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Update #57: January 9, 2004

- Featured website: The Story Workshop
- Film: Women, War, Health
- Games for Adolescent Reproductive Health: An International Handbook
- Innovative Technology: Jiva: TeleDoc
- Reproductive Health Education Resources
- Position Announcement: The Ford Foundation Program Officer
- New HCMN Members

Featured website: The Story Workshop
The Story Workshop Educational Trust, founded in 1997, is a non-profit
educational media group that creates entertainment for social change in
Malawi. The Story Workshop consists of a team of artists and scholars
who employ a mix of advocacy and social mobilization talents on behalf
of human rights, democracy, economic development, HIV/AIDS education,
food security, conservation of natural resources, and gender equity.
Activities are media-based and include radio soap operas and magazines,
video, television, music, jingles, comic books, village drama, and other
forms of popular entertainment. For example, a comic book dramatizes the
plight of two children who lose both parents to HIV/AIDS. Source: The
Development Gateway

Film: Women, War, Health

Three minute film about some of the ways women are affected by war.
Produced by UNFPA in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian,
Portuguese, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, 2003. Requires Flash, free
download link provided.
Contributed by Susan Pasquariella on 4 December, 2003

Games for Adolescent Reproductive Health: An International Handbook
The handbook outlines how games can be used to provide youth with
information and skills about sex and sexuality to protect them from HIV
and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), AIDS, unwanted
pregnancy, abortion, rape, and emotional and physical violence. It
includes contributions from adolescent health experts around the world,
including relevant theory, 45 games to play, card sets to photocopy and
cut out, and tips on how to create your own games. Source: The
Communication Initiative/Drum Beat
Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH)

Innovative Technology: Jiva: TeleDoc
TeleDoc provides handheld devices to village health workers, permitting
them to communicate with doctors who use a web application to help
diagnose and prescribe for patients. The system appears to include a
network of pharmacies and delivery people who provide prescriptions to
the patients in their villages. It is a project of Jiva, a non-profit
research and development organization that aims to foster sustainable
development by producing innovations. The project has has won the World
Summit Award for eHealth, presented December 10, 2003, at the World
Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Reproductive Health Education Resources
Auntie Stella - Zimbabwe
This CD-ROM has specifically been developed for young people 13-17
years. It aims to engage them in discussion and problem solving on
issues related to their reproductive health. The site has been adapted
from the print version successfully used by youth in and out of school.
The CD-ROM uses the question and reply format of problem page letters
written to agony aunts in magazines, a popular source of information for
young people. There are over 30 questions covering such topics as
emotional and physical changes in adolescence, relationships with peers,
parents and the opposite sex, forced sex, gender roles, wanted and
unwanted pregnancy, STDs and HIV/AIDS.

Training and Research Support Centre (TARSC).
47 Van Praagh Ave, Harare, Zimbabwe.
Tel: 263-4-705108.

Your family health
A series of radio spots developed to provide young unmarried and
married couples and their families,Africa-wide, with short,
easy-to-digest news items on family planning, reproductive health and
possibly other health topics. Download the spots at or request a CD from Your Family
Center for Communication Programs,
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health,
111 Market Place Suite 310 - Baltimore, Maryland 21202 USA

The HIV & AIDS question and answer handbook - Nigeria
This handbook was produced to help health care service providers in the
public and private sectors respond to their clients' most common
questions about HIV and AIDS. It is hoped that it will help providers
talk about HIV and AIDS using simple language that their clients will
understand. TPresents the most commonly asked questions about HIV and
AIDS. Developed from questions submitted by youth, providers, HIV
hotline counselors as well as community members in Nigeria and elsewhere
in Africa. The answers provided for each question represent how health
care providers can respond to these diverse, sensitive and technically
detailed topics. May also be useful for HIV and AIDS hotline
counselors, teachers, extension workers, radio and television
journalists and public speakers. It is also hoped that youth clubs -
both in and out of school - can use this handbook as a discussion guide.
Click here for full text -

