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What We Do

Population Media Center (PMC) strives to improve the health and well-being of people around the world through the use of entertainment-education strategies, like serialized dramas on radio and television, in which characters evolve into role models for the audience for positive behavior change.

In each country in which it works, PMC builds a collaborative process between radio and/or television broadcasters, appropriate government ministries, and nongovernmental organizations to design and implement a comprehensive media strategy for addressing family and reproductive health issues. This involves:

1. Identifying the various cultural issues and prevailing attitudes affecting decision making about sexual risk behaviors within the country

2. Analyzing barriers and opportunities for effective use of the mass media for promoting reproductive health

3. Developing an action plan that incorporates as much of the broadcast media as possible in a concerted campaign designed to promote sexual and reproductive health

Serial dramas (Soap Operas) are the centerpiece of this behavior change communications strategy, because of the known effectiveness of this approach in changing attitudes and behaviors.

RELATED RESOURCES

2010/2011 Annual Report

In 2010-2011, PMC had projects in Brazil, Burkina Faso, Caribbean, Ethiopia, Mexico, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Senegal, Sierra Leone, the United States, Vietnam and a worldwide electronic game.

2010/2011 Annual Report (PDF, 5.5 MB)

Soap Operas for Social Change to Prevent HIV/AIDS

This training guide is designed to be used by journalists and media personnel to plan and execute the production and broadcast of Sabido-style entertainment-education serial dramas for HIV/AIDS prevention, especially among women and girls.

Using the Media to Achieve Reproductive Health and Gender Equity

In 2005, as a companion piece to the training guide, PMC developed a manual documenting best practices in the application of the Sabido methodology of behavior change via entertainment-education.

Read more about these guides and download »