Entries by Kim Martin | HC3 Communications Director

HC3 Undertakes an Evidence Review to Show SBCC’s Impact on HIV Prevention

The Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) has convened a global expert consultation this week in Baltimore to review a synthesis of evidence that demonstrates the impact of social and behavior change communication (SBCC) on HIV prevention outcomes. This first-of-its-kind review brings together experts representing biomedical and behavioral perspectives from USAID, CDC, academia, the developing world […]

HIV Treatment as Prevention Needs Communication for Success

On June 30, the WHO called for earlier treatment of HIV with antiretroviral therapy (ART), saying the move could save the lives of 3 million people and prevent 3.5 million more new HIV infections between now and 2025. But are these goals realistically attainable through biomedical means alone? If everything went smoothly along the so-called cascade […]

Reaching Behavior Changers with Behavior Change Resources

On Thursday, May 30, the new Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) hosted a Learning Forum on the Art & Science of Social & Behavior Change Communication. Kirsten Böse, Director of HC3, invoked the definition of a meme from Richard Dawkins’s The Selfish Gene as “a unit of culturally transmissible information.” When I think of a meme, I think of I Can Has […]

HC3 First Learning Forum Focuses on Capacity Building, SBCC

The Health Communication Capacity Collaborative held its first Learning Forum – The Art & Science of Social & Behavior Change Communication – on May 30 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The Learning Forum examined the state-of-the-art in SBCC programming, as well as innovative solutions for building SBCC capacity and bringing together the health […]

Local Solutions Stressed at ACVFA Public Meeting

Last week, the Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid (ACVFA) held its first public meeting of the year to discuss local capacity strengthening, among other topics. Administrator Rajiv Shah told the audience of about 150 attendees that “Now is the time to get this right,” referring to the ongoing development reform effort the agency is […]

In Recognition of FP Providers on International Women’s Day

In recognition of International Women’s Day on March 8, we would like to applaud the frontline family planning providers, who help women and their partners make decisions that keep mothers, children and families healthy and strong. According to the UN, about 222 million women in the developing world would like to plan their pregnancies but […]

Social and New Media Offers Opportunities but Concerns Remain

Last week during Social Media Week, USAID held a session to show how social and new media are being used in the world of international development. Participating in Social Media Week for the first time, USAID noted it didn’t even have a Facebook or Twitter account in 2010 when a massive earthquake struck Haiti. Now […]