A program for young people, Behavior Change Communication ((BBC), is being rolled out in Vanuatu by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), in partnership with the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development (MoYSD) and the Vanuatu National Youth Council (VNYC).

BBC is the strategic use of communication to promote positive health outcomes that involves individuals, communities and societies to promote positive communication behaviors mostly on pressing health problems particular on Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH), based on proven theories and models of behaviour change.

It is an interactive process of an intervention with individuals, communities and societies to promote positive behaviours particular to their setting. This helps to create enabling environments that support and sustain desired behaviour change.

VNCY’s Principal Administrator, Joe Kalo, said VNCY want young people to to demonstrate that knowledge of BCC strategy in Vanuatu and to become BCC influencers in their community, area council or province.

“This program will help them develop their communication and advocacy skills to respond to related Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) determinants or any other social development issue within their respective areas,” he said.

He said the BBC rollout in Vanuatu with young people will surely create an impact once it ends.

“We have started building capacities of young people from our BCC program rollout for TAFEA and TORBA, which tells us that more young people will likely engaged in the coming months if we are rolling out the program to other provinces. We have high hope that positive impact is on the way,” he said.

The BBC program will also engage young people from communities with the knowledge capacity of providing SRH information along with respective provincial data in order to identify the demanding youth SRH needs that should be addressed.

VNYC team will commence a nationwide online and face to face outreach survey questionnaires for SRH next week.

Meanwhile, the BCC program has already commenced in November last year for TORBA and TAFEA provinces and will expand to other provinces this year.

VNYC acknowledges the continuous financial support provided by UNFPA through the MoYSD to support youth health in Vanuatu and for technical assistance been provided by ABC ID, Ministry of Health and other health partners.