Position Announcement: The Ford Foundation Program Officer
The Ford Foundation
320 East 43rd Street, Box 670
New York, NY 10017

Program Officer
Sexuality and Reproductive Health and Rights
Peace & Social Justice Program
Hanoi, Vietnam

SUMMARY DESCRIPTION: The Program Officer will be responsible for
advancing, monitoring and assessing a program of grantmaking in the
field of sexuality and reproductive health in Vietnam and Thailand. One
of five programs in the Hanoi office, the sexuality and reproductive
health program supports pilot interventions and policy development on
reproductive and sexual rights, including rights-based approaches to
expanding and securing access to healthcare, particularly for vulnerable
and marginalized groups.

The Program Officer is expected to develop and maintain close working
relations with existing and potential grantees and with leaders in
government, research and training institutions and other local
Vietnamese organizations. In addition, the Program Officer communicates
program lessons and outcomes, encourages collaboration among grantees,
coordinates Foundation activities with those of other donors, and
participates in the Foundation's worldwide discussions of program goals
and strategies. He/she works with the Foundation's Representative for
Vietnam and Thailand and a program team in Hanoi, and in cooperation
with other Foundation program staff around the world.

QUALIFICATIONS: Required qualifications include a graduate degree in
social sciences, public health or law, and fluency in English;
experience with rights-based approaches to health and with conventions
and standards supporting economic, social and cultural rights; ability
to analyze programmatic issues, interpret institutional dynamics in the
Vietnam context, conceptualize program ideas and define workable
grantmaking strategies; demonstrated analytical, writing, public
speaking and organizational skills; contacts and knowledge of resources
outside Vietnam relevant to the work; demonstrated knowledge of
principles of gender equity; ability to work effectively as a member of
the Hanoi office program team and with colleagues from diverse
disciplines and perspectives; commitment to acquiring a working
knowledge of spoken Vietnamese within the first two years. Strongly
prefer knowledge of Vietnam's society, history and culture; fluency in
spoken Vietnamese; prior experience in program development or project

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam.

Target Date: Summer, 2004

Salary: is based on experience and the Foundation's commitment to
internal equity. A generous benefits package is included.

To apply for employment, please send resume, substantive cover letter
and brief writing sample (5-20 pages of original work in English) by
February 15, 2004 to Douglas Miller by e-mail at .
Please include "Position #670" in the subject line of your message.

Equal employment opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental
principles at The Ford Foundation, where employment and promotional
opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications
without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual
orientation/affectional preference, age, national origin, marital
status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected
characteristic as established under law.

New HCMN Members
Elisabeth Kvernen
Academy for Educational Development
1875 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington DC 20009 USA
Interests: Nutritition
The LINKAGES Project's work focuses on Breastfeeding, Complementary
Feeding, PMTCT, LAM and Maternal Nutrition.

Devi Prasad Mahapatra
ICFAI University
Research Associate, UGPG-AW, Plot No.-25
Nagarjuna Hills, Punjagutta,
Hyderbad, Andhra Pradesh 500082 India
Phone: 040-23435308/09
Interests: Adolescent Health, General Health, Environment

Interests: Reproductive Health, Adolescent Health, General Health,
Infectious Diseases, Nutritition, Gynecology & Obstetrics,
Domestic Violence
we are involved in the development of women and physically handicapped
persons in society

Coordinateur programme ZAC
Pr‚sident de Afrique Avenir
Afrique Avenir Programme ZAC
ADRESSE personnelle : 7 rue Maurice Audin
93150 Le Blanc Mesnil France
PHONE: 06 83 64 80 56
Je coordonne la production des outils sp‚ciques de pr‚vention sida
auprŠs des africains en France.

Ma participation consistera … partager mon exp‚rience avec les autres
membres, … savoir ce qu'ils font, … demander conseil;

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