Facilities and Academic Support
Master’s Program in Health Behavior Change Communication
SSDI-Communication collaborated with faculty at the University of Malawi, Polytechnic College in Blantyre, Malawi, to support the establishment of a Master’s program in Health Behavior Change Communication, as well as the development of the curriculum for the degree. SSDI-Communication participated in a curriculum review meeting for the Masters program that was held in Liwonde in 2014. The Chief of Party and the SBCC Advisor attended the meeting. In July 2016, SSDI-Communication facilitated one of the sessions for the program that was focused on sharing lessons and experiences from the Moyo ndi Mpamba, Usamalireni Campaign.
With support from USAID, SSDI-Communication procured and handed over audiovisual equipment to Chancellor College for the creation of a fully equipped audiovisual studio. The equipment was procured to aid teaching of communication studies in recognition of the need for better-trained communication experts who can work in health communication to ensure development and implementation of high quality programs. The studio equipment, worth approximately $17,500 (MK 7 million), included state of the art video cameras, microphones, digital mixers, recorders and studio monitors.