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HCMN News - February 8, 2006

In this update:

  1. Workshop on Strategic Communication for Adolescent Reproductive Health
  2. New Arabic/English database of health communication materials
  3. New e-journal
  4. Manuals on radio program development and production
  5. New toolkit on working with orphans and vulnerable children
  6. Conference: Radio, TV and Internet
  7. Facsheet on Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic
  8. New guide re hygiene and sanitation
  9. Welcome new members!

Workshop on Strategic Communication: Building Life Skills and Improving Adolescent Reproductive Health
Bangladesh, April 22-27, 2006, Hotel Abokash, Mohakhali, Dhaka, Bangladesh [Deadline for applications: March 15, 2006]

For: Senior to mid-level trainers/ facilitators and program personnel from government, NGOs and development partner agencies whose programs include adolescent health.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Increase participant's knowledge & skills in strategic communication, including life skills concepts, approaches & methods
  • Provide participants an overview of the adolescent reproductive health communication package including direct exposure to program activities in the field.
  • Impart participants valuable information, skills and materials for implementing ARH communication programs in their own context.

Fee: Participants from Bangladesh- Tk. 14000. Participants from outside of Bangladesh - US$ 1250.
For more information, go to or contact Ms. Yasmin Khan
Senior Deputy Director, and Program Director for ARH
Bangladesh Center for Communication Programs.
House no: 3A, Road no:74, Gulshan-2, Dhaka-1213
Tel: 9893362, 9891354, 9861847 Fax: 880-2-8854512

New Arabic/English database of health communication materials

Egypt's State Information Service / IEC Resource Center, as part of the Communication for Healthy Living Project, houses an extensive archive of media materials produced by the Resource Center as well as materials produced by health communication programs throughout the region. The archives are being made available to researchers, policy makers, journalists, scholars, and other interested parties via an state-of-the-art, on-line database, searchable in Arabic and English. Available at

New Arts and MDGs Journal Launch

"art'ishake's" is a new e-publication on arts, culture, social change, health issues (like HIV/AIDS), and development. It aims to address interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral issues in tandem with arts and development. The first issue has been produced by Arts For Global Development, Inc., in collaboration with the arts coalition, ActALIVE ( ), along with contributors from across the globe!

If you would like to receive the first complimentary issue, please email to , mentioning your interest. Also, it can be downloaded from: . For more information, email:

Manuals on radio, TV and film development and production

Go to for more information about:

  • Writing and Producing Radio Dramas, by Esta de Fossard [2005], and
  • Writing and Producing for Television and Film, by Esta de Fossard, [2005]

New toolkit on working with orphans and vulnerable children - by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance

( Contact: Victoria Womersley, to receive a copy.

Toolkit contains over 600 documents sharing learning and resources from a wide range of organisations.

The OVC CD-Rom covers the following broad categories:

  • Introduction
  • Running a programme
  • Health and nutrition
  • Education
  • Psychosocial support
  • Economic strengthening
  • Living environments
  • Children's rights.

Please note that this CD-Rom is also available on-line at . This website is updated regularly.

Training course: Training the Trainers - Radio, Television & Internet - May 15-June 23 2006 - Hilversum, The Netherlands

Organised by the Radio Netherlands Training Centre, this 6-week training course will aim to strengthen the capacity of trainers, training organisers and educators working in or for the broadcast sector to assess training needs and design, develop and deliver effective and efficient training solutions.

Go to: for more information

New Fact Sheet: The Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic

Published by The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, this 2-page fact sheet provides the latest data about the impact of the epidemic by geographic region and on women and young people. It also reviews the economic impact and global response to the epidemic. (

New guide - Encouraging good hygiene and sanitation

Tearfund has recently published a new PILLARS guide . It aims to help communities to reduce disease and infection from poor sanitation, poor hygiene practices and dirty water. The guide aims to build understanding of the basic facts around good hygiene. It is full of practical information on low-cost ideas to encourage hand washing, to keep food safe, to provide safe drinking water and maintain good health. There is advice on improving water supplies and building different types of latrines. It gives guidance on how to carry out simple surveys on attitudes towards hand washing and the understanding of good hygiene and in order to assess the impact of sharing information on good practice.

Printed version s are available in English, French and Portuguese. The book is also available on line in both pdf and html format from the publications sections of their website (this includes a Spanish version. A new PILLARS CD Rom v4.0 with this book and the 9 previous guides will shortly be available from Tearfund ( ) in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. For more information about PILLARS contact Isabel Carter - .

Welcome New Members!

Ravi Kant
Shakti Vahini
Faridabad, Haryana
We work in the field of Human Rights, Anti Trafficking, Legal Literacy. We are also undertaking Research in the field of HIV/AIDS and Human Trafficking. Shakti Vahini works with rural communities in Northern India states of Haryana, Punjab, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh.
We also undertake Police Training Programme and Gender sensitization.

Qais Mahmood Sikandar
Chief technical advisor
Addis ababa, Ethiopia
Strengthening of health education centre for developing IEC/BCC Campaign in RH. Working in the field of RH, Population and Development and Gender.

Victoria Hollertz
Projects Assistant
BBC World Service Trust
London, UK
The BBC World Service Trust is the independent international charity of the BBC which uses media to advance development worldwide. As part of one of the world's leading media organisations, the Trust is committed to improving the quality of people's lives in developing and transitional countries through the innovative use of media.
The Trust's work aims to: raise awareness among mass and opinion-former audiences, affect behaviour change, influence policy and transfer skills and knowledge.

Joseph Nkinzo
National Coordinator
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
We are a National Organisation, working for the implication of media figting HIV AIDS. We are bulding a Website: (in construction), production of broadcasting Programms for community radios and TV,
Training of media professionnals and production of print materials such as "L'IMPACT" Magazine.

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