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Johns Hopkins: CCP Boosts Communication Skills Across French-Speaking Africa

The Center for Communication Programs (CCP) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has expanded a popular French workshop led by faculty of CCP’s public health, policy, and development experts. Since May, CCP has conducted four two-week leadership workshops in French-speaking countries (Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Madagascar, and Niger), training 155 participants thus far. Another session is scheduled for Cameroon in December.

For more than 30 years CCP has held its annual Leadership in Strategic Communication Workshop in Baltimore as a way to help train the next generation of social and behavior change communication practitioners, bringing in participants from around the world. About a decade ago, CCP began conducting a similar yearly workshop in Cote d’Ivoire, leading this one in French to accommodate Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) practitioners in Francophone Africa. CCP sister organizations have also led the workshops annually in India and Nigeria in recent years.

This capacity strengthening helps local practitioners to create evidence-based communication strategies to promote the health and well-being of their fellow citizens. Organizers believe some of the surge in demand for the trainings may stem from a Francophone SBCC Summit led by CCP earlier this year in Cote d’Ivoire.

Much of the funding for the newest Francophone workshops comes from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative.

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