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Gender, Communication, Maternal Health Challenges

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To: The Health Communication Network within The Communication Initiative Network

Improving Maternal Health Practices in Four Countries: Insights and Lessons Learned

This working paper on maternal health practices from BBC Media Action included a core challenge for further reducing maternal mortality and morbidity:

In all four countries, the majority of women interviewed failed to attend the recommended four antenatal check-ups...

and

Men in many areas control family resources, consume broadcast media more than women, and control household access to it ...

What communication and media strategies are you using in your settings to break through this dynamic?

What is working?

What issues are proving most difficult?

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Maternal Health practices, reaching women in India

To: The Health Communication Network within The Communication Initiative Network

Katrina Phillips comments on Improving Maternal Health Practices in Four Countries: Insights and Lessons Learned

When women have little control or access to broadcast media, nor to mobiles, they similarly often have restricted opportunities to share information beyond their families and neighbours. One context in India where women and decision-makers do spend time talking and discussing, with the opportunity to learn, is at the health centre. Young mothers and their mothers-in-law wait together, exchanging and corroborating information. Although by definition already engaged with health services, being already at the health centre, strengthening their knowledge would lead to further dissemination within households and villages. New developments in technology are not just 'smart' but also provide cheaper access to TV screens, solar power, USB sticks loaded with health education programming in an entertaining and accessible format. I have tried to find any recent documented experiences of 'waiting room TV' in low-resource settings, but with little success.

Are we overlooking the revised yet familiar channels as we are transfixed by the new?

Katrina

(ED: If you have examples of "waiting room TV in low-resource settings" please do share them through this network)

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To: The Health Communication Network within The Communication Initiative Network

Improving Maternal Health Practices in Four Countries: Insights and Lessons Learned

Comment from Elsie Alexander on this comment from Katrina Phillips

Thank you for sharing Katrina. This is exactly what I mean by relevant community based targeted resource and educational material on HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights that have worked in developing countries. We need to share case studies like these to appreciate a participatory community based approach to health education.

Kind regards - Elsie - Development/ Gender Consultant

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Katrina, I have collected

Katrina, I have collected what I can for you from The Communication Initiative resources (not all from the kind of low-resource settings you may be looking for and some do not deal with waiting room TV, but enough do that the list may be useful to you) http://www.comminit.com/global/search/apachesolr_search/%22waiting%20room%22?filters=tid%3A36%20tid%3A36&retain-filters=1

If you encounter others, we would be interested in any links to websites or papers.

Also, though including video, radio, and TV, this site may have useful information: http://www.comminit.com/entertainment-education/category/sites/global/entertainment-education/

I hope to see others post on related examples of "waiting room TV in low-resource settings" .

Julie

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