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Update #71: January 31, 2005


Essay Competition by World Bank

This year's competition focuses on practical solutions for building a secure future for yourself and others. The topic of competition includes world's current crises e.g. armed conflict, HIV/AIDS, unemployment and environmental risks - young people are on the front lines and are the main victims. For example, in Bangladesh, the regular flooding encountered by poor young people in this water-rich country is life threatening.

To learn what the lack of a secure future really means to youth, to understand how you deal with this challenge in your daily life and to enlist their help in finding solutions, the World Bank organize this an international Essay Competition: 'Building a Secure Future' - Seeking Practical Solutions; What are the biggest obstacles face in your daily life? - What practical solutions would youth propose to build a secure future for themselves and others?

The Participants must be between 18 and 25 years of age, students taking PhD courses are not eligible. The essays should not be longer than 10 pages (4000 words, maximum) and can be submitted in English, French or Spanish only. The deadline for submission is April 15, 2005 and finalists will be announced May 1, 2005. The first prize is US $ 5,000 and runners-up will get US $1,000.

Photography Contest: Africa Through the Eyes of Hope

The Lazarus Foundation invites photojournalists from around the world to enter original photos for the photo-essay, "Africa - Through the Eyes of Hope". The display will be featured online and in local art galleries across North America and Europe. The competition has two categories: professional and amateur.
Deadline: March 31 2005

Source: Communication Innitiative

Company Profile: Naledi3d Factory

Naledi3d Factory develops interactive three-dimensional virtual reality (VR) simulations - and has focused this on developmental education and training across Africa. I know the term "VR" immediately conjures up images of high-tech head mounted displays etc - and that you're probably wondering how on earth this is relevant to a "poverty stricken" continent such as Africa. If you are, don't worry, we get that all the time! The truth is that VR at a basic level holds huge potential for learning across Africa.

The visual nature of VR is such that language and literacy are to a large extent overcome. VR is also a much closer approximation of how the human brain learns as it relies on visual stimuli as opposed to more conventional text or audio. The learning content that we create is also designed to work on a PC - and is being used in places as remote as Nakaseke village in rural Uganda.

Over the past four years Naledi3d Factory has worked closely with UNESCO, IICBA, the Kellogg Foundation, various local government departments and others to empower African communities through the use of innovative, powerful and even, entertaining VR simulations.

We are particularly proud of our rural hygiene model that was first developed for Nakaseke and is now being used in more than three-dozen primary and secondary schools in the Nakaseke district. It has now also found its way into other universities and community centres in Uganda, Kenya as well as in Particularly encouraging was feedback from the Nakaseke community earlier this year, who reported that there has been a drop in dysentery and other related disease in the community. We have also created an HIV/AIDS VR training model for Ethiopian teachers - funded by UNESCO-IICBA, this VR model uses interactive simulations to train teachers in how best to incorporate HIV/AIDS teaching into their broader curricula.

I believe that VR can have a huge impact on health education in Africa. The visual nature of our VR-based education makes it possible to simulate a wide range of health topics in a visually rich interactive way. By way of example, we are currently engaged with UNESCO on a small project around the subject of "water"; and which includes VR models to describe how to build a pit-latrine. This project also involves other teams from Sudan, Senegal, Mozambique as well as ourselves, so it is truly Pan African.

With best wishes
Dave Lockwood
Managing Director, Naledi3d Factory (Pty)Ltd.
3178 (cell)
0385 (office)

A Manual for Early Warning Rapid Response Systems for HIV/AIDS
By Lee-Nah Hsu, Jacques du Guerny and Philip Guest

Experience has shown how important it is to nip the HIV/AIDS epidemics in the bud, before they become uncontrollable. This is why one of the areas of concern for the UNDP South East Asia HIV and Development Programme (UNDP-SEAHIV) was to develop an Early Warning Rapid Response System (EWRRS): the first workshop was held in May 2000. The System has been developed through continuing participation of stakeholders and has been implemented in various forms by Cambodia, China, Lao People's Democratic Republic and Viet Nam. This Manual is the result of the process of development of the EWRRS and of the experiences of the four implementing countries.

