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Health Communication Professional: Stella Babalola

Bio: Dr. Stella Babalola is a senior research officer at the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, Baltimore. She taught for many years at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, and the Lagos State University, both in Nigeria. Dr. Babalola obtained her doctorate in demography from the University of Paris 5 (Sciences Humaines-Sorbonne), and has published many articles on health communication research.

Pick Info: Stella's picks are the campaign materials produced in a male motivation campaign run from 1999 to 2000 in Guinea. She chose these because they were designed through men to talk to their wives about family planning and encourage them to use available services.

Link(s): For more information on this male motivation campaign in Guinea, click here. For more information on the campaign materials, click on the thumb-nail image of the material. KT GUI 1 TD GUI 6, TD GUI 7, TD GUI 8 and radio programs at





Health Communication Professional: Patrick Coleman

Bio: Patrick L. Coleman has a Master of Arts degree from the University of Chicago in Social Sciences with an emphasis in social development communication. Over the last twenty-eight years he has worked in more than 50 countries in health, family planning, HIV/AIDS, agriculture, education and women in development. He is one of the worldwide pioneers in the use of entertainment for educational purposes (Enter-Educate).

Pick Info: Patrick's picks are the See You at 7 video and facilitator's guide developed by DramAide as part of its Mobilising Young Men to Care project in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. "These are great tools for engaging young men and developing awareness about appropriate roles and responsibilities;" says Coleman, " they have been very effective in mobilising young men to become activists for gender responsibility and in encouraging young people to talk openly about HIV/AIDS."




Health Communication Professional: Peggy D'Adamo

Bio: Peggy D’Adamo is now the Deputy Director of the Information for Optimal Health (INFO) project. As Librarian for the Media/Materials Clearinghouse (M/MC) for ten years, Peggy was responsible for selecting and adding new materials to the collection and for providing access to M/MC resources via the web and CD-ROM. She has worked extensively with many of the M/MC's clients to help them select and develop materials and plan campaigns for projects worldwide.

Pick Info: Peggy's pick is the manual "Making Health Communication Programs Work: A Planner's Guide." This guide was first produced in print by the National Cancer Institute in 1989. Since then it has been completely updated and published on the web. This guide presents key principles and steps in developing and evaluating health communications program for the public, patients, and health professionals.


Health Communication Professional: Emmanuel Fiagbey

Bio: Emmanuel Fiagbey is Deputy Chief of Party for the Health Communication Partnership in Zambia. He is the Director of Programs and leads the Social and Behavior Change component of this USAID funded project. With over 24 years of experience in behavior change communication programs management, training and community mobilization, Emmanuel directed the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) Country Office in Ghana before coming to Zambia in 2004.

Pick Info: Emmanuel’s Pick is the Stop AIDS Love Life HIV prevention campaign that CCP and partners developed and implemented in Ghana from 2002-2004. Using mass media and community mobilization strategies, this was a campaign that promoted youth personal risk perception, condom acceptance, sexual partner reduction and mutual faithfulness with great impact. Within a year of the campaign the number of condoms distributed in Ghana rose from 6 million to 20 million.


Health Communication Professional: Peter Gottert

Bio: Peter Gottert started his career in health communication twenty years ago with Development Graphics, a design firm in Cotonou, Benin, working for UNICEF on immunization and oral rehydration campaigns. In 1991 he joined the Academy for Educational Development (AED) to work on nutrition education in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger. In 1996 he moved to AED's Basics Program in Madagascar and took responsibilty for communication and community engagement. He is now Deputy Director of the Health Communication Partnership.

Pick Info: Peter's pick is the Family Friendly Health Card, Karinem-Pahasalamana, that he and his colleagues developed in Madagascar. This easy-to-understand booklet presents 25 actions for a mother to take for her child's survival and development. It also facilitates communication between mother and health worker, and provides the health worker with an effective way to record the child's medical history and to some extent the mother's knowledge. This booklet has been very successful; at 20 cents each, every Madagascan mother wants one.

Link(s): To see the entire Family Friendly Health Card click on the material cover image.

Health Communication Professional: Doe Mayer

Bio: Doe Mayer holds the Mary Pickford Chair of Film and Television Production in the School of Cinema/TV at the University of Southern California, where she teaches documentary and narrative filmmaking. She holds a joint appointment in the Annenberg School for Communication where she teaches courses on communication campaign design for non-profits. She has been working in film and television for the past 30 years and has produced, directed and provided technical support for hundreds of productions in the United States and numerous developing countries.

Pick Info: Doe’s picks are the manual “Making Health Communication Programs Work: A Planner's Guide” produced by the National Cancer Institute, USA; the video “Project Action” about the development of a communication project that encourages kids to use condoms, produced by Population Services International in Portland, Oregon, USA; the workbook “How to Make Edutainment Work for You” produced by Soul City, South Africa; and the field guide “Designing a Health Communication Strategy” produced by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs under the Population Communication Services project


Health Communication Professional: David Morley

Bio: Professor David Morley, CBE, MD, FRCP, is Emeritus Professor of Child Health at the University of London Institute of Child Health. He began working in the field of child health in Nigeria in the 1950s. He is a medical teacher, a researcher and author of numerous books and papers on child health. His “Paediatric Priorities in the Developing World” has become a medical workers’ classic that is still widely read and quoted today. He is a life long supporter of new methods of health education for children and their mothers, and for health workers, and has developed simple and innovative diagnostic tools and teaching aids for child health. The “Road to Health “ chart that David Morley first developed in Nigeria for monitoring the growth of infants and young children is now universally used in developed and developing countries around the globe.

Pick Info: David’s pick is the e-TALC Health Development CD-ROM, produced by TALC, Teaching-aids At Low Cost, an organization he founded in 1965 to promote the health of children and advance medical knowledge and teaching in the UK and throughout the world by providing and developing educational materials. In the last two years TALC has compiled and disseminated 30,000 CD-ROMs.


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