Community Media/Isabel/Doli Ta Namanama

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Doli Ta Namana “Bright Future”

This is one of the four learning programmes to be developed over three months starting November 2009. The programme was designed at the participatory planning workshop held in Buala, Oct 20-22, 2009. It will be further reviewed and developed in the content and skills workshops to be held in the host communities (and this wiki page will be updated accordingly). The programmes will predominately feature FM radio but the learners will be supported via other media and channels.

More information about:

Programme Information


The name Doli Ta Namana is local Kia language for “Bright Future” which is what we want our young people to enjoy, educated about the various health risks featured in the programme.


This learning Programme is located at Kia.

Issues / topics

The main topics of the programme will be

  • Teenage Pregnancy
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections

Who are the learners / target audience

Young people from 13 to 25.

How long will the radio programmes be

The group decided on a 25 minute template.

How often will the programmes run

Once per week

The Message Matrix

The Message Matrix was developed using a technique developed by Story Workshop of Malawi.

Teenage Pregnancy message matrix

Bad Practice Consequences Good Practice Benefits
  • Taking alcohol
  • Lack of discipline
  • Poor information sharing
  • Belief in myths
  • Arranged marriage
  • Bride Price
  • Following bad influences
  • Not listening to parents

  • Early end to education
  • Underweight baby
  • Obstructed labour
  • Damaged health
  • Loss of opportunities
  • Fatherless baby
  • Mother has anemia
  • Suicide attempts
  • Family problems
  • Lack of support

  • Avoid / moderate alcohol
  • Educate about body changes
  • Provide access to accurate information
  • Involve in youth and church activities
  • Provide role models
  • Parental counciling
  • Good parenting
  • Raise awareness
  • Use of condoms
  • Provide good family planning advice

  • Bright future for girls
  • Improved gender balance in public life
  • Healthy mother and baby

STI message matrix

Bad Practice Consequences Good Practice Benefits
  • Multiple partners
  • No use of condoms
  • Use of harmful substances (alcohol, marijuana, kwaso)
  • Disobeying parents
  • Bad peer influence
  • Sex workers
  • Competition of sex partners
  • Exposure to risk setting (for rape, etc)

  • Infertility
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Total abdominal hysterectomy
  • Family breakdown / divorce
  • Stigmatization by parents / community
  • Low self esteem
  • Low women's status

  • Using condoms (inc female)
  • Stick to one partner
  • Practice safe sex
  • Health awareness (actively participate)
  • Provide access to accurate information
  • Comply with treatment
  • Avoiding exposure to risk settings and behaviour
  • Good parenting
  • Obedience to parents, church leaders etc
  • Participate in church and youth activities
  • Engage in community projects and social livlihoods

  • Good health
  • Reproductive / fertile young people
  • Happy healthy family
  • Potential members of community
  • Bright future

The programme formats and template

A range of formats are available. In the workshop the following were identified (see here)

Programme template

Time Item / format Who / resource persons
30s Theme music Locally recorded with verses beginning and end
30s Introduction Announcer
2min Lecture Isabel HS, HPD, community, nurse, school
4min Request – with issue related explanation Listeners invited to request but must explain relevance of song to the topic
5min Interviews Nurse, victims
30s Bridge With spot from HPD
3min Drama Locally scripted
30s Bridge
2min Variety Role play and other formats
4min Drop-in-request
30s Bridge
2min Quiz School (senior students with teacher guidance), children to announce questions
30s Closing theme music
25 minutes

Programme Matrix

This is a combined series for both topics.

No. Week or Episode Topic Communication/Learning Objective Target Sources Other needs/resources
1 Awareness To introduce programme, partners, objectives and format All Isabel youth net


2 Know your body To recognise body changes and risks associated 11 to 19 yrs Health worker




Printed materials


Flip charts and posters


3 Illicit drugs and harmful substances Moderate use of harmful substances like alcohol

Avoid harmful substances

To understand the health risks

11 to 19 yrs




Printed materials
4 Cultural factors To correct beliefs and myths and understand potential bad impacts of cultural practices like arranged marriages and bride price Adults/Parents

Church leaders

11 to 19 yrs






5 Multiplepartners To educate to have single partners

To understand risks of multiple partners

11 to 19 yrs





6 Sex workers To know to use condoms inc female

To encourage involvement in social livelihoods

11 to 19 yrs







Church leaders

7 Family planning Encourage use of contraceptive methods 11 yrs up H/workers

Users of F.P.


Printed materials

Demonstration tools

8 Parenting Educate parents about good discipline, family norms, parents to understand the body changes Parents



Community leaders



Church leaders

Flip charts


Operational Needs / Resources

What next?

  • Proper establishment of Kia FM radio committee
  • Meet and discuss Doli Ta Namana programme
  • Committee to decide launch date


  • FM radio
  • Meet with community
  • Explain to teachers in school
  • Print a banner


  • Token of appreciation
  • Training as specific needs arise
  • Materials
  • Safety of equipments and care of instruments

Learner Support Plan

  • Listening groups
    • Mothers Union
    • Companion Group
    • Youth / Sunday School
    • Group by areas 1,2,3,4
  • Provide training for learners
  • Teaching materials
  • Support via Isabel Youth Learning Network

Monitoring Plan

  • Health issues to be screened by health workers
  • Prepare a checklist to be approved by NIECC (National Information Education & Communication Committee) of Ministryof Health
  • Reporting through email
  • Recording of programs to be shared via CD and uploaded by Guguha
  • Use of 2-way radio to report to Buala Hospital
  • Notes/face to face