Mobile Cinema to mobilize communities against malnutrition in Burundi
Text and photos by the Burundi Red Cross
The Burundi Red Cross uses mobile cinema in different communities of the country for good-practice awareness campaigns. On 21 May 2018, it was the turn of the commune of Mutimbuzi, in the province of Bujumbura. More than 200 people attended the mobile cinema session on nutrition held on Kinyinya Hill in Gatumba district. The Red Cross volunteers leading the session were able to discuss various aspects of nutrition with the community. In addition, they tried to clarify a range of nutrition issues which, up to then, participants had not been able to answer. They also gave advice.
The volunteers went on to teach residents of Kinyinya Hill how to achieve a balanced diet using local products. They raised public awareness about hygiene measures and breastfeeding too.
Those attending this mobile cinema session said that they found the methodology used by the Red Cross to be appropriate for effective communication with communities. They are calling for further mobile cinema sessions on other themes to be organized in their community.
The Kinyinya mobile cinema was organized with the support of the Sustainable Rural Development Support Programme for Nutrition (ADRN), financed by the European Union.