Nelly Bassily | March 10, 2008
The African Network for Strategic Communication in Health and Development (AfriComNet) is calling for nominations for its Award of Excellence in HIV and AIDS Communication in Africa. Five awards will be given to initiatives that advance the field of strategic communication and can be evaluated, adapted, and applied elsewhere, in the following categories:
-Best mass media strategy, campaign, or tool;
-Best community/interpersonal strategy, campaign, or tool;
-Best folk media strategy, campaign, or tool;
-Best social marketing strategy, campaign, or tool;
-Best multi-channel strategy, campaign, or tool.
One of last year’s winners was a radio drama and comic book series called Rock Point 256 produced by the Young Empowered and Healthy Initiative (Y.E.A.H.) in Uganda. The series was based on research conducted among 15 to 24 year olds, with characters modeling positive behaviour change in a realistic way. The radio drama has been broadcast on 13 radio stations, and three volumes of comic books have been produced and distributed in English and indigenous languages.
Each award winner will receive a fully paid trip to the awards ceremony, to be held in Kampala, Uganda, in June 2008, as well as a plaque recognizing their contribution to strategic communication for health and development. (No prize money will be offered.) For more information, or to download a nomination form, visit: http://www.africomnet.org/news/awards/2008/index.php.