Stop Early and Unplanned Pregnancy in Africa

by PCI-Media Impact
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Stop Early and Unplanned Pregnancy in Africa
Stop Early and Unplanned Pregnancy in Africa
Stop Early and Unplanned Pregnancy in Africa
Stop Early and Unplanned Pregnancy in Africa
Stop Early and Unplanned Pregnancy in Africa
Stop Early and Unplanned Pregnancy in Africa
Stop Early and Unplanned Pregnancy in Africa
Stop Early and Unplanned Pregnancy in Africa
Stop Early and Unplanned Pregnancy in Africa
Stop Early and Unplanned Pregnancy in Africa
Stop Early and Unplanned Pregnancy in Africa
Stop Early and Unplanned Pregnancy in Africa
Stop Early and Unplanned Pregnancy in Africa
Stop Early and Unplanned Pregnancy in Africa
Stop Early and Unplanned Pregnancy in Africa
Stop Early and Unplanned Pregnancy in Africa
Stop Early and Unplanned Pregnancy in Africa
Education workshop in sign language
Education workshop in sign language

For adolescents with disabilities, access to health facilities and sexual reproductive health information is a critically important issue. According to a report by the UN's Department of Social and Economic Affairs, young people and adults with disabilities are at equal or greater risk of unwanted pregnancies, sexual violence, and sexually transmitted infections. These increased risks are due to several barriers that prevent people with disabilities from accessing sexual and reproductive health information and services.  

The radio dramas in our Access Without Barriers program are designed to educate teens in Mozambique with and without disabilities about important sexual health topics. The storylines are tailored to what teens actually experience in day-to-day life and help them build safe and informed health behaviors  

In one episode, we meet Zezinho, a young boy who has fallen into depression after having lost his eyesight during an explosive detonation. Just as Zezinhoworks to regain independence in his daily life, he’s confronted by the new challenge of his changing body. At first, he is embarrassed by these transformations that he has no control over, but as he begins to open up about his feelings and ask questions, he learns that there is nothing to be ashamed of. This important lesson helps him become a supporting friend to many of his peers who are experiencing similar situations but are too embarrassed to ask for help.  

While the drama engages teens around important sexual health topics, it also educates them on what health resources are available to them in their communities. Knowing where to access important everyday health information is one of the biggest factors that lead to positive change. 

I went to SAAJ [the youth health center] to understand what was happening to me when I ejaculated while having fun with girls. At SAAJ, they explained that I can get a woman pregnant. They advised me, they gave me condoms, and now when I want to have sex with a woman, I use condoms.(Paulo, 22 years old, Tsagano). 

Thank you for your continued support in providing critical access to sexual reproductive health information and services to communities throughout Africa. Your support helps us to continue to work with local organizationsto produce quality and engaging content that supports a healthier, more sustainable, and just world. 

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Let's Talk! South Africa Country Activation
Let's Talk! South Africa Country Activation

Thank you for helping to shift attitudes and behaviors and bring critical access to sexual reproductive health information and services to people in places most in need. You're creating a healthier, more sustainable, and just world.

I’m excited to share some results from our  Let's Talk! Conversations to Eliminate Child &Teen Pregnancy in 21 Eastern and Southern Africa (in partnership with UNESCO, Save the Children, UNFPA, and SAfAIDS). The communications campaign aims to end teen pregnancy by shifting cultural norms around sexual health education and advocating for access to contraception and family planning services. After running the campaign for 12 months prior to the pandemic and continuing a modified program, the Let’s Talk! Campaign has the following results among participants:

  • 23% more feel a responsibility to prevent child marriage
  • 32% are more knowledgable about how to access contraception
  • 40% more know how to properly use contraception
  • 15% more know how to properly use contraception

Let’s Talk! Campaign participant: “...because when we grew up no one set us down and explained...maybe...we would have not given birth early if we were informed.” Parent


Though PCI Media's active implementation in the program has ended, the “Let’s Talk!” campaign toolkit continues to be used by regional organizations in Eastern and Southern Africa to educate about and improve access to contraception and family planning.


Stay tuned to hear more about how our communications interventions reduce child and teen pregnancy in Africa. Follow us on social media to get more regular updates and information about our Valentine's Day social media Live on how art and storytelling is a catalyst for change!
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Teen radio producers in Mozambique
Teen radio producers in Mozambique

Our work empowering women and girls with access and information to make choices that help them live a self-determined joyful life continues in Eastern Africa thanks to your support. 

