USAID/Zambia Health Office - Community Heath Radio Program (CHRP)

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Members of the CHRP team perform a  live show to address family planning, nutrition, gender-based violence, and HIV.
Members of the CHRP team perform a live show to address family planning, nutrition, gender-based violence, and HIV.

The USAID Community Health Radio Program (CHRP) works to improve the health of women and children through radio serial dramas addressing family planning, nutrition, gender-based violence, and HIV.  The project writes, produces, and broadcasts two radio episodes on a weekly basis, across five provinces. The ultimate goal of CHRP is to present relatable and riveting storylines that resonate emotionally with Zambian audiences, and inspire long-term behavior change.

Each of CHRP’s radio serial dramas is recorded in the local Bemba and Lozi languages, and is carefully designed to integrate cultural and provincial contexts and characteristics. Using an ‘entertainment education’ approach, the 156 minute-long episodes - Siñalamba ("Breaking the Barrier") in Lozi, and Kwishilya (“Over the Horizon”) in Bemba - are broadcast weekly across target provinces.  Under the thematic umbrellas of gender equality and maternal health, the dramas contribute to improved knowledge, attitudes, and behavior around family planning, nutrition, gender-based violence (GBV), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), girls’ education, malaria, and civic engagement.

  • Life of Project: February 2018 – February 2021
  • Location: Central, Luapula, Northern, Muchinga, and Western Provinces
  • Partners: Population Media Center
  • Chief of Party: Charles Kalonga
  • USAID/PMI Investment (Life of Project): $2.8 million


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