CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty and operates over 200 health projects in 50 countries. Over 90% of CARE's staff are local. Multi-sector responses and strategic partnerships are the key strategies CARE employs to expand the reach of comprehensive reproductive health and HIV/AIDS programs.
DR Congo: CARE is leading C-Change's community-level SBCC effort in DRC by providing hands-on technical support to organizations on SBCC strategic planning and implementation and training their staff, health providers, relais (volunteer community health promoters), and local government staff involved in community education. CARE is strengthening SBCC programs while working with two main USAID partners charged with rebuilding health services in 82 health zones. Efforts are focused on family planning and reproductive health, maternal and child health, and TB and malaria prevention and control.
Ethiopia: CARE launched C-Change program activities in East Shoa, Oromiya Region, in September 2009. At the request of the Ministry of Health, CARE is using its community dialogue approach to address malaria prevention and control. Introduced by CARE to Ethiopia in 2003 around HIV prevention activities, this approach addresses the social factors that influence community behaviors. CARE is incorporating the Essential Malaria Actions and associated malaria materials already developed by C-Change/Ethiopia into activities in East Shoa.
Zambia: CARE is carrying out a baseline survey to identify barriers to family planning uptake and provide the basis for the design of SBCC messages and activities in Lundazi District. CARE is also conducting a series of trainings on family planning with a couples-counseling component for providers and community health workers.
Internews is an advocacy and training institution that promotes media independence and open communications policies to support democratic reform and tolerance. Internews works cross-sectorally in 23 countries to inform the public, create alternative formats and programming to increase information access, and improve legal environments for media.
Internews is designing an instructor-facilitated online/distance learning course on media monitoring of relevant health and development issues, i.e., HIV/AIDS, family planning, and malaria. The course aims to develop competencies and strengthen local capacity for the design of monitoring and evaluation tools and processes for systematic tracking of media coverage of health and development issues, and use of data to design and implement strategies for improved media coverage. This course is intended for media and communication staff and/or any development specialist in government and non-governmental organizations responsible for promoting accurate media coverage of relevant issues that may contribute to the achievement of health and development goals.
Ohio University offers interdisciplinary education in planning and administering communication projects across many sectors, including health, environment, and agriculture. Its team-building and active learning models build individual and institutional capacity in communication. For C-Change, Ohio University coordinates the overall implementation of capacity building and strengthening activities, with a focus on the development of critical competencies for SBCC, and contributed to the establishment of an SBCC Center of Excellence at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa.
Together with C-Change headquarters staff, Ohio University has worked on the design and implementation of a training package that includes face-to-face, instructor-led, and self-paced online training courses in SBCC. Ohio University's online modules use the contents of the SBCC Learning Package. Further activities include the design and launch of the Capacity Strengthening Online Resource Center with Communication Initiative. This center supports training, mentoring, and coaching in SBCC for trainers, faculty, facilitators, and students.
Tthe development of a curriculum with I-TECH for short-term, in-service training for frontline health workers and the establishment of regional capacity building initiatives are also underway. Ohio University also supported competency-based capacity assessments in Namibia and is supporting capacity building activities in Nigeria.