UNICEF supports ICS in training northern delegations in communication for development tools and techniques
Nampula, Mozambique, 3 September 2012 – Last week, the Institute of Social Communication (ICS), with UNICEF support, hosted a regional 5 days training on communication for development tools and techniques in the city of Nampula, bringing together 24 participants from the ICS northern delegations of Niassa, Cabo Delgado and Nampula and the respective DPS Health Promotion focal points. The event was opened by the ICS general director Dra Sofia Ilale and the head of the MoH Health Promotion department, Dra Laura Mavota, who both have highlighted the importance of ensuring a good coordination among the two governmental bodies entitled for health promotion and communication for development in the country.
Such coordination strengthening involves particular attention to the conception of joint communication and social mobilization plans, where ICS mobile multimedia units are involved to present audio-video productions to large community audience on topics like violence prevention, HIV prevention, health seeking behavior, child rights and other community issues, while ICS community radios are encouraged to produce in local languages weekly radio programs with the participation of trained health personnel.
The workshop enabled the participants to become familiar also with the UNICEF NAMWASH project implemented in Nampula province, a USD 30 million, four-year project (2012-2016) focused on water and sanitation in the five small towns of Mecuburi, Monapo, Namialo, Rapale and Ribaue. According to Juvencio Nhaule, UNICEF WASH consultant, "ICS community radios and mobile multimedia units will be mobilized to promote genuine community discussions on how to ensure that the upcoming water and sanitation systems will be sustainably managed and maintained and to promote healthy behaviours related to hygiene, water treatment and sanitation in the region".
For more information, please contact:
Gabriel Pereira, UNICEF Mozambique, tel. (+258) 21 481 100; email: firstname.lastname@example.org