association h2n (h2n) is a mozambican non-governmental organization that offers innovative programs to expand community-based communication; works to disseminate effective messages for the promotion of public health; endeavors to promote gender equality; encourages youth engagement; facilitates civic participation; and supports early childhood development. h2n also works to improve health reporting in the media, promote inclusive media and aid the adoption and use of audiovisual tools and digital communication technologies.

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community radio is a key source of news for rural and peri-urban populations.

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community radio project

h2n works to strengthen the capacity of community radios nationwide to produce targeted, high-quality, interactive and contextualized social behavior change communication programming on health, nutrition and wash, as well as human rights, youth engagement, early childhood development and disaster preparedness and response. the project increases the knowledge and application of best practices in participatory community engagement by community radio personnel and expands learning on interpersonal communication skills and digital media. the project also aims to improve the capacity of participating community radio stations to provide citizens with high-quality elections and government accountability coverage. for long term sustainability of community radios, h2n has developed a “five pillar” sustainability framework that defines and analyzes sustainability through finances, programs, partnerships, people and processes.

media development focuses on strengthening the country’s media outlets.

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media strengthening program

h2n works to strengthen the capacity of community radios nationwide to produce targeted, high-quality, interactive and contextualized social behavior change communication programming on health, nutrition and wash, as well as human rights, youth engagement, early childhood development and disaster preparedness and response. the project increases the knowledge and application of best practices in participatory community engagement by community radio personnel and expands learning on interpersonal communication skills and digital media. the project also aims to improve the capacity of participating community radio stations to provide citizens with high-quality elections and government accountability coverage. for long term sustainability of community radios, h2n has developed a “five pillar” sustainability framework that defines and analyzes sustainability through finances, programs, partnerships, people and processes.

community media supports the adoption of healthy nutritional practices.

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transform nutrition

as part of a local consortium consisting of adpp, gain, h2n, unilurio and viamo, h2n is responsible for the implementation of a comprehensive and integrated communications strategy for the transform nutrition project in nampula. through the planning, assistance and facilitation of a dedicated community communications team, h2n implements several key interventions aimed at changing social norms and individual behaviors with the aim of increasing uptake of nutrition behaviors and services. an important part of the work is to overcome myths and misconceptions around nutrition practices. through the health & nutrition communications network of community radio reporters, the xipalapala public service announcement platform, community video groups and community television, h2n implements a multi-channel, integrated communications strategy that is contextualized and adapted to local conditions. the development of messages and content is underpinned by anthropological and formative research.

targeted communication and social mobilization lead to uptake of nutritional services.

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nutritional services

in this project, h2n worked to raise awareness, increase use and encourage retention of acute malnutrition rehabilitation services through health facilities for pregnant and lactating women. working through the health & nutrition communication network of community radio reporters, who under h2n guidance developed radio programs and community-mobilization activities, supported by other messaging, the project produced remarkable results across all targets, increasing awareness, use and retention of acute malnutrition rehabilitation services. the community mobilization activities were carried out in local languages and were adapted to local situations. once women sought out the services, retention reached almost 100 percent by increasing the understanding of the necessity of continued treatment. the results of the project were presented at a public exhibition at the brazilian cultural center in maputo.

h2n addresses gender equality at both the national and the community level.

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advancing gender equality

h2n works with targeted community radio stations and reporters in Cabo Delgado province to enhance their ability to address issues related to journalist security, access to information, land rights, gender equality, and transparency and accountability in local government. The project has been designed to meet the information needs of local citizens and providing them with a voice and a platform to know, understand and defend their rights. H2n works with community radio stations and local civil society groups and involves them in the project. Feedback loops and participation opportunities are provided for local citizens to address issues of local importance and, where possible, interact directly with local authorities. By engaging community radio reporters, civil society, women and youth, the project seeks to prevent violent extremism, promote accountability and create a positive cycle of civic engagement and local development.

youth engagement through hubs for young peer-to-peer communicators

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building capacity in Cabo Delgado

in Cabo Delgado province, h2n works with youth and other groups, including women and community radio reporters to build resilience and increase capacity for transparency and accountability. with funding from OSISA, h2n is piloting a series of youth hubs centered on community radios in the province, where young people learn to become effective peer-to-peer communicators, help define a forward-looking narrative and shape a positive trajectory. the youth hubs are guided by experienced facilitators and consist of 4-6 young people each. h2n believes young people are the most effective communicators when it comes to engaging other young people. h2n also works through networks of community radio reporters to increase their journalistic skills and of women groups to communicate effectively. by reaching out to and working through these specific target groups, h2n is pursuing high-leverage avenues for social change and community resilience.