Beginning Saturday, April 2, Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) across the country will tune in to a new radio program designed just for them.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) in partnership with the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3), with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), launched the Community Action for a Healthy Life radio distance learning program.
A statement released yesterday by HC3 said the new radio program will cover topics related to maternal, child and family healthcare. It will also demonstrate skills for talking with families and working with all sectors of a community to help people live healthier lives.
“The goal of the radio program is to help CHVs gain the knowledge and skills they need to do their jobs of promoting healthy behaviors and increasing demand for health services,” the statement said.
The radio program is accordingly both educational and entertaining. It will feature interviews with the program’s regular health experts, quizzes, drama and a skills-based assignment given at the end of each edition.
According to the statement, CHVs who complete at least 15 of the assignments by the end of the program will receive certificates.
The radio program will run for 26 weeks and will be broadcast on the national radio station, ELBC, and the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) run radio, while community radio stations in the 15 counties will broadcast the new radio program so all CHVs can tune in.
“Supporting materials will help CHV listeners remember what they learned from the program,” the statement said.
In Liberia, HC3 supports the MOH to implement impactful social and behavioral change communication (SBCC) programming to increase demand for health services and promote improved health practices at home.
USAID-funded HC3 is designed to strengthen capacity to implement state-of-the-art SBCC programs. It is based at Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs in collaboration with Management Science for Health, NetHope, Population Services International, Ogilvy Public Relations and Internews.