Early warning systems exist in various forms. Canaries, for example, have been employed in coal mines for decades as life-saving environmental indicators. Birds react similarly to humans in the presence of arbitrary toxins, but because of their faster metabolism, they react more quickly, thereby offering an early warning. In the area of HIV/AIDS, early warnings are mostly conceived within a health paradigm. What is 'early warning' for HIV in a development paradigm? What is the equivalent of the coal miner's canary in agriculture or infrastructure development: a drought, a change in crops, a new road or dam? This Manual explains the identification and analysis of such early warning signals - which can offer much earlier alerts than those found within a health paradigm. Development signals for HIV/AIDS requires cross-cutting interpretation, thus EWRRS needs to be set-up with close collaboration between the AIDS authorities and those of the relevant sectors.

Early warning is but the first step: without an appropriate and effective response, its use is limited. Therefore, the Manual describes how to design a development response which can be implemented by development sectors in order to reduce HIV vulnerability and build community resilience..

National and trans-national HIV/AIDS epidemics are the result of a number of mini epidemics, and as a result, EWRRS is useful even in areas where mature epidemics are constantly evolving. A new road, or a shift in migration patterns can cause an area previously unaffected by the epidemic to be engulfed in it or, if it was already affected, the area can be hit with a new wave.

The EWRRS examines the HIV/AIDS epidemic from a new perspective and opens new ways to control the localized epidemics.

This publication can be downloaded at:

Postage Stamps Reach Audiences beyond Mass Media

Several governments have shown their support in the fight against HIV/AIDS by putting prevention messages on specially-designed postage stamps. Three such stamps in Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Chad have featured Population Services International (PSI) products or services. Another special sticker issued by the Nepal Ministry of Communication's Department of Postal Services featured the message "Protect yourself and others from HIV/AIDS" and a PSI campaign logo, and was placed on every piece of mail domestic and international for six months, motivating healthy behavior far beyond the reach of mass media.

New On the Advocates For Youth Website

Television and the Internet: Important Sources of Sexual Health Information for Youth

Youth and the State of Science: Health, New Technologies, Ethics and Human Rights

Youth and the State of the World

Youth and the State of Culture

Leadership in Strategic Health Communication: Making A Difference in Infectious Diseases, HIV/ AIDS and Reproductive Health

When: June 6- June 24, 2005
Where: Baltimore, MD
Deadline for Application: March 15th 2005

An intensive learning opportunity for decision-makers, administrators, health educators, program officers, and donor agency field staff. The course has expanded its modular structure to allow specialization through "multi-track" sessions on three core areas: Infectious diseases with special attention to tuberculosis and malaria, HIV/AIDS and reproductive health. The newly redesigned course now incorporates some of the latest thinking on leadership development and applies them to strategic health communication planning.
Guided by international communication and health experts, participants explore the elements of effective behavior development communication and advocacy programs to create more competent and health literate societies. The core communication curriculum has been enhanced with state of the art knowledge and supplemented by three specialized tracks on current health issues and trends. These multitrack sessions will be facilitated by international public health experts who are leaders in their respective fields.
For more details on the workshop and application materials please visit:
Or contact:
Lolita Carter, Course Coordinator
Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs
111 Market Place, Suite 900 Baltimore , Maryland 21202-4012 USA
Telephone: (410) 659-6300; Fax: (410) 659-2693

Online Course on Health Promotion Strategies, Practices and Resources

OHPRS HP-101 Online, the web-based course on the foundations of health promotion, health promotion strategies, practices and resources is now available on the OHPRS website

This course is intended for any and all health promoters in Ontario. The OHPRS defines health promoters as those who work to promote health as defined in the Ottawa Charter ( ), regardless of professional designation. It includes people, organizations, and groups from various sectors. Health promotion work may be paid or voluntary.

