November 2009 stories (20)

…we were not the experts, they were…, says Joan Hoxsey

(This is a story from Joan Hoxsey on Life competence. She is the Managing Partner of AIC, a global consulting organization dedicated to lifting up Appreciative Inquiry across the world. She is based in Ohio, US. Thanks Joan for sharing this beautiful, inspiring experience. The story reflects my favourite quote- "I can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses. It's all how you look at it." ~ J. Kenfield Morley)

Joan- We have been… Continue

Added by Rituu B. Nanda on November 29, 2009 at 11:00pm — 2 Comments

SALT visit to Indian Pineapple village

SALT visit to Molvom village

Molvom village is known as Indian Pineapple village which is nearly 30km from Dimapur in Nagaland. ACP facilitators’ team was invited by Mr Haolai for a SALT visit to his village on 5th Nov 2009. The team was given a warm welcome when they reached at 7pm.

Immediately after arrival, an announcement was made through the public address system and men, women and youth gathered even though they had just arrived from the farm.

The team members… Continue

Added by Bheri M R on November 26, 2009 at 5:30am — 4 Comments

Last night a flower bloomed infront of the Hotel

During the first evening of Indonesia Knowledge Fair we all went to SALT visit in small groups. This was not organized as we decided to practice the SALT with the people we would meet. We are now clear in our minds that SALT is not a visit but a way of life

SALT is appreciating our lives:

“I found a new way to know my child” - Exkuwin, Jakarta

“For the first time I asked my baby sitter about her life” - Wiwin,… Continue

Added by rebeka sultana on November 25, 2009 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

second chance for fixing

We were at Manonjaya, West Java last week, together with JL, Rebeka, Lulu, Mustain (friend from Singkawang, West Kalimantan) and I. Jl has shared about this subdistrict and how beautiful a view at the side along the way.

At the second day, I facilitated the session of reflection. I proposed the question for all of us: when you woke up this morning, what did you think of? Well, this was actually an easy question. So I just said this question to audience. Some of participants gave an… Continue

Added by chandra nurhasz on November 23, 2009 at 10:26pm — 10 Comments

Eduquer à la sagesse

Chers amis

Il ne suffit pas que les universités enseignent la science. Elles se doivent d'éduquer à la sagesse.

En annexe (lien sous le texte anglais), un petit speech, que j’ai prononcé le 15 novembre à l'occasion du centenaire l’association des anciens de la Fac de Médecine à l'Université de Louvain.

Bonne lecture!



Dear Friends,

Universities should… Continue

Added by Jean-Louis Lamboray on November 23, 2009 at 6:00am — No Comments

Manonjaya welcomes Lulu

After a six hours drive West of Jakarta through the beautiful scenery of mountains and deep green rice fields, mixed with the trappings of urban growth, we reach Tasikmalayan, Another 30 minutes and we are in Manonjaya sub-district. We are close to Sumatra Island, and the recent earthquake there has taken its toll on its beautiful mosque. .

Something incredible happens in this land of strict Muslim religion. Lulu, a beautiful transgender person,… Continue

Added by Jean-Louis Lamboray on November 20, 2009 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

SALT Approach Integrated Within CMDRR

In September this year, Constellation AIDS and International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) have entered into a partnership agreement for a one and half year period. The project is to pilot integration of the SALT approach of the Constellation AIDS within the Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction (CMDRR) approach of IIRR in to two Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) project sites in Ethiopia: Borena and Dire Dawa. In these locations, among other high prevalent disaster risk threats… Continue

Added by Zerihun Lemma Damenu on November 19, 2009 at 1:35pm — 9 Comments

En RDCongo, les Concertations Sida se décident de prendre un autre élan

Au Secrétariat de RDCCompétence, ce vendredi 23 octobre, les responsables de toutes les concertations de Kinshasa ont organisé, au secrétariat de RDCCompétence, une rencontre de réflexion.

L’objectif de cette rencontre était de faire le point sur l’état d’avancement des activités de leurs concertations et trouver le mécanisme de renforcement de la collaboration entre les concertations et les zones de santé. C’était comme leur propre autoévaluation. Ils ont réfléchis sur ce qui… Continue

Added by Samuel Michael MUSEY on November 16, 2009 at 8:04pm — 3 Comments

Debate on Gay Rights at Association of Medical Consultants - Mumbai

