Obstetric Fistula Digital Stories: Facilitator’s Guide

This guide serves as a companion to the “Learn From My Story” series. In order to help people to listen to and use the stories, a facilitator’s guide was created and includes: the text of each woman’s story, discussion questions tailored to each woman’s story, and key messages for facilitators to convey.

The intended use of the guide is with three main audiences: health care providers, women with fistula, and community members.

Source: EngenderHealth

Date of Publication: October 19, 2021

Obstetric Fistula Survivor Stories

Between 2005 and September 2013, 33,402 fistula repair surgeries were supported with funding from USAID, over 23,000 of which were supported by Fistula Care.

Each woman has her own amazing story. Here are just a few of the women whose lives have been transformed by fistula surgery. Use our map to navigate by country, or see below for women’s stories from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Guinea, Mali, Nigeria, Niger, Sierra Leone, Sudan and Uganda.

Source: USAID

Date of Publication: October 11, 2021

Meena Comic Books and Videos

Meena is a cartoon character from South Asia, a spirited, nine-year-old girl who braves the world – whether in her efforts to go to school or in fighting the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS in her village. Meena is widely recognised and appreciated in most South Asian countries, and is a successful advocacy and teaching tool for girls’ and children’s rights. The Meena figure has achieved popularity as she tackles the key issues affecting children, and the threats to the rights of millions of girls in South Asia.

UNICEF developed the Meena Communication Initiative (MCI) and it was launched in September 1998 as a mass communication project aimed at changing perceptions and behaviour that hamper the survival, protection and development of girls in South Asia. The stories revolve around the adventures of Meena, her brother Raju, her pet parrot Mithu, and members of her family and village community, and cover issues such as education, health, gender equity, freedom from exploitation and abuse.

The Meena Communication Package consists of:

• Comic books

• Animated films

• Posters

• Discussion and teachers’ guides

• Radio series (produced in collaboration with BBC world service)

Source: UNICEF

Date of Publication: September 30, 2021

Transforming Immunization Dialogue

This video is part of a package of materials, including other short videos, for health workers, called Interpersonal Communication for Immunization.

The videos illustrate interpersonal communication-based challenges and solutions to improving immunization coverage and are intended to be used as job aids to support frontline health workers as they address barriers to immunization in their communities.

Source: UNICEF

Date of Publication: September 30, 2021

Addressing Rumors or Myths and Role in Vaccine Safety Events

This video is part of a package of materials, including other short videos, for health workers, called Interpersonal Communication for Immunization.

The video tells a story about an immunization program which has been going well until a rumor begins that one child in a community far from the capital has become sick after receiving a vaccine. The rumor becomes stronger every day and there is concern that the rumor might make parents concerned about bringing their children for vaccination. Frontline workers (FLWs) go to the house of the sick children and find out from the child’s mother that she never thought her son was sick due to the vaccination he received. The mother agrees to speak to others during a community gathering to explain that her son’s illness was not caused by his vaccination. She also responds to a few questions to reassure other caregivers about the safety and advantages of immunization.

Source: UNICEF

Date of Publication: September 30, 2021

Malnutrition and Gender Equality in India

This video describes the story of nine-month-old twins Devki and Rahul who were brought by their mother to the Nutrition Rehabilitation Centre in Kolaras, located in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. Rahul was a normal weight and size for his age, yet his sister Devki weighed just over half of what she should have. Devki’s condition was the result of severe malnutrition. Both babies showed such varied weight and health that doctors suspected less food was given to Devki, a common occurrence in some areas of India where boys are often given more attention than girls.

According to a UNICEF report, half of the world’s undernourished children live in South Asia. In India, 30 per cent of children are born with low birth weight and almost 50 per cent remain underweight by the age of three. One of the Millennium Development Goals is to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger by 2015, which would mean halving the proportion of children who are underweight for their age. UNICEF has warned that the world is not on track to meet that goal.

Source: UNICEF

Date of Publication: September 30, 2021