Ghana Behavior Change Support Project (BCS)

Source
Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

The Ghana Behavior Change Support (BCS) Project, 2009-2013, was a 4 year United States Agency for International Development (USAID) supported project managed by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs with CARE and PLAN International in partnership with the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service (GHS).

The overall purpose of the project was to assist the GHS at the national, regional and district levels to support its efforts to achieve health related millennium development goals through sustained and coherent social and behavior change communication (SBC) interventions. BCS aimed to increase demand and use of commodities and services and create positive behaviors in the areas of: Maternal Neonatal & Child Health Family Planning Malaria Prevention & Treatment Nutrition Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene

The BCS project was audience-focused and driven by the community and family level where behavior and norms are formed. The primary focus was on households with children and youth, and the communities they live in, the providers they go to, and the district and national leaders that impact them. The project employed the Communication for Social Change model. This aims to blend community, interpersonal, and mass media approaches building synergy around three strategic elements or engines.

Addressing a wide spectrum of health topics simultaneously through an integrated approach, Ghana BCS created educational and entertaining programs/series continued over the duration of the project. It worked closely with regional, district, & sub-district health teams to build and strengthen the network of local NGOs to undertake effective and synergized community mobilization in both rural and urban settings.

Projects managed by the BCS Project include: