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HCMN News – April 6, 2006

  1. New Arabic Web Health Portal
  2. Three Great Training Sites on the Web
  3. New HIV/AIDS Manuals and Tools Online
  4. Check out "Pearls"
  5. Tomorrow is World Health Day!
  6. Welcome New Members!

New Arabic Web Health Portal

Launch of the Arabic web based portal, The INFO (Information and Knowledge for Health) Project and the Jordan Health Communication Partnership of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health announce the launch of the Arabic web based portal, . One of the first Arabic public health information sites, ‘s primary audience is the general public. The site provides relevant health information according to life stages, ranging from infants to elders. Users can submit questions to a doctor for further information and assistance.

Three Great Training Sites on the Web

Internet Information Center: This site is intended for those who wish to learn how to use the Internet and, in particular, resources provided by National Library of Medicine, U.S. It includes links to tutorials, presentations, videos, resource samplers, and advice sheets.

Internet for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting: This site is a free, interactive tutorial that lets users develop and practice Internet Information Skills. It is comprised of a series of modules that assist the user in identifying and locating health and medical information for nurses and midwives. The site is maintained by BIOME, UK.

Internet Medic: This site is a free, interactive tutorial that lets users develop and practice Internet Information Skills. It is comprised of a series of modules that assist the user in identifying and locating health and medical information for physicians. The site is maintained by BIOME, UK.

This information courtesy of HIF-Net -

New HIV/AIDS Manuals and Tools Online:

Family Health International ( invites global HIV/AIDS practitioners to download the following practical, skill-building publications for use in programs, services and training.

  • Delivering Antiretroviral Therapy in Resource-Constrained Settings: Lessons from Ghana, Kenya and Rwanda - FHI and its partners have learned valuable lessons that can guide development and expansion of ART services in Africa and other regions.
  • HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment: A Clinical Course for People Caring for Persons Living with HIV/AIDS - This 459-page guide in English and French presents new knowledge and skills for delivering and organizing clinical care and treatment services for people living with AIDS.
  • Establishing Referral Networks for Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Care - This 17-page report offers guidance to help organizations and communities in low-resource settings create effective referral networks to provide comprehensive prevention, care, treatment and support for persons living with AIDS, their families and caregivers.
  • Workplace HIV/AIDS Programs: An Action Guide For Managers - This 109-page guide provides practical steps for developing and implementing workplace prevention and care programs that will serve both employees and managers.
  • Developing Materials on HIV/AIDS/STIs for Low-Literate Audiences this 153-page manual recognizes that many HIV/AIDS concepts are difficult to convey to low-literate audiences. To help reach these audiences, FHI and PATH collaborated to produce this comprehensive methodology to developing materials for behavior change communication programs.
  • Monitoring HIV/AIDS Programs: A Facilitator's Training Guide - This training resource is designed to build skills for conducting quality monitoring and evaluation (M&E) activities.
  • Snapshots Series Designed to Help Improve HIV/AIDS Services - This series is designed to give program planners, implementers and managers quick access to information they can use to improve their work. Some installments are data-driven, others are "how to" documents, and some are more feature-oriented.

Got Questions about Reproductive Health? Check out “Pearls”

The "Pearls" offer answers to commonly asked questions about family planning. Check out the "Pearl" of the Week for Questions & Answers. These "Pearls" are prepared by Dr. James D. Shelton, Senior Medical Scientist, Office of Population and Reproductive Health, United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Tomorrow, April 7, is World Health Day

Tomorrow, Friday 7th April, is World Health Day and the theme is the growing crisis in human resources for health. Below is an open letter reproduced from the WHO website, from Dr Tim Evans, Assistant Director-General, Evidence and Information for Policy, WHO. Further information is available at:

Welcome to HCMN!

Nabimanya Humphrey
Jinja, Uganda
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I am a peer educator concerned with educating the teenagers about the AIDS stigma and about their general health, human rights and all other topics concerning teenagers - since I am a teenager too.

Komal Ganotra
Pathfinder International
New Delhi, India
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I am a training Consultant with Pathfinder International, India Office. I am into developing training modules and appropriate IEC material specifically for the trainings. Presently I am field testing a module for Newly Married Men and Women, to enable them plan/ take joint decision their ideal families. I am also in a process of developing a training module for Voluntary Contraceptive Counsellors, a component built in our program approach to ensure sustainability.

Raihan Amin (Adnan)
Unisocial, Unitrend
Dhaka, Bangladesh
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Unisocial, Unitrend a leading social communication agency in Bangladesh. This means we have to deal with multiple issues like MCH, HIV-AIDS, ARH, Family Planning, Nutrition, Trafficking etc. Strategic planning, creative / art direction, creative services and implementation are our strengths.

Mela Kucera, APR
Account Supervisor
Imre Communications
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Public relations for medical trade associations, including (but not limited to): American Urological Association, American Society of Echocardiography, The Endocrine Society

Marcel Allenspach
PR Consultant
Healthdesk PR Ltd.
Langnau am Albis
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Educative and informative Direct-to-Patient materials (online/print), topic specific media kits for general and health media.

Jenny Kristina Tegelvik
Program Manager
Jovenes Sin Fronteras
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We train rural youth educators to provide interactive participatory life skills training with the aim of preventing HIV/AIDS in youth populations of Honduras. Primary methodologies include: interactive workshops, EXPOSIDA fairs, male peer to peer education, and community based video discussion groups.

SIlas H.Gurumdi
Institute of Human Virology Nigeria
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I am the program Officer for HIV/AIDS Voluntary Counseling and Testing. I design program activities, train and mentor Counselors to provide Quality HIV/AIDS counseling. My Org. is into Treatment, Care and Support of People Living with HIV/AIDS through the PEPFAR project.

Jonathan Francis
Project Manager
Caring Heart Foundation
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We work to improve the quality of life of the youth and less privileged ones in the society through social education, capacity building, workshops, training, lifeskills etc.

Muhammad Nasir
Social Help & Research Organization (SHRO)
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The Social Help & Research Organization (SHRO) is a non-profit making non-governmental organization was founded in 2003, whose fundamental aim is to act as a facilitator in order to create awareness amongst the deprived and ignored community especially women and to utilize their potentials, help the people to explore their abilities and put them in right direction so that they can make the most use of their talents. The motive of the organization is making lives of ignored and deprived sections of the Society easy & useful particularly rural masses, through a variety of socio-economic services.

Ayodele Sebiotimo
Project Manager
Media AIDS Project (MAP)
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Media Aids Projects. [MAP] is a Non -Governmental Organisation dedicated to ensuring that no Nigerian youth contracts HIV through ignorance. The organisation works to prevent and mitigate the impact of HIV amongst Nigerian youth by using innovative multimedia campaigns targeted at increasing rates of HIV protective behaviors and reducing stigma/ discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS. Our target audience are in school and out of school youths between the ages of 18 to 34, mostly in tertiary institutions.

Mary Mitiguy Miller
Freelance Medical editor/writer
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Freelance medical writer, with emphasis in public education

Venu Arora
Ideosync Media Combine
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Since its inception in 1998, Ideosync Media Combine’s projects have been focused on communication for social change in India, with special emphasis on issues around HIV, sexuality, gender and adolescent ARSH issues. Since 2000, Ideosync has undertaken consultancies and projects on related issues across the entire South, Central and South-east Asian Region, with projects on communication strategy design, BCC, communication materials development and production support, and training in Nepal, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, India, Cambodia and Laos.

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Our organisation handles victim of gender based violence - Research work, training of Police to issue emergency contraception, etc.

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