East Africa Toolkit: AYSRH Demand Generation
AYSRH: Community Dialogue
Community dialogues are an interactive participatory communication process of sharing information between people or groups of people aimed at reaching a common understanding and workable solution.
Why Use Community Dialogues in AYSRH?
- Continued education on the benefits of family planning and contraception gives participants a platform to understand and gain insight in to the benefits for adolescents and youth
- Creates a platform for a shared understanding as well as dissemination of new information on family planning
- Allows for an opportunity to express different views and overcome common challenges in addressing issues around family planning
- Helps secure community participation, support and commitment to problem solving for sustained positive reproductive health behavior change among adolescents and youth
Guidance: How to Conduct a Community Dialogue
- Engage with key stakeholders within the health facility for buy-in and effective community-led dialogue preparation.
- Plan with the Community Health Assistants (CHAs)/Community Health Extension Workers (CHEWs) on dates for the community dialogue, involve the local administrative units and community gatekeepers. During the planning meeting identify problem affecting the community e.g. increased rates of teenage pregnancy, youth issues, myths on FP using the facilitator’s guide.
- Mobilize the target audience using community health workers and public announcements, (this could be parents, community gatekeepers, first time mothers, husbands, boda boda riders among others) based on the need and problem identified.
- The facilitator engages the participants in a discussion to enable participants to share their opinions, experiences, views, stereotypes, narratives, norms and values in an interactive and participatory manner. The sessions should facilitate ease of expression without fear of judgment and intimidation.
- Identify solutions where there is a commitment or resolution by the participants to embrace AYSRH/family planning. It may also bring about additional information, issues, and ideas that the community may wish to act on.
- Develop an action plan together in accordance with their cultural practices and traditional values. The process is most effective when the participants are actively involved in the resolution that may eventually lead to increased support and acceptance of AYSRH/FP.
- After successfully conducting a dialogue session and the evaluation, express appreciation to all participants for their time, contribution and resolve. This should be done regardless of the dialogue outcome.
- Community units commit to work on AYSRH despite sensitivity surrounding youth sexuality
- Monitor outcomes of community dialogues conducted (i.e., action plans developed)
- Monitoring of the dialogues to gauge if it is reaching the intended audiences
- Monitoring the attitudes of the community towards AYSRH/FP
- Change in practices, knowledge, attitude, and beliefs towards FP/AYSRH services
- Supportive/enabling environment for provision of quality FP/AYSRH services
- Increased knowledge and awareness of family planning in catchment areas
- Increased approval of uptake of family planning by adolescents and youth by community members
- Increased number of women, men and young persons receiving family planning or contraception services
- Increase involvement of youth in the design, implementation and monitoring of Youth Friendly Services (YFS)
- Increased awareness of FP/ Adolescent and YFS by young people in the community
- Meeting costs
- Mobilization of community members
- CHV lunch / snacks (optional)
- CHA/CHEW lunch and transport
- Venue hall hire (optional)
- Inclusion of family planning demand generation activities in the annual work plans
- Inclusion of community dialogues in existing community forums e.g., chief Barazas
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