The Social and Behavioral Change Communication (SBCC) Program virtually cuts across every other programme within the National Nutrition Agency. The programme strives to attain a well-informed nation through the mass and traditional media, which is done through informing, communicating and educating the Gambian populace on nutrition and nutrition related interventions. The programme is responsible for the development and implementation of effective communication materials through National SBCC and Community Mobilization (CM) strategies. As part of the SBCC strategy, capacity building, coaching and mentoring is conducted at all levels for improved health and nutrition. To enhance communication and understanding for desired behavioral change, the SBCC programme develops audiovisuals in the form of posters, banners, videos, and TV and radio spots and routinely conducts both TV/Radio programmes. The SBCC Program implements the 16 key household behaviors, which at community level is implemented by the VSGs as they are responsible for the dissemination of the messages.
Generation of the Evidence
Over the years, NaNA has been partnering with key stakeholders in conducting national surveys such as the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS), Demographic and Health Survey (DHS), SMART survey and many others. The results generated from these surveys have been used to inform policy. The Agency is also collaborating with the Ministry of Health in routinely collecting nutrition indicators through DHIS2.
Nutrition Clinic for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
This is a clinic-base (twice a week) nutrition counselling for diabetic and hypertensive patients referred by their doctors to the EFSTH. The aim is to inform, educate and counsel patients and their families on the management of diet related non-communicable diseases. During the clinic, blood glucose measurements, blood pressure, name, age, sex, ethnicity and address are recorded. Weight and height measurements are also taken, body mass index (BMI) calculated and recorded. SBCC materials on diet and physical activity, developed by NaNA are utilized and some handed out to the patients after the sessions.