The Programme on Sexual Health and HumanRights (PROSAD)
Ocially launched in January 2004, the Programme onSexual Health and Human Rights (PROSAD) builds on the work begun by a German-Burkinabe amily planningprogramme launched in 1995. It was chosen or write-up inthe German HIV Practice Collection because, over the years,it has become a uniquely sustained, comprehensive andresults-driven eort to protect and empower women, youthand children. It helps raise their own and public awareness o their human rights, including their sexual and reproductiverights, and it provides them with a range o services and mech-anisms that allow them to take advantage o those rights.PROSAD ocuses on two o the country’s thirteen regions, Estand Sud-Ouest. It is scheduled to last until the end o 2015and has three components:
ocuses on youth and their needs orinormation and services in the areas o amily planning,sexual and reproductive health, and prevention, care andtreatment or HIV inection.
ocuses on women and girls and their needsor inormation about their basic rights and or mechanismsthey can turn to when their rights are violated. It pays particularattention to stopping emale genital mutilation (FGM) andto enrolling and retaining girls in school.
ocuses on children and their needs orprotection rom child tracking and the worst orms o childlabour.
PROSAD is committed to “managingor results.” It strives to provide all the timely and accurateinormation needed or eective planning, implementation andmonitoring and evaluation. Its outputs include monthly,quarterly and annual statistical reports and it also pays closeattention to needs or qualitative inormation, collectedthrough interviews, ocus groups discussions and community meetings. Tis inormation is enriched by its strong commit-ment to action at the local level, where a range o peoplecontribute their own knowledge and experience o community traditions, customs, attitudes and practices.
PROSAD works with eight ministries(or health, welare, education, women’s rights, labour, etc.),the National Committee against Excision and the NationalCouncil against AIDS to build the capacity o their regional,provincial and local branches and to orge partnerships with and build the capacity o NGOs, village councils andothers. Results include teams o trained proessionals andvolunteers in health and social services plus provincial andvillage committees that share responsibility or raising people’sawareness and intervening when, or example, a woman’srights are violated or a child is tracked.
Behaviour change communications:
PROSAD places heavy emphasis on developing and supporting the use o a rangeo highly interactive approaches to behaviour change commu-nications (BCC). Some (e.g., peer education, lay and proes-sional counselling) will be amiliar to most readers. wo (orumtheatre presentations, animations using the GRAAP method) were developed in Burkina Faso and have been used by many other programmes but adapted to PROSAD’s purposes.wo (school courses on FGM, Approche Famille) have beendeveloped with the support o PROSAD and other Germanpartners. Te our less amiliar BCC approaches are describedin the ollowing sections.
Forum theatre presentations
Forum theatre was pioneered by a proessional theatre company, Atelier Téâtre Burkinabè, and the Fédération NationaleTéâtre Forum, an association consisting largely o local groupso amateur actors. PROSAD supports them as they produceplays designed to address the issues covered by all three o its components. Sometimes there are opportunities or audienceparticipation in the plays and, always, there are opportunities
Grade ve and six students look at an illustration while their teacher explains how excision can do serious harm.