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- Date: Sat, 10 Feb 2001 03:10:52 -0500 (EST)
The Drum Beat - 80 - The Communication Initiative
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1. Projet Radio - Madagascar - a 15 month pilot project which placed
freeplay radios in target villages, researched information needs of
rural communities and then incorporated the needs of the assessment
into local language educational broadcasts. Issues dealt with include
animal husbandry, agriculture, family health, sexually transmitted
diseases, and HIV/AIDS. Informational video available.
Contact Yvonne Orengo
2. BBC's "Story of Africa" Radio Programmes - Africa - a weekly se-
ries, made possible by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, runs
for 6 months starting Feb 9. Assess the people and events that have
shaped Africa, from "the dawn of man to Apartheid." Programmes broad-
cast in Africa only, but full broadcasts will be online:
Contact David Stead
3. Alliance for TB Drug Development - Global - a partnership for the
discovery of new drugs to treat TB. The Alliance unveiled a Scien-
tific Blueprint for the discovery and development of new anti-TB
Global Alliance website - http://www.tballiance.org
4. Pcnairobi Mass Media Project - Nairobi - based on a pilot project
(see item #2 at http://www.comminit.com/drum_beat_56.html), the Popu-
lation Council has developed a mass media education campaign on re-
productive health with a weekly live radio call-in talk show to
stimulate debate and fill in knowledge gaps. Newspaper supplements in
the Sunday Nation (English) and Taifa Leo (Kiswahili) will use mate-
rials and questions generated from the talk shows to reinforce mes-
sages and will also serve to inform others who may not have tuned in
to the radio. Letters to the editor will provide additional feedback
for programming the radio talk shows. Promotional activities, post-
ers, T-shirts and radio and newspaper competitions will further in-
crease the target audience's exposure to information and assist in
evaluating the program's impact.
Contact Kwame Asiedu
5. Water, Research & Training Centre (WRTC) for a new Burma - works
to improve Burmese peoples' access to research and training opportu-
nities and education in the sectors of water and rural studies in
Burma and abroad. Also disseminates research findings and works to
protect Burmese watersheds and their environment through advocacy and
participation of the population. Works also to increase equal access
to means of communication and learning among different indigenous
peoples of Burma.
6. Fantsuam Foundation - Nigeria - a registered charity working with
rural communities in Nigeria. They design and implement projects in
partnership with established community groups of women, girls, and
disabled persons, to enable them to achieve healthy and poverty-free
standards of living.
Bytes for All to Trace Missing People in Gujarat - link through the
C. I. Home Page http://www.comminit.com
7. Scout Organisation for Youth Reproductive Health - Arab States -
the UNFPA funded a project "Integration of Youth Reproductive Health
into Boy Scouts & Girl Guides Education & Community Development Pro-
grammes". As a result of national Reproductive Health IEC and advo-
cacy activities carried out by the Girl Guide Association, the Minis-
try of Education issued a decree in 1999 for the creation of a tech-
nical committee for the integration of RH concepts into school cur-
ricula and textbooks. Produced a RH training guide for BS/GG leaders
with sample participatory activity sheets.
Contact Abdulhalim joukhadar
8. Scenarios from the Sahel - Senegal, Mali & Burkina Faso - an
HIV/AIDS prevention project being conducted by and for adolescents
and young adults. Involves a contest of scenarios for short films on
HIV/AIDS. 2 contests have been held in the 3 countries so far - one
in 1997, one in 2000 - run primarily by coalitions of local organisa-
tions. They have attracted over 21,000 participants under the age of
25. 7 films have been created and a further 6 films and a series of
radio dramas will be created soon. Key lesson learned from the con-
tests - this approach effectively encourages young people to explore
existing sources of relevant information and creates an environment
conducive to open discussion of HIV/AIDS and its many implications.
The contest provides a forum for girls and boys to exchange views on
topics generally considered taboo.
Contact Kate Winskell
9. Romany Women's Association in Romania (RWAR) - an NGO formed for
the protection of Romany Women's rights, culture and identity. Main
objectives are to improve Roma women's: situation in the working mar-
ket, chances for education, and access to social health assistance.
Projects have included: Youth reading/writing programme (students who
had progressed in school without learning these basic skills); Inter-
net/PC training for women; Contraceptive and family planning educa-
tion project in 2 small villages; and publication of a newsletter.
Plans for the future include: opening medical clinics in several
small villages, economic development projects, advocacy projects for
Romany women's rights.
Contact Violeta Dumitru
10. "Shiksa Yatra" March for Education - India - a 2 month march, or-
ganised by the South Asian Coalition on Child Servitude, will cover a
distance of 12,000 kms, moving through 20 states, hundreds of vil-
lages and towns, and reaching out to over a million people. The first
leg was launched from a village in the very south of India. All of
the marches will culminate on March 21st in New Delhi. A main objec-
tive of the march is to ensure the immediate passage and implementa-
tion of the 83rd constitutional amendment bill for free, compulsory
and meaningful education for children, especially girls, up to the
age of 18 yrs, with increased provision of quality early childhood
Contact Seema Gaikwad or Shiji Abraham
11. U.S. Coalition for Child Survival Events - USA - Feb 27 Congres-
sional Briefing on "From Disaster Relief to Education: How US Devel-
opment Programs Work", Mar 21 Congressional Briefing on "The Forgot-
ten Killers of Children: Global Infectious Diseases", Apr 7 Local
Global Health forum at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor - Topic:
Maternal & Child Health, Apr 25 Congressional Briefing on "Fortifying
Our Children" on the issue of micro-nutrients.
Contact Samantha Kopman
12. International Women's Media Foundation's Courage in Journalism
Award - Nominations sought to honor women journalists for extraordi-
nary strength of character in pursuing their craft under difficult or
dangerous circumstances. US$2,000 cash prizes. Deadline 15 Mar 2001.
Contact Amy Johnson
Information Dispatch - an Internet based daily news publication. News
dispatched as soon as it is received. Includes an interactive feature
allowing readers to participate in discussion.
Contact Kennedy Mambwe
Centre for Alternative Agricultural Media (CAAM) - supports "any pro-
farmer issue in all possible ways" in India.
Contact Shivaram Pailoor
15. The African Malaria Vaccine Testing Network seeks applications
from African scientists in the employment of African institutions/
Ministries of Health for a 'Workshop on Ethics in Health Research in
Africa' in April 2001. Deadline 19 Feb 2001.
Contact Prof W. L. Kilama
16. E-Conference - 'Knowledge & Information Systems of the Urban Poor
in Developing Countries'. To subscribe, go to:
17. Documents from the Internet 2001 PHMWG Conference are available
on the Population & Health Materials Working Group site:
18. Stop TB Communique - issued monthly to share information and up-
dates on progress in the global partnership movement to stop TB. Stop
TB is a partnership hosted by the WHO.
19. Resource Material Sought - by Adilisha, a project that uses work-
shops and distance learning to strengthen the campaigning and organ-
isational capacities of human rights organisations in Southern Af-
rica. Seeking materials on: Investigation of human rights violations;
Monitoring & reporting (criminal proceedings, elections); Campaigning
& advocacy; Organisational management & leadership; Financial manage-
ment & fundraising; and, Use of the internet for research & advocacy.
Contact Anil Naidoo
20. Call for Papers - for a special issue of "Communication Theory"
entitled "Communication Theory & Entertainment-Education." Deadline 1
Apr 2001. For info,
contact Arvind Singhal
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