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Update #69: November 30, 2004


Interactive HIV/AIDS game being developed in UAE

A new publication from the International HIV/AIDS Alliance: 'NGO Capacity Analysis - A toolkit for assessing and building capacities for high quality responses to HIV/AIDS.' This toolkit can be used to identify capacity building needs of NGOs plan technical support interventions and monitor and
evaluate the impact of capacity building. The toolkit includes tools and guidance to help:

  • Plan and prepare for capacity analysis with management
  • Develop an organisational profile
  • Facilitate a 1-2 day workshop with staff, management and volunteers to discuss and self assess capacities and prioritise areas for capacity building
  • Interview members of the organisation using questionnaire templates
  • Assess and analyse relevant documents
  • Prioritise and agree an action plan for capacity building
  • Document outcomes using a suggested report format

Who is this toolkit for?
This toolkit is for people and organisations that support NGOs and CBOs responding to HIV/AIDS in developing countries. These include NGO support programmes, training institutions and individual
trainers. The toolkit can be adapted for use by NGOs and CBOs themselves as a framework to facilitate discussion, analyse a wide range of their own capacities and prioritise areas for development.

How can you help more people get this toolkit?
Please help us to distribute this publication by passing on the information in this email through your e-mail group or similar forum, on your website, and/or by using the web link below. If you wish to order a free printed copy of the Capacity Analysis Toolkit, please follow this link to the Alliance website and fill in an order form, or request a form from the address at the bottom of this email.

If you wish to place an order by post for a free printed copy please contact the Alliance for an order form at:
Alliance Publications and Communications Team
International HIV/AIDS Alliance
Queensberry House
104-106 Queens Road
Brighton BN1 3XF
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 1 900
Fax: +44 1901

New online resource: the Health eCommunication

HCP and The Communication Initiative have now launched a new on-line resource for health communication practitioners. The Health e Communication (HealtheComm) site , is designed to provide easy access to a growing collection of case studies, planning models, research and evaluation documents, and lectures and speeches submitted and peer reviewed by yourselves or your colleagues.

Pakistan: AGEHI Resource Center, project on gender and health for youth

Advocates of gender, education and health information (AGEHI) resource centre is working for Pakistani youth on diverse gender issues. A FHI/USAID funded project meant for behaviour change in adolescents regarding HIV/AIDSis currently implemented by AGEHI.

It is a very challenging project. We are working with 25 different educational institutions to raise awareness and sensitization among youngpeople. Pakistan has the largest cohort of young people.

[Moderator's Note: For more information about AGEHI and its work in Pakistan, please log onto]

Dr.Rakhshinda PERVEEN
Founder Director
AGEHI Resource Centre

WHO Report: Knowledge for Better Health

New WHO report calls for a new and innovative approach to health systems research--Urgent need for research to bridge the "know-do" gap

The WHO World Report on Knowledge for Better Health: Strengthening Health Systems highlights aspects of health research that, if managed more effectively, could produce even more benefits for public health in future. It sets out the strategies that are needed to reduce global disparities in health by strengthening health systems.

Inequities in health are among the major development challenges in the new millennium and malfunctioning health systems are at the heart of the problem. Moreover, the culture and practice of health research should reach beyond academic institutions and laboratories to involve health service providers, policy-makers, the public and civil society.

The Report also argues that science must help to improve public health systems and should not be confined to producing drugs, diagnostics, vaccines and medical devices. Biomedical discoveries cannot improve people's health without research to find out how to apply them within different health systems and diverse political and social contexts, thus ensuring that they reach those who need them the most.

"There is a sense that science can do more, especially for public health," said Dr LEE Jong-wook, WHO Director-General. "There is a gap between today's scientific advances and their application - between what we know and what is actually being done. Health systems are under severe pressure and there is an urgent need to generate knowledge for strengthening and improving them."

A team of 12 internationally prominent health researchers in both developed and developing countries, coordinated by Dr Tikki Pang, WHO Director for Research Policy & Cooperation, developed the 143-page World Report on Knowledge for Better Health over 18 months. Based-on a wide-ranging consultative process and on previous reviews of global health research, the report advocates that health equity can only be achieved through better management of health research and increased investment in health systems

Health systems research suffers from a poor image and has been under-funded compared to biomedical research despite widespread recognition of its importance. The field attracts less than one tenth of 1 per cent of total health expenditure in low-income countries.

The lack of attention given to this field is also reflected in the fact that only 0.7 per cent of scientific articles published globally in the year 2000 were in the area of health systems research.

"It is extremely important to get this report out now. The report demonstrates the enormity and complexity of the problem and outlines a way to go forward," said Eva Harris, President of the Sustainable Science Institute based at the University of California, Berkeley, USA. "It anticipates how the global community can get a handle on the problem in a constructive manner instead of lamenting a lack of action".

