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COPY AND PASTE THE FOLLOWING TWO URLS INTO YOUR BROWSER TO VIEW OUR FACEBOOK GROUPS: https://www.facebook.com/groups/HW2HWNigeria/ AND https://www.facebook.com/groups/mepigt/ ______________________________________________________________________________________ The USAID funded CapacityPlus project led by IntraHealth International supports multiple communities of practice with the use of social media platforms, notably Facebook groups. Two groups in particular, Health Worker to Health Worker Nigeria (HW2HWN) and the MEPI Graduate Tracking Community, are two examples of how Facebooks groups have broadened the reach and deepened the group’s collaborative impact. _____________________________________________________________________________________ In the case of HW2HWN, there is arguably no better forum in Nigeria where frontline health workers offer peer to peer support. Midwives and Community Health workers are notoriously difficult to reach and maintain continuity in dialogue. Meeting them where they are at, H2HW2 is growing at a tremendous rate without jeopardizing engagement. The group has just begun to develop public health memes to circulate amongst young teens with a focus on family planning and reproductive health. ______________________________________________________________________________________ The MEPI Graduate Tracking Community Facebook group has demonstrated that even during workshops when the group is together in person, the Facebook group offers a virtual layer to the group’s interaction. By posting during the workshop, group members can continue discussions or recap events in the cloud while pulling in stakeholders not present in real time. The Facebook Group has proven to expand the conversation to include those who have a tendency not to speak very much in person at a workshop or gives someone the capacity to enhance the conversation with media. Notably the group has used Facebook as a means to collaborate on developing an open source graduate tracking information system. The group is using Facebook Groups to discuss and vote on new features or share documents that aid in the implementation of the software. ______________________________________________________________________________________ CapacityPlus open source community manager, Michael Drane, believes part of the groups’ success is active community management. Social media groups like other forums require moderation. Michael believes the group responds favorably to structure and knowing that the group has a focus and is actively maintained. Michael will begin a community manager program where community management functions will rotate on a three month basis to community members who complete an online community management training course. https://www.facebook.com/groups/HW2HWNigeria/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/mepigt/