WHAT WAS THE ISSUE?
Creating large-scale, community led campaigns to increase sexual and reproductive health in Dominica.
WHAT WERE WE DOING?
Radio was seen as a highly effective way of reaching up to 38,000 young people in Dominica on issues relating to their sexual and reproductive health.
We worked with ten groups of young people who were each responsible for developing their own radio programme on a different sexual health topic which they believed would be relevant to their peer group. Within each group specific tasks were allocated to individuals depending on their interests and relevant experience. Researchers within each group were sent out to undertake polls which provided the programme-makers with ideas on the most popular topics and the best way to approach each story. There was a particular focus on reaching poorer and illiterate sections of the youth community who weren’t being reached through schools and were therefore excluded from more formal health education interventions.
In total ten programmes were produced covering a wide range of subjects, including teenage pregnancy, sexually-transmitted disease, and HIV/AIDS. The programmes were then broadcast on a national radio station. We also produced Multi-Media Resource Kits which contained copies of the radio programmes together with guideline notes for use by a youth facilitator in community workshops.
WHO WERE OUR PARTNERS
Our UK-based partner was Population Concern (now Interact Worldwide) who provided support with workshop delivery and local capacity building.
We worked with the Dominica Planned Parenthood Association (DPPA) and the Youth Advocacy Movement throughout the project. The DPPA was then provided with the kits for workshop use.
We collaborated with the Dominican Broadcasting Corporation who provided studio space for programme production and who also broadcast the programmes.
WHO WAS THE FUNDER?
Laing Trust (USA)