Go Communities! A Manual for Mobilizing Communities to Take Action to Reduce Girls’ Vulnerability to HIV/AIDS

This manual is part of the Go Girls! Toolkit and aims to strengthen the skills of mobilizers and community facilitators to motivate communities around reducing girls’ vulnerability to HIV/AIDS. The Go Girls! Initiative aimed to reduce HIV prevalence among vulnerable adolescent girls aged 10-17 in Botswana, Malawi and Mozambique.

This manual is designed around a Community Action Cycle for reducing girls’ vulnerability to HIV/AIDS which includes the following steps: getting prepared, getting organized, promoting community dialogue, building consensus and planning together, taking collective action, and evaluating together.

The manual is available in:

Source: Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs

Date of Publication: November 10, 2020

Go Girls! Community-based Life Skills for Girls: A Training Manual

This manual was developed to provide a safe and fun learning experience where girls can be equipped with life skills and knowledge to help maintain a happy and healthy life, stay in or return to school and feel empowered to protect themselves from HIV/AIDS. It was designed specifically for girls ages 13 – 17, who are not enrolled in school or live in very vulnerable situations.

The goal of Go Girls! is to enable positive individual and collective action to live healthy lives.

The Go Girls! Toolkit is designed to support a comprehensive program that aims to reduce girls’ vulnerability to HIV/AIDS by reaching out to communities, schools, parents and young girls; the program utilizes participatory awareness raising, community action items and skills building tools. The tools were tested in the three implementation countries – Malawi, Mozambique and Botswana—and revised based upon the feedback from the facilitators and participants in each of the three countries.

This manual is available in:

Source: Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs

Date of Publication: November 10, 2020

Go Girls! How to Use the Visual Brief

This guide helps teachers and service providers how to explain the content of the Go Girls! Visual Brief.

It includes the following topics, among others:

  • Spread of HIV
  • Protection from HIV
  • Knowledge and Attitudes
  • Relationships with family
  • Relationships with friends

The instruction guide is available in:

Source: Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

Date of Publication: November 10, 2020

COVID Connect App

COVID Connect is an app initiated by the South African National Department of Health to drive people to COVID-19 testing and accessing testing information and services from their phones.

The app provides basic information about COVID-19 including how it is spread, what safety precautions to take, symptoms, and testing.

Below is the text for the app in several different languages.

Source: Breakthrough ACTION/Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

Date of Publication: August 18, 2020

HIV Messages for Botswana’s 124 Line

Breakthrough ACTION Botswana developed a set of HIV messages in English and Setswana which are now available on Orange telecom’s 1-2-4 mobile platform.

The messages were developed through a partner workshop in 2018 and cover HIV prevention, testing, and treatment. The messages were pretested and approved by Botswana’s National AIDS and Health Promotion Agency; however, they were not evaluated. BA Botswana is scheduled to close in the summer of 2019, so there are no future plans to assess or evaluate the messages.

Source: Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

Date of Publication: July 22, 2019