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HCMN News ? January 26, 2007

  1. In the Spotlight: Los Ancestros No Mueren Radio Drama (Honduras)
  2. “Know Yourself” Toolkit from Bangladesh
  3. Resources on Injectables
  4. VIHdeo America
  5. How to Make a Poster
  6. Welcome to HCMN!


?Los ancestros no mueren? (?The ancestors never die?) is a ninety-episode radio drama filled with dialogues in both Garifuna and Spanish language and culturally appropriate stories contributing to build self efficacy especially among the Garifuna youth to battle HIV and AIDS. The Health Communication Partnership (HCP) and the Garifuna IEC Committee developed this first Garifuna radio drama and aired the first episode in May 2005 on local radio stations situated close to Garifuna communities in the Departments of Atlantida, Cortes and Colon in Honduras. The radio drama was aired every week day until September 2005 and was re-aired from November 2005 to February 2006.

2. ?Know Yourself? Toolkit - Bangladesh

HCP has published the latest issue of Communication Impact??Know Yourself? Toolkit Helps Reduce Pre-Marital Sex among Young Men in Bangladesh. It is available online at: . The implementation of the ?Nijeke Jano? (Know Yourself) Toolkit, part of the Bangladesh Adolescent Reproductive Health (ARH) Communication Program, not only contributed to a reduction in pre-marital sex among adolescent males, but it also improved adolescents? knowledge of reproductive health and their perception that their peers favor safer sexual behavior and abstinence until marriage. The ?Know Yourself? program has grown to include radio and TV magazine programs, a TV variety show with mini-drama for youth, an HIV/AIDS awareness campaign, and a national campaign encouraging youth to ?Know Themselves? to achieve success. A larger impact evaluation is planned for this year which will measure effects of the mass media program and toolkit implementation combined. For a paper copy, please email: or go to

3. Information on Injectables

The INFO Project offers a bundle of interlinked products aimed at helping program managers and health-care providers meet the rising demand for injectable contraceptives.

The products include:

To order the Population Reports and INFO Reports issues in print, go to

For more about the INFO Project and other on-line sites and toolkits about IUDS, Violence Against Women, Integrating HIV Prevention and Sexual and Reproductive Health, and more visit the INFO Web site at

4. VIHdeo America:

A project of PAHO (Pan American Health Organization) VIHdeo America is an anthology of 10 years of HIV TV spots throughout the Americas. The VIHdeo includes 198 TV spots created and produced in 24 countries of the Americas between 1995 and 2005. The goal of this anthology is to serve as a learning tool, not a collection of best practices, for communication specialists, governments, and civil society. Share this information with your members and colleagues by announcing it in your electronic or print resources. In turn we would like to offer your members a 25% discount on the purchase of VIHdeo America. Please mention this code A62853 when ordering. If you are interested in obtaining bulk copies, PAHO would be glad to arrange a significant discount. For more information or to order this publication, please click on this link

5. How to Make a Poster:

How to make a poster -

Part of Open Publishing in a Box - (tells you where to find free software, how to use it, also covers design and message issues)

6. Welcome to HCMN!

Sabrina Sidhu
Research Associate, HIV/AIDS
New Delhi, India
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UNDP India works to strengthen the participation of People Living with HIV and generate evidence based research for advocacy. I am responsible for research and communications activities of our projects.

Pari Jhaveri
Third Sector Partners
Mumbai India
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University of Manitoba has obtained financial support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to lead a team of organizations to implement a comprehensive (entitled ENHANCE Karnataka) that will provide HIV and AIDS prevention, care, support and treatment to vulnerable and affected populations in 12 high prevalence districts in Karnataka and in four coastal districts in Andhra Pradesh. The University of Manitoba has subcontracted Population Services International (PSI) to develop effective communications strategies for behaviour change and mobilization to services under this project. My organisation is helping to build the capacity of this team.

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Working against HIV/AIDS infection

Nelson Karanja Ndegwa
Communications and Brand Strategic Manager
AED/T-MARC Project
Dar es salaam
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Santosh Vijaykumar
Presidential Graduate Research Assistant
Health Communications Research Laboratory
Saint Louis
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The HCRL is involved in developing tailored health messages for underserved populations and uses interactive technologies like kiosks for tailored message dissemination.

Dr. Umar Faruk Jibril
Bayero University, Kano, Dept. of Mass Com
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I work in a training institution which trained a lot of health development workers. I also teach courses in health communication, community mobilization and advocacy in health and related development sectors. I'm an LDM fellow working on Islam and RH in Nigeria. I have worked as communication National Communication consultant for PATHS, Jigawa Stat, Nigeria 2003.

Cristita Cervantes-Triunfante
Bicol Integrated Repro Health Alliance
Legazpi City
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I am the Chairperson of the Bicol Integrated Reproductive Health Alliance(BIRHA), Inc., a regional network composed of 21 NGOs, People's Organizations, and individuals implementing RH-related programs and projects like Adolescent Reproductive health, Women's health and safe motherhood, Family planning, prevention of STIs/HIV/AIDS and policy advocacy work. I am also the Executive Director of MIDAS an NGO focusing on Health and Sustainable Development. MIDAS is a founding member of BIRHA. Currently I am a fellow of the Population Leadership Program of Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

John Baskaran
Social Education and Environmental Development
Salem, India
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Our organization is involved in reproductive health in rural areas and among school children.

Muhammad Aslam Khan
Senior Manager
Karachi, Pakistan
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HANDS is working in the maternal and child health sector for last 20 years. It includes every aspect that promotes health and reduce maternal and child mortality. We are currently working in Provinces of Sindh with integrated approach to support our health program.

Gary Snyder
Assoc. VP - Communications and Marketing
University of South Carolina
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My work involves communications and marketing/branding for the University of South Carolina, and I am also involved with conducting health KAP studies and developing health communications campaigns with Latino immigrants in Ohio and SC, in partnership with colleagues at Ohio University (Tropical Disease Institute), Ohio State University and the University of South Carolina (School of Public Health).

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