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Dec 31, 2012

 C-Change recently published an article in the Journal of Biosocial Science comparing the influence of husbands' and wives' gender attitudes on reported contraceptive use within couples. The survey utilized matched couples data from 200 couples in peri-urban areas of Tanzania. Attitudes were measured using the Gender Equitable Men scale, as well as several DHS scales. The article, entitled "The influence of gender attitudes on contraceptive use in Tanzania: new evidence using husbands' and wives' survey data," is available for OpenAccess download. To access the article, please follow this link: http://journals.cambridge.org/abstract_S0021932012000855

Dec 31, 2012

 Half the Sky Communication InitiativeThis study contributes to the emerging evidence base around the effectiveness of mobile games as a tool to promote healthy behaviors. The study examines changes in knowledge, attitudes, and behavioral intentions related to pregnancy and delivery after participants played the 9-Minutes game several times; some participants also watched a complementary educational video.





Dec 31, 2012

 Gender Equity and Family Planning in TanzaniaThis report describes an intervention project to test the hypothesis that the promotion of gender equity in the context of sexual and reproductive health will contribute to gender-equitable attitudes and strengthen the practice of family planning. A short-duration communication intervention in Tanzania was designed to influence inequitable gender norms that constrain the practice of family planning. The study found that the intervention had a significant effect in changing both men’s and women’s inegalitarian gender attitudes. The effect in strengthening knowledge of contraceptives was also significant and the effect on contraceptive use was suggestive but not statistically significant.


Dec 30, 2012

 Case Study: EMA in EthiopiaThis Case Study: Essential Malaria Actions in Ethiopia outlines Ethiopia’s experience in developing six essential malaria actions (EMA) that outline a core set of doable actions for households  to adopt to protect their families from malaria. The case study provides health managers, health workers, NGO partners, and others working in malaria control and prevention with an understanding of the situation and process that led to the creation of the EMAs and their application in C-Change’s Model Communities campaign.



Dec 27, 2012

Community Conversation Toolkit Evaluation ReportThis evaluation report of the Community Conversation Toolkit for HIV Prevention, an SBCC resource comprised of interactive communication components (role play cards, dialogue buttons, playing cards, etc. and guides for facilitators and community mobilizers), was carried out in two areas each in Malawi and Zambia. The evaluation looked at whether this toolkit elicited changes in behavior and practices by participants around HIV prevention and whether tjhe processes of reflection and problem solving led to community -level action for HIV prevention-related change. The toolkit is available on C-Hub in seven languages with the components specfically designed for use by 10 culturally distinct groups. 


Dec 21, 2012

Case Study Namibia SBCC Capacity Strengthening This case study details C-Change Namibia’s systematic multilevel
SBCC capacity strengthening (CS) approach from 2008-2012. C-Change provided sustained, ongoing mentoring and training and assisted the government of Namibia to build and strengthen national and regional coordination structures and develop strategies,
policies and programs for more effective HIV prevention communication programs in communities, workplaces and clinical settings.




Dec 03, 2012

MCP Desk Review ReportThis report highlights the results of a desk review of communication programs that focus on multiple and concurrent partnerships (MCP) in Southern and East Africa. The objective of the desk review was to identify lessons learned from recent experiences in designing, implementing, and evaluating these programs and contribute to the body of evidence used to strengthen future HIV prevention programs.





Dec 01, 2012

Health-Communication-Assessment-ReportThe results of a rapid study to improve understanding of current health communication capacity in six countries are outlined in the Health Communication Assessment of Ministries of Health and National AIDS Authorities in Six Countries report. This assessment, conducted in the DRC, Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, and South Africa will feed into future USAID-supported work focused on strengthening in-country capacity to implement state-of-the-art health communication and ensure the sustainability of evidence-based behavior change programming. 




Nov 30, 2012

Malaria Prevention and TreatmentC-Change used cross-sectional qualitative data to learn why pregnant women do not adhere to the recommended two-dose of Intermittent Preventive Treatment of malaria in pregnancy (IPTp) with sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP) in these two States in Nigeria. This study was designed to learn more about the social, cultural, and economic factors that facilitate or present barriers to pregnant women's uptake and adherence to IPTp-SP, including the roles played by health care providers, husbands and communities.




Nov 19, 2012

PHDP Study - Perspectives of PLHIV on HIV PreventionThe four research reports titled Perspectives of PLHIV on HIV Prevention  are part of the C-Change multi-site, three-country study to strengthen the response and inform SBCC interventions related to Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention (PHDP) in Ethiopia, Mozambique, and Uganda with the fourth report drawing and presenting broader lessons from the three separate studies.  Findings in the three countries address the perspectives, experiences, and practices of PLHIV related to HIV prevention and PHDP; the availability of relevant activities and services at community levels; and the extent to which these meet the needs of PLHIV. The study employed a mixed-method approach: qualitative focus group discussions and in-depth interviews, a quantitative survey, and a survey of organizations that provide support and services for PLHIV.