May 2009 stories (21)

Way of thinking and way of working

SALT Facilitation team sat at a meeting room at the Pontianak BAPEDA. It was a preparatory meeting for the facilitators before the beginning of a 3 days’ workshop on ACP tools at Pontianak. I was one of them. I asked Lulu ( who is from a transgender organization), you have lately working intensely with your transgender community for safe practices, condom use, dissemination of information on HIV/AIDS, tell me when and at what point do you think people start changing their behavior’… Continue

Added by rebeka sultana on May 28, 2009 at 2:21pm — 3 Comments

This is what we've learnt to do...

When people feel free to organize and express themselves... the way they want... results that come are always surprising.

I was amazed to hear an Association of the Visual Impaired People of Mozambique say "we succeeded with our community. We are so demanded to help our people their..". Attention to the words demanded to help! They have such a meaning that is very difficult here to describe. Just for quick getting together, because I believe I might have lost you, they are blind and… Continue

Added by Joao Arnaldo Vembane on May 27, 2009 at 9:39pm — No Comments

Sierra Leone National HIV and AIDS Coalition - Self-assessment of HIV and AIDS Programming in Sierra Leone:May 26, 2009

This is a short report/update on the above action which took place in Sierra Leone on May 26, 2009. The Sierra Leone National HIV and AIDS Coalition, a Civil Society Organization, invited partners/stakeholders to a one-day self-assessment of the National HIV and AIDS Programme which was part of their activities on Global HIV Action Week held at the YWCA Hall. It was an initial stakeholders self-assessment of the National HIV and AIDS Programming which included representatives from the National… Continue

Added by Joseph Senesie on May 27, 2009 at 3:58pm — 6 Comments

Womens Health

Objectives :-

To increase participation and involvement of women in decision-making processes and advocacy activities for their HIV and SRH rights. To decrease in discriminatory practices and attitudes towards women living with HIV/AIDS, to reduce the spread of HIV infection and to mitigate its impact among our target women population and to improve the reproductive & sexual health.

Major Issues and Problems

Women are more vulnerable to the STI’s, HIV… Continue

Added by Rajapanthula Madhavi Ganapathi on May 26, 2009 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

An Indian wealthy engineer or a transgender - who is most vulnerable?

It was already past midnight, but I thought it was time for a SALT visit 30,000 feet above sea level on my way to Kolkata. The Indian guy next to me was an engineer working on ships around the world for 6 months/ year. The other 6 months he spends with his family in Kolkata. After some small talk about work and his fear of losing his job in the economic crisis, he asked about my work. His questions came up: ‘If there are 10 Indians and 1 has HIV, can you see the difference? Can you get it… Continue

Added by Gaston on May 23, 2009 at 7:21pm — 4 Comments

Nagaland Goes The ACP Way

May 4th 2009, Mr. Gaston, touched down at Dimapur 1:30 pm. The much awaited event had arrived, ACP National Review India in Nagaland. Gaston is the first to arrive. The next day, Bobby Zachariah-the Country ACP-Connector and Rituu B Nanda from UNAIDS joined us.

We had been gearing up for this event since September last. Many a hitches had kept the event postponed from December to January, then to March and then finally to May. The final hiccup came in the form of most of the ACP… Continue

Added by Joe Ngamkhuchung on May 22, 2009 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

HIV's spread around Europe

I found this article interesting. It is not just in Africa and Asia that the virus is spreading. Tourists and travellers are spreading it too. But are they acknowledging and recognizing the issue?


Added by Geoff Parcell on May 20, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments


La foire d’échanges, une sorte de conférence interactive pendant laquelle les communautés présentes partagent avec d’autres leurs expériences et apprennent des nouvelles leçons, ne s’était jamais organisée à Kinshasa. Les concertations de Yolo et de Kimbanseke sont les pionniers dans ce domaine.

En effet, le samedi 04 avril 2009, 10 représentants de chaque concertation se sont retrouvés pendant plus de 5 heures à la Paroisse St Hélène de Kimbanseke pour partager leurs expériences. L’une… Continue

Added by Ngabala Eric on May 19, 2009 at 8:05pm — 1 Comment

Observation of IACM day/week and follow up activities in Gujarat

Would like to share the request that we made on 16th May,2009 with the stakeholders in the state to finalize and strengthen the plan of action for averting suicides by the PLHIV in the state.

Dear Friends,

There have been some alarming developments which have led to suicides by four people living with HIV/AIDS in our state in a span of about two months.

Many of these most unfortunate developments could perhaps be a culmination of a series of… Continue

Added by Dr Rajesh Gopal on May 19, 2009 at 3:26pm — 2 Comments

Short Story on Malaria Competence Location: Bonthe District, Southern Sierra Leone

After attending the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Facilitators training on the Malaria Competence Approach in Kenya in May 2005, and due to my preserved need for such a community tool, I introduced the Malaria Competence Approach in Bonthe district, Southern Sierra Leone. The initial simple process for introducing the Competence Approach to communities was by inviting five representatives from each of the 12 chiefdoms in Bonthe district to two-day Community Development Consultative meeting on the… Continue

Added by Joseph Senesie on May 19, 2009 at 3:50am — 3 Comments

Le cadre d'auto évaluation de la santé de la reproduction

Grille d'auto évaluation sur la SR.docHello, je suis membre fondatrice de RDC Compétence,et je travaille actuellement avec CARE International dans un projet de la santé de la reproduction dans le Maniema.J'ai le cadre d'auto évaluation que j'ai adapté à la santé de la reproduction et le met en pièce jointe afin de recevoir vos observations. Merci

Added by Christiane KASORO on May 18, 2009 at 6:33pm — 2 Comments


I strongly feel that development of perspectives and pursuits which are based on community based,community led and community owned approaches can take care of the humongous hurdles the developing countries are facing; especially in the field of health.

