September 27, 2021 / 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. (EDT)
14h Accra (GMT) / 15h Abuja (WAT) / 16h Lusaka (CAT) / 17h Addis (EAT)
How can research findings inform and improve social and behavior change (SBC) programs? What questions can SBC practitioners keep in mind to help sift through research, interpret publications, and apply lessons learned? Join Breakthrough ACTION for the seventh in a series of online guided discussions following a journal club format about malaria SBC evidence on September 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (EDT). More information about the article and how you can prepare for and participate in the online discussion is found below.
Featured presenter: Amanda Marr Chung, VMMC Sustainability Project Director, UCSF Institute for Global Health Sciences
About the article
Improving malaria SBC in countries with varied malaria transmission can be challenging. While National Malaria Control/Elimination Programs often focus on technical challenges, a number of operational issues may need to be addressed as well. In Zimbabwe, the National Malaria Control Program piloted a participatory organization development and quality improvement approach in three malaria elimination provinces. This approach was unique because it focused on behaviors far higher on the socio-ecological model than most traditional SBC programs. The article Scaling up malaria elimination management and leadership: a pilot in three provinces in Zimbabwe, 2016–2018 demonstrates that improving motivation and communication between different cadres of health workers can not only improve behavior at structural levels, but it can also be adapted and scaled up in other contexts.
Amanda Marr Chung will begin with a brief description of this approach, her colleagues from Zimbabwe will share remarks, and participants will then be invited to discuss results and implications for future SBC programming, data collection, and data use.
Preparing for the discussion
1. Download and read the article: https://malariajournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12936-020-032...
2. Download and use the Discussion Guide, which has questions to consider as you read and to help you follow along during the webinar discussion: http://breakthroughactionandresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Mala...
HIFA profile: Marcela Aguilar is Director of Communications at Breakthrough ACTION, Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Washington DC. www.breakthroughactionandresearch.org marcela.aguilar AT jhu.edu