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Update #65: July 1, 2004


Transformarte Web Site

TRANSFORMARTE is a Non-Governmental Organization, based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, that works to transform the life of youth through art. Our projects are mostly concentrated in the favela (slum or shantytown) of the Rocinha, which is considered to be the largest in Latin America at approximately 200,000 inhabitants.

Positive Lives

Positive Lives is a visual communications initiative started by a group of photographers, which captures the lives of HIV-Positive people through images.The complete Positive Lives exhibition of photographers features the work of seventeen internationally acclaimed photographers and covers stories of HIV-Positive people from the UK, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, India, Bangladesh. Malaysia and Australia. The exhibition has toured extensively since 1993 and has been seen by over two million people worldwide.

Source: The Development Gateway

A Review of the Sara Communication Initiative

Sara: A Role Model for Girls as They Face HIV & AIDS in Africa
Mid-Term Evaluation: Sara: A Role Model for Girls as They Face HIV & AIDS in Africa - The 5-year Sara Communication Initiative (SCI)'s aim was to research, produce, and disseminate a regional communication package on the rights of the child that emphasised gender issues. The purpose of the comic book, animated film, and supporting printed materials that made up this package was to address existing disparities in the status and treatment of girls by providing an empowering role model for girls as they face HIV and AIDS in countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
This study focuses on 4 issues:

  • How have UNICEF policies influenced the implementation of SCI?
  • How has the UNICEF country programme's acceptance of SCI influenced its implementation?
  • How has UNICEF worked with inter-sectoral social partners to implement SCI?
  • How have contextual factors (economic, social, political, cultural, religious) influenced the implementation process?

Source: The Communication Initiative,a new online resource from YouthNet and The POLICY Project is now live on the Web. It contains a searchable database of more than 100 full-text policies addressing youth reproductive health and HIV/AIDS policies from more than 40 countries. The Web site also contains guidelines to making youth policies, case studies, tools, and more.

The Role of Registers and Databases in the Protection of Traditional Knowledge

This report provides an analysis of a number of case studies of existing databases and registers that have been developed to document traditional knowledge, identifying their effectiveness, possibilities and limitations for securing the protection of traditional knowledge.

Advocacy Tools and Guidelines: Promoting Policy Change

Authors: Sprechmann, S; Pelton, E.
Contributed by: Natalie Culbertson

This advocacy manual teaches program managers about the concept of advocacy and how it can help strengthen capacity in programming. The guide provides step-by-step instructions to develop an advocacy initiative for program managers. This guide can also be accessed electronically at:

Film: "Love, Labor, Loss"

LOVE, LABOR, LOSS intends to increase awareness of obstetric fistula through the powerful medium of film and the strength of a compelling story to relay important messages about the world we live in. LOVE, LABOR, LOSS isn't a traditional film on women's health issues, but a new kind of film. One that explores the tragedy of infant loss through an intimate look at women who have experienced complications with childbearing. The film is intended for the NGO community, to be used creatively as a powerful tool in educating the general public, policy makers, funders and others about the importance of prioritizing women's health. Produced and directed by Lisa Russell, MPH an independent filmmaker and international public health specialist, and produced by Carrie Svingen, Communications Manager of EngenderHealth, LOVE, LABOR, LOSS will be used as an organizing tool by international agencies and local community groups in their activities commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the ICPD. Produced strategically to engage a Western audience who might not normally be interested in international programming, the film will profile powerful storylines about developments in reproductive health through a spotlight on obstetric fistula and the links to broader issue of sexual and reproductive rights, family planning, HIV/AIDS and the impact of global apathy on women's reproductive health.

Are We Answering the Right Questions? Challenges for Communicating Behavior Change Through Participatory Theatre Among the Barbaig in Northern Tanzania

by Dr. Augustin Hatar

This paper examines some challenges in communicating change and argues that participatory theatre is quite an efficient mechanism for information transfer and stimulating behavior change. It however raises the challenges the author met with when trying to work with a Northern Tanzanian ethnic group, on the sensitive issue of female circumcision and other related ills. The paper concludes that despite the inroads that the theatre made, human change can only be a holistic undertaking where the theatre would be one of the major ingredients.

Source: The Communication Initiative

Health Communication Insights released!

July 1, 2004

Information and Communication Technologies Offer Next Wave of Innovation for Health Communication Programs

BALTIMORE - The Health Communication Partnership is pleased to introduce Health Communication Insights, a new series that explores issues related to advances in strategic health communication. The premier issue focuses on the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the developing world.

ICTs offer the next wave of innovation for those implementing programs in the field, according to the report. ICTs include the Internet, the mobile Web, personal digital assistants like Palm Pilots, and short message services or "text messaging." "Growing evidence demonstrates that ICTs can make a significant contribution to public health under the right conditions," said Andrew Maxfield, the author of Health Communication Insights: Information and Communication Technologies for the Developing World.

Maxfield notes the "digital divide" between technologies available in the West and those available in developing countries, but says despite the divide, ICTs can help health communication programs achieve their objectives "because the divide is not as simple as it may appear." For example, Internet access in the developing world is growing not as a result of individuals buying computers and accessing the Internet via a fixed phone line. In the developing world, community access points - such as telecenters, cybercafes, and community kiosks - provide the link to the Internet for most people.

