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  1. Effects of an Entertainment-Education Radio Soap Opera on Family Planning and HIV Prevention in St. Lucia

    Context: An entertainment-education radio soap opera, Apwe Plezi, was broadcast from February 1996 to September 1998 in St. Lucia. The program promoted family planning, HIV prevention and other social development themes. Methods: The program's effects were assessed through analyses of data from nationally representative pretest and posttest surveys, focus-group discussions and other qualitative and quantitative sources. Results: Among 1,238 respondents to the posttest survey, 35% had listened to Apwe Plezi, including 12% who listened at least once per week. …

  2. Systematic review of the effectiveness of mass communication programs to change HIV/AIDS-related behaviors in developing countries

    This systematic review analyzes 24 mass media campaigns' effect on HIV knowledge, attitudes and behaviors. The studies were published between 1990 and 2004 about developing countries and compared outcomes by reviewing pre-and post-intervention data; intervention vs. control groups or post-intervention data across levels of exposure. …

  3. Tackling HIV/AIDS: Mass-media and international conferences. Soul City, Going to scale across borders: the Choose Life project

    Soul City, a multi-media health project in South Africa has been effective in imparting much needed information on health and development, and in changing attitudes and behaviour as well. Soul City works primarily within South Africa but the TV programme has been shown in a number of African countries as well. In the last two years Soul City has worked on a sponsored education booklet called Choose Life, aimed at 12-16 year olds in Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland and Namibia. 1,331,000 copies of the booklet will be printed and distributed in the four countries in seven different languages. …

  4. Transmitir el mensaje: los medios de comunicación y la respuesta al SIDA

    Ejemplos de la utilización de los medios de comunicación como herramienta educativa para la prevención del VIH en Sudáfrica. Se describen los casos de Soul City (telenovela, radionovela y folletos); El programa Beat It del Community Health Media Trust (serie televisiva); Takalani Sesame (radio y televisión, una adaptación del programa infantil Plaza Sésamo). Este informe termina haciendo un repaso de las enseñanzas que pueden extraerse de la experiencia y que podrían ayudar a aquéllos que quieran trabajar con los medios de comunicación en el campo del VIH y el SIDA.

  5. TV soap operas in HIV education: reaching out with popular entertainment

    This publication focuses on the potential of a particular genre of television drama, soap opera, to make significant contributions to national and regional programmes that aim to accelerate progress towards universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and care. …

  6. African stories: results of the UNESCO/DANIDA workshops for the preparation of post-literacy reading materials and radio programmes for girls and women in Africa

    African stories: results of the UNESCO/DANIDA workshops for the preparation of post-literacy reading materials and radio programmes for girls and women in Africa

  7. Using radio to keep young people in school

    This project served as a community-based model in Zambia by integrating reproductive health and HIV/AIDS programming into a growing national initiative. Produced by YouthNet/Family Health International, the YouthNet Briefs are a new series of two-page summaries highlighting research findings, country projects, and technical leadership.

  8. Behavior change through mass communication: using mass media for AIDS prevention

    The main objective of the handbook is to help field level planners and implementors use mass media as a part of their overall communication strategy. The topics included in the handbook are: approach and work with TV, radio and print media staff; write short scripts for radio and TV programs; get scripts produced for radio and television; get stories printed in newspapers and magazines; and get more press coverage.

  9. The Straight Talk Campaign in Uganda: Impact of Mass Media Initiatives

    This report presents the findings of an evaluation of the Straight Talk (ST) mass media communication programs, which have been implemented in Uganda since 1993. The mass media programs largely comprise three main materials: multilingual Straight Talk Radio Shows, multilingual Straight Talk newspapers, and an English language Young Talk newspaper. Straight Talk also implements a wide array of school-based activities to engender a youth-friendly school environment. …

  10. Radio and HIV/AIDS: making a difference. A guide for radio practitioners, health worker and donors

    Radio and HIV/AIDS: Making a Difference has been written with two premises in mind: that even in this age of digital communications radio remains a powerful force to confront the health and social challenges posed by HIV/AIDS, but that there is much scope for improving programming. …

  11. Joli coeur

    A cheerful heart is the adaptation of a play entitled "Beware of appearances" or "appearances can be deceptive" written by the students of Dabout, Côte d'Ivoire. This was done at the initiative of the Dabout AIDS Control Committee. The play was awarded a prize at a competition called "" organized by Médecins du Monde, the Regional Centre for Information and Prevention of AIDS and the AIDS Prevention Association.

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