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Update #54: October 27, 2003

- Featured Organization: International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)
- Message from HCMN member Piyoo Kochar
- Request for feedback on educational video clips
- The Communication for Health India Network (CHIN) launches a new website
- Southern Africa Communication for Development (SACOD) Forum
- The FORUM 2003: for International Co-financing of Documentaries
- New HCMN Members

International Center for Research on Women
Since 1999, ICRW has been coordinating multi-site intervention research studies on adolescent reproductive health and sexuality in India, with a focus on developing effective programs within the broader context of adolescents' lives, their families and their communities. Based on formative research conducted from 1996 to 1999, five community-based groups in urban and rural India have developed and are implementing interventions to address adolescents' lack of decision making power, gender bias, and sexuality, as well as test multiple strategies to provide reproductive health services and information to youth.

ICRW briefs describing on going programmatic and research results from two of these interventions are available through HCMN's site. "Husbands' Involvement in Maternal Care: Young Couples in Rural Maharashtra" and "Addressing Adolescent Girls' Reproductive & Sexual Health Concerns" can be accessed throught ICRW's logo on the gallery page: or directly at:

Message from HCMN member Piyoo Kochar


I was wondering that if I could seek help from u or any of the other members regarding a project that I am to design for communication amongst a population of migrant rag picker children in India.

At the moment I am looking to developing a study for identifying the type of health communication that is required to rehabilitate these children. So that in future a specific health communication message can be developed using the findings of that study.

I wanted to know if similar studies with a similar target have been undertaken anywhere in the world. I was hoping if I could get some project reports of similar concept projects.

A little information about the population for the study: they migrated to India from Bangladesh about 40-45 years ago. They have been sent back many times but they come back every time.

I would want to study the effect of this serial migration on the children, and what can be done to negate the harmful effects, through communication.


You may contact Piyoo directly at:

Request for feedback on educational video clips
Development of basic health education clips for distribution via the Internet

Project HOPE Switzerland is starting a project for which we would like to get as much feedback as possible. The plan is to develop simple, clear and useful educational spots to transfer free health messages (HIV/AIDS education, RH for adolescents, TB, nutrition, etc.) via the Internet.

I am pleased to inform you that the above mentioned clips are now available for testing on Project HOPE's website
The feedback we receive via the questionnaire on, will be used to finalize the clips.

Thanking you in advance, I remain of course at your disposal for any further
queries you might have.

Best regards,
Christine Hurlimann

The Communication for Health India Network (CHIN) launches a new website
The Communication for Health India Network (CHIN) is a network of advocacy organizations whose mission is strengthening the voices of vulnerable groups in India with a concern for poverty and health issues and developing relevant communication approaches.

The partners in this endeavor are Centre for Health Education Training and Nutrition Awareness (CHETNA), Ahmedabad, Gujarat, Child in Need Institute (CINI), Kolkatta, West Bengal, Christian Medical Association of India, New Delhi, Rural Unit of Health and Social Affairs (RUHSA), Vellore, Tamilnadu and Healthlink Worldwide, London.

CHETNA is the CHIN Secretariat since January 2002 to coordinate the network activities in India.

Realizing the right to accessible, affordable and quality healthcare for every human being, CHIN aims to increase access and exchange appropriate information to influence policies and practices for improving the health and development of vulnerable groups. To enable this, the network develops CHIN News (electronic newsletter) thrice a year focussing on different issues. The CHIN partners also transcreate and publish a quarterly newsletter entitled "Child Health Dialogue/Health Dialogue" in five regional languages in India. The newsletter enjoys a huge readership (about 75,000) from diverse groups across India and abroad. We are thankful to our readers for their regular feedback on both the newsletters.

To further accelerate information exchange, create awareness about the network, to increase the outreach of the network partners, to link the partners to a common site and to make resources available on empowerment, advocacy and communication, CHETNA being a CHIN Secretariat has coordinated the process of developing the CHIN website.

The launching of the CHIN website is planned on 17th October 2003 to commemorate the "International Day for the Eradication of Poverty". On behalf of CHIN, we welcome you to visit our site and look forward to your valued and innovative suggestions on the site.

