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Effective Partnering with the Military using film to Combat Stigma and Discrimination in Malawi. Mr. Dennis Chimenya Program Manager – Targeted Outreach Communications PSI/Malawi HIV Implementers Conference Kigali, Rwanda June 16-19, 2007. Context.

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Effective partnering with the military using film to combat stigma and discrimination in malawi

Effective Partnering with the Military using film to Combat Stigma and Discrimination in Malawi

Mr. Dennis Chimenya

Program Manager – Targeted Outreach Communications

PSI/Malawi

HIV Implementers Conference

Kigali, Rwanda

June 16-19, 2007


Context
Context Stigma and Discrimination in Malawi

  • HIV prevalence rates higher in military (1)

  • Reported condom use inconsistent in Malawi Defense Force (MDF) (2)

  • MDF CT services offered, but low access and take up of services due to confidentiality, stigma and discrimination (2)

  • No specific materials on HIV/AIDS prevention, counseling and testing, and stigma and discrimination addressing military situations

    (Sources: 1 – UN estimates; 2 – MDF KAP survey)


Psi malawi and the mdf
PSI/Malawi and the MDF Stigma and Discrimination in Malawi

  • National HIV/AIDS prevention programs through targeted and balanced health communications and condom distribution to high risk groups

  • Targeted Outreach Communications (TOC) to high risk groups including men in uniform, spouses and children- uses interpersonal and interactive communications to encourage adoption of risk reduction behaviors

  • Worked with MDF to develop “A Soldier's Life” to address high levels of stigma and discrimination, low condom use and low uptake of counseling and testing services – being used for interpersonal sessions. (FY06 - 4,028 MDF personnel and their families reached)


Outcome

Outcome Stigma and Discrimination in Malawi


Why partnership worked
Why Partnership worked Stigma and Discrimination in Malawi

MDF Protocols

  • Constant consultation with them

  • Sensitive to their requirements

    MDF Participation

  • Concept development

  • Script and Storyboard development

  • Selection of actors and acting

  • Pre-testing at all relevant levels

    MDF have a recognized HIV/AIDS structure with Program

    Coordinator – makes liaison easier


As told by the military

As told by the military… Stigma and Discrimination in Malawi


Challenges
Challenges Stigma and Discrimination in Malawi

  • MDF protocols forced us to choose actors from same rank, limited acting talent

  • MDF personnel required substantial acting coaching

  • MDF personnel basic HIV/AIDS knowledge lacking - required basic HIV/AIDS education surrounding issues of prevention, stigma and discrimination


Key recommendations
Key Recommendations Stigma and Discrimination in Malawi

  • Be sensitive to military protocols and directions to ensure program acceptability and relevance

  • Ensure military are fully involved in all key steps of IEC and video material development

  • Use HIV+ military personnel where possible - increases relevance


Key recommendations cont
Key Recommendations cont... Stigma and Discrimination in Malawi

  • Lobby for involvement of all levels (including senior officers) - material becomes relevant to all

  • Dedicate additional time and resources to actor coaching

  • Ensure senior hierarchy ‘buy in’ and ownership of process and outcomes

  • Where funding allows, implement ‘user friendly’ CT Drop In services directly for military - address issues of stigma and discrimination and confidentiality


Thank you any questions
Thank You, Any Questions? Stigma and Discrimination in Malawi

For more information, please contact:

Mr. Dennis Chimenya

Targeted Outreach Communications Program Manager, PSI/Malawi

Email: [email protected]


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