Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs – Malawi
Accord Trust Building
Off Chilambula Road
Lilongwe 4, Malawi
Tel: +265-1 750-733; 750-553
Fax: +265-1 750-496
Zione owes her baby’s health to Christina, a community referral agent who works with BRIDGE II. “My beautiful baby girl is HIV negative because she referred me to PMTCT services,” she says. Dedicated health workers such as Christina are strengthening the ties between the community and HIV prevention and treatment services, a chief goal of BRIDGE II. Trained to identify and work with people in need of services, Christina and other community referral agents are central to the project’s Tashankha (“We have chosen”) campaign. The BRIDGE II project is a six-year USAID-funded program (2009-2015). The program is implemented by CCP, in partnership with Save the Children, Pact Malawi, and the International HIV/AIDS Alliance. Local partners include Corporate Graphics, Youth Net and Counseling, Galaxy Media Consultants, Story Workshop Educational Trust, and the National Association of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Malawi.
In Malawi’s mosquito-ridden Salima District, malaria has afflicted many communities for as long as people can remember. Battling malaria is one of the goals of Support for Service Delivery Integration (SSDI)-Communication, a social and behavior change communication project that teaches families how to advocate for their own health, practice healthy behaviors and engage with a responsive health care system. SSDI-Communication concentrates on family planning, HIV/AIDS and efforts to reduce maternal, infant and under five mortality rates.
Research to Prevention (R2P) is a five-year HIV prevention project funded by USAID. Led by the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health and managed by CCP, R2P partners with faculty throughout the Johns Hopkins Schools of Public Health, Medicine and Nursing, as well as Tulane University, the Medical University of South Carolina and the University of North Carolina. It seeks to answer the question: What are the most effective interventions for preventing the spread of HIV?
Led by CCP in partnership with Macro International, the Go Girls!Initiative (GGI) shifted the focus from individual risk-taking to contextual factors that render girls vulnerable. Its purpose was to develop, implement and test social, gender and behavior change communication approaches, in an effort to reduce adolescent girls’ susceptibility to HIV infection.