August 2009 stories (12)

Long Live 'Life" : Zindagi Zindabad !!!!

The major hurdles in the control of HIV and AIDS are poor awareness about the ways of transmission and the strategies to prevent HIV and AIDS; as aggravated by the prevalent gender inequality. Myths and misconceptions about the infection, stigma and discrimination towards people living with HIV (PLHIV) and what have you, are still the other obstacles in the ongoing pursuits for all the prevention, care, support and treatment measures.

To meet these challenges, major campaigns have… Continue

Added by Dr Rajesh Gopal on August 31, 2009 at 7:39pm — 3 Comments

CHED in Cambodia


A local non-profit NGO dedicated to build a healthy and

Sustainable future for the people of Cambodia

CHED [Cambodian Health Education Development] is a nationally renowned local NGO that has individually and collaboratively designed and implemented a plethora of health education programs and health promotion within Cambodian communities. It has been a reputable presence in the health education and health promotion sector since its establishment from the International… Continue

Added by Vichet LOK on August 29, 2009 at 7:46am — 4 Comments

Disclosure- a turning point in my life

One of the tools I have been using to work towards "normalization" of HIV is disclosure. I have come out with my HIV+ status to show those who considered HIV as pertaining to excluded populations that HIV can come into anyone's life.

I got the impression that people around could not see HIV as related with 'normal people'. So I decided to go public so that I could show others that it could happen to anybody, it was among us in our communities. I think that the use of that tool… Continue

Added by MariJo on August 20, 2009 at 6:30pm — 5 Comments

Acknowledgment and Recognition

Acknowledgment: This blog is written from a skype interview that Rituu B. Nanda conducted on the Author

Both the words Acknowledgment and Recognition, appear at the first sight to be the same. However, there is a small difference. Acknowledgment, we use, as when I am writing a book, I say, I acknowledge R's work in editing, rewriting, and so on. Here the main work is mine, and I acknowledge the inputs of another person called R, who is helping my… Continue

Added by Dr. E. Mohamed Rafique on August 13, 2009 at 4:00pm — 12 Comments

Guidelines of NACO,Government of India for PLHIV in reference to H1N1


All HIV infected persons, especially those with low CD4 count, are more prone to get different bacterial and viral infection as compared to general population. At the present time, there is no information about the risk of the H1N1 in people with HIV/AIDS. However, HIV-infected persons, especially persons with low CD4 cell counts, children less than 5 years, pregnant women and elderly persons are at higher risk for complications and rapid… Continue

Added by Dr Rajesh Gopal on August 11, 2009 at 10:51pm — 2 Comments

Jalukie village scores high on inclusion!

{This is a contribution by Fr Joe Ngamkhuchung of People in Need Foundation, Northeast India. I wish I could convey the joy and pride in his voice when he spoke to me today. Irang, you are doing great. Keep going ! }

If ACP means Community Power, they are already there! Along with the Chairman and the Council members of the Village, were the youth and student leaders, during the SALT visit on 7th August 2009.

Dimapur ACP facilitation team led by Joe… Continue

Added by Rituu B. Nanda on August 10, 2009 at 8:09pm — 2 Comments

Learning to listen more carefully

Recently I have had the pleasure of spending time at 2 meetings with, let us call him, John from Uganda.

After a little while, I noticed that John had the habit of quietly raising his hand (yes, it is possible to raise your hand quietly) and asking a question.

And often the question was about someone else's question. Had we understood this question correctly? And, if so, had the answer that had been given to this question been satisfactory? And very often, the answer to… Continue

Added by Phil on August 7, 2009 at 7:25pm — 8 Comments

Learning event at Papua, Indonesia was learning event for us as facilitators

1. What went well?

 When we went for SALT visit at the first workshop, one group visited the same community twice was really useful. The first visit is more for building a relationship and trust. But at the second one (because of the successful of the first visit) is more to the advanced process; facilitated community we visited to build their own dream and how to reach them. This is like a ‘process with a follow up’.

 When we facilitated this learning event, we – as facilitators –… Continue

Added by chandra nurhasz on August 7, 2009 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Whither male circumcision in South Asia ?

Though the vulnerabilities to HIV of the South Asia population have been clearly delineated, the moot point is if we are ready to implement a comprehensive strategic evidence-generated intervention (say in a large country like India) or not.

It is unfortunate that there is a tendency to consider male circumcision as an effective strategy for the Sub –Saharan countries with high HIV prevalence only.

It is ironical that the entire spectrum of predisposition to HIV and… Continue

Added by Dr Rajesh Gopal on August 6, 2009 at 4:32pm — No Comments

How to ensure GIPA within PLHIV community/Networks

I am working as a National GIPA coordinator for five north India states through INP+ and supported by UNDP, India. After working so many years on GIPA I am still not able to understand what dose GIPA means, when it comes to internal advocacy within PLHIV community? Is it increase accountability, is it to improve the quality of services to other PLHIV, is it a involvement at decision making process where community is taking decisions for community? The whole advocacy component in Indian PLHIV… Continue

Added by MANOJ PARDESHI on August 4, 2009 at 10:40am — 4 Comments

Comment je suis devenu un fan de la RD-Congo

Un peu nerveux, je descends de l’avion de Nairobi. Enfin, j’entre la République Démocratique du Congo. 2 semaines à parler français dans un pays qui est normalement associé dans les journaux avec ‘un désordre’. Quand je disais à beaucoup de mes amis et famille que j’irais en RDC, ils ont dit : ‘Wow, ça n’est pas facile’ ou ‘pfff, ce sera un voyage dur dans un pays dur!’.

En fait, pour résumer ma mission en une phrase : ‘La RDC est un des… Continue

Added by Gaston on August 4, 2009 at 9:33am — 5 Comments

How I became a fan of DR-Congo

A little nervous I stepped out of the airplane from Nairobi. Finally, stepping foot in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 2 weeks of French speaking in a country that is generally known in the press as ‘being a mess’. When I told many of my friends or family that I was going to DRC, many would say: ‘Wow, that must not be easy’ or ‘pfff, tough trip’.

Well to sum up my trip in one sentence: ‘DRC is one of the most impressive countries with the… Continue

Added by Gaston on August 4, 2009 at 9:32am — 4 Comments

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