Suaahara Coop Game Cards

Suaahara was a five year (2011-2016) project funded by USAID aimed to improve the nutritional status of women and children in 41 districts of Nepal. The project focused on improving health and nutrition behaviors at the household level through promotion of Essential Nutrition and Hygiene Actions (EN/HA), particularly Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN), and addressing other determinants of under-nutrition, such as availability of and access to food, hygiene, quality of health care, child spacing and socio-cultural factors including gender and marginalization.

Suaahara was implemented by a consortium of partner organizations led by Save the Children.

The SBCC strategy established an internal quality materials review and production system to ensure that all partners in the consortium had mutually reinforcing, quality materials developed, pretested, produced and disseminated to the end user.

In the year 2013, Suaahara developed this Home Stead Food Production (HFP) related pictorial Coop Game Cards to be used as training aid/training materials during HFP training to community level. It helps facilitator to understand importance of keeping chickens in coop- what happens if it is in an open system. Field Supervisor/extension workers use this coop game card while facilitating the sessions related to rearing chickens in a semi-intensive system.

Source: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health/ Center for Communication Programs

Date of Publication: March 25, 2019

VMMC Community Dialogue Cards [Kenya]

These cards are part of the VMMC Communication Toolkit which was developed to create and sustain demand for Voluntary Male Medical Circumcision (VMMC) and reinforce that, while VMMC reduces risk for men, it does not prevent HIV and must be combined with other prevention behaviors to be effective.

The toolkit consists of communication materials, posters and pamphlets, a video, tools, a video discussion guide, a guide to working with the media, and a guide for adapting materials. The Toolkit targets affected audiences in Kenya’s Nyanza province and includes a communication guide that builds upon the national VMMC strategy.

These cards show various situations related to VMMC, such as a couple visiting the clinic, a man undergoing a circumcision, and a man recovering from his circumcision.

Source: FHI 360

Date of Publication: March 25, 2019

Cartes Conseil par Segment [Segmented Counseling Cards]

These counseling cards were developed as part of a wider program to use advanced audience segmentation (AAS) techniques in order to properly direct family planning (FP) messages to specific audiences in Niger.

After the initial AAS research was carried out, and the team learned more about the contraceptive needs of spedific audiences of men and women, stakeholders wanted to see how this information could be used to improve family planning counseling sessions.

In 2014-2015, the Hewlett Foundation, Nigerien Ministry of Health, and Camber Collective came together with Pathfinder International’s Animas Sutura project to use the Nigerien segmentation results to develop and pilot a series of rapid assessment tools for community health workers who conduct household visits in health centers in Maradi and Tillabéri, Niger. These counseling cards, a flipbook, a questionnaire, and counseling cards were part of this toolkit.

The counseling cards assist the health worker to understand each specific audience segment in more depth before counseling about family planning.

Source: Pathfinder International

Date of Publication: March 25, 2019

Community Action Kit Health Information Cards

These information cards were produced as part of the Behavior Change Support (BCS) project in Ghana. They are designed for individual or group discussions, and provide information on various health topics. The health worker/educator shows the cards to the group, who then launch into a discussion about the health topic.

Topics covered include:

  • Maternal, neonatal and child health
  • Water and Sanitation
  • Family Planning
  • STIs, HIV/AIDS
  • Malaria
  • Tuberculosis

Source: Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, Ghana Ministry of Health, Ghana Health Services

Date of Publication: March 25, 2019

Community Health Worker Training Materials for Cholera Prevention and Control in Haiti

This training manual for cholera prevention and control is intended for community health workers (CHWs) to help their communities prevent cholera illnesses and deaths.

Its 13 modules provide information about community mobilization, cholera, taking care of people with watery diarrhea, handwashing, oral rehydration solution (ORS), safe drinking water (Aquatabs, Dlo Lavi, Gadyen Dlo, and PuR) preparation and storage, food preparation, sanitation and cleaning, handling a death that occurs at home, and preventing stigma associated with cholera. Community education cards, a guide for the cholera training modules, and PowerPoint presentations are also included. Though this manual is specific to Haiti, an English-language worldwide version can also be found at the CDC’s Training & Education page, under CDC Community Health Worker (CHW) Training Materials.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Date of Publication: March 25, 2019

Complementary Feeding Wheel

The complementary feeding wheel is an interpersonal communication tool designed for low literate community mobilizers to talk to family members about how to feed their child.

