Why Radio Distance Learning?
One Community provides health and social services to its priority audiences throughlow-literate volunteers called Community Resource Persons (CRPs), who are recruited, trained anddeployed in all 7-program districts. CRPs need ongoing knowledge and skills building, as well as recognition and acceptance by the communities they serve.
While One Community staff are able toprovide some one-on-one support to over 2,700 CRPs, their numbers and geographic spread make
this support inadequate. One Community developed and broadcast a radio distance learning (RDL) program, Umoyo Wabwino, targeted primarily at CRPs to ensure that they receive ongoing knowledge and skills building support in a standardized manner. In addition to solving the problem of numbers and spread, the RDL reinforced and enhanced the work CRPs did and increased their standing and acceptance within their communities as resource persons.
Group Facilitator in Mulanje District shares his experiences with the RDL Program
How does one organization regularly provide guidance and support to thousands of health workers in secluded communities across hundreds of miles? This plight, although specific, is an all too common one that anyone working in health or development constantly faces. How does one maximize project impact with finite resources at hand?
One Community, USAID’s flagship community-based response to Malawi’s HIV epidemic, aims to mitigate the impact of HIV and prevent new infections among priority populations by focusing on building strong HIV-competent communities, families and individuals. One Community is implemented by CCP, Project HOPE and Plan International.