In Africa, for example, it is estimated that only between 2-15 per cent of children slept under bed-nets in 2001 - a simple, effective and proven method to prevent malaria. "We need to put a stronger emphasis on translating knowledge into actions - health systems research will help us to bridge this "know-do" gap". Also, that research is an investment, not a cost", said Dr Pang.

The report also illustrates how health systems research can strengthen human resources for health, health financing as well as information and delivery of health services, with some projects already yielding impressive results. Among the research projects mentioned in the report is the Tanzania Essential Health Interventions Project (TEHIP) which was set up to find new ways to plan, set priorities and allocate resources as part of a major reform of the country's health-care system. The aim was to evaluate
the impact of health interventions in terms of burdens of disease and per capita cost.

Researchers found that in two Tanzanian districts, malaria alone accounted for 30 per cent of all healthy years of life lost due to deaths in 1996-97. In response, government planners increased the budget for malaria prevention and treatment programmes from 10 per cent to 26 per cent by 2000-2001. Overall, the research has resulted in a better match between disease burden and health budget allocation, and the child mortality rate has been reduced by more than 40 per cent since the late 1990's.

"Health systems should nurture a stronger culture of learning and problem-solving to tackle the major health challenges of our times," said Tim Evans, Assistant Director-General, WHO. "This could be achieved by understanding how elements within a health system interact with each other and by finding innovative ways to solve complex problems."


TALC, Teaching-Aids at Low Cost is a UK-based charity which supplies low-cost healthcare, training and teaching materials. e-TALC, is the avenue through which TALC provides free information to health workers in developing countries on CD-ROM. TALC also produces CD-ROMs on behalf of other development NGOs.

For those interested in the e-TALC CD-ROM project we have produced a GIS (Geographic Information System) of global distribution statistics. A summary of this is available at

The Link: HIV/AIDS Communication

The first issue of the Healthlink Worldwide newsletter, 'The Link', looks at the efficacy and appropriateness of HIV/AIDS communication - which become ever more critical as the epidemic's complexity and spread continue to grow.

Get an overview of Healthlink's approach to HIV/AIDS communication, and how we are applying it in practice.

And for a more detailed look at our position on HIV/AIDS. []

For a Southern-based perspective, read about our Peru-based partner Calandria's experience in communicating about HIV/AIDS. []

And we reflect on the positive outcomes from the child-centred approaches to HIV/AIDS project in Kenya and Uganda, which came to an end this summer. []

Exchange contributes strategic thinking on the role of communication in HIV/AIDS programming, including the latest Findings paper: HIV/AIDS: What about very young children? []

Finally, resources on the theme of HIV/AIDS communication are provided by Source International Information Support Centre.

You can find more information about Healthlink's recent work in our Annual Review 2003 (this is a pdf file - you can choose a high or a low resolution and the latter is better if you are running on a slow connection).

We hope you find this information useful. We will be producing our themed newsletter twice yearly, with a limited number also in print. The full print-version can be downloaded .

Yours faithfully,
Bernard Trude
Executive Director

We welcome your comments, please reply to:
CHANGE OF ADDRESS: Healthlink Worldwide has moved to 56-64 Leonard Street,
London EC2A 4JX, UK.
Tel +44 20 70.
Fax +44 20 71

New Website: ITCAN

ITCAN-Using ICTs to Improve Sexual and Reproductive Health
Information and Communication Technology Capacity Building for Asia Network (ITCAN) - is a new initiative dedicated to building the capacities of South and Southeast Asian civil society organisations (CSOs) working in the field of HIV/AIDS.
ITCAN builds the ICT capacities of South and Southeast Asian non-governmental organisations working in the field of HIV/AIDS through a combination of online-based and real training activities. These activities include distance learning courses, face-to-face training workshops and written guides and manuals. ITCAN also provides these same organisations with a communication platform where they can share best practices and lessons learned with regard to their newly-acquired skills as well as their experiences of using ICTs in their work.

This website forms the focal point of the ITCAN project. It acts as the central portal for ITCAN member organisations, as well as a source for resources, events and news for stakeholders interests in ICTs for development, especially HIV/AIDS.

Aden Project: ICT in sub-Saharan Africa

As we all know there is a huge digital gap between the *Western*, *Southern* and *Transitional* world. This comes along with undemocratic and expensive IT in southern countries through huge companies who hold kind of a monopoly. The French Foreign Ministry supports the Aden project, promoting solutions and access points. The project website is available in English, French and Portuguese and it's probably worth having a look from time to time.

Source: HIF-net at WHO listserv

New publication: 'Communicating Health'

Communicating Health - an action guide to health education and health promotion in developing countries. 2nd edition 2004 Macmillan Education. Hubley, J.

