Community Conversation Toolkit for HIV Prevention (English)

Dec 2010 Producer/Author: C-Change, FHI 360

Summary

Materials in the Community Conversation Toolkit include a facilitator’s guide, community mobilizer’s cards, roleplay cards, storytelling finger puppets, promotional proverbs and best kept secrets throw boxes, promotional playing cards, and dialogue buttons. These interactive formats are designed to mobilize adults aged 20 and above in communities to take action toward HIV prevention. The toolkit is intended to complement existing HIV prevention activities and address several key drivers: concurrency, cross-generational sex, gender-based violence, and alcohol abuse. The toolkit was developed by FHI 360 under the C-Change Project by Soul City Institute for Health and Development Communication. Soul City led the adaptation of the toolkit in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, and Malawi. Soul City's in-country partners have conducted pretests and consultations with stakeholders in each of the countries. Each material in the toolkit was tested with community mobilizers and men and women ages 20 and above in community. Sixty-nine focus group discussions and 34 in-depth interviews were conducted with men and women and with trained community facilitators who lead discussions using the materials. The toolkit has also been adapted in Lesotho, Nigeria, and Swaziland and is available in 10 languages.

Video
<div class="video-embed-description"> Community Conversation Toolkit in Action </div>
Community Conversation Toolkit in Action
<div class="video-embed-description"> Community Conversation Toolkit in Action - in Malawi </div>
Community Conversation Toolkit in Action - in Malawi

Research & Testing

C-Change developed the material formats and drafts using Action Media methods with audiences with lower literacy skills in a rural community in South Africa. Action Media, which is based on Action Research (action, reflection, observation, and again action, allows participants to find their own solutions and answers to their questions. A few concentrated sessions over two and half days allowed for processing thought, adult learning, reorganizing inner dialogues, and peer-to-peer learning, which resulted in draft material formats and messages. These draft prototypes were then concept tested and pretested in six countries in southern Africa. The materials went through several iterations based on audience feedback. Stakeholder consultations were also conducted with government counterparts, donors, and partners for technical input and buy-in.

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