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  • Date: Sun, 16 Dec 2001 10:09:14 -0500 (EST)

The Drum Beat - 124 - from The Communication Initiative

We wish you a warm and joyous celebration season and we look forward
to sharing with you and contributing to your work in the New Year.



1. Yellow Card - Africa - a movie created to address issues of teen
pregnancy and safe sex explores what happens when a boy is held ac-
countable for his actions. Traveling road shows bring the movie to
rural, hard-to-reach locations. Trained facilitators travel with the
road shows, teaching leaders at schools, churches, and youth clubs to
use a Yellow Card support video and manual to guide adolescents
through discussions about the movie's themes - including relation-
ships, sex, AIDS, responsibility, communication, and life goals.
There is also a website about the process and characters of Yellow
Contact <mfdvrc@pci.co.zw>

2. Information Center & Advisory Services in Health (CISAS) - Nicara-
gua - offers educational, informational and social communication ser-
vices in the field of community health. They disseminate publica-
tions, pamphlets and flyers to sentitise and raise awareness of
health issues and they hold trainings and workshops among the commu-
nities in which they work. A main component of their overall strategy
includes 'Investigation, Systematization, & Monitoring' directed at
the knowledge of the situation by the communities as a point of de-
parture for initiating processes of change.
Contact James Campbell <cedoc@cisas.org.ni>

3. Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) - an international Network
that provides information, solidarity and support for all women whose
lives are shaped, conditioned or governed by laws and customs said to
derive from Islam. They work to promote exposure of women from one
geographical area to another in and outside the Muslim world and fa-
cilitate common projects identified by and executed through network
Contact <wluml@wluml.org>

4. Chevron Workplace AIDS Prevention Programme (CWAPP) - Nigeria - to
address the problem of HIV/AIDS as a result of, among other things: a
survey that revealed high levels of ignorance and misconceptions
about the disease; the presence of sexual networking at oil loca-
tions; and the high level of sexually transmitted diseases detected
at these locations and community health centers. Consists of a lec-
ture of basic facts blended with jokes, cartoons, poetry, drama, mu-
sic video shows and story telling. Q&A sessions and handouts on
HIV/AIDS/STDs, safer sex practices, condom promotion and positive
living complement the lecture. Workshops on HIV/AIDS in the workplace
for health workers, managers and union leaders are ongoing.
Contact Bode-law Faleyimu <Bofa@chevron.com>

5. Telemedicine project - Brazil - includes 2 main applications. A
Diagnosis Radiological Station - software that allows remote access
to radiological images of a hospital. And a Virtual Diagnosis Room -
software that can be used with the Radiological Station to let many
physicians in different places see and analyze the same image set,
interact with the images, and to share a report editor in a chat mode
and common audio channel.
Contact <pcg@certi.org.br>

6. UNESCO's Community Radio Stations - Mozambique - UNESCO is working
to establish 8 new community radio stations, in addition to support-
ing the 4 stations that they already have on-air. 4 factors were
identified to minimise vulnerability and ensure sustainability of
these stations: a strong community ownership; an effective training
and capacitation; a technical sustainability system; and financial
sustainability through community commitment and limiting costs.
Contact Birgitte Jallov <bjallov@mediamoz.com>

7. Boys' Talk Radio Series - Global - a series of 5 features from
around the world that give young men the chance to talk freely about
their attitudes to sex, drugs, alcohol and girls - and growing up
alongside the AIDS epidemic. Series titles are: 1) Growing up in Af-
rica; 2) Injecting HIV In Ukraine; 3) Macho young men in Brazil; 4)
Beer & casual sex in Zambia; 5) Young & Old in Uganda.
Contact Kelly Hawrylyshyn <kellyh@panoslondon.org.uk>


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8. December 18 - an online network for the promotion and protection
of the Rights of Migrant Workers. Provides interactive tools, includ-
ing databases, documents and a search engine.

9. Health Communication Materials Network (HCMN) - provides a forum
for health communication specialists to share ideas, information, and
samples of materials with their colleagues, and to seek advice and
suggestions from others.
To apply, contact <sleibtag@jhuccp.org>


We have a NEW Links section - Consulting Organisations



10. 'Participatory Communication to Strengthen the Role of Grandmoth-
ers in Child Health' from the Journal of International Communication,
by Aubel & Sihalathavong. Presents a case study from a community pro-
ject in Laos in which a participatory health education and communica-
tion strategy was used to promote changes in community norms related
to child health by strengthening the role of grandmothers. Methodol-
ogy involved stories, songs and group discussion which elicited col-
lective critical thinking and problem-solving.
Contact Judy Aubel <jatao@is.com.fj>


11. Jonathan Mann Award - presented annually to a leading practitio-
ner in health and human rights, be it an individual or organisation.
Cash prize of US$20,000 to allow recipients freedom to pursue their
work in the area of global health and human rights. Deadline: Feb 1

12. Sound Partners for Community Health Grants (US-based) - for the
creation of radio and television programming and outreach that en-
courages citizen action in 5 key health care areas: Strengthening the
Community during Difficult Times; Providing Health Care for Children;
Caring for the Chronically Ill; Improving Quality of Care; and, New
Approaches to Reducing Addiction. Deadline for preliminary proposals:
Feb 1 2002.

13. Gold Quill Awards - includes development communications, with a
new division covering communication programmes focused on economic,
social, environmental, and 3rd World development, including popula-
tion and health issues. Deadline: Feb 6 2002.


14. CISAS Child-to-Child Methodology - The basic unit of the Child-
to-Child project is the community team. Each team is made up of 10-15
children between the ages of 7-12 years. One or two adults from the
community support each team. Each team has a CISAS Educator assigned
to it, who meets regularly with the team. At the end of the projects,
the teams will have acquired the necessary skills to continue to work
independently of CISAS...


15. The Hoot, South Asia's media watch web portal is hosting an
online community radio conference focussed on India, which does not
as yet permit community radio broadcasting. The conference runs up to
Jan 31 and brings in policy makers, practitioners and supporters of
community radio to discuss what can be done to make community radio a
reality in India.
Contact Sevanti Ninan <sevantininan@vsnl.com>


16. "Make a Difference": A Strategic & Multisectoral Approach to
HIV/AIDS Communication Workshop will be in Maryland, USA from April
22 - May 10, 2002. For US and International decision-makers, adminis-
trators, health educators, programme officers, managers and donor
agency field staff working on HIV/AIDS. Deadline for applications:
Jan 15 2002.
Contact Nicole G. Bouver <nbouver@jhuccp.org>


The Drum Beat seeks to cover the full range of communication for de-
velopment activities. Inclusion of an item does not imply endorsement
or support by The Partners.

Please send material for The Drum Beat to
The Editor
Deborah Heimann

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