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In 2016, the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) project worked with five Pilot Partner (PP) organizations in Benin, Madagascar and Kenya to apply HC3’s Urban Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) Implementation Kit (I-Kit) to an existing project in its portfolio. The purpose of the I-Kit, available in English and French, is to strengthen program managers’ and youth organizers’ capacity to create or strengthen SRH SBCC programs for urban adolescents aged 10 to 19.
The I-Kit includes explanatory text to provide users with an overview of SBCC and SRH, seven SRH SBCC program design Essential Elements (EEs), practical worksheets, links to relevant external resources and illustrative examples based on a fictional scenario. The goal of the PP program was for HC3 to understand how organizations might use or adapt the I-Kit according to real project, country and work circumstances.
In Benin, HC3 worked with La Mutuelle de Jeunes Chrétiens pour le Développement (MJCD) and the Organisation pour le Service et la Vie (OSV-Jordan). In Madagascar, HC3 worked with Projet Jeune Leader (PJL) and Mpanazava Eto Madigasikara (MEM). In Kenya, HC3 partnered with Family Health Options Kenya (FHOK). Each PP selected relevant I-Kit sections to apply to its work, oriented its staff to the I-Kit and received HC3 technical support throughout the process. HC3 provided remote technical assistance (TA) on roughly a biweekly basis through email, Skype and phone calls, and on-site TA in Benin in April 2016, in Madagascar in May 2016 and in Kenya in September 2016.
The PP program included the following monitoring and evaluation (M&E) components:
- Pre- and post-tests to quantify learning and I-Kit experience among the PP staff
- Documentation of project progress through activity-specific monitoring and evaluation sheets
- A final report summarizing each PP’s I-Kit experience
- A post-project qualitative study to capture PPs’ experiences and perceived SBCC capacity strengthening
This report , authored by Erin Portillo, Marcela Tapia, and Allison Mobley, focuses on the latter qualitative study.
What is the program enhancement that can intensify the impact of High Impact Practices (HIPs) in family planning?
Use digital technologies to support health systems and service delivery for family planning.
This new HIP brief summarizes the experience and evidence for the most commonly used digital health technologies aimed at supporting health systems and providers. Key messages from the brief include:
- Family planning indicators should be incorporated into new and existing digital health and logistics management information systems.
- More research is needed about when and how digital applications for provider support are most effective, efficient, and scalable.
- Mobile money and electronic financial transactions have the potential to provide efficiency and transparency of health care financing and transactions.
Increasing the uptake of long-acting and permanent methods of family planning: A qualitative study with village midwives in East Java and Nusa Tenggara Barat Provinces, Indonesia.
Just published in the October 2017 issue of Midwifery, this article describes a qualitative study of the Improving Contraceptive Method Mix Project (ICMM) in Indonesia. The article looks at attitudes and perceptions of village level midwives regarding provision of family planning, particularly long-acting methods. Highlights:
- Shortage of knowledge about LAPMs—resulting in misconceptions at the community level—can prevent utilization of LAPMs.
- Confusion about midwives eligibility to deliver family planning services can further hinder LAPM availability and utilization.
- Village midwives have limited opportunities to attend CTU and counseling trainings.
- Only a few midwives have IEC materials to use during family planning counseling sessions.
- There was a shortage of LAPM-related equipment among village midwives.
The article is available online here.