On August 17, 2017, the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) Côte d’Ivoire team met with its partners at the Pavillon Nennya community center in Abidjan. That morning, implementing partners presented results in presence of USAID and the National Program Against HIV/AIDS (PNLS).
HC3 is a five-year, global project led by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) designed to strengthen developing country capacity to implement state-of-the-art social and behavior change communication (SBCC). From 2013 to 2017, HC3 Côte d’Ivoire provided technical assistance to strengthen the government’s capacity to promote healthy behavior change across the HIV/AIDS continuum. This included expanding the reach of two community programs: Frères pour la vie (“Brothers for life”) for men, and Super Go (“Super Girl”) for girls.
During the height of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) epidemic, HC3 Côte d’Ivoire also provided vital support to the government’s efforts to put in place a robust EVD communication and coordination preparedness response.
This meeting was an opportunity to share the project’s achievements in the national fight against HIV:
participated in the four sessions of the Super Go program. Among them, 43,952 accepted to be screened for HIV/AIDS.
participated in the different sessions of the Frères pour la Vie program. Among them, 14,635 were screened for HIV/AIDS.
In addition, 1,742 people participated in the various capacity strengthening workshops: from project governance to community mobilization, including leadership, techniques for facilitating workgroups and techniques in monitoring and evaluation.
The ceremony was festive and welcomed the participation of Dr Zandra, Senior One Health Team Lead at USAID, who announced that CCP had just won another five-year award from USAID. The news brought thundering applause.
HC3 Côte d’Ivoire worked with 30 local non-governmental organizations. Competitions were organized to incite healthy emulation between the different partners. Following the meeting and lunch, partners were recognized for their efforts. In total, 123 trophies were distributed and a music band, Zouglou Espoir 2000, performed on stage to end the celebration.