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C-Change’s Community Conversation Toolkit Adapted for Swaziland

Saturday, October 1, 2011

finger puppet for Swazi version of Community Conversation ToolkitOctober 2011—C-Change Swaziland and Swaziland’s National Emergency Response Council on HIV/AIDS (NERCHA) are launching a new version of C-Change’s Community Conversation Toolkit, designed to mobilize action around HIV prevention.

C-Change is conducting orientations for 12 Swaziland partners to explain and demonstrate how the toolkit can be used with adults aged 20 and older and their communities to complement existing HIV prevention programs .

Swaziland is the sixth country in southern Africa for which the toolkit has been adapted. This process involves much more than mere translation into Siswati. It also entailed:


  • pretesting with intended audiences
  • close consultations between C-Change, NERHCA, and local implementing partners
  • integration of some local-partner resources into the toolkit
  • use of local Siswati proverbs
  • use of artwork appropriate for the Swazi context
  • the addition of components that address male circumcision and condom use

What’s in the toolkit
C-Change originally developed the Community Conversation Toolkit in South Africa to address key HIV drivers, such as concurrency, cross-generational sex, gender-based violence, and alcohol abuse. The toolkit’s materials are designed to be used by small groups in facilitated or social settings. They are grouped around a guide intended to mobilize communities for HIV prevention. Soul City lead the adaptations of the toolkit in the Kiaonde language in Zambia, in the Ndebele language in Zimbabwe, in the Lozi language in Namibia, and the Chichewa language in Malawi.

The six materials are: a facilitator’s guide; community mobilizers’ cards; role-play cards; storytelling finger puppets; promotional proverbs and “best-kept-secrets” throw boxes; promotional playing cards; and dialogue buttons. Visit C-Hub to download the toolkit in Siswati, Chichewa, Kikaonde, Ndebele, Lozi, Sotho, ZuluSesotho, and English.

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