Stop Early and Unplanned Pregnancy in Africa

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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
PCI Media staff leading a program design workshop
PCI Media staff leading a program design workshop

Thank you for your continued support in helping us to create better sexual health outcomes for communities, families, and teens throughout the world. We’re taking the lessons learned from our successful programs addressing early and unplanned pregnancy in Africa and applying them to new partnerships in North America.  

Access to sexual reproductive health information and services is under growing threat in the United States, which can have a ripple effect for other parts of the world. We are excited to pilot a brand-new initiative in New Mexico that will change the narrative for women and girls involved in the juvenile justice system. 

Youth involved with juvenile justice (YIJJ) are at greater risk for teen pregnancy and STIs than their peers. 50% of teen girls in the juvenile justice system experience pregnancy. New Mexico has a significantly higher rate of teen girl incarcerations than the national average, increasing the risk of early pregnancy among this group. 

We are developing an entertainment-education pilot to change that narrative. Using our unique participatory approach, we’re producing an evidence-based mini-series that will engage youth in the justice system and result in: 

  • increased behaviors that prevent pregnancy and STIs 
  • increased sexual consent among at-risk youth 
  • reduced rates of teen pregnancy and STIs among teens in JJS in New Mexico 
  • overall better health outcomes and opportunities for Latin and Native American young people in New Mexico 

Your support helps us to continue to work with local organizations to produce quality and engaging content that supports a healthier, more sustainable, and just world. Visit our website (Pcimedia.org) to learn more! 

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Sign language training to healthcare professionals
Sign language training to healthcare professionals

Everyone deserves to have access to essential sexual health information so that they can make healthy, informed choices for themselves. Our programs create better outcomes for communities, families, teens, and children throughout the world by educating audiences on important health and sexual health topics. Here are some highlights in our growing portfolio in Africa and beyond: 

Communities in Mozambique Creating Change Together  

Ouro Negro’s popular entertainment-education radio drama, which promotes the rights, health, and well-being of Mozambican children, teens, families, and communities, surfaces local knowledge to produce positive change. Surveys from the previous year show 93% self-reported behavior change—such as increased contraception use.  

Knocking Down the Barriers to Accessing Health Services 

We’re creating equal opportunities for people with disabilities in Mozambique. The radio dramas in our Access Without Barriers program are designed to educate teens with and without disabilities about important sexual health topics using storylines that are tailored to what listeners actually experience in day-to-day life. So far, we've seen a 530% increase in young people with disabilities accessing health facilities! 

Inspiring Women and Girls Through Storytelling

We’re piloting a brand-new initiative in New Mexico that will change the narrative for women and girls involved in the juvenile justice system. Our new program will use entertainment education to provide essential information about teen pregnancy prevention and sexual health. At the center of the pilot will be an entertaining mini-drama so that audiencebecome emotionally tied to the stories and characters, influencing values and inspiring healthy behaviors. 

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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

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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