The needs based and evidence based planning by the community for interventions which are monitored by the community itself are a definite key to success of such endeavours and are bound to go a long way in improving the scenario of… Continue

Added by Dr Rajesh Gopal on May 15, 2009 at 9:57pm — 4 Comments

Un nouveau-né au Burundi

"On ne joue pas au médecin, on écoute, on partage, on se focalise sur les forces," s'exclame Léandre, lui-même médecin, en parlant des visites SALT faites à Rumonge, au sud du Burundi.

L'équipe des facilitateurs s'est réunie à Bujumbura ce vendredi 15 mai 2009, avec Jean-Louis et Laurence. L'un après l'autre ils partagent leur enthousiasme par rapport à l'approche.

"Lors d'une visite SALT à Gitega, au centre du Burundi, les… Continue

Added by Thérèse NTAHOMPAGAZE on May 15, 2009 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

Un intellectuel retourné : je deviens l’élève des professionnelles du sexe à Dar-es-Salaam

J’ai travaillé pendant des années dans la prévention du VIH au sein de la Filière Café. Tous les hauts cadres de la filière Café étaient considérés comme des experts, dont moi. C’est nous qui expliquions aux autres travailleurs comment faire face au VIH, sans aucune compétence technique prouvée, juste en se basant sur quelque document de prévention. Nous avons même été jusqu’à enseigner la prise en charge, alors que nous n’avions pas l’expérience personnelle dans cette matière.

Un… Continue

Added by José NKURIKIYE on May 15, 2009 at 6:41pm — 6 Comments

What can a dream do for us?

What can a dream do for us?

(I witnessed the magic of a simple yet powerful tool we use in community life competence process (CLCP), building the dream exercise. Thanks to all my group members who facilitated this SALT visit extremely well.)

A tiny, dusty village in outskirts of Dimapur, Northeastern part of India...the sun beginning to set...this was the setting for a community visit where our team of facilitators met a bunch of young boys and girls. We were all…


Added by Rituu B. Nanda on May 15, 2009 at 6:00pm — 8 Comments

Greeting from Marady

Greeting from Marady,

I would like to add the Cambodian Red Cross hoted a National Review which Support by Dusit Duangsa and Goeff.

From 4-6 May 2009, Cambodian Red Cross hosted a National Review Event in NAGAWORLD, Cambodia.

1st and 2nd day of the event 17 participants from CRC, KWCD, CHED, CHC, SCC, WVI, IRD, SHCH, Sihanouk Hospital Center of Hope, Maryknoll, FHI and Cambodian Red Cross.

3rd Day of the workshop 33 participants including 16 addition… Continue

Added by Chhorn Vuthy on May 7, 2009 at 9:24am — 1 Comment

Visites SALT intéressantes dans 2 organisations de Bruxelles

En décembre et ce jeudi 30 avril, nous avons eu l’occasion de faciliter une visite SALT auprès de deux organisations. D’abord l’Asbl Espace P et puis le cabinet d’avocat LouiseLawyers.

Ce fût deux visites SALT extraordinaires !

Le pouvoir du rêve commun et du partage des expériences est à chaque fois confirmé. La porte d’entrée à la discussion n’est pas toujours aisée mais finalement au fil des minutes qui s’écoulent et des partages qui s’installent, les langues se délient, les… Continue

Added by Aude on May 2, 2009 at 4:48pm — 2 Comments

Doctors heal thyselves!

Dear Friends,

We physicians have a privileged position in the society in this part of the world whether we are in the public or private sector.Professionals working in the 'health sector' are still considered with lot of respect which they naturally deserve for the great cause they all are supposed to serve.

Unfortunately there is a lot of mystification,exclusion from the community and sustenance of deliberate efforts to ensure that the 'profession' is kept at a pedestal… Continue

Added by Dr Rajesh Gopal on May 2, 2009 at 2:01pm — 5 Comments

BelCompetence Asbl est née !

Et voilà : BelCompetence est devenue ASBL !

Ce mercredi 29 avril, au terme d’une réunion riche en partage, tellement positive dans les échanges, nous avons décidé de nous lancer officiellement dans l’aventure du SALT 

Mimi et Aicha avaient préparé en beauté cette réunion, avec des documents réfléchis à l’appui pour faciliter les discussions. Elles ont été le moteur de nos discussions et sans cette importante préparation, nous n’aurions pas pu obtenir de tels résultats. Un… Continue

Added by Aude on May 1, 2009 at 6:14pm — 5 Comments

Community Systems Strengthening(CSS) and Swine Flu

Dear All,

The need to specifically look into the ways of strengthening the community systems cannot be emphasized more at any other time than perhaps in the present scenario of the extant(though some still say imminent)pandemic of Influenza A ('swine flu/Mexican flu).

In the past we have always worked on health systems strenghening(HSS) in isolation under the mistaken presumption that it alone would be adequate to ensure access to equitable healthcare ,in an emergency or… Continue

Added by Dr Rajesh Gopal on May 1, 2009 at 5:00pm — 6 Comments

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