Highlights of Current Activities
Centers of Excellence and Communities of Practice
C-Change partners Soul City and Ohio University collaborated to develop a center of excellence in SBCC at the School of Public Health of the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. This concentration is unique within public health schools in Africa. The master’s-level SBCC courses were launched in January 2010 with 13 students, and a series of short certificate courses have been offered since 2009. The courses are suitable for graduate students and for governmental and NGO professionals planning and implementing SBCC or engaged in research in the field. In 2012, Wits is offering three short courses in SBCC.
In collaboration with Ohio University and University of Witwatersrand, C-Change is working to establish a Community of Practice with former students at centers of excellence. This will provide a forum that allows discussions to continue on SBCC concepts and permit lessons learned to be exchanged globally.
C-Change is collaborating with universities in Nigeria and Albania to establish other SBCC centers of excellence and has also worked with the Universidad de Valleto in Guatemala on a similar endeavor.
Online Resource Center and C-Capacity Newsletter
Collaboration with Regional Networks in Southern Africa
C-Change is collaborating with School Without Walls, SAT’s south-to-south skills-training and lesson-sharing network of over 130 local NGOs, to strengthen SBCC capacity in Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The training is intensive, highly participatory, and includes ongoing mentoring to ensure that skills are applied effectively.
Soul City has been playing a vital role in the development and adaptation of the Community Conversation Toolkit for HIV prevention. Network partners in Malawi, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe conducted pretests and consultations with stakeholders on local language translations of the materials, including 69 focus group discussions and 34 in-depth interviews. Soul City is now adapting versions to fit each country’s requirements and needs.
INFORMATION BULLETIN - Capacity Strengthening Activities in the Southern Africa Region
This information bulletin describes the C-Change activities in the southern Africa region. Activities include: strengthening the SBCC capacity of local organizations and government agencies that implement HIV prevention programs; providing technical assistance to a South African university for inclusion of an SBCC specialty in its School of Public Health; development of a Capacity Strengthening Toolkit; research on underserved women to understand their vulnerabilities to HIV to assist development of more effective communication strategies:, and research on integration of HIV prevention into community care among others.