World Malaria Day 2015: Register for Upcoming Malaria SBCC Webinar

This April 25th, government agencies, non-profit organizations and concerned individuals from around the world will observe World Malaria Day. Join the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) on Thursday for a webinar on the use of household surveys in developing SBCC programs for malaria.

WEBINAR: Using Household Surveys to Inform Malaria SBCC
Thursday, April 23 at 10 AM EDT

sbcc malaria webinarThe first step in working to ensure communities participate and contribute to understanding barriers to malaria’s spread is to ask. In the lead up to World Malaria Day, HC3 will host a webinar that will describe different kinds of household questionnaires and data analysis that enable governments, communities and partnering organizations to make informed, context-specific decisions to control and prevent malaria. HC3’s Grace Awantang will discuss the results of a Madagascar survey exploring how cognitive, emotional and social factors affect behavior in different zones of malaria transmission. Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Program’s Emily Ricotta will describe how mediation analysis has been used to make sense of information gained from household questionnaires, and Sally Zweimmueller of Demographic and Health Surveys Program (DHS) will discuss how to interpret malaria indicators from national DHS surveys and how to communicate findings to non-malaria professionals.

Join us Thursday, April 23rd at 10:00 AM EST to learn more about developing community-specific SBCC strategies using household questionnaires.

In an era where malaria persists – despite mass distribution of preventive commodities like long lasting insecticide-treated nets, rapid tests and effective treatment – it has become increasingly clear that social and behavior change communication (SBCC) cannot be an ad hoc component of malaria prevention and control. It must be a central focus.

For more information on the webinar and to register. click here.

HC3’s Malaria Activities

HC3 is spearheading SBCC coordination and information dissemination as the acting Secretariat of the Roll Back Malaria Communication Community of Practice (CCoP).  The CCoP contributed SBCC input to the Global Malaria Action Plan 2 (GMAP2) as well as the Global Technical Strategy. Going forward, representatives from the President’s Malaria Initiative are slated to discuss how SBCC fits into their recently released 2015-2020 strategy at an upcoming call. These strategy documents describe why and how malaria elimination efforts will take place over the next 15 years. At the country level, HC3 is working in Nigeria to build the capacity of the country’s national malaria elimination program’s advocacy, communication and social mobilization branch, and providing state-of-the-art SBCC programming at the community level in five states.

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