The second edition of the above book is now available. It is a completely revised edition of the book first published in 1993. Chapters include: introduction to health education and health promotion, understanding behaviour, teaching and learning, communication planning, interpersonal communication and patient education, folk media, schools and young people, working with communities, mass media and advocacy and political change. A special feature of this new edition is the inclusion of mini case studies from the Leeds Health Education Database of evaluated health education interventions from developing countries. A dedicated web site for the book has been set up with details of the book, links, case studies and powerpoint presentations and training resources.

Request From HCMN Member Oyebisi Oluseyi

Dear HCMN Members,

I would like to request for promotional materials on HIV/AIDS, Violence, Gender issues and the MDGs from organizations within and outside the network working in these areas of interest. These materials are needed for distribution to our audience who would be attending lectures organized by our organization to mark the International Volunteers day in Nigeria. Posters, pamphlets and other promotional materials relating to the MDGs will be appreciated in large quantities, as they would be distributed to states and local government areas where this day will be marked. Promotional Materials may be that of the organization or other organizations-the aim is that we are volunteering to help distribute information's from this organizations to their Nigerian audience here in Nigeria.

Materials could be sent us by post at:

Oyebisi Babatunde Oluseyi
The Conservators

P.O.Box 29439
Secretariat, Ibadan
Tel: 234-8028367748

Warm regards
Oyebisi Oluseyi

IEEE CBMS 2005: The 18th IEEE Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems

Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
June 23-24, 2005

CBMS 2005 is co-sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society (Technical Committee on Computational Medicine, TCCM), and Department of Computer Science, Trinity College Dublin. More information on IEEE CBMS 2005 may be found on the conference web site:

Deadline for paper submissions (recommended) February 1, 2005
Notification of acceptance March 1, 2005
Camera-ready copy/ preregistration deadline March 24, 2005

New Members

Pauline K. Wamulume
IEC Specialist
National Malaria Control Centre
Great East Road, Chainama Hill Hospital
Lusaka, P. O. Box 32509, Zambia
Phone: 260-1-282455 or 095-774345
National Malaria Control Centre (NMCC) coordinates malaria prevention and control activities in Zambia. NMCC provides technical support to a number of partners implementatiing malaria prevention and control interventions. NMCC has different components which includes IEC/Advocacy and social mobilisation, operational research, case management, indoor residual spraying, insecticide treated mosquito nets, and more.

Kayafa Mwansa Joseph
Environmental Technologist
Kalomo District Office
Box 620085, Kalomo, ZAMBIA.
Phone: +26097888236
Interests: Reproductive Health, Adolescent Health, General Health, Environment, Infectious Diseases, Nutritition, Sanitation/Hygiene
I am involved in public health issues working communities in the prevention diseases, identifying health risks; motivating communities to fight health problems; involved in community based operational research studies on certain health problems.

Kolawole Oreoluiwa
Association of Reproductive and Family Health
815A. Army Officers Mess Road. Agodi Gra I
Ibadan, OYO, Box 23402, NIGERIA
Phone: 234-08038037650
Interests: Adolescent Health
We have done lot of work in the area of reproductive health and child right. We just conclude Peer Educator training on HIV/AIDS. And I have done lot of drama and music on adolescent reproductive health.

Amrita Bahl
89-40, 118th Street
Richmond Hill, New York
11418, USA
Interests: Reproductive Health, Adolescent Health, Infectious Diseases

Mohamed Shariff Ali
Advocacy and Communication Officer
MOH- National TB and Leprosy control
Box, 20781
Phone: +254722818685
Interests: Infectious Diseases
We are involved in tuberculosis and leprosy control. basically in communication we do advocacy through political will, we also impart knowledge to communities on TB treatment and prevention through mass media, interpersonal communication etc to influence health seeking behavior and maintain on treatment those already on anti-TB drugs

Calefato Paola
OCCS- Osservatorio Campagne Comunicazione Sociale
Via Ventimiglia 115
10126 Torino (Italy)
I would like to join HCMN because I find this network really interesting and, especially, useful for professionals who work in social field. In my organization we collect and analyze social commercials to check social communication's trend in Italy and all over the world. I would like to join your network and to share material. It will be very pleasant to me to contribute and to enrich your database.

Kesha Morant
Community Outreach Coordinator
Council on Drug & Alcohol Abuse
630 Janet Avenue
Lancaster, PA, 17602, USA
Phone: -2831 x230
Interests: Adolescent Health
The Council on Drug & Alcohol Abuse focuses on Prevention, Intervention, & Treatment.

Wanda Godar, MPH, CHES
Chief, Media Outreach and Promotion Section
Division of Community Systems Development and Outreach
Bureau of Family Health
Pennsylvania Department of Health
PO Box 90
Health & Welfare Building, East Wing
Harrisburg, PA 17108, USA
I am responsible for managing all media activities in the Bureau of Family Health in the Pennsylvania Department of Health, that includes the development of print materials. I am particularly interested in joining to learn more about and share what I learn with others about the topic of communicating effectively with our disparate populations.

