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Condoms and Kabbadi

Vinay Ganti
13th Mar 2008
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Building off of the momentum from a first campaign that reached 18 million men in Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, a new effort — funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation — will use the game of kabbadi as its medium:

The campaign’s TV advert shows a kabaddi match in which the protagonist wins the match against a macho team by chanting ‘condom’ instead of kabaddi… The campaign will run across TV, radio, cinema, outdoor and print over a six-week period… It will also feature an interactive element with an SMS poll in print media around the core message of the campaign.

By the end of the campaign, 48 million men are expected to be reached, with 6.5 million of them high risk individuals. While the method is no doubt unorthodox, research has shown that by forcing men to speak about condoms it is a significant affect on their choices with regard to practicing safe sex.

A baseline survey has already been carried out in the four target states to assess existing knowledge, attitudes and practices related to condoms.
An endline survey will be carried out at the end of the campaign to measure progress on increasing positive attitudes and changing behaviour around condom use among men.

Source: OneWorld South Asia

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