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Can mobile communication influence sex worker behaviour change?

Presenting at the recent Southern African Communications for Change conference, the Wits RHI Key Populations project revealed some interesting findings from its study to assess whether sustained use of mobile communication can influence behaviour change in the sex worker population in Hillbrow and Tshwane in Gauteng province.
Author
Erica Penfold, Senior Manager of Learning and Dissemination, Wits RHI

Using media for good: MTV Shuga’s role in promoting sexual and reproductive health among youth

One of the most powerful plenaries during AIDS 2018 took place on the final morning, under the theme Building bridges for the next generation, featuring MTV Shuga, a behavior change and demand creation campaign which seeks to impact young people and fight HIV.
Author
Johanna Theunissen, Communications Officer, Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation Malawi/SHARE staff

Pocket Guide for Peer Education Program to Reduce TB and HIV Risks in Tanzania Prisons

Is the resource available on the Internet?
Yes
Author
Strengthening High Impact Interventions for an AIDS-free Generation (AIDSFree) Project

The objectives of this program are to encourage behavior change among inmates and prison staff to reduce the risk of HIV and tuberculosis (TB) by educating them about the contributing factors and encouraging use of available health services. This guide provides peer educators with activities and information necessary to deliver training on HIV and TB to inmates and prison staff. This guide contains six modules. Each module contains a brief introduction along with key facts and information.

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Text Messaging for Improving Antiretroviral Therapy Adherence: No Effects After 1 Year in a Randomized Controlled Trial Among Adolescents and Young Adults

Is the resource available on the Internet?
Yes
Author
Sebastian Linnemayr, PhD, Haijing Huang, MA, Jill Luoto, PhD, Andrew Kambugu, M.Med, Harsha Thirumurthy, PhD, Jessica E. Haberer, MD, MS, Glenn Wagner, PhD, and Barbara Mukasa, MPH

OBJECTIVES:

To assess the effectiveness of Short Message Service (SMS) reminder messages on antiretroviral and cotrimoxazole prophylaxis adherence among HIV-positive youths as well as the relative effectiveness of SMS with and without a response option.

METHODS:

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Systematic review: a review of adolescent behavior change interventions [BCI] and their effectiveness in HIV and AIDS prevention in sub-Saharan Africa

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Yes
Author
M. Mwale and A. S. Muula

Despite sub-Saharan Africa [SSA] constituting just 12% of the world’s population, the region has the highest burden of HIV with 70% of HIV infection in general and 80% of new infections among young people occuring in the region. Diverse intervention programmes have been implemented among young people but with minimal translation to behavior change. A systematic review of Behavior Change Interventions [BCI] targeting adolescents in SSA was therefore conducted with the objective of delineating this intervention vis-a-vis efficacy gap.

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Webinar: “Getting more bang for the buck from community-based health workers in the HIV response: Insights from field studies.”

Venue
Webinar

Join Ms. Diana Frymus, Health Workforce Branch Chief, USAID Office of HIV/AIDS, and colleagues from the USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project and USAID Missions in Swaziland and Uganda for a webinar to present and discuss findings from PEPFAR-funded research on community-based health workers (CHWs) in the HIV response.

“Getting more bang for the buck from community-based health workers in the HIV response: Insights from field studies.”

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OBULAMU? website

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Yes
Author
Communication for Healthy Communities (CHC) Project

The Ministry of Health with support from the USAID-funded Communication for Healthy Communities project is implementing an integrated health communication platform called OBULAMU? which, in English translates to How’s Life? OBULAMU? is popular way of greeting in most parts of Uganda. It elicits responses that go beyond “good” or “bad” to enable the responder to give details about life context, feelings and emotions. In adopting the OBULAMU?

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HC3 Innovation Webinar 16: Human-Centered Design

Venue
Webinar

Changing human behavior is challenging. Human-centered design (HCD), an approach to problem solving that prioritizes empathy, counters these challenges by actively engaging end users, providers and other stakeholders throughout the development process. HCD incorporates an understanding of the motivations and incentives that drive human behavior, including cultural and social norms, into designing solutions that are aligned with the end-user and offer lasting impacts.

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Can Policy Interventions Affect HIV-Related Behaviors? A Systematic Review of the Evidence from Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Is the resource available on the Internet?
Yes
Author
O'Reilly, K.R., d'Aquila, E., Fonner, V., et al.

In their response to HIV, many countries have adopted and enacted policies to reduce transmission and increase HIV-related service use. Theoretically, policy-level interventions for HIV prevention have the potential to improve health behavior outcomes. These policy interventions vary in their scale, from relatively minor changes in clinical policy to major national legal initiatives. Assessing the effectiveness of HIV policy interventions is a challenging undertaking.

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