Malawi: Moyo ndi Mpamba All Stars Music Video

In Malawi, the Moyo ndi Mpamba project implemented a Music4Life initiative, through which musical artists were engaged to produce and perform songs that incorporated health messages. This music video is a product of that initiative, thorugh which famous artists were engaged in the production of a campaign theme song which was distributed to top TV stations in Malawi.

Under guidance from the Music Association of Malawi, the project conducted three regional music festivals that involved song, dance, and health talks. Following the music festivals, SSDI-Communication facilitated production of a music album that featured different famous Malawian artists who are familiar at both the distric and national level in Malawi. The CD was distributed to over 13 national and community radio stations, markets, and freelance DJs in rural and urban areas.

The dissemination of the songs through multiple channels increased the likelihood of them being heard in different gatherings and on various radio programs.

Source: SSDI-Communication

Date of Publication: March 25, 2019

Siri ya Mtungi TV Series

Siri ya Mtungi (Secrets of the Gourd) is a 13-part drama series that examines love and sexual relationships among a community of family and friends living in Dar es Salaam.

The drama tells stories of their crises and triumphs, with themes about maternal and child health, reproductive health and family planning, and other important issues woven in. The television show was a turning point for Swahilliwood – the Tanzanian film industry – as it has brought new skills and opportunities to local actors, musicians, artists and crew, and combined the magic of film with the power of education. The television series follows the characters as they grapple with issues that challenge all Tanzanians, such as family planning and concurrent sexual partnerships. The series will be released on DVD after the broadcast, dubbed in English, French and Portuguese, to enable greater reach across Africa.

More information on the television series can be found on the Siri ya Mtungi website.

Source: Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs, Media for Development International (MFDI)

Date of Publication: March 25, 2019

Suaahara Nutrition Program Videos

The Suaahara (“good nutrition”)program works with the Government of Nepal’s existing systems and supports the Government in addressing undernutrition and related health issues of women and children under-two years of age. At the community level, Suaahara mobilizes both health and non-health sectors such as community health workers, female community health volunteers, mothers groups, social mobilizers, agricultural extension workers and citizen awareness centers to bring about positive behavior change.

Working through multiple sectors (e.g., health, agriculture, and water, sanitation and hygiene) and through national and local Government structures, Suaahara is dedicated to improving the health and nutritional status of mothers and young children during the 1,000 days Suaahara Program.

Suaahara uses a rigorous monitoring and evaluation system in order to assess the impact of the multi-sector approach to addressing stunting.

These videos demonstrate proper food preparation, nutrition information, and care of livestock:

There is also a video about the project in general – Suaahara in Nepal.

Source: USAID

Date of Publication: March 25, 2019