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Chris commented on Solar Lights: Good for the Environment and the Wallet

Thank you! I hope the community can learn from this example.

Hi Laura, I think your idea is really interesting, and although the context is very different, the model for community engagement inherent in your idea is reminiscent of the "merry-go-round" concept that is common in microfinance for those same communities:

http://www.oneacrefund.org/blogs/information/post/farmers-in-kenya-save-together-for-a-better-life/896

Dear Janet & David, your research and proposal are very promising!

Have you thought about using mass media to generate behavioral change? It seems that partnering with the Government of Tanzania is an effective way to reach a significant number of parents, but if you could also self-finance (from grants, etc.) your own marketing campaign, then it seems like you could potentially get your message out more quickly, and with less bureaucratic hassle.

There's a social enterprise here in Kenya called Well Told Story that has had effective mass communication campaigns using radio, TV, print, etc. for public health and other social initiatives: http://www.welltoldstory.co.ke/

In addition, there has been a lot of research on behavioral change communication in the field of public health, especially with regards to family planning. I'm sure you have already consulted the latest findings in this area, but I would encourage you to adapt lessons from these other areas of public health: https://www.k4health.org/toolkits/communitybasedfp/behavior-change-communication

Excited to see what comes of your idea!

Cheers,
Chris