The Ohio University, in its project “Educommunication for Social Change and Participatory Video to empower youth in Ecuador”, will use elParlante’s methodology for its cooperation initiative in the South American country. Within the framework of the Healthy Living Initiative, a strategy of the Institute of Tropical Diseases of the university institution, the objective is to reduce the transmission of Chagas disease in southern Ecuador.

This will give us the opportunity to apply and test the methodology that elParlante has used rigorously since 2009. It will be a challenge to work with young people in a rural area and in the area of Public Health, both new contexts for the Speaker. The team consists of Jessica González (Colombia), project director and student at The Ohio University Master of Communication for Development; Alfredo Cohen (Colombia), PhD candidate in Social Communication at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona; Franklyn Charles (Dominican Republic), video producer and student of the Master of Communication for Development at Ohio University; Sherica Hawthorne (Jamaica), psychologist and international development student, also from the American University. In addition, there will be the technical and logistical support of the staff of the Healthy Live Initiative.