A short course on Behavior Change Communication (BCC) in the field of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) was successfully conducted by Share-Net Bangladesh Team, a knowledge platform on SRHR in association with RedOrange Media and Communications and Centre for Gender, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (CGSRHR) at James P. Grant School of Public Health (JPGSPH) of BRAC University.
The five days long course which ran from 16 – 20 October, 2016 was held at James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University. The incentive course integrated communication expertise with knowledge of SRHR from experienced national and international coordinators and dedicated experts from RedOrange and CGSRHR, along with their respective organizational partners in the non-profit and profit sectors, creating a powerful combination to create impact on a large scale.
The Participants of the course were invited through a selection process where several educational and development institutions of Bangladesh were requested to nominate a deserving scholar who will gain knowledge of behavior change communication. All costs for participants attending the course (i.e. course fee, stationary, meals & refreshments.) were covered by the hosting organizations.
Through this platform, participants gained both practical and theoretical knowledge on SRHR, keeping in mind the field realities when designing effective communication tools and strategies, with a thorough foundation of SRHR knowledge, participants formed practical skills in developing effective communications with communities. Furthermore, participants had the opportunity to have clarification to concepts of SRHR, skill building tools and techniques along with hands-on experience from experts in the domain of social development communication. It helped learners enhance understanding of field realities to help developing effective communication strategies in affecting behavior change towards sensitive topics such as SRHR among target groups, stakeholders and peers.
Share-Net Bangladesh, draws on years of experience and interventions by practitioners, researchers, and policymakers in the field of sexual reproductive health, especially placing human rights at the center and aims to contribute significantly to policy and content development in the field of SRHR for organizations and practitioners working on SRHR, Family Planning, Adolescent SRHR, Vulnerable communities and Violence against women.
The courses was evaluated through participation, group works, projects and presentations.