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HCMN News – July 13, 2006

  1. “In the Spotlight” – World Cup Special
  2. Hesperian Foundation’s “Where There Is No Doctor” now online
  3. Uganda’s “Be A Man” Campaign launched during World Cup
  4. FRONTIERS publication on Birth Spacing
  5. Welcome to HCMN!

The Media/Materials Clearinghouse’s “In the Spotlight” presents a World Cup Special: BREAK THE SILENCE: TALK ABOUT AIDS Campaign Materials.

The Break the Silence: Talk about AIDS campaign delivered highly motivating HIV/AIDS prevention messages to encourage men to talk about AIDS and to develop personal game plans to prevent it. This multi-media communication campaign was carried out during the Confederation of East and Central African Football Association’s (CECAFA) Youth Tournament, held in Kenya in 1999, and worked with football players to “break the silence” about HIV/AIDS among themselves and over 121,000 screaming fans. Among the many materials developed for this campaign were these eye-catching posters and this TV spot produced with popular football players and aired free of charge by the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation:

Hesperian Foundation’s “Where There Is No Doctor” now online

Hesperian is proud to announce that our classic manual, Where There Is >No Doctor, is now available online! Access the complete, newly updated 2006 edition on their website: . According to the World Health Organization, Where There Is No Doctor is perhaps the most widely used health care manual for health workers, clinicians, and others involved in primary health care delivery and health promotion programs around the world. The manual provides practical, easily understood information on how to diagnose, treat, and prevent many common illnesses. Where There Is No Doctor can also be purchased for $22 plus shipping at the online store or by calling 1- (within the USA).

Uganda’s Y.E.A.H. Program Launches “Be a Man” Campaign during the World Cup

The Young Empowered and Healthy (Y.E.A.H.) initiative launched a health improvement campaign aimed at young men in Uganda during this month’s World Cup television broadcasts on Uganda Broadcasting Corp. (UBC). The “Be a Man” campaign engages young men to reflect on the costs to themselves and Ugandan society of “traditional” male attitudes and behaviors that perpetuate power imbalances in their relationships with women.

FRONTIERS publication on Birth Spacing

In Mozambique, FRONTIERS provided technical assistance to Advance Africa as part of its project to improve birth-spacing services in collaboration with the Provincial Ministries of Health in three provinces, the Health Communication Partnership, Save the Children, and World Vision. The project tested alternative models of community-based reproductive health care delivery. The study findings showed that the best target groups for interventions are young mothers (under 19), those with very short birth intervals (under 24 months), and those who are most at risk of short breastfeeding without contraception. The study recommended that policy changes should be accompanied by changes in health service strategies to support new initiatives, such as postpartum family planning and better continuum of care for women giving birth.

Welcome to HCMN!

John Mubangizi
Regional Coordinator
Kampala, Uganda
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The African Network for Strategic Communication in Health and Development (AfriComNet) is an association of health and development practitioners whose primary interest is to improve the health status in Africa. Africomnet was established in October 2001 in recognition of the country’s severity in the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The aim of the network is to strengthen regional capacity in communication for behaviour and social change as a strategic component of health and development interventions in Africa.

Membership to Africomnet is free and open to individuals and institutions working with HIV/AIDS, the health sector, and development communication. Currently members include government institutions, international, regional, national and Non-Government Organisations, faith-based organisations and education institutions. AfriComNet currently has more than 500 members in 36 countries. To learn more about AfriComNet and how to join this network, please visit our website on As a coordinator, I am responsible for the day-to-day operations of this initiative.

Dr.Guarav Chhabra
Humlog (We the people)
Chandigarh, India
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Based in Chandigarh, India we use the principles of development communications for the Health Promotion specially using the powerful media of Video films. Our website ;

Yoseph Berhane
Local Initiatives for Community Devlopment
Mekelle, Ethiopia
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I am the project officer of LICD.We are engaged in community development work in the rural areas of Tigray primarily in the area of capacity building, training, advocacy and networking. The main focus area of LICD are FP/RH,HIV/AIDS, Community Conversation, Community Information Resource Centers and Leadership development.

Dr. Khandker M. R. Haque
Ad-din Foundation
Dhaka, Bangladesh
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Ad-din, a Bangladeshi non-Governmental organization (NGO) implements preventive and curative health, population, formal and non-formal education, emergency rehabilitation, orphans, rehabilitation, micro-finance and income generation programs in four districts of Bangladesh. Ad-din operates three hospitals for women and children on cost-recovery basis including free beds for severely malnourished children. Ad-din receives technical and financial assistance from CARE, SC-UK, SC-USA, GFATM, BPHC, PKSF, and BRAC.

Tracy Cui
Project Director
Marie Stopes International China
Beijing, China
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Marie Stopes International China has focused on the adolescent reproductive health, HIV/AIDS prevention education, Behavior Changes Communication and clinical services work in China for young people, mobile people and HIV/AIDS affected people since 2000. As the project director, I am responsible for the development, quality control and communication and coordination of most the projects.

Gwendolyn Morgan
Technical Advisor, Communication & Research
Nairobi, Kenya
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Social Marketing of products and communications (both branded and generic) related to HIV, FP, malaria, and safe water.

Rehan Uddin Ahmed Raju
Advocacy & Communication Specialist
National AIDS/STD Program (NASP)/UNFPA
Dhaka, Bangladesh
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National level advocacy and BCC campaign through mass media, development of BCC material, organize advocacy workshops, provide technical assistance to implementing partners.

Brian K. Pagels
Research Analyst
Forum One Communications
Alexandria, Virginia, USA
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We provide online communications support to the USAID funded PSP-One project, which works to increase the private sector's provision of high-quality reproductive health and family planning (RH/FP) and other health products and services in developing countries.

Jodie Abbatangelo-Gray
Behavioral Scientist
US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
New York, New York, USA
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I am a health communication specialist with a background in Anthropology, social epidemiology and mass media communication. Currently I assist governments across the globe strategize the development of communications campaigns across a broad range of substantive areas. Most recently, I am focusing on avian flu.

D.Dharma Rao
Training Coordinator
Regional Resource Center
Hinustan Latex Family Planning Promotion Trust (HLFPPT)
HYDERABAD, Andhra Pradesh, INDIA
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I am working on RCH, HIV/AIDS and other allied diseases. I have set up a low cost resource center on different health issues which will be a well known user-friendly resource center for all health professionals & organizations.

Clifford Okwesi
Director, Awareness & Support
Vanguard of Peace International
Benin City, Nigeria
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We deliver Peace-building, Health and Development services to our communities. By acting locally and thinking globally, we are building Africa's strongest service organization.

Ana Doherty Bigara
Mangosuthu Technikon
Durban, South Africa
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Our aim is to equip our students with appropriate skills and knowledge to uplift environmental health namely safe water/food & sanitation in the most disadvantaged communities

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