The free course is in a stand-alone online format to help maximize its accessibility. Recognizing that people come to work in health promotion through many and varied paths, this course will help people familiarize themselves (for the first time or as a refresher) with essential health promotion concepts, practices and resources.

Please note that the French version of OHPRS HP-101 Online is in development and expected to be available in February 2005.
The course is structured in 9 modules and arranged into 3 sections. Each module presents learning objectives, specified course content, and includes reflective exercises, readings and resources.
Section A: Foundations of Health Promotion (Modules 1-4) covers Definitions and Concepts, Milestones, Models of Health and Health Promotion, and Theories.

Section B: Health Promotion in Action (Modules 5-7) addresses Strategies, Features, and Values.

Section C: Building Your Health Promotion Practice (Modules 8-9) builds on the previous modules to explore Current Practice, and Future Considerations

The goals of the course include identifying what is new and unique to health promotion; orienting learners to health promotion resources, including OHPRS members services, as well as material resources; encouraging networking in the health promotion community; and serving as a model and platform for other modules.

Sherri Anderson
OHPRS Coordinator
OHPRS Secretariat c/o OPC
180 Dundas Street West, Suite 1900
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1Z8
, ext. 243 or 1-, ext. 243

Good Policy, Good Health: An Information and Action Kit for Women in Coastal Communities

Nova Scotia Women's Fishnet is pleased to announce that the revised and up-dated second edition of Good Policy, Good Health is now available! This is a practical tool designed to make the link between policy and health and help women take action in their community and beyond

Good Policy, Good Health:

  • Uses examples from fisheries, employment, and other policies that affect coastal communities to help women see the connections between public policy and their own lives
  • Contains exercises and activities to define health and policy, and make connections between them
  • Offers clear and concrete advice for moving from thought to action on issues that affect women and their communities
  • Gives clear directions on how to take action and how to lobby
  • Includes advice for group facilitators on how to use the kit effectively
  • Provides background information on the fisheries issues it addresses

All of the materials have been designed to be easy to read, easy to use, and easy to photocopy.

The cost is $35 per copy plus $10 postage and handling.

Order the revised and up-dated second edition of Good Policy, Good Health from:
Nova Scotia Women's FishNet
c/o CRIAW-Nova Scotia
PO Box 29087
RPO Halifax Shopping Centre
Halifax, N.S. B3L 4T8

PS. Note: We're hoping to have the kit available soon in CD format and also put it online at the Health Promotion Clearinghouse ( ).

Source: HIF-net at WHO

e-TALC Issue 6 Now Available

Issue 6 of e-TALC is now available free of charge to healthcare workers in developing countries. e-TALC (electronic Teaching Aids at Low Cost) is a CD-ROM-based information resource specifically for those working in health at all levels and across all disciplines in developing countries.

The latest issue includes the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, British Medical Journal, Calicut Medical Journal, Africa Health, Communication for Health India Network (CHIN) News and dozens more. The full contents of this and previous issues can be viewed online at the e-TALC website:

e-TALC CD-ROMS are available free of charge to those working in developing countries, are simple to use, searchable, and provide large quantities of high quality, copyright-free health, educational, and training materials.

Subscribe to e-TALC online at or e-mail

We are always interested in receiving relevant materials for future editions of e-TALC. If you are an organisation or individual in the health field and have resources that you feel would be suitable for healthcare workers in developing countries then please visit
or e-mail

Source: HIF-net at WHO

Open Archive of Biomedical Literature

We at the Indian MEDLARS Centre, New Delhi are in the process of launching an Open Archive of Biomedical Literature which would have free submission of papers from India as well international papers. This archive would be launched by end January 2005 or beginning of February 2005. We have developed and tested the prototype using EPrints software (developed by Southampton University). MeSH vocabulary terms have been incorporated into this (broad terms only). Once launched, this archive would definitely improve access to health information in developing countries. Our Centre also has a database of Indian biomedical journals (bibliographic) with full-text of 27 journals. This serves as a very important access point to Indian literature. The database is available at
Source: HIF-net at WHO

New Members

Cristiana Scoppa
Via Crevalcore, 7
Sacrofano, RM, 00060, Italy
Phone: 8018
Interests: Domestic Violence
AIDOS is promoting women's and adolescents sexual and reproductive health and rights, prevention of violence against women and of female genital mutilation, through the creation of women's health counselling centres, involving also youth and men, and through media campaigning and institutional capacity building.

