HCMN News – March 23, 2007
(Visit https://m-mc.org/spotlight/tb_special/index.php for a version of this Spotlight in HTML format) In order to combat TB, the Federal Government in Nigeria introduced the WHO-recommended TB Directly Observed Treatment Short Course (DOTS) in 2001, and the Federal Ministry of Health plans to expand this program in all States. The following flipchart and poster are among the many materials developed by Jigawa State Ministry of Health and Partnerships for Transforming Health Systems (PATHS) to promote the DOTS program in Jigawa State: http://db.jhuccp.org/mmc/media/FCNGA14.PDF , http://db.jhuccp.org/mmc/media/PONGA366.PDF
AIDS Action" newsletter: "AIDS Action - China Edition" or ‘Aizi Ni Wo Tan’ is a new quarterly publication targeted at frontline health workers and community groups involved in HIV and AIDS work. Designed to fill an existing communication gap, its aim is to provide a forum for practical suggestions and information to assist readers in planning and carrying out community-based prevention and care. "AIDS Action - China Edition" is jointly published by Healthlink Worldwide and China HIV/AIDS Information Network (CHAIN), and is based on the successful model used by the international edition of "AIDS Action", produced by Healthlink Worldwide between 1987 and 2001. In line with Healthlink Worldwide's increasing focus on local production of health information, "AIDS Action - China Edition" is the latest in a series of regional editions of the newsletter. Published in Chinese, it features a mix of both local and relevant international content, and is guided by an editorial advisory group consisting of both Chinese and overseas members, who bring with them many years of experience in HIV and AIDS prevention and care. For further enquires, please contact: Todd Owen - Programme Coordinator (Beijing) Healthlink Worldwide / CHAIN Partnership Phone: +86 13426200553 Email:
Where the Heart Listens: New book just published – A Handbook for Parents and their Allies in a Global Society. Go to: Written by HCMN member Eve Sullivan of the Parents Forum! Go to http://www.parentsforum.org/book/index.html for more information.
Imagining a World Without AIDS - A HISTORY of the INTERNATIONAL AIDS VACCINE INITIATIVE, December, 2006. The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative is pleased to announce the publication of Imagining a World without AIDS: A History of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative. Marking IAVI's 10th anniversary since its founding in 1996, this document examines IAVI's history, including achievements and challenges. It also includes a timeline of critical points for IAVI and the AIDS vaccine field, as well as a review of the research and development, policy and advocacy initiatives that have been undertaken as part of the effort to speed a safe and effective AIDS vaccine for use throughout the world. Print copies are available by contacting or the document may be viewed and downloaded from the web at http://www.iavi.org/history. In addition to this resource, we have also developed an accompanying multimedia presentation that is available at http://www.iavi.org/iaviat10
2007 Leadership in Strategic Health Communication course: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs is pleased to announce the 2007 Leadership in Strategic Health Communication: Making a Difference in Infectious Diseases, HIV/ AIDS and Reproductive Health course. The course responds to changing health needs around the world and provides for a more need based course content incorporating some of the latest thinking on leadership development and applies them to strategic health communication planning. Its modular structure allows specialization through "multi-track" sessions on three core areas: Infectious diseases with special attention to tuberculosis and malaria, HIV/AIDS and reproductive health. The workshop is scheduled for June 4-22, 2007. The workshop fee is now offered at a discounted rate of US $5450.00 with a $50.00 application fee if paid by March 15, 2007. The optional coaching phase fee is $400.00. Fees paid after March 30, 2007 will be paid at the regular $5,700.00 for the classroom phase and $700.00 for the optional coaching phase. This cost does not include hotel accommodations, travel, and per diem. Please visit our website at http://www.jhuccp.org/training/Workshop/Advances.htm for application and sponsorship forms.
Photoshare Contest Winners: Photo from India Honored in 4th Annual Photoshare Photo Contest Sponsored By Hopkins' INFO Project and Canon - www.photoshare.org/contest/2006/06winners.php: A photo of a polio-affected boy participating in an athletic meet in Chandigarth, India won 1st Place/Best of Show at the 4th Annual Photoshare Photo Contest. Pradeep Tewari submitted the winning photo in the competition sponsored by The INFO Project at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's/Center for Communication Programs (CCP) and Canon. INFO is a reproductive health knowledge-sharing resource supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). INFO's Photoshare service helps international non-profits communicate health and development issues through photography. By facilitating photo sharing among colleagues in international development, Photoshare has become a leading source for editorial development photography. The Photoshare collection, consisting primarily of photos taken by public health professionals in the field, contains thousands of images illustrating the realities of urban and rural life in developing countries, as well as global efforts to improve and save lives, www.photoshare.org. Open to amateurs and professionals alike, the contest drew interest from around the globe, including more than 294 participants who submitted more than 941 photos shot in 94 different countries.
Impact of an Avian Influenza Campaign in Egypt: Communication Impact—“Communication for Healthy Living’s Campaign Improves Response to Avian Influenza in Egypt.” - Eighty-six percent of the adult population in Egypt were able to recall messages from the communication campaign, which included broadcast and print materials as well as community outreach activities. Seventy-eight percent of those who could recall a message, compared to 55% who could not, reported taking at least one protective action, including avoiding contact with birds, keeping children and the elderly away from poultry, and washing their hands and utensils more carefully after preparing poultry. The Communication for Healthy Living (CHL) Project, whose core partners include the Ministry of Health and Population and the Ministry of Information/State Information Service, worked well before any outbreak, under the “Your Health Is Your Wealth” Program, to develop an integrated package of communication interventions. The CHL Project was implemented by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health/Center for Communication Programs through the Health Communication Partnership. For a paper copy, please email: or go to http://www.jhuccp.org/orders/orderform.php
Dr. Vipin Varma
Dr. Urvashi Chandra
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