SBC Spotlights

In 2011, after more than 20 years of civil strife, the people of northern Uganda faced considerable sexual and reproductive health challenges stemming from the massive disruption of services, internal displacement, and erosion of traditional social and family structures.

In Kenya, maternal health complications are a leading cause of morbidity among women. Kenya’s Rift Valley Province has consistently had the highest level of abortion-related outpatient morbidity in the country since at least 2003.

UPDATE - September 2016

As part of a U.K. aid-funded family planning project (“Project Ujjwal”) led by Palladium, Center for Communication Programs (CCP) developed an android-based app, called Gyan Jyoti, or “light of knowledge,” for use in the state of Bihar in India.

Aiisseee! (“I Say!”) is a television and radio-based game show designed to improve couple communication and promote couple connectedness by giving contestants and listeners the chance to discuss serious relationship issues in a humorous way.

Nigerian women have an average of six children over the course of their lifetime and the national populationalready the largest in Africais expected to double within 25 years. Poor access to and under-utilization of modern family planning (FP) methods contributes to high death rates among mothers and children across the country. Nigeria had a thriving FP program in the 1980’s and early 90’s. 

[UPDATED August 2016] Ukraine has one of the world’s lowest fertility rates and one of the highest abortion rates. The cause of abortion is clear: the intersection of low desired fertility and the non-use, ineffective use, and inappropriate use of modern contraception.

Indigenous Guatemalans have faced a multitude of barriers to access and use of family planning services, as evidenced by the 2008 USAID Health Policy Initiative study. Family planning activities in Guatemala are founded upon the 2005 Ley de Acceso Universal y Equitativo de Servicios de Planificación Familiar, a controversial family planning law which was not enacted until 2009 after a four-year legal battle between opposing institutions.

GoodLife. Live it Well was an exciting aspirational campaign that promoted good health and positive lifestyles among Ghanaians. By asking, “What is Your Good Life?”, the national initiative encouraged self-reflection while linking personal happiness to the practice of healthy behaviors.

From September 2013 to June 2014, with support from USAID, Pathfinder International implemented the mCenas! (“Mobile Scenes”) project in Mozambique—an interactive two-way SMS system, accessible at no cost to clients. The goal of mCenas! was to reduce the barriers youth face in starting or continuing to use contraception by increasing their knowledge of and dispelling common myths about contraceptive methods.

The Alive & Thrive (A&T) Talking Babies Media Campaign, which ran in Viet Nam from 2011-2014, was designed to encourage mothers to practice exclusive breastfeeding (EBF). The campaign employed innovative TV spots featuring "talking babies" who encouraged their moms to feed them only breastmilk for the first six months of their lives.