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1. "Wising Up" to Alcohol-Related HIV Risk, Cape Town, South Africa
This case study, published by AIDSTAR-One in August 2010, looks at the South African health communication programme Phaphama (which means "wise up" in Zulu and other South African languages), which was designed to reduce alcohol-related sexual risk among patients with sexually transmitted infections (STIs) seeking care at a primary health care clinic. Phaphama ran between 2005 and 2009, and combined counselling to reduce hazardous drinking with HIV risk-reduction counselling in a single 60-minute session. According to the author, the approach has led to documented successes in changing behaviours that are notoriously resistant to change...
2. Community Advocates Training Manual
This manual comprises a curriculum developed as a tool for training community advocates to conduct advocacy activities on the issues of early marriage, HIV/AIDS, and reproductive health. It was produced by Population Council in Nigeria under the HIV Prevention Project for Vulnerable Youth in Northern Nigeria, a projected funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). According to the publishers, the curriculum was developed on the premise that community representatives can speak out on issues concerning their lives and community, if given the necessary skills...
3. Using SMS for HIV/AIDS Education and to Expand the Use of HIV Testing and Counselling Services at the AIDS Information Centre (AIC) Uganda
This report presents the findings of a study conducted by Text to Change and Deuttscher Entwicklungsdienst (DED) that used SMS (text messages) to improve HIV/AIDS knowledge levels and contribute to an increase in the number of people going for HIV counselling and testing (HCT) services in the Lira district of Uganda. According to the report, SMS is a feasible tool that connects users, allowing for the exchange of vital information and expert opinions in near real-time. SMS provides a trusted resource for asking time-sensitive questions, while providing an anonymous forum for gaining insights on potentially sensitive subjects...
4. Berhane Hewan
The Berhane Hewan ("Light for Eve" in Amharic) programme, which ran from 2004 to 2008, was designed to sensitise community members about the dangers of child marriage, prevent early marriage among unmarried adolescents, and provide support for girls who are already married. A project of the Ethiopia Ministry of Youth and Sport and Amhara Regional Youth Bureau, in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund and with technical assistance by the Population Council, the programme included: social mobilisation of adolescent girls aged 10 to 19 led by female mentors; support to stay in school and convening of groups outside of school; and community-wide conversations on early marriage and reproductive health issues affecting girls...
5. Mawa Langa (My Tomorrow) Film
Launched in May 2010, this 51-minute film is designed to be used as an awareness-raising tool to teach children how to protect themselves from HIV/AIDS. Produced in a collaboration between Temwa, Purple Field Productions (PFP), and Youth Net & Counselling (YONECO) in Malawi, the film is designed to be shown in an educational environment, and is distributed with a users' leaflet and suggestions for a wide variety of discussion topics and follow-up activities...
6. Emerging Good Practices in Migration and HIV Programming in Southern Africa
This report, published by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in March 2011, identifies, assesses, and documents emerging best practices based on work done in pilot projects under the IOM's Partnership on HIV and Mobility in Southern Africa (PHAMSA). According to the assessment, using the IOM's health promotion and service delivery (HPSD) project model as a framework helped to guide local partners and ensured a common vision and objectives, but allowed each intervention to be adapted to their own context...
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MULTIPLE CONCURRENT PARTNERSHIPS (MCP)
7. Club Risky Business: A Zambian Television Series Challenges Multiple and Concurrent Sexual Partnerships through the One Love Kwasila! Campaign
This report, published by AIDSTAR-One in December 2010, presents an interactive case study of the ten-episode television programme Club Risky Business, broadcast on Zambian television in 2009. The series examined multiple and concurrent sexual partnerships (MCP) through the engaging stories of three male friends and their partners in the age of HIV. According to the report, this fictional mini-series and its associated One Love Kwasila! multimedia campaign encouraged viewers to protect themselves and their partners by "cutting their connections to HIV..."
8. The Faithful House: Confronting Multiple and Concurrent Partnerships in the Church
This report, published by Catholic Relief Services in May 2010, assesses the effects of The Faithful House (TFH) curricula on TFH trainers' attitudes and practices. TFH is a curricula focusing on fidelity. Using the metaphor of a house, couples are progressively led through different rooms that include, among others: a foundation in God; four pillars of love, respect, faithfulness, and communication; walls representing their values; and windows of forgiveness. The study found that attitudes were positive about HIV testing and about the ability of youth to practice abstinence...
9. Tasankha (Our Choice)
Launched in July 2011, Malawi's Tasankha ("Our Choice") campaign is a multimedia initiative under the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs' BRIDGE II Project, a 5-year, United State Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded behaviour change communication initiative. The Tasankha campaign is working to promote family values and positive behavioural choices in addressing multiple and concurrent partnerships as a key driver of new HIV infections in Malawi, and includes posters, bandanas, and stickers...
10. Chenicheni Nchiti? (What is Real?)
Produced by Johns Hopkins University's Centre for Communication Programs (JHU/CCP) under the Bridge II Project, Chenicheni Nchiti? (What is Real?) is a five-year United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded radio programme that showcases real-life stories of Malawians in an effort to provide information and promote open discussion about HIV. By offering interviews of well-known Malawians, airing reports from community-based correspondents, and taking polls of average citizens, the programme works to address HIV/AIDS issues such as multiple concurrent partnerships, male circumcision, risk reduction, positive prevention, and treatment...
TREATMENT, CARE, AND SUPPORT
11. Tunajali HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment Radio Programme
Launched in June 2010, the Tunajali Care and Treatment Radio Programme in Tanzania is a 30-minute weekly radio programme broadcast by eight radio stations. The programmes aim to provide information and education to people living with HIV (PLHIV), relatives, and the general public on accessing anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs and adherence to treatment, as well as addressing self and imposed stigma attached to HIV status. The radio programme is part of the Tunajali Care and Treatment Programme supported by the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)...
12. Combating HIV and AIDS Related Stigma, Denial, and Discrimination: A Training Guide for Religious Leaders
Published by Religions for Peace in January 2008, this training guide contains both a training manual and a handbook that were designed to provide religious leaders and facilitators with a comprehensive information pack on HIV and AIDS and related stigma, denial, and discrimination, as well as to strengthen their commitment and skills to combat HIV- and AIDS-related stigma and discrimination...
13. HIV and AIDS Advocacy & Media Relations: Handbook and Training Manual for Religious Leaders
Published by Religions for Peace in January 2006, this training manual and handbook were produced to be used together to strengthen the advocacy and media relations skills of religious leaders at both national and community levels. According to the publication, the manual and handbook are designed to expand religious leaders' advocacy efforts on behalf of children orphaned and made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS, with the goal of bringing greater priority to their needs and expanding the response...
14. Toolkit for Positive Change: Providing Family-Focused, Results-Driven and Cost-Effective Programming for Orphans and Vulnerable Children
Published by Save the Children in December 2009, this toolkit shares the key strategies and tools which were used by Ethiopians to address the needs of vulnerable children in their communities during the Positive Change: Children, Communities and Care (PC3) Programme. According to the document, the tools presented are tested, family-based, cost-effective, and child-centred tools that have proven to be effective and have restored hope to half a million Ethiopian children and their families...
15. The 16th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa: "Own, Scale-up and Sustain" (Dec 4 - Dec 8 2011)
The 16th International Conference on AIDS and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in Africa (ICASA) will be held under the theme: 'Own, Scale-Up and Sustain ' in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. ICASA 2011 is designed to provide Africa and the world with an opportunity to review the collective progress made over the years towards universal access and attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), as well as the challenges facing the fight against the epidemic...
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