For further information please contact:
Ms. Chitra Iyer, Ms. Ila Vakharia and Ms. Indu Capoor
CHIN Secretariat, CHETNA

Southern Africa Communication for Development (SACOD) Forum
Nov 11-12 2003
Cape Town, South Africa
Event Details: This conference seeks to bring together communication for development practitioners and experts to discuss and develop a theoretical understanding and practical approaches to using audiovisual media for social change.

The objectives are:
? to create a space for dialogue around communication for development among academics, civil society representatives, video activists, broadcasters and funding partners
? to create a platform to sensitize broadcasters and potential funding agencies on the value of audiovisual media for development
? to create a space for interrogation of communication approaches
? to create an information and networking platform
? to share practical experiences, learning from success stories in Africa and particular challenges
? to create a network of development communicators in Africa and enable consistent information sharing, exposure visits and staff exchange programs.
SACOD is expecting 60 participants drawn from SACOD members (all filmmakers), communication for development experts (Academics), Public and Private Broadcasters, NGOs who use multi-media in their campaigns, donor organizations funding media programs and relevant Government representatives.
A detailed program will be available closer to the dates of the forum.

Logistical Arrangements

With exception of SACOD members, all participants are expected to meet their own flight and accommodation costs. SACOD shall provide lunches and dinners for the two days of the Forum. SACOD shall also provide transport to and from the Cape Town International Airport.
The venue for this year's Communucation for Development Forum is the Strand Beach Hotel. Average costs for bed and breakfast are US$75.00.

Contact Information:
Chris Kabwato

SACOD Website:

The FORUM 2003: for International Co-financing of Documentaries
Nov 24-26 2003
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Event Details: The FORUM is a gathering of television commissioning editors and independent documentary producers that aims to stimulate co-financing and co-production of new documentaries by enabling producers to pitch their project concepts to the assembled commissioning editors and other professionals, and to then follow up with individual meetings.

Contact Information:
the FORUM for International Co-Financing of Documentaries
Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen 10
1017 RR Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Fleur Knopperts
Managing Director
Phone: +31 20 9 Fax: +31 20 8

New HCMN Members
Nurul Kabir Chowdhury
Secretary General
120. CDA Avenue, Muradpur
Chittagong, Ctg 4203 Bangladesh
Phone: 880-31-636011
Interests: Adolescent Health
We conduct counseling program through peer education issue related to adolescent health, HIV and Life Skill education.

Wilson Ouma
P.O BOX 975,
Kisumu, Nyanza Province, Kenya, 40100
Phone: 0733-400620

Keith Franklin
Program Director
Association for Sustainable Human Developm
7-B/3 Railway Housing Society
Quetta Balochistan 87300 Pakistan
Phone: 009281822540
An awareness and advocacy campaign on EVAW and baseline KAP survey in Balochistan to combat violence against women.

Apostle Kolade Victor Tolulope
Global Awakenings Ministires
P.O. Box 27406, Agodi post office,
Ibadan, Oyo 234 Nigeria
Interests: Reproductive Health, Adolescent Health, General Health, Environment, Infectious Diseases, Nutrition, Gynecology & Obstetrics, Sanitation/Hygiene, Domestic Violence
We are trying to mobilize young and old on the dangers on social vices and other things that may affect the health of youth.

Philip Bill Okaka
Infotainment Center for Communications
P.O.BOX 1264
Kisumu, Nyanza Province, Kenya
Phone: 254 929
Interests: Reproductive Health, Adolescent Health
My organization helps in the research and production of documentaries and home videos for the promotion of reproductive health in the communities and at the family level.

Dr. Peter Chi Okereke, PhD,
Executive Director
Save Visions Africa
14 Shagamu Avenue, Ilupeju Estate,
Lagos 23401 Nigeria
Phone: 234-
Interests: Reproductive Health
We are a nonprofit organization 501 (c) (3) and 170 (c) international revenue code, working in the health sector. We promote endogenous development, and develop intervention programs aimed at alleviating the human sufferings of the impoverished Africans. We carry out free health care and treatment services that cover the West African countries.

