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 video aims to drive social and behavior change at the community level

Using community video to change social norms and behaviors, h2n is engaging groups of community members who learn how to address key issues related to health, nutrition and gender equality by producing short videos from the communities. Randomized controlled trials from India show that community video is 10 times more effective in changing norms and behaviors than most other methods […]

Pursuing a systematic approach to sustainability for community radios

Working within the Five Pillar sustainability framework, a systematic approach to sustainability for community radios and other community-based organizations, h2n has been training community radio administrators and reports in Maputo and Gaza on a wide range of initiatives. These include financial management, marketing, strategy, conflict management and creating an organizational culture that fosters creativity, transparency and team building. “The benefits […]

Community narratives: Mariza became a single mother at 16, but does not intend to give up

“I am not giving up,” says Mariza Sebastião, a 17-year adolescent who lives in the Chirangano neighborhood of Quelimane. “When I started dating, I was 14 and my boyfriend was 20,” explains Mariza. “We were truly in love and always together, nothing could separate us, but then I became pregnant. I wasn’t unhappy about the pregnancy but was devastated about […]

Community narratives – family planning: Muanacha is 35 and pregnant for the 11th time

Her name is Muanacha Mecussete, and she lives in the Saua-Saua neighborhood of the Nametoria administrative post in Angoche district, some 30 km along a dirt track from the district center, which sometimes looks like a dirt road and sometimes more like a path. “I am usually pregnant again by the time my child can crawl,” says Muanacha, who feels […]

Community narratives – training reporters in effective story telling for behavior change

Over the last two months, h2n has been training community radio reporters in Sofala, Zambezia, Nampula and Cabo Delgado provinces in effective story telling within the general context of journalism and the more specific context of gender equality and women’s issues. Building so-called “community narratives” and transforming common situations into powerful stories, the reporters are able to connect more directly […]

“Voz da Comunidade” helps people with Covid-19 symptoms overcome fear of going to health

A recent surge in Covid-19 cases in Maputo City and Maputo province, following the September 5-7 long weekend, has led to renewed concern about potentially out-of-control community spread of the coronavirus. “We are continuing our Covid-19 information campaign as before, but we do think that people have started to let their guard down to some extent,” says Sergio Chusane, h2n […]

Using low-cost solar-powered radios to reach groups of rural women

In rural Mozambique, most radio sets are owned by men, which means that women often listen to the radio with the explicit or implicit permission of their husbands. “Often, programs about women have to be channeled through male listeners,” explains Joao Bosse, h2n national coordinator for radio. “So, even in programs that are about women’s health, for example, the reporter […]

cr Ilé strengthens financial sustainability through partnerships that inform the community

Most community radios in Mozambique, both public and private ones, have limited income and face financial problems on more or less a permanent basis. The path to financial sustainability is a difficult one. Working with more than 40 radio stations on sustainability, h2n is applying the Five Pillar sustainability framework that it developed to meet the operational and strategic needs […]

Entrepreneurial spirit drives community radio in Sanga district

Luís Rafael is a young man from Sanga district, a small town located some 40 kilometers from Lichinga, the provincial capital. “I have been in love with radio since I was a child,” says Luís, who explains that the national and provincial broadcast signals would often not reach his remote district when he grew up. Motivated by a desire to […]

h2n promotes community narratives as powerful communication mechanism

“I no longer want to get married or have more children,” says Gina Estevão, a resident of Manganira village in Milange. She told her story to reporters from Thumbine community radio as part of an effort to use first-person narratives to address important issues in the community. “I am 24 years old and married at 15. My boyfriend at the […]