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English Title: Journey of hope : Experiential learning activities for making positive life choices in the time of AIDS pandemic : Malawi user's guide
Series Title: | Malawi BRIDGE Project |
Media Format: Manual
Date: 2005
Country: Malawi
Subjects: AIDS, AIDS Medical Treatment, HIV Infections, HIV Prevention, HIV Testing, HIV Transmission, Mother-to-Child Transmission, HIV/AIDS Home Care and Support, Sexual Abstinence, Fidelity, Sexual Responsibility, Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention, Signs and Symptoms, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Persons Living with HIV/AIDS, Contraception, Condom, Female Condom, Condom Use, Sex Behavior, Risk Behavior, Stigma, Traditional Health Practices, Voluntary Counseling and Testing, Knowledge, Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Partner Communication, JHU/CCP, USAID
Audience: General, Trainers and Teachers
Languages: English
Description: 30 x 22 cm. 62 p. user's guide. Cover: white, black, red, and green background with illustration of people in boats floating in water full of crocodiles. Includes bibliographical references.
Producers: Malawi Ministry of Health and Population, Malawi National AIDS Commission, Malawi Network of AIDS Service Organizations (MANASO), Save the Children, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health / Center for Communication Programs (CCP), USAID
Contact: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health / Center for Communication Programs (CCP)
111 Market Place, Suite 310
Baltimore, Maryland 21202-4024
United States of America

Phone: (410) 659-6300
Email: webadmin@jhuccp.org
Website: http://www.jhuccp.org
Abstract: Journey of Hope is a set of practical experiential learning activities designed to address a range of HIV and AIDS related issues, in particular HIV prevention. It guides participants to develop life skills that can help them deal with different situations, linked to staying healthy and achieving their goals and dreams in life.|The Journey is represented by: a mass of water, where there are crocodiles,... more
Abstract: Journey of Hope is a set of practical experiential learning activities designed to address a range of HIV and AIDS related issues, in particular HIV prevention. It guides participants to develop life skills that can help them deal with different situations, linked to staying healthy and achieving their goals and dreams in life.|The Journey is represented by: a mass of water, where there are crocodiles, hippos, and snakes, representing dangers in life including the HIV virus and other STIs; narrow bridges and three boats, representing prevention methods of abstinence, faithfulness, and condom use; and future islands, representing what participants most want and value in life-- their future goals and dreams.|The overall aims of Journey of Hope are: to help people in Malawi stop the spread of HIV and have a healthy life; to enable people to be in relationships they want, in a way that keeps them safe from HIV infection; and to give hope to people for a future that helps them choose to abstain, be faithful, or use condoms to prevent HIV infection.|To achieve the overall aims, Journey of Hope does the following: promotes open discussions about sexual behavior and issues related to HIV and AIDS; involves people in fun and interesting ways using participatory story telling with interactive visual aids and symbols; provides the choice and helps participants to develop skills that empower them to protect themselves from HIV protection (abstinence, faithfulness, and condom use); encourages people to plot their own ways to a safer lifestyle to enable them to achieve outcomes they really want and value in life; applies a range of powerful and practical communication tools for behavior change; enables people to develop skills in negotiating sexual matters in a relationship; clarifies issues around Voluntary Counseling and Testing; and promotes support, compassion and positive living for those living with HIV and AIDS. less


Notes: The Malawi BRIDGE program is a cooperative agreement between CCP and Save the Children that began in July 2003 and will end in July 2007. The BRIDGE project is informed by the country's National Behavior Change Interventions Strategy for HIV/AIDS and Sexual Reproductive Health. The Malawi BRIDGE program operates in the following 8 districts: Balaka, Chikwawa, Kasungu, Mangochi, Mulanje, Mzimba, Ntcheu,... more
Notes: The Malawi BRIDGE program is a cooperative agreement between CCP and Save the Children that began in July 2003 and will end in July 2007. The BRIDGE project is informed by the country's National Behavior Change Interventions Strategy for HIV/AIDS and Sexual Reproductive Health. The Malawi BRIDGE program operates in the following 8 districts: Balaka, Chikwawa, Kasungu, Mangochi, Mulanje, Mzimba, Ntcheu, and Salima.|The program aims to change the way Malawians think and speak about HIV/AIDS, and most importantly is designed to help them adopt behaviors that prevent HIV transmission. Some specific aims of the BRIDGE project are to:

Increase the median age at first sex;
Decrease unmarried youth 15 – 24 having sex in last 12 months;
Decrease the number of men reporting more than one sexual partner during the last 12 months;
Increase condom use at last sex by unmarried youth; and
Increase condom use by adults with non-regular partner.
|The BRIDGE approach uses innovative behavior change models and lessons learned from both CCP and non-CCP programs in the Africa region. Informing these important outcomes are the proposed BRIDGE principles and values, which guide all BRIDGE activities:

B elief in a better future (Hope)
R isk is shared by everyone (Personalized risk)
I can STOP AIDS (Personal responsibility, action, self-efficacy)
D iscussion about HIV/AIDS (Openness, destigmatization)
G ender equity (Girls' empowerment and changed men's behavior)
E mphasis on the positive (Action oriented, community-assets, positive-deviant role modeling)
|BRIDGE encourages Malawians to move from knowledge to preventive action and assists stakeholders in moving from strategy to coordinated implementation. By the end of the program, Malawians will openly discuss HIV/AIDS with their partners, children and peers; have a sense of hope and efficacy; and have the skills to act. Underpinning this change will be increased technical capacity among Malawians to design, implement, and monitor effective behavior change strategies and interventions (BCI).|To achieve this vision, BRIDGE is assisting Malawian stakeholders in implementing evidence-based interventions at three levels:
National level: Create enabling environments through the harmonization of action plans, unifying themes such as “openness and hope,” and BCI to support local mobilization and improve efficacy.
District/community level: Mobilize social systems through a grants program, participatory BCI, and the support of change agents to play a more powerful and persuasive role.
Individual level: Reach youth, men, and women using radio diaries of people living with HIV/AIDS, sports interventions, youth events, and community-mobilization efforts.
|This user's guide is part of the BRIDGE Project Hope Kit (KT MAL 1).|A version of it is also available in Chichewa (PL MAL 37). less


Formative Research: In January, 2004, the BRIDGE Project conducted a series of assessments in order to obtain baseline measures on key indicators of behaviors as well as behavioral predictors. Assessments included both qualitative and quantitative components. Qualitatively, ten focus group discussion sessions were held in two districts in order to understand residents’ perceptions, norms, and other factors that determine... more
Formative Research: In January, 2004, the BRIDGE Project conducted a series of assessments in order to obtain baseline measures on key indicators of behaviors as well as behavioral predictors. Assessments included both qualitative and quantitative components. Qualitatively, ten focus group discussion sessions were held in two districts in order to understand residents’ perceptions, norms, and other factors that determine their HIV/AIDS-related behaviors. Quantitatively, a baseline household survey was conducted in all eight districts (N = 891). less


Formative Research Links:
Exploring community beliefs, attitudes, & behaviors related to HIV/AIDS : Research findings from eight BRIDGE districts in Malawi : September 2004 (Results of Baseline Survey)


Summative Evaluation Links:
Hope Kit Impact SynopsisBridge Project Mid-Term Evaluation


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