The wheel spins to three settings where the display window shared information related to a specific age range. The age specific information is how much to feed a child and encourages diversity and appropriate food consistency.

Source: Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs

Date of Publication: March 25, 2019

Discussion Cards (Hill, Mountain, Terai)

Suaahara was a five year (2011-2016) project funded by USAID aimed to improve the nutritional status of women and children in 41 districts of Nepal. The project focused on improving health and nutrition behaviors at the household level through promotion of Essential Nutrition and Hygiene Actions (EN/HA), particularly Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN), and addressing other determinants of under-nutrition, such as availability of and access to food, hygiene, quality of health care, child spacing and socio-cultural factors including gender and marginalization.

Integrated (Unifying Theme-Bhanchhin Aama) Campaign: Suaahara developed and implemented the integrated Bhanchhin Aama (“Mother knows best”) cohesive platform which linked varied messages and reinforced recommended actions through a wide array of channels including mass media (radio programs, radio spots and billboards), print, and social mobilization. The platform involved multiple sectors (nutrition, agriculture, WASH, health service promotion, family planning), linked Suaahara partners, government and others, and had multiple messages for every target audience (pregnant women, husbands, newly married women, mothers-in-law, etc.).

The SBCC strategy established an internal quality materials review and production system to ensure that all partners in the consortium had mutually reinforcing, quality materials developed, pretested, produced and disseminated to the end user.

Discussion Cards (Hill, Mountain, Terai)

These discussion cards were developed to support community mobilizers in creating interactive discussion on the intended 6 key health behavior actions and its barriers on Maternal nutrition, Exclusive breast-feeding, complementing feeding, sick child feeding, hand washing and birth spacing. Other objective of this card to stimulate thinking and increase intention to practice the intended behaviors.

Target Audience- Community Mobilizers (FCHV, Community Mobilizers) from 3 ecological regions – High Hill (Mountain), Hill and Terai.

Key Messages were included in this discussion cards:

  1. Extra food for pregnant women and lactating mother
  2. Exclusive breast-feeding
  3. Animal source food, orange fleshed foods and greens in complimentary food
  4. Food for Sick child
  5. Birth spacing
  6. Hand washing with soap and water at critical times

These discussion cards were distributed to each of the Community Mobilizers (FCHV, Community Mobilizers) during Essential Nutrition/Hygiene Action training, household counseling and group meetings in all Suaahara implementing 41 districts.

Source: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health/ Center for Communication Programs

Date of Publication: March 25, 2019

GO Cards

The Nigeria Urban Reproductive Health Initiative is designed to increase contraceptives use in selected urban sites in Nigeria (FCT, Kaduna, Ilorin, Ibadan, Zaria and Benin) with a focus on the urban poor. . The social mobilizers, members of the “Get it Together Crew,” refer clients to Family Planning Provider Network (FFPN) providers through the use of “GO cards.” When encountering women who are interested in obtaining more information about family planning or who would like to begin using a method, mobilizers hand over “GO cards” for appointments. The “GO card” is designed so that NURHI can track referrals across sites.

In 2012 a midterm evaluation (Measurement, Learning & Evaluation of the Urban Health Initiative: Nigeria 2012 Midterm Survey) showed considerable improvements in Family Planning knowledge and behavior across the four Nigerian cities. The evaluation showed increases in the knowledge of family planning methods from baseline to midterm across all cities for both men and women. More than 98 percent of men and women have correct knowledge (spontaneous or probed) of at least one family planning method at midterm. The largest increases were observed in Kaduna — a 23 percentage-point increase for women and a 19 percentage-point increase for men.

Source: Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs

Date of Publication: March 25, 2019