New Delhi: 2006. 48 p.
International HIV/AIDS Alliance
Behaviour Change Communication is an effective tool for ensuring improved sexual and reproductive health among women. Sexual health of women includes their state of physical, emotional, and social well-being. Women's sexual experiences either lead to good sexual and reproductive health or put them at risk for ill-health. Unfortunately, rather than women having satisfying and safe sexual experiences, their sexual vulnerabilities are often characterised by unsafe or harmful sexual practices that lead to adverse health outcomes. The growing prevalence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV among women raises the urgency to address these health concerns. Access and availability of correct information, health education, knowledge and skills are essential for behaviour change to ensure STI and HIV prevention and control for improved sexual and reproductive health of women. This flip book is an attempt to assist the outreach workers and other health educators as an aid for interpersonal communication with members of women's groups, support groups and self-help groups within Alliance's programmes in the states of Manipur, Punjab, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Orissa. • Use this flip book to talk and discuss about issues related to reproductive and sexual health and HIV/AIDS in women's groups. Users of this flip book are invited to:;• Review the contents of the flip book in advance to familiarise yourself with the contents and messages. Each picture is accompanied by discussion points and messages that need to be talked about. The visuals corresponding to the messages are given on the opposite page. Build rapport with the group members. Gather all the women and seat them in such a manner that they are able to see the flip book clearly. All the group members should be able to have a good view and hear you clearly. Face the audience and hold the flip book in such a way that the audience can see the picture and you can see the points that need to be discussed and messages that need to be given out. Speak clearly, loudly and slowly. Explain each picture to the audience and allow enough time per picture to discuss the main points. Ask the audience to repeat the key points to ensure that they understand the messages.
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