Jenny Collins
Curtin University
GPO Box U1987
Perth WA 6107 Australia
Phone: 61 8 92
Interests: Reproductive Health, Adolescent Health, and General Health
Tertiary Education for Undergraduate and Post-Graduate students in Public Health, Health Promotion and Health Communication

J. W. Waimiri
Program Officer, Behavior Change Communication Specialist
P.O. Box 3458, GPO
Nairobi 00100 Kenya
Phone: 36
Interest: Reproductive Health

Ilidio Silva
Instituto de Psicotraumatologia de Mocambi
Av. Francisco O.Magumbwe N 63 - 5 Andar
Phone: 258 49 57 31
Interests: Reproductive Health, Adolescent Health, Domestic Violence
research, training peer educator, producing IEC Material

Santosh Vijaykumar
Student, Research Assistant
University of Missouri- Columbia
Univ. of Missouri School of Journalism
Columbia MO 65201 U.S.A
Phone: 573.489.8140
Interests: General Health

Spring Cooper
Doctoral Student
Pennsylvania State University
315 E. HHD
University Park PA 16802 USA
Interests: Reproductive Health

Tchaiko Omawale
57 Chauncey St, # 1
Brooklyn, NY 11233

I am a filmmaker and I am making a film with HIV positive youth to educate other teenagers on stigma and HIV/AIDS and the situations that young people face that make them more vulnerable to HIV. I would like to sign up for the list serve because I am interested in including visual materials PSA's footage from other films, that show young people, or governments doing progressive communication campaigns to reduce the rate of infection.

CAPT Susan Lockhart, Ph.D.
Senior Program Consultant
Cardiovascular Health Branch
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
4770 Buford Highway, NE, MS K-47
Atlanta, GA USA 30341-3717
The CDC Cardiovascular Health Branch currently funds 33 states to work on
policy and environmental changes that support the primary and secondary
prevention of heart disease and stroke. A major goal of the CDC program is
to build the capacity of these state programs to communicate the need for
policy and environmental changes to decision makers in health care, work
site, school, and community settings.

Daniel Tadesse
Addis Ababa 11333 ETHIOPIA

Lillian Dajoh
Obunga Community Resource Center
P.O. BOX 795
Kisumu, Nyanza Province, Kenya, 40100
E-mail address:
Obunga community resource center and Community Aids Awareness and Support Youth group is a registered community based organization that operates in Obunga village, Kanyakwar sub location, East Kisumu location, Winam division of Kisumu District, Kenya.

The center was established as an initiative of young and mature adults both males and females who came together with the chief concern of fighting the spread of HIV infections and to support those who are already infected and affected especially orphans and widows. The resource center's activity started six months later by the group members and is being supported by well-wishers and the community. The number of people who need our services has gone up by 40% and our volunteers are 20.

It started in an informal way by young people visiting the sick members of the community and offering prayers every Sunday after the church service. This later prompted the group to start anti-aids campaigns in the community through drama, songs and puppetry as means of information dissemination. With a population of 80,000 people, Obunga is one of the most densely populated urban slums in Kisumu. Although we have no accurate empirical data to quote, our area should be one of the worst hit on prevalence of HIV infections. Yet, a lot of people especially the youth still behave as if AIDS is not a reality. It is a matter of great concern to the group that although many people know about AIDS, they are reluctant to change their risky sexual behaviors hence they continue to expose themselves to great risk of contracting HIV. Moreover, among those who are already suffering from AIDS related sicknesses, there are lots of difficulties they and their families' experience including financial as well as psychosocial problems like stigma and discrimination.

It is due to the above that we as members of Obunga community initiated the group and the later the resource center to seek for sustainable ways of influencing positive behavior change as the surest means of reducing the high prevalence of HIV infections in the area. We also intend to support the affected and infected, particularly orphan and widows by offering free health information through the resource center, counseling and other psychosocial supports to them.

ú Advocate for positive behavior change among sexually active people in the community especially the youth.
ú Mobilize and encourage the youth to be fully involved in the fight against the scourge.
ú Solicit for funds to support people living with AIDS (PLWAs), orphans and widows.
ú Break the age group barrier in discussing matters pertaining to prevention of HIV infections.
ú Give free health information using Videos,, CD ROMs, T-shirts, brochures, handouts, pamphlets, books, and banners
ú Prevent new infections, support those already infected and to remove stigma and discriminations against the infected.
ú Production of I.E.C materials.
This why your materials would help a great deal in the success of the center and the group. It will save many lives and the volunteers would gain more and new knowledge to save the lives of the community of Obunga.

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