October 2009 stories (15)

AIDS Competence Going to Supiori.

From 3-7 November later, there will be a training to the Peer Educator in Supiori ( a small town in Papua). The training it self is held by Health Department Kabupaten Supiori and Unicef. The good news is I got the chance to share the AIDS Competemce Process with the participant, and they are also want to have SALT team in their place. I am still thinking of the good way to do it, because this means that the KPA and Health Department in there have to be more intensive in doing the monitoring of… Continue

Added by Gracia Augusta Temongmere on October 29, 2009 at 10:14am — 5 Comments

When village headmen lead the response to HIV…

Village headmen in my Village Kithituni are usually elected by people. They serve as volunteers with no salary from the government or from any other source. The people who elect them give them the mandate to lead from the front. Village leaders can really mobilize and organize the people to respond. We have seen village headmen steer strong the links between homes and neighbourhood conversations often facilitated by a team to big heights.

Issues are recognised

In May… Continue

Added by Onesmus Mutuku on October 28, 2009 at 11:30pm — 9 Comments

One step of ACP -

A short workshop on ACP in Dimapur helped me a lot on understanding of ACP in practice with community. It made a way for me to Aizawl workshop on ACP held in Nov’ 2009. A great vision from ACP scholars was realized by me. It gave me a new shape on ACP than Dimapur. The true vision of ACP was seen in Dinthar village and ITI site in Aizawl. A highly successful community based approach of the Community Health Action Network (CHAN), Aizawl towards life competence. Here, thanks to the promoter -… Continue

Added by Ibrahim Parvez on October 28, 2009 at 9:41pm — 3 Comments

Working on the dream to make safe blood accessible to all the needy!

We in Gujarat are working to minimize all possibilities of transmission of HIV

and other infections through transfused blood along with prevention of avoidable

deaths for lack of blood ,say at the time of childbirth.

Repeat voluntary blood donation supplemented with quality standardized blood banking practices

with a reorganized blood services with functional blood storage centres in tribal/rural and difficult to reach

unserved and undeserved areas, may realize… Continue

Added by Dr Rajesh Gopal on October 26, 2009 at 3:16pm — 2 Comments

What is your experience with Truckers on HIV?

The Constellation has embarked on an exciting initiative to connect Indian and Kenyan communities to share their local experiences on truckers through innovative techniques.This will be a pilot to explore and learn more on connecting local responses virtually through multiple modes- stories learned via exchange on aids competence network, SALT visits, video chat and e-discussion.

We began the process by formation of the India-Kenya group wherein some members shared their work… Continue

Added by Rituu B. Nanda on October 20, 2009 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

witnessing the sacrifice

It was indeed a great experience for me. landing on Mizoram is landing on the pool of ACP. people there were amazing, we enjoyed being a citizen for short period yet worthy of time, the untiring volunteers, the teams, the blood donations.

moreover, the echoing children and family members of Prabarkar, Bheri and Bobby, which indeed is chalenging from their part as wel as the family part. when they have time for the people in the world, they dont have time for thier family, when others'… Continue

Added by irangbui on October 18, 2009 at 1:58pm — 2 Comments

On its way to life competence…Mizoram, Northeast India

I went looking for an AIDS competent community but I had a surprise in store - the high degree of competence among Mizos on a range of issues.

Mizos have a strong community feeling which in recent years has been strengthened by organisations like Community Health Action Network (CHAN) and Young Mizo Association (YMA).

I was in Mizoram for an ACP event and what first caught my eye was the presence of a large number of volunteers at the venue. Volunteers in… Continue

Added by Rituu B. Nanda on October 15, 2009 at 7:00pm — 7 Comments

A communication from the network of PLHIV of Gujarat,India--GSNP+

Milestones in the journey of GSNP+: Participatory changes in Government Policy through advocacy of GSNP+ for the People Living with HIV & AIDS in Gujarat

GSNP+ introduction

Gujarat State Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (GSNP+) is a network of HIV Positive people of Gujarat. GSNP+ is registered under Society Act on 6th February 2003 with the efforts of seven people living with HIV/AIDS at Surat . The objective of the network is to work for the people living with… Continue