Michael O. Wod-Awat
Communication and Development Education
P. O. Box 3374, Kampala, Uganda
Phone: 256 (0) 77495843
Interests: Reproductive Health, Adolescent Health, General Health, Environment, Infectious Diseases, Nutritition, Gynecology & Obstetrics, Sanitation/Hygiene, Domestic Violence, Communication strategy design, training, materials production, monitoring and evaluation.

I do consultancy work for UN, bilateral and multilaterial agencies, governments, national and international NGOs. I intend to focus more and promote communication and development education in Southern Sudan over the coming years, a country very much in need but lacking in these ereas of expertise.

Akuzike Tasowana
IEC Officer
P.O.Box 2916
Phone: +5 018
Interests: Reproductive Health, General Health, Nutritition, Sanitation/Hygiene
MANASO is an organisation that networks HIV/AIDS activities.

Red cross Nigeria.
Sultan Abubakar Road Opp. City Campus.
Sokoto, Sokoto State, Nigeria
Phone: 060232754
We fight against conflict And also help people during wars.

Paulina Tindana
Navrongo Health Research Centre
P.O.Box 114, Navrongo, Ghana
Interests: Reproductive Health, Adolescent Health, Infectious Diseases

Mr. Nicholas Johnson Agbeyibor
General Director / Founder
Future Generation Concern International
Lawra Secondary School
Lawra, Upper West Region
P. O. Box 22, Ghana
Phone: 2
Interests: Adolescent Health
Young people today, marry early and more start sex before marriage, regarding adolescence chastity and virginity as a subject of the past. Consequently, they face more risks of unwanted pregnancy, school dropouts, joblessness, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and so on. In the developing countries of Africa for instance, 20% of young women's pregnancies and births are unintended, most coming sooner than planned. Unplanned and unwanted pregnancy puts women's health at risk, through childbearing or unsafe abortion. Increasingly early parenthood means lost of formal education coupled life complications and life long lost of desired jobs and earnings as social and domestic violence are on the increase. The assistance that the youth need to avoid these risks varies: Some are not sexually active, they need emotional support and skills to postpone sex; some suffer from sexual abuse, they need protection and care; some also start sex before marriage, whilst others change sexual partners several times before they marry, they need counseling to abstain from sex.

Future Generation Concern International is envisaged to support Today's Youth, with its knowledge, strength and other resources to safeguard the future generation, by the Grace and Favour of the Lord, God Almighty.

Fiona Otway
Project Director
Breaking the Silence / 911 Media Arts
402 Ninth Ave N, Seattle, WA. 98109
United States
Phone: 8083
Interests: Adolescent Health, Infectious Diseases
"Breaking the Silence" is a free, hands-on, workshop series in HIV prevention for young people in St. Lucia (with plans for regional expansion in the Caribbean). What makes the program unique is that we use digital video production as our medium for empowering young people and spreading the message of HIV prevention in the broader community. At the end of the workshop series, the youth participants create their very own short video about HIV/AIDS prevention -- they write, direct, shoot, and edit it themselves, practicing powerful skills they can use in all aspects of their lives. The HIV/AIDS messages in this video are far-reaching -- for example, the video created through our 2003 pilot project has been repeatedly broadcast and screened not only in St. Lucia, but in various other countries in the region and around the world. Given the success of our pilot project, we are working to offer the Breaking the Silence program again and get even more young people involved. We are currently fundraising to make this a reality.

Phone: +2348023469676
Interests: Adolescent Health
life planning association is a non -governmental dealing with primary health care services in selected rural areas in ibadan city of oyo-state in nigeria.

