In Bangladesh, under the the Bangladesh Knowledge Management Initiative (BKMI), HC3 designed a comprehensive approach to capacity strengthening at three levels in order to:
- Improve the knowledge and skills of individuals who work in the three SBCC units of the Bangladesh Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW)
- Develop tools and establish processes within those units to strengthen organizational capacity
- Work to optimize coordination of SBCC activities and integration of health, nutrition and family planning topics at the system level
Bangladesh’s first national comprehensive Health, Nutrition and Population social and behavior change communication strategy
BKMI also developed digital solutions for SBCC capacity strengthening. Examples include digital archives for the three MoHFW SBCC units (BHE, IEM, IPHN) of their print and audiovisual SBCC materials; an eToolkit and eLearning for SBCC Program Managers; and an eToolkit and eLearning for Field Workers.
National policy was created as a result of this work. Bangladesh’s first national comprehensive social and behavior change communication (SBCC) strategy for its Health, Nutrition and Population (HPN) sector was officially released August 30, 2016 at an event in Dhaka.
A pilot study of the e-toolkit, conducted from May to August 2013, found that using the e-toolkit increased field worker credibility as the first point of contact for information on general health (from 18 to 59 percent), family planning (from 38 to 54 percent) and nutrition (from 29 to 50 percent).
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