfam Canada, is designed to provide a step-by-step guide on using digital storytelling - which combines audio and visual images with a script or story - to document and communicate good practices.

This Handbook has been developed to support organisations working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in southern Africa to develop effective information, education and communication (IEC) materials with a focus on HIV, sexual and reproductive health (SRH), and broader health issues.

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Radio

Agashi (meaning "Hey! Look again!") is a Burundian 208-episode radio drama that addresses a variety of health and development issues including HIV/AIDS, reproductive health and family planning, education and women’s empowerment, and entrepreneurship.

Launched in March 2014, Réseaux ("Networks" in English) was a six-episode Ivorian television drama series designed to help promote safer sexual behaviours among sexually active young girls, and adult married men and women. The story follows the lives and relationships of three middle class family fathers in their 40s, and seeks to show how...

Nearly one-third of Mozambican women aged 15-49 who are married or live in marital union have ever experienced domestic violence, and close to one-quarter have experienced domestic violence within the past 12 months. Young women are particularly at risk for sexual violence - the percentage of young women who experience sexual violence increases...

This report describes the findings from an external evaluation of the Namibia component of the Southern African Regional Social and Behavior Change Communication Program. The programme, which has been implemented in 8 countries in Southern Africa with funding from the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DfID), aims to...

Produced by the Soul City Institute for Health and Development Communication, the twelfth series of the edutainment drama series "Soul City" premiered in June 2014. Comprising 13 half-hour episodes, the series is based around a community clinic in a fictional township in South Africa and deals with the challenges and triumphs of the clinic...

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...

Launched in November 2013, Tafigawalo (Working Towards Change) is a 78-episode serial radio drama designed to raise awareness and dialogue around HIV/AIDS, adolescent reproductive health, girls’ education, and gender-based violence in Nigeria. It was produced by Population Media Center (PMC), with support from the MacArthur Foundation, Ford...

Launched in 2011, the Mtandao wa Wanahabari Watoto Tanzania (Young Reporters' Network Tanzania) recruits and trains children in Tanzania to produce radio programmes exploring issues that are important to them and their peers, while also sharing their perspectives, hopes, and aspirations for the future. The project is designed to increase...

Published by Panos Institute Southern Africa (PSAf), this manual was produced to build the capacity of media to counter hate speech, discrimination, and violence against sexual minorities, particularly related to their sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR). It discusses sexuality issues using a human-rights-based approach, including...

Launched in June 2013, the Mediating Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights in Southern Africa project is working to enhance the media’s capacity to positively report on issues around sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) of marginalised groups in Angola, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia. The project is providing practical training and...

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Television

Launched in March 2014, Réseaux ("Networks" in English) was a six-episode Ivorian television drama series designed to help promote safer sexual behaviours among sexually active young girls, and adult married men and women. The story follows the lives and relationships of three middle class family fathers in their 40s, and seeks to show how...

Nearly one-third of Mozambican women aged 15-49 who are married or live in marital union have ever experienced domestic violence, and close to one-quarter have experienced domestic violence within the past 12 months. Young women are particularly at risk for sexual violence - the percentage of young women who experience sexual violence increases...

This report describes the findings from an external evaluation of the Namibia component of the Southern African Regional Social and Behavior Change Communication Program. The programme, which has been implemented in 8 countries in Southern Africa with funding from the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DfID), aims to...

Launched in May 2014 and led by the Soul City Institute for Health and Development Communication (SCI), the RISE Young Women's Clubs initiative seeks to reduce new HIV infections among young women in South Africa. The initiative supports the establishment of women's clubs, which are designed to mobilise and empower young women to advocate for...

Produced by the Soul City Institute for Health and Development Communication, the twelfth series of the edutainment drama series "Soul City" premiered in June 2014. Comprising 13 half-hour episodes, the series is based around a community clinic in a fictional township in South Africa and deals with the challenges and triumphs of the clinic...

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-...

Published by Panos Institute Southern Africa (PSAf), this manual was produced to build the capacity of media to counter hate speech, discrimination, and violence against sexual minorities, particularly related to their sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR). It discusses sexuality issues using a human-rights-based approach, including...

Launched in June 2013, the Mediating Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights in Southern Africa project is working to enhance the media’s capacity to positively report on issues around sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) of marginalised groups in Angola, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia. The project is providing practical training and...

This Handbook has been developed to support organisations working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in southern Africa to develop effective information, education and communication (IEC) materials with a focus on HIV, sexual and reproductive health (SRH), and broader health issues.

Running from February 2014 to May 2014, Wize Up was an urban-based youth television talk show, supported by social media and a radio programme in Malawi. The talk show was designed to communicate information and encourage discussion around young people’s sexual and reproductive health and was broadcast on the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation....

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