User Studies of the Smart Client and Smart Couple tools are now available, along with results and resources related to these family planning tools. Smart Client is a digital health tool that provides women with information to prepare them for accessing family planning services. It empowers women to be informed and confident users of family […]
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About Caitlin Loehr | HC3 Program Officer
Caitlin Loehr is a specialist in media and technology for international development, with a particular interest in using these tools for effective social and behavior change communication. Her experience has spanned multiple development sectors, several regions of the world and different types of media and technology. This diverse experience has given Caitlin a unique perspective which she applies to cross-sector learning and sharing. Caitlin is a Fulbright research scholar and completed her MSc in ICT4D from Royal Holloway, University of London. Prior to joining the HC3 team at Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, she worked at OneWorld UK and PSI.
Entries by Caitlin Loehr | HC3 Program Officer
HC3’s work helped build trust in the health system, build community ownership of health facilities and rebuild facilities to increase RMNCH uptake.
Profile of the Smart Client tool, which uses interactive voice response to deliver a fictional drama, personal stories and examples of “smart client” dialogues over a series of 17 calls, along with supporting short message service reminders to build awareness and skills for active participation before, during and after a family planning counseling visit.
For the past few months in Sierra Leone, this greeting has been broadcast across radios nationwide to introduce the “Get Kol Art” radio show, developed by the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) and produced by Talking Drum Studios. Everyone in Sierra Leone understands what it means to “get kol art” (which translates from Krio, the […]
The Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) recently launched a national reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) campaign called “Get Kol Art Pik Welbodi” – which translates from Krio to “get peace of mind, choose health” – to inspire Sierra Leone’s communities to prioritize health for a more peaceful life.
When community members gathered recently at the Warima Maternal and Child Health Post in Sierra Leone for speeches, singing and dancing to celebrate the completion of their facility makeover, they had much to be happy about. “Since 2003, when the facility was built, this was the first time it has been renovated,” explained Melvina Kanu, the […]
HC3 is working to improve RMNCH service uptake in Sierra Leone through community dialogues and facility makeovers.
Honorable Sannoh, Western Area-Urban’s Member of Parliament, delivered more than words at a recent event; he donated fifty needed bags of cement.
The cooperation and community ownership of the facility makeovers will hopefully serve as a foundation for continued community participation in keeping facilities clean and taking care of any repairs and improvements that may be needed in the future.
On a recent trip to Liberia I found myself in a meeting where we were looking at an illustration and discussing the color of a dead rat and also of the plastic bag being used to pick up that rat. A few days later the same people met again and we discussed whether a nurse […]
Post by Caitlin Loehr, HC3 Program Officer and Emma Vincent, Program Officer II, HC3 Sierra Leone Program , June 22, 2016 In Roruks community in Tonkolili district, the health facility lacks running water and delivery and admission beds, it has a leaking roof and essential drugs and basic vaccines are often out of stock. In the coastal […]
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- Social and behavior change considerations for areas transitioning from high and moderate to low, very low and zero malaria transmissionJanuary 18, 2018 - 10:11 am
- Smart Client and Smart Couple: Digital Health Tools to Empower Women and Couples for Family PlanningOctober 19, 2017 - 4:15 pm
- Celebrating the Seeds of Change in GuatemalaSeptember 26, 2017 - 3:19 pm
- HC3 Nigeria’s Chizoba Onyechi Named as 120 Under 40 Family Planning ChampionSeptember 12, 2017 - 12:54 pm
- HC3 Côte d’Ivoire and Partners Celebrate their SuccessesSeptember 5, 2017 - 12:09 pm