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The Health Communication Materials Network - December 6, 2005
An Activity of the M/MC - Media/Materials Clearinghouse
of the Health Communication Partnership

In this issue:

  1. Responses to our "What is your favorite tool?" question
  2. Ask the network - what is YOUR question?
  3. Question for the network
  4. Members' new materials and resources
  5. New members - welcome!

1.  Responses to our "What is your favorite tool?" question

Thanks to those of you who responded.  As promised, we have created a page on the HCMN website,  - Members' Favorite Tools

Please take a look!  You can click on "Want to share YOUR favorite tool?" and send us your own suggestions.

2.  Ask the network - There are currently almost 1,000 members of HCMN - project directors, artists, trainers, teachers, consultants, representing government, NGOs, private sector, international organizations, country-based organizations, etc. 

With such a rich resource of colleagues reachable by a simple email, many members have asked if they can use the network to ask questions of their colleagues worldwide.  The answer, of course, is YES!  Just respond to this email or write to with your question. 

You are also invited to attach a sample of a material to the email and we can post it on the website for members to comment on.

3.  Question for the network

Akiko Sakaedani ,   (UNICEF Serbia and Montenegro) asks: We'd be especially interested to see samples of materials on disaster relief health communication experiences, since we are planning to create a comprehensive leaflet/package for Serbia and Monteengro as a joint UN effort.   Please send your responses to , and we will share these with Akiko and the other members of the network.

4.  Members' new materials and resources

Here are some new items that members have shared:

CD-ROM - Measuring Health Disparities
The Michigan Public Health Training Center (MPHTC) is pleased to announce the newly released CD-ROM " Measuring Health Disparities ."   This interactive, CD-ROM-based course is available free from the MPHTC and is a self-paced, interactive CD-ROM course which focuses on some basic issues for public health practice -- how to understand, define and measure health disparity.  The CD-ROM's three-hour format enables a broad spectrum of participants to develop common ground for understanding health disparities, learn what various measures of health disparities reveal, and discover how to calculate these measures.  There are interactive exercises and review questions to help guide and reinforce learning.
To receive this CD-ROM, go to and register.  If you have questions, email to:

Materials from the Zambia HEART (Helping Each Other Act Responsibly Together) Campaign
The campaign developed communication objectives and messages for abstinent males, abstinent females, inconsistent male condom-users and inconsistent female condom-users, all ages 13 to 19 years

Library Resource Now Available Free
EBSCO are making LISTA (Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts) available as a free resource. This world-class bibliographic database provides coverage on subjects such as librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. For more details see:

Contraception for Women and Couples with HIV
practical, easy-to-use resource for providers treating clients with HIV/AIDS  -  Family Health International is pleased to announce a new module, Contraception for Women and Couples with HIV . It is available on FHI's Web site at . The module contains guidance for providers who offer contraception to clients with HIV, including those on ARV therapy. The information can be used in a variety of health care settings by providers who regularly offer family planning services , and by those who want to begin integrating contraceptive services with HIV treatment and care services. Specific information about contraceptive options for clients with HIV, possible interactions between hormonal contraceptives and ARVs, decisions clients with HIV may have to make, and advice about how to counsel them is included. Recommendations are compiled from a number of sources, including the Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use (WHO, 2004).

5.  Welcome new HCMN members!

Joe Chimwenje
University of Malawi
Zomba, Malawi
email - 
As theatre/media arts scholar and academic, I am involved in research activities pertaining to health and development issues, particularly those of concern to rural communities in my country. Further, I have been involved in a diversity of community health education and mobilisation initiatives/interventions in the area of HIV/AIDS, adolescent health,community health, among others. Most unique about my involvement has been my application of Theatre for Development research and practice in grassroots community interventions to ensure optimal community involvement and ownership of various community health initiatives.

N.Z. Chabeli
Timesync Health Communication Solutions
South Africa
email  - 
 Timesync (Pty) Ltd offers health communication solutions to the private and public sectors. These include:
- Campaigns utilizing below and above the line mediums
- Community relations
- Relevant event planning and coordination

Ramon B. Bonzo, III
Volunteer Coordinator AAC-AVID / CRCSD
Compostela, Compostela Valley Province
email =
Assumption Academy of Compostela-Alumni Volunteers Initiatives for Development (AAC-AVID) works with educators and students in Compostela and assists schools in conducting educational events for the learning public.
Compostela Research Center for Social Development (CRCSD) is a community based and volunteer-run NGO. CRCSD services as a public information center and maintains a library.
AAC-AVID and CRCSD usually cooperates on activities of public importance affecting public opinion and of local development issues.

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