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Update #73: April 15, 2005


HCP Introduces New E-Forum for Country-based Partners

BALTIMORE - The Health Communication Partnership (HCP) has launched a new interactive E-Forum based on HCP's Partners in Action, a series of case studies about HCP's country-based partners.

Partners in Action documents how those partners became successful and sustainable organizations, as well as the role that health communication played in their success. Those interested in participating in this new electronic community can log on through HCP's website or visit Participants can comment on the case studies, suggest ideas for the organization or additional case studies, or provide general feedback about the site and series.

The E-Forum's first case study is the Turkish Family Health and Planning Foundation (TAPF). Written by TAPF's executive director Yasar Yaser, this case study offers lessons, inspiration, and ideas for other organizations. TAPF's success is notable because it began promoting family planning and reproductive health in the 1980s in largely Muslim Turkey when such issues were considered taboo.

In the next few weeks, the E-Forum will invite participants to comment on a new case study focusing on Peru's Movimiento Manual Ramos, an organization that advocates for women's rights and gender equity.

Supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development, HCP is a global communication initiative based at 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.

To access the new E-Forum or to find out more about HCP, please visit For more information about the E-Forum or the Partners in Action series, contact Juan Carlos Negrette at .

New Resource: CDCynergy

CDCynergy is a multimedia CD-ROM used for planning, managing, and evaluating public health communication programmes. Originally created for use within the CDC, the idea of an institution-wide planning model found its way outside of the agency. CDCynergy has been adapted for use by public health professionals on a national, state, and/or local level.
Source: Communication Initiative

Course Announcement: Behaviour Change Communication (BCC) in Health, Reproductive Health (RH) and Adolescents' Reproductive Health (ARH)

May 24 - Jun 10 2005
Bangkok, Thailand
Organised by the Asia-Pacific Development Communication Centre (ADCC), this two-week training course intends to focus on risk behaviours related to health and on how to induce behaviour change through strategic communication.
Source: Communication Initiative

WHO Publication: Information, Education and Communication: Lessons from the past; perspectives for the future

This paper was commissioned by the Department of Reproductive Health and Research at the World Health Organization to examine lessons learned from more than two decades of experience in applying information, education and communication (IEC)a interventions in support of public health. It represents an attempt to gather and synthesize experiences in IEC for public health, and to succinctly analyse and share these experiences so that IEC can be effectively integrated into, and support, improved reproductive health programmes and service delivery. This effort is intended to serve as an orientation, or a 'tour d'horizon', to future IEC work as educators, practitioners, policy-makers and communication specialists in all aspects of public health strive to build upon past experience in enabling people to effect more healthful behaviours.

Sister Cities International Young Artists Competition 2005

This competition uses artwork to promote peace, mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation. Young artists from around the world, ages 13 to 18, use their imagination to express their concept of the sister city mission through the competition's yearly theme. The theme for the 2005 Young Artists Competition is "Connecting Global Villages." Deadline: April 29 2005...
Source: Communication Initiative

Deadline: 4/28/05 is proud to announce that it is now accepting applications for the Nonprofit Innovation Award, which recognizes and rewards nonprofit organizations whose innovative approaches most effectively improve their communities or the world at large. If your nonprofit is powered by breakthrough ideas, we encourage you to read more about our program and how to apply for the award.

Ten organizations selected as finalists will have a unique opportunity to raise funds and awareness for their programs on All 10 finalists will be profiled on their own pages, where customers will be invited to vote for their favorites by making monetary donations. The organization that receives the largest amount of customer contributions by the deadline will receive the award, along with a matching grant of up to $1 million from

Eligibility Requirements: To be eligible to enter, the organization must be recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as exempt from federal income tax under IRC §501(c)(3), qualify as a charitable organization under IRC §170(b)(1)(A)(vi) and have public charity status under IRC §509. The organization also must have been in existence for a minimum of two years and may not have employees, officers, or directors serving as employees, officers, or directors.

Award Criteria: The selection of semifinalists and finalists from the pool of eligible entrants will be based on criteria that include:
Need: the urgency, relevancy and complexity of the problem the organization seeks to address.
Gap analysis: clear evidence of a gap between the targeted problem and existing solutions.
Innovation: the extraordinary inventiveness of the solution and how it breaks from traditional approaches.
Results: clearly defined metrics and a measurable record of improvement for at least two years.
Perpetuation: a well-developed plan for promoting continued innovation.

On-Line Toolkits on Orphans and Vulnerable Children now Available

We are delighted to announce that we have just launched the latest in a
series of on-line toolkits. A joint collaboration with FHI, this toolkit
is for those supporting orphans and vulnerable children. You can link to
it from the Alliance website, or go direct to:

This project has been a long time in the making, and involved the work
of many teams - we're all really proud of it!

It has over 500 resources, categorised into 70 sections and sub-sections
- all aspects of community-based support to orphans and vulnerable
children are organised under the different headings, and each section
and sub-section has guidance notes, as well as the resources themselves,
which you can download as .pdfs.

We hope you like "" - do let us know your opinions, and
any suggestions. If you'd like to publicise it further in your networks,
I have attached an official "launch" text below.

Best wishes to all


Ms Kate Harrison
Senior Programme Officer: Children
International HIV/AIDS Alliance
Queensberry House
104-106 Queens Road
Brighton BN1 3XF

FAHPAC Enter-Educate Troupe (FEET) - Nigeria

FEET is a youth entertainment project of the Family Health and Population Action Committee (FAHPAC), Nigeria. The project involves 20 in- and out-of-school youth ranging from ages 12-27. FEET aims to empower youth and women with information and skills for success in education, business ventures, democracy and governance, maternal and child health, and reproductive health through entertainment...
Source: Communication Innitiative

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