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Join the ASSIST project and USAID Missions in Swaziland and Uganda for a webinar looking at PEPFAR-funded research on community-based health workers (CHWs) in the HIV response.
“Getting more bang for the buck from community-based health workers in the HIV response: Insights from field studies.”
Thursday, October 12th
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Jenna Groman replied to the topic SBC Across the Service Delivery Continuum in the forum The Critical Role of SBC Across the Service Delivery Continuum 4 months, 1 week ago
The Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3)’s new video demonstrates the impact social and behavior change (SBC) has when working in partnership with service delivery to improve health outcomes using examples from projects in Nepal, Nigeria and Swaziland. Check it out!
In Swaziland, there is indeed dialogue in both directions with the chiefs and inner councils intimately leading the development of community action plans with their communities. The process builds the capacity of community systems to respond to HIV . The process follows the National community engagement guidelines, which involves…[Read more]
Thanks for sharing the experience from Malawi. I think the issue of sustainability is an essential one for consideration even before entering and communicating with a community. The process that Sibongile and Beth described from Swaziland hints at elements that can work towards ensuring sustainability by tapping into issues that both chiefs and…[Read more]
Thanks Sibo, I think this is an important point. As Mary stated, traditional healers are very important to include (which Swaziland has done) but they don’t have the same authority that Chiefs and other traditional leaders do. I don’t see it as an either or, but as a need to include both in different ways based on different skill sets and the…[Read more]
sibongile mndzebele replied to the topic Engaging Traditional Leaders in Community-Level HIV Prevention in the discussion Engaging Traditional Leaders in Community-Level HIV Prevention 5 months, 3 weeks ago
To respond to the key population question. We only address the key population through discussions on high risk population they know in their communities. That is when they open up to talk about it. About polygamy, Swaziland is one of the countries where it is practised. We dont approach it as polygamy but the risk of engaging on multiple sexual…[Read more]
Hi Anna, Sibo will be able to add more to this, but in Swaziland there is a Ministry of Tinkhundla Administration and Development (MTAD) that oversees governance on the local level. We have worked hand in hand with them throughout the project and they have been extremely supportive of our work with Chiefs and their wives as well as recognized the…[Read more]
Hi Sibongile, your point about engaging with traditional leaders for HIV response has traditionally only been done for community entry complements the question posed by @ahellan1 – has HC3 Swaziland seen success with fostering continued engagement of and support from these traditional leaders?
sibongile mndzebele replied to the topic Engaging Traditional Leaders in Community-Level HIV Prevention in the forum Engaging Traditional Leaders in Community-Level HIV Prevention 5 months, 3 weeks ago
To add onto what Beth wrote, HC3 Swaziland targetted chiefs and their spouses not only as leaders but as individuals at risk of HIV too. we started by introducing the project to the leaders, the aim was to get their approval and support to the project. it is important to know their language, what do they wish for their subjects and what are their…[Read more]
Has anyone had any experience with traditional leaders helping to link community members to services? If so how did it work? Was there an increase in services? I think traditional leaders can play a great role here, while we haven’t explored this too much in Swaziland I’d be curious to hear of other people’s experiences.