People are more likely to take action and make positive choices for their health when they engage in interactive dialogue about health issues. This is why throughout its implementation, BRIDGE II produced and utilized four core Transformative Tools to promote and inspire HIV prevention practices in communities in Southern Malawi.
Transformative Tools are participatory, interactive behavior change interventions that promote interpersonal and community dialogue on HIV prevention and related issues.
These Transformative Tools were disseminated to BRIDGE II partners – community based organizations that work to prevent HIV – who implemented them with groups of community members. The Transformative Tools create an interactive environment, inspiring communities and individuals to make positive choices that enable them to live healthy and happy lives.
- Journey of Hope, the first Transformative Tool that was developed (under BRIDGE I), is a package of interactive and participatory sessions designed to guide individuals and community groups to develop personal and appropriate HIV prevention strategies. Local partners, the National Association of People Living with HIV and AIDS in Malawi (NAPHAM) and YouthNet and Counseling (YONECO), implemented these activities in communities in small groups of not more than 25 people.
- Planting Our Tree of Hope is a Positive Prevention toolkit containing a set of practical, experiential learning activities designed to help people living with HIV and AIDS and their partners and families address a range of HIV and AIDS-related issues. NAPHAM implemented these activities in their support groups.
- The Tasankha Guide consists of informative and interactive activities promoting community dialogue on various HIV preventive behaviors that were aligned with the Tasankha campaign. These activities were implemented by Save the Children International in Village Discussion Groups within BRIDGE II focus district communities.
- African Transformation is a set of participatory activities designed to foster gender equity in communities and societies. Sessions enable women and men to explore how gender norms and roles operate in their lives, and transform those they determine to have a negative effect while reinforcing those they deem positive, particularly in terms of HIV prevention. African Transformation activities were implemented by Community-Based Organizations in Group Village Head catchment areas.
- Caring for Children Living with HIV: A Toolkit for Parents and Caregivers is designed to ensure that children who are HIV positive have the best care and treatment possible. This toolkit addresses the specific needs of children between 6 and 12 years of age and the parents and caregivers who support them. It also provides information on pediatric HIV to enable extended families, community-based organizations, and others to provide an enabling environment for children to access care and treatment. The toolkit includes three components: a children’s booklet, a parent’s booklet, and a facilitator’s guide.
Hundreds of thousands of people participated in BRIDGE II Transformative Tools’ activities. There was a remarkable positive impact on individuals, families and communities as shown by the number of success stories for each of the toolkits. In addition, some organizations, such as the Clinton Foundation, Goal Malawi, and the US Peace Corps, who were not formally involved with BRIDGE II began implementing activities from the Transformative Tools in their HIV prevention work of their own accord.
- 2,500 Journey of Hope toolkits produced and over 227,690 people reached (80,143 men and 147,547 women).
- 2,220 Tasankha Discussion Guides produced and 121,395 people reached (45,731 men and 75,664 women).
- 1,000 Planting Our Tree of Hope – Positive Prevention toolkits produced and 12,702 people reached (3,292 men and 9,410 women).
- 970 African Transformation toolkits produced and 46,692 people reached (20,070 men and 26,622 women).