A lack of running water. Leaking roofs. A dearth of essential drugs and basic vaccines.It’s no wonder in communities throughout Sierra Leone, many people do not think of the local health facility as the first place to go for routine health care or for issues like illness or giving birth.In turn, nurses and doctors are frustrated that community members do not visit health facilities regularly, making it more challenging for them to spread the word about potential health risks, preventative measures and healthy behaviors.The good news is that change is afoot.
Communities across the country have been meeting – including health providers – to discuss how they can address the health issues in their community and build a bridge between the community and the facility. These dialogues are the first step in a series of activities involving the entire community to improve the quality of health care facilities and services. Led by the USAID-funded Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) program in Sierra Leone, 75 communities throughout Northern Province and Western Area have been participating in community engagement activities that culminate with a facility “makeover.”
Recently, people in Roruks and Leicester and many other communities have met to discuss addressing these issues in their community and build a bridge between the community and the facility.
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In April 2014, the USAID Mission in Nigeria asked HC3 to help solve a data mystery. The Nigerian Demographic and Health Surveys in 2008 and 2013 reported stagnant, low contraceptive prevalence rates in two northern states, Bauchi and Sokoto, despite targeted intervention efforts. In contrast to the household survey findings, reports from facilities on useRead More
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The complex social, cultural, and communication landscape in Guatemala When the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) Guatemala team began its pre-strategy situation analysis in Guatemala, staff noted the uniqueness and complexity of the country within the broader landscape of Latin America. The country’s cultural profile is incredibly diverse, with a large percentage of the population …
The inaugural International SBCC Summit 2016 will bring together the global community of social and behavior change communication (SBCC) organizations, professionals and researchers to advance the practice of SBCC.
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In Vietnam a 2009 study revealed that only 20% of mothers practiced the ideal nursing behavior of exclusive breastfeeding. Most women offered their babies water sometime during their first six months, thinking that the babies were “thirsty” or that they were not getting enough milk from breastfeeding alone. As a result, Alive & Thrive (A&T)Read More
The Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) has published a case study on how a private medical practice successfully partnered with the Center for HIV and AIDS Prevention Studies (CHAPS) in South Africa to provide free medical male circumcision (MMC). Dr. Maphisa & Partners provides high quality, yet affordable, healthcare in Johannesburg and surrounding townships. CHAPSRead More
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