Lisa McArthur
Program Manager, Behavior Change Communications
African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF)
Ali Hassan Mwinyi Road 1019
P.O. Box 2773
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Tel: (255) 22-211-6610, (255) 745-474-840
Fax: (255) 22-211-5823
I learned of this network through the Health Communications Partnership website. I received a USAID-funded population fellowship (Michigan Fellows) to manage behavior change communications for the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF), in Tanzania. In particular, I handle BCC for the voluntary counseling and testing program, called Angaza. Angaza operates 36 VCT sites across the country in partnership with faith-based organizations, government clinics, and other institutions. We have had an active communications program since the program's inception, including television commercials, radio spots, outdoor advertising, pamphlets, and other materials. I am interested in sharing health communications information with other practitioners in the field, particularly those involved with VCT, PMTCT, and reproductive health.

Asuquo U. Ekpo
Charity Foundation Network
c/o The True Church of God, 35c, Market Rd
Rumuomasi, Port Harcourt
Rivers State, 1043, Nigeria
Phone: 2348055323274
Interests: Reproductive Health, Adolescent Health, Environment, Infectious Diseases, Sanitation/Hygiene, Domestic Violence
We are carrying out seminars, fora, worshops on Reproductive Health Issues in selected clinics, Health Centres, Schools, and Communities. We have carried out Sewing, Embroidery, and Computer Training for young Women, mostly school drop-outs, and the disadvantaged. Safe Motherhood Programme is already an ongoing programme From next year we want to acquire a land where we can built a development/Training Center for Women, mostly victims of family violence.

Dr.Girum Hailu
Managing Director
389 Ethiopia
Phone: 2511272073
Interests: Reproductive Health, Adolescent Health, General Health, Infectious Diseases, Nutritition
I am a managing director for the consulting firm called FIC,working in the area of Health,Population and Nutrition.

Lloyd Howell
84 Lower Meadow
Harlow, Essex
CM18 7RF, UK
Phone: 01521

MAAA (Mankind Aids Arts Awareness)
c/o R.E. Futterer, Augsburgerstr.21
10789 Berlin
Phone: 49-30-36751797
We, a group of doctors, artists and other activists, launched an internetforum in Berlin summer 2004 to contribute to the worldwide efforts for a concious prevention of HIV/Aids and find new ways to raise awareness using the arts and all other tools of information.The forum is quite young and we are interested to network with other individuals or groups/organisations dealing with the same issue to improve mutual communication always having in mind to decrease and finally halt the spread of HIV/Aids.

William J. Borzon, MA
Health Educator II
City of Milwaukee Health Department
Health and Safety in Child Care Program
Southside Health Center
1639 South 23rd Street
Milwaukee, WI 53204-2550
Phone: (414) 286-8620
As a Health Educator in the Health and Safety in Child Care Program for the Milwaukee Health Department I develop training materials and distribute communication materials. I am also responsible for pamphlet inventory and a member of the Materials Review and Distribution Committee. Becoming a member will provide information expertise from other areas and programs regarding health communication. Will provide and opportunity to try ideas in our Milwaukee Community.

Tomoloju Ikugba Yigbe
Phone: 3875360
Interests: Reproductive Health

Yubaraj Baral
Pokhara University
Naya Bazzar-9
Pokhara, Kaski, Gandaki, Nepal
Phone: 0977-61 538791
Interests: Reproductive Health, Adolescent Health
I am involving in the Pokhara University as lecturer of population, Gender teaching and training project at Pokhara in Naya Bazzar-9 Nepal, we teach about population and give training about related field

Dr. Vishal Bhimajiani
Jivanshree Clinic
6 Royal Park, Kalawad road
Rajkot, Gujrat, 360005, India
Phone: 9825110807
Interests: General Health
I am an Aryurvedic doctor and health advisor also.

Christiana Onuoha
Pure Educator
# 15 Umuaniabor Street Awk.
Enugu, 400001, Nigeria
Phone: 08023900946
Interests: Infectious Diseases
I am trained peer educator (with a certificate). Trained on HIV/AIDS and reproductive health problems by UNICEF facilitators during my NYSC camp Enugu. I am presently training 50 youths As peer educators in a St. Patrick's Secondary School in a rural community at Udenu Local Government Area Enugu State. My organisation did a research on the risk of contacting HIV/AIDS and the reason why adolescents are social-workers. We have a planed project (which is to come up on the 1st of December 2004) on helping this adolescent social worker to change their job, teach them some skills like knitting, sowing, baking and other handyworks.

Brenda Hamilton
Programs and Education Assistant
Blount Memorial Occupational Health
907 East Lamar Alexander Parkway
Maryville, TN, 37804-5016, USA
Occupational Health Services - Programs and Education

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