In addition to Health Communication Insights, HCP's website will also launch a discussion forum for health communication professionals to share their experiences in using ICTs in the field. They are also invited to submit their own case studies or success stories to enrich HCP's collection of ICT examples.

HCP is a global communication initiative led by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Communication Programs in partnership with the Academy for Educational Development, Save the Children, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, and Tulane University's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. In addition to the five core partners, HCP works with leading Southern-based health communication organizations as well as global programming partners from the corporate sector, international media, academic institutions, and faith-based organizations. HCP is supported by a five-year cooperative agreement from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

For more information, please visit The new issue of Health Communication Insights is available online only at

XV International AIDS Conference

Bangkok, Thailand
July 11-16

The conference organizers and the Kaiser Family Foundation, through its online news summary and webcasting service,, are working together to bring online coverage of the conference to those who cannot attend.

You can register now for a Daily Update email, sent during the week of the conference, which will include summaries of the day's events, and links to the complete coverage. Sign Up at

Kaisernetwork's comprehensive online coverage, available at:, will include:

  • Live and tape-delayed webcasts, summaries, and transcripts of each day's sessions, including the opening and closing ceremonies, all plenary sessions, and selected other sessions and press conferences. Side presentations from select sessions will also be available.
  • Interviews with newsmakers and journalists to summarize conference developments.
  • Features on community responses to HIV/AIDS around the world.

More information at

The Synergy Project Resource Center Offers Enhanced OnlineSearch Capabilities

The Synergy HIV/AIDS Resource Center has enhanced its online search capabilities and now users can search for materials by document title, author, publisher, technical area or country. A list of Presidential Initiative Focus countries and priority technical areas is also provided to help users search hot topic areas.

The Synergy Resource Center is a USAID-funded document collection of more than 3,000 documents relevant to HIV/AIDS project management, technical interventions and research.

The online database contains a full text PDF version of hundreds of titles or users in developing countries can request limited print copies. New HIV/AIDS materials are added monthly and users can sign up to receive a monthly e-alert listing the latest additions to the collection.

To learn more about the Synergy HIV/AIDS Resource Center and other Synergy Project activities, visit

New Members

Ojuondo George Otieno
Communications Officer
International Medical Corps
P.O Box 0200-67513
Nairobi Kenya
Phone: 0733-716403
Interests: Reproductive Health
IMC is an International Organisation implementing a prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS in Kibera slum. I am in charge of development of behaviour change communication materials and communication strategy for the organisation

Elisa Knebel
Communication and Training Consultant
Calle Castello 55, 6 IZ
Madrid 28001
Phone: 34 002
Interests: Reproductive Health, Sanitation/Hygiene
I help health organizations to: draft communication and training strategies; perform evaluations of communication processes and products; write technical and marketing materials; and design instructor-led and computer-based training.

Diane Renzulli
Communications Director
Philadelphia Health Management Corporation (PHMC)
260 S. Broad Street 18th Floor
Philadelphia PA 19102
Phone: 215.985.2537
Fax: 215.985.2550
PHMC is a nonprofit public health agency committed to improving the health of the community through outreach, education, research, technical assistance, and direct services.

Dr Huma Qureshi
Senior Director - Reproductive Health Management Division
Family Planning Association of Pakistan
249 A/3, Gulberg III, Lahore
Tel: 0092-42-5761899
As the sectional in charge of this massive division looking after .1400 staff related to RH service delivery directly or indirectly, good and appropriate material is always a need. Furthermore, capacity building of these group is also my responsibility thus it is evident that my knowledge of available material and sources is mandatory to quality work.

Neema Mgana
Founder and Director
African Regional Youth Initiative
P.O. Box 11428
Dar es Salaam Tanzania
Interests: Reproductive Health, Adolescent Health
The African Regional Youth Initiative mobilizes youth organizations in Africa through the provision of trainings and also the involvement in several programs, including on sexual and reproductive health.

Oguntunji Oladipupo
School of Hygiene
E. A. G.P.O. BOX 16865,
Phone: 234-8055304892
Interests: General Health

Izzah Ahmed
Executive Director
CADC - Center for Advocacy and Dev Comm
GPO Box 1445, Islamabad-44000
Islamabad PAKISTAN
Interests: Reproductive Health
The Centre for Advocacy and Development Communications (CADC) is a non-profit, non-partisan and non-government organization, which mobilises people and resources for betterment and sustainable development through strategic communications, media, and advocacy. It is based in Islamabad (Pakistan) and has its affiliates worldwide. The CADC is dedicated to advocacy for development issues, strengthening the linkages between communications and development, capacity building of media, and thus contributing to human development.

Jitendra Sangawar
IEC Officer
Office of Joint Director (TB)
Directorate of Health, Sultan Bazar
Hyderabad Andhra Pradesh
500195 India
Phone: 24733374
I am working as Communication Officer (IEC) for the TB control program in Andhra Pradesh, India. My job responsibilites include developing communication tools for the TB control program. We stress more on IPC and usage of local folk media.

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