RBM Community of Practice holds first meeting in Maputo, Mozambique
November 9, 2012 - The RBM Communication Community of Practice (CoP) had its first official meeting on November 7, 2012 in Maputo, Mozambique to map out a 2013-2014 workplan aimed at enhancing the role of social and behavior change communication (SBCC) in the fight against malaria.
This follows the successful launch in Arusha, Tanzania in September of The Strategic Framework for Malaria Communication at the Country Level- -a key reference document for policy makers and a road map for enhancing the impact of communication in malaria control efforts at the country level .
This meeting brought together representatives of 11 National Malaria Control Programs (NMCP)--Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe as well as communication partners--FHI 360/C-Change, IEC-CCC, JHU-CCP, Malaria Consortium, Malaria No More, PSI, and Southern Africa RBM Network.
“I am pleased to host the first RBM Communication Community of Practice Meeting here in Mozambique,” said Dr. Grica Matshinye, National Malaria Control Program Manager/ Mozambique. “In our battle against malaria we need to ensure we have a robust and technically superior communication program, and it is our desire that this community will help lead the effort to improve the state of the art in malaria communication. Between the new Strategic Framework document and the commitment of all the partners gathered here we are well on our way to enhancing the impact of communication in malaria control efforts at the country level.”
During the meeting, the RBM CoP participants outlined a plan of action to provide national malaria control programs with resources to develop evidenced-based, results-driven communication strategies and to identify monitoring and evaluation indicators that demonstrate the impact of social and behavior change communication interventions on malaria control and prevention.