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10 February 2016

Simavi presents innovative approach at behaviour change summit in Ethiopia

Renate Douwes, Simavi’s Programme Officer SRHR, gives a presentation on equipping Ugandan entrepreneurs with tablets to provide comprehensive health and sexuality education, during the 1st International Summit on Social and Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC Summit) in Addis Ababa.

Lack of access to right information on health and sexuality has often been cited as one of the reasons for unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases and ill health.

In the remote district of Kibaale, Uganda, people lack access to adequate information and health products. Comprehensive sexuality for youth is unavailable. The population suffers from health problems due to lack of quality information about poverty related diseases combined with limited access to education.

During Renate’s poster presentation at the SBCC Summit, she emphasises the advantage of innovation in reaching far-flung areas. Simavi works together with local partner Emesco Development Foundation, and private sector partner to promote Behaviour Change Communication (BCC) using electronic tablets.

In this project, we train health entrepreneurs in Uganda and equip them with electronic tablets and an essential medical kit.  Entrepreneurs conduct health promotions in (remote) communities with the tablets, showing videos, photos and written and spoken texts in the local language covering a wide range of topics such as nutrition and comprehensive sexuality education. The use of an electronic tablet combined with the direct availability of health products informs and raises awareness among communities.

This project shows that an integrated approach using mobile health solutions and entrepreneurial model can enhance and reinforce BCC.

Please find the poster presentation here or read more about the Healthy Business Healthy Lives project.



(The inaugural International SBCC Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia brings together the global community of social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) organisations, professionals and researchers to advance the practice of SBCC in health. It offers talks from SBCC field practitioners; a market fair of tools, methodologies, programmes and research; skills-building workshops; and plenary sessions to consider the way forward in elevating the science and art of SBCC.)

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