Added by Dr Rajesh Gopal on October 13, 2009 at 10:06pm — No Comments

Workshop on Designing Health Insurance Scheme for HIV Positive and Families in Gujarat,India

Workshop on Designing Health Insurance Scheme for HIV Positive and Families in Gujarat

The 2006 estimates in India suggest that the adult HIV prevalence to be approximately 0.36 percent, amounting to between 2 and 3.1 million people directly affected by this disease ([1]). If an average figure is taken, this comes to 2.5 million people living with HIV and AIDS. The concern is that the prevalence is high in the 15-49 age group (88.7 percent of all infections), indicating that AIDS… Continue

Added by Dr Rajesh Gopal on October 13, 2009 at 9:55pm — No Comments

Learning about Appreciation from outside the Constellation

In my work outside the Constellation, I have just learned a very powerful lesson about Appreciation. I thought I would share it.

I have been working with a colleague quite closely over the last 12 months. Recently, I commented to her that I always seemed to learn a lot from her even though we often seemed to look at things in different ways.

Her comment was that even when she couldn’t understand my point of view she felt very confident that I had thought about it carefully… Continue

Added by Phil on October 12, 2009 at 12:37pm — 2 Comments


At the end of July, 27-31 July 2009 UNFPA in cooperation with AIDS Commission Papua Province just held a workshop on AIDS Competence. The participations come from many NGOs and AIDS Commission Papua Province, Merauke Regency, Jayapura Regency, and Jayapura City1. After the event, AIDS Commission from Jayapura City held the same event for the Peer Educators in this city. They were trained from 2-3 October 2009. In this short time, facilitators that have been following the previous workshop… Continue

Added by Gracia Augusta Temongmere on October 10, 2009 at 9:55am — 7 Comments

The Evolution from AIDS Competence to Community Life Competence

This is an exploration. Please read it as such.

In the AIDS Competence Self Assessment framework, we have 10 practices. The first six are related to AIDS Competence (with the emphasis on AIDS) and the last four are related to AIDS Competence (with the emphasis on Competence).

When we talk about the practice of ‘Access to Treatment’, we are dealing with the specific issues related to AIDS. But when we are talking about ‘Mobilising Resources’, we are dealing… Continue

Added by Phil on October 9, 2009 at 8:10pm — 2 Comments

Acknowledgement and Recognition- the flip side

I was following Rafique’s blog on acknowledgement and recognition and found it invigorating as well as intriguing. Rafique enlists the positive effects of this on the receiver, giver and the community. He suggests that acknowledgement and recognition are a step towards better performance of the individual (so far so good) and the team (this is where it gets tricky). This set me thinking...and hence this blog, my first one (Thanks Rafique!).

While agreeing with Rafique and others who… Continue

Added by Meera Mishra on October 7, 2009 at 3:50pm — 12 Comments

An appeal to all with greetings on the birth anniversaries of two great humans!

Greetings on Mahatma Gandhi's Jayanti(140th birth anniversary of the father of the Indian Nation Mr.M.K.Gandhi) on 2nd October,2009.

The birth anniversary of the apostle of truth and non-violence coincides with the birth anniversary of another myriad minded mentor of men and a passionate patriot--the second Prime Minister of India Mr.Lal Bahadur Shastri.

Let us all work on the ideals laid down by them in all our endeavours.

The difference between what we… Continue

Added by Dr Rajesh Gopal on October 3, 2009 at 11:17am — 2 Comments

International Day for the Older Persons(1st October) and the (Indian) National Voluntary Blood Donation Day (1-10-2009)

Observation of the National Voluntary Blood Donation Day (1-10-2009) ,which coincides

with the International Day for the Older Persons,was carried out with zeal and dedication in the

different states of India.

First October is celebrated every year as the National Voluntary Blood Donation Day in

the entire country. All those committed to the crusade for promotion of voluntary blood

donation movement, consider this day as an opportunity to address the issue with… Continue

Added by Dr Rajesh Gopal on October 2, 2009 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

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