AIDS Resource Center, Ethiopia

From 2001-2007, USAID via PEPFAR (through CDC) funded the Ethioopian HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Office to establish and run an AIDS Resource Center (ARC). Its objectives included:

  1. Provide up-to-date and accurate information on HIV/AIDS, STIs, and TB related issues
  2. Serve as a hub for a host of user-driven resources and services
  3. Support local partners in developing strategic, targeted behavior change communication (BCC) tools and approaches
  4. Establish and maintain National HIV/AIDS Talkline – ‘Wegen 952’
  5. Establish regional ARCs (R-ARCs)
  6. Build capacity of HAPCO and MOH

SBC activities included

  • HIV/AIDS hotline
  • Radio diary series, Betegna
  • Using the MARCH (Modeling and Reinforcement to Combat HIV) model for behavior change to prevent HIV among the defense forces and the police

Source: Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

Date of Publication: October 7, 2020

How Digital Health Platforms Connect Women to Maternal Health Services

In 2017, Fistula Care Plus (FC+) partnered with Viamo to provide a free phone hotline that screens women for fistula in Nigeria and Uganda. This blog describes how the program was designed and implemented.

Using interactive voice response (IVR) technology via mobile devices, a caller could flash into a toll-free number and receive a call back. The IVR algorithm screened women for fistula and provided recorded messages about how and where to get treatment. FC+ launched this hotline to target particularly hard-to-reach women living with fistula who have not been reached through existing community outreach efforts. The hotline is available in English, Igbo, Hausa, and Pidgin in Nigeria, and Luganda in Uganda.

Source: EngenderHealth

Date of Publication: January 8, 2020