Reena Antony
Program Analyst
Philadelphia Department of Public Health
500 South Broad Street, Tobacco Control Pr
Philadelphia, PA, 19146, USA
Interests: Adolescent Health, General Health, Nutritition, Gynecology & Obstetrics, Domestic Violence, Chronic Diseases

Ogundipe Oluwafemi
Dept. Health promotion & Education
GPO Box 11602, Dugbe
Ibadan, OYO, 200001, Nigeria
Phone: + 8
Interests: Reproductive Health, Adolescent Health, General Health, Environment, Infectious Diseases, Nutritition
My department is into training/manpower development in health promotion & education

Internaitonal Institute for Population Sciences
Mumbai, Maharastra, 400088, India
Phone: 25563255
Interests: Reproductive Health, Adolescent Health, General Health, Environment, Infectious Diseases, Nutritition, Gynecology & Obstetrics, Sanitation/Hygiene, Domestic Violence
I am a student of the mentioned institute. It is necessary for me to go through the over all aspects regarding population and its related issues. My term paper topic is on the study of Quality of life of Slum Dwellers of the Metropolitan cities in India. so i like to get explored more info on this Slums.

Suchetana Ghosh
Jawaharlal Nehru University
#244, godavari hostel, jnu, New Delhi-67, New Delhi
Delhi, 110067, India
Phone: 91-11-9810357732
I have completed my m.phil. dissertation ,titled "interpreting prostitution: violence commodified?"(i.e. a work on sexual violence at the lives of the prostitutes at kolkata) under 'centre for social medicine and community health, Jawaharlal Nehru university, New Delhi. Currently I am working on PhD. i.e. a comparative study between syphilis and aids & prostitution.

Interests: Reproductive Health, Infectious Diseases
Publication of HIV and sexual health magazine in Nigeria

Ms.Kamali Murugan
No.18, Devi Complex, Five Roads, Salem -636004
Tamil Nadu, INDIA
PH: 0427-2444812
Greetings from VOWC- Voluntary Organization for Women and Children. We are a group of youth working hard to educate women and provide health Awareness. We believe in putting Prevention into Practice. We conduct many health education programs in govt.schools and colleges and in self help women groups. We conduct health exhibitions and teach women the best way they can learn.

Chris McLean
McLean Consulting OU
Pk. 172, Tallinn
EE-10502, Estonia
Phone: + 3173
Interests: Reproductive Health, General Health
Freelance communications consultant working on donor-funded health programmes, including reform of health care systems and health promotion

Jerumeh Penuel Mititate
Health Care Provider
51, Muritala Mohammed way, Ebute Metta, L/S
Lagos Island, Lagos state
P.O.Box 7883, Secretariat Ibad, Nigeria
Phone: +2348052372433
Interests: General Health
Adequate care of the populace in the rural and semi urban area for better development and Actively involvement on the promotion of Primary Health Care delivery system.

Batool Fatima
Marie Stopes Society
21-C, Commercial Area, Old sunset Boulevard, DHA Phase 2
Karachi, Pakistan. 75500
Phone: 9 2-021- 111-538-538 Ext: 211
I am Clinical Pychologist / Counseling Manager (HIV/AIDS program), It's a middle level management position based at the head office of Marie Stopes Society (ISO 9000 certified, an affiliate of MSI international) for Voluntary Counseling and testing (VCT) program for HIV/AIDS Pakistan-program Supported by GFATM. This project is being implemented by Marie Stopes Society in collaboration with Local NGOs, National & provisional AIDS Control Program. I am personally very much interested in the area of Behavior change communication and along with training, and supervising Clinical Psychologists and community counselors I am also responsible for developing Counseling protocols, manuals develop BCC strategies and review all IEC/ BCC material developed by the consultants.

I have also received LDM (Leadership Development Mechanism) fellowship for BCC Course from ICDC. I will be grateful If you accept my request for membership.

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