Designing a Social and Behavior Change Communication Strategy (SBCC)
for Health-Related Issues
Dr. Nafiza Mat Nasir, MD, MFamMed
Senior Medical Lecturer of Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Malaysia
Health is created through the interplay of biology and the social determinants that shape human interaction. These social determinants include factors such as knowledge, attitudes, norms, and cultural practices. Social and behavior change communication programs (SBCC) use the most powerful and fundamental human interaction – communication – to positively influence these social dimensions of health and well-being.
In this context, communication goes beyond the delivery of a simple message or slogan to encompass the full range of ways in which people individually and collectively convey meaning. Among the powerful tools employed by SBCC programs are mass media, community-level activities, interpersonal communication, information and communication technologies, and new media.
Research consistently shows evidence-based communication programs can increase knowledge, shift attitudes and cultural norms and produce changes in a wide variety of behaviors. SBCC has proven effective in several health areas, such as increasing the use of family planning methods, preventing HIV and AIDS, reducing the spread of malaria and other infectious diseases, and improving newborn and maternal health.
In this session, you will be guided by Dr. Nafiza Mat Nasir to understand the SBCC, including designing an SBCC for public health issues. She is an expert in family medicine, non-communicable diseases, and quality of life. She obtained a Master of Family Medicine from the University of Malaya (UM) and a Medical Doctor from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Malaysia. She writes a lot about dietary and nutrition, cardiovascular diseases, chronic disease management, epidemiology, and other public health-related issues.