In Mozambique, our partnership with UNICEF Mozambique and local organizations allows us to broadcast on 116 radio stations reaching 4 million listeners per episode. Ouro Negro’s serial drama format is especially accessible to low-literacy audiences in rural communities.This approach has contributed to making Ouro Negro a trusted source for public health information for listeners. 

We're continuing to expand Ouro Negro's reach.

Ouro Negro da Malta is a radio program that aims to increase the discussion and understanding among teenagers and young people of the themes addressed in the radio drama Ouro Negro.  The program is produced by teenagers for teenagers, in local languages in Nampula and Zambézia, two central provinces of Mozambique.

The radio drama is fictional, the talk show brings the reality of the listeners and adolescents into the broadcasting studio. in the program, teenagers talk about what they know, what they think, how they live out their lives and make decisions about the various issues addressed in the stories of the radio dramas and the stories. The 30-minute live radio show is recorded, repeated at least once, and then uploaded and shared through a podcast platform and promoted on social media. Listeners can call in and join the discussion and life-saving dialogues can take place on air and in communities.

When women and girls are empowered with choices, they earn more income, lead sustainable practices in their communities,andhave fewer and healthier children.

Thank you so much for your continued support!

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Media in Production
Media in Production

Thank you for your continued support in preventing early and unintended pregnancy in Africa. Your support helps us to continue to work with local organizations to produce quality and engaging content that reaches diverse audience groups—adults, adolescents, of all genders. 

I'd like to take this opportunity to share another program in development that addresses a similar issue in Eastern Africa. 

In Mozambique, our 360-degree health communications program, Ouro Negro (Black Gold), remains an effective and trusted source of health information for COVID-19 prevention, family planning, child nutrition, and maternal and child health. Ouro Negro is such a powerful resource that we are using as part of our communications strategy in a new program, Access without Barriers, aimed at further improving adolescents’ sexual and reproductive health education and services in the country.

Access without Barriers is a communications intervention that:

  • Is inclusive. Content is tailored for adolescents with and without disabilities
  • Leverages existing relationships and partnerships in the country
  • Trains service providers in how to talk to adolescents about family planning, especially those with disabilities
  • Uses Ouro Negro’s programming to get information to the hardest-to-reach communities

The goals of the program are to:

  • Increase adolescents’ demand for sexual and reproductive health services
  • Improve knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors around family planning
  • Foster trust and connection between adolescents and service providers 
  • Train radio and TV producers in production techniques for adolescents with disabilities. 

Our partners for Access without Barriers include the Flanders Cooperation, Government of Mozambique at central and provincial levels, theInternational Centre for Reproductive Health (ICRH), TV Surdo (TV for the Deaf), TV Mozambique, Radio Mozambique, and various community radio stations.  

How Is This Program Tailored to Adolescents?

Radio producers are trained to produce programs and facilitate discussions specifically on adolescents with disabilities, an often overlooked group. Normalizing discussions about sex education for all audiences is critical to preventing teen pregnancy.

Service providers are trained in providing an inclusive, nonjudgmental atmosphere that encourages adolescents to seek advice around family planning.

The program leverages a variety of media, including radio, social media, and television that adolescents are most apt to engage with.

Thank you again for supporting media that makes change. With your help, we can make powerful, lasting change through stories.

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Webinar Panelists
Webinar Panelists

Thank you for supporting, “Let’s Talk!,” a 21-country campaign to reduce early and unintended pregnancy (EUP) across Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA). 

Adapting to the COVID-19 Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has made the critical public dialogues that are an integral part of the campaign inaccessible while gender-based violence and teen pregnancy have increased during this time. In November, to foster discussions about these issues at home, we launched a six-episode webinar series, “Say It Louder.”

The series ignited conversations around issues related to early and unintended pregnancy from multiple vantage points as moderators, speakers, and youth come together from different countries and contexts across the region, representing a wide range of experiences and realities.

We’ve also been able to produce a drama around the same issues that will be broadcast at the regional level. 

The Say It Loud radio mini drama and call-in shows are designed to inform and entertain the public about EUP issues, foster informed conversations, provide social support and resources to listeners, and encourage key behavior changes to reduce EUP, especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The drama touches on themes like stigma and discrimination, access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services, economic stressors that lead to child marriage, and domestic and gender-based violence.

Your support allows us to continue to increase access to knowledge and resources on these issues. 

Webinar Announcement
Webinar Announcement
Sexual Health Outreach prior to COVID
Sexual Health Outreach prior to COVID

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