Kalokol SWOT

SWOT Analysis of Kalokol BCC Activities

  BCC Strengths

  1. What are the strengths of the BCC program?
  • Raising awareness – capacity has been built.
  • Targeted messages- messages that target specific target groups in the community.
  • Involvement of community leaders (provincial administration, church leaders, MOH and MOEST, Business community, bar & hotel owners in the BCC activities.
  • The programme has adapted and adopted I.E.C /BCC materials e.g. billboards translated into local languages.
  • The health center has a vehicle that sometimes the BCC team use to reach out to far away parts of the division.
  • Some observable change in behavior e.g. fewer rape cases due to reduced drunkenness.
  • Condom use has increased – condom distribution in bar and dispensers at other strategic sites in the community are ongoing.
  • Varied channels of communication e.g. group discussions, one on one, targeted group discussions.
  • Trained community leaders assist in spreading HIV/AIDS messages in churches and during community events (barazas). This adds credibility to the messages.
  • Trained, committed and well coordinated team.
  • The team has what it takes to carry out BCC activities e.g. public address systems, pamphlets, brochures, drama group and the vehicle
  1. Why are these strengths?
    • These are our strengths because we have been able to send out targeted messages since different groups have different needs
    • Established credibility- we engage community leaders who are respected in the community and this gives credibility to the messages they spread on our behalf.
    • The vehicle is our strength because it has facilitated the team to reach out to areas where it would have difficult to access.
    • Our strengths because we have been able to witness positive behavior change among some groups in the community.
    • Condom use has increased- from the distribution records. Stigma associated with condoms and condom use has gone down.
    • Organized and committed staff hence organized work plans.
  2. Are the BCC strengths unique or do other organizations have similar strengths?
    • They are unique – no other organizations have similar strengths in Kalokol except the IRC/AIC partnership.
  3. Is this strength easily acquirable by other organizations?
    • Yes, if trained in providing BCC or hiring trained staff.
  4. Is this strength dependent on 1 or 2 members of the personnel, or has it been mainstreamed into the organization as a whole?
  5. Can this strength last and continue into the medium- or long-term? Why or why not?
    • Yes, the fact that all program staff is trained has ensured that there will be continuity- with long term effects.

BCC Weaknesses

  1. What are the weaknesses of the BCC program?  
  • Lack of motivation for volunteers in BCC activities
  • There is a weakness in selecting participants for training. Some trainees leave as soon as they are trained.
  • Sometimes the vehicle breaks down
  • More staff needed to cover far off villages
  • Weak link between BCC and home based care- and continue with counseling
  • Minimum involvement of PLWHAs in BCC program
  • BCC activities do not have a budget line to charge
  • Generally yes
  • Generally, yes.
  • These weakness are a combination of external and internal factors
  • Trainings
  • For training participants, there should be a clear selection criteria
  • Provide means of transport –motorbikes and recruit more CHWs
  • Enhance the link between BCC and HBC
  • Maximum involvement including employing some in BCC program
  1. Do other members of the organization or beneficiaries; agree that this is a weakness?
  1. Is this weakness common in other organizations with similar interests?
  1. Consider potential ways to remedy each noted weakness, in both the short- and long-term.


BCC Opportunities

  1. What BCC needs exist in the community, but are currently not being addressed or fulfilled?
    • While distribution of condoms is going on, bar and Hotel owners have not been trained in BCC.
    • Support groups in various groups in the community need to be formed to support behavior change.
    • To reach parents of school children during parents’ day and PTAs
    • Sponsor HIV/AIDS categories in the schools’ drama and music festivals right from zonal levels to provincial.
    • Use role models in the community to send out messages on prevention of HIV/AIDS to different target groups.
    • To advise and guide local groups in sourcing HIV/AIDS resources from HIV/AIDS agencies.

2. What BCC products or services are needed and wanted in the community, yet not provided?

  • Localized I.EC materials
  • Translate main HIV/AIDS materials into local languages.
  • We have planned them for the future.
  1. What are some possible reasons that these BCC opportunities have not been pursued successfully by other organizations?


BCC Threats

  1. What are the external threats—community or society, politics, economic, safety, etc–to BCC activities?
    • The trust condom is seen as a better product than the GOK provided condom.
    • The quest for certificates after every training undermines the action plans to be followed thereafter.
    • Insecurity in some areas
    • Access to some areas is limited because of weak road infrastructure
    • The elderly are opposed to open discussion on sexuality
    • The reality on the ground places need for food as of high priority relegating HIV/AIDS to non-need in the community
    • Local brewing of illicit beer as an economic activity
    • The fishermen are hard to reach because they fish overnight and sleep during the day.
  2. Are these threats immediately visible in the present (short-term), or are they potential threats in the medium or long term?
    • All appear to be long-term threats
  3. What are the internal threats that can affect the status of BCC programs from the inside?
    • Motivation (money)- There is need to motivate volunteers involved with BCC activities.
  4. What range of solutions and responses against these threats exist? Be both idealistic and realistic.
    • Avoid working late in insecure areas. Install communication gadgets on the vehicle used for outreaches and the health facility for each communication when the team is in the field.
    • We can train people in the far distances to do the awareness on our behalf to minimize our trips to such places.
    • There is need to design a program targeting the elderly to address their resistance to issues to do with openly discussing sexuality with the youth.
    • Encourage local brewers into other income generating activities (IGAs)
    • Plan to train peer educators among fishermen- organize some night outreaches at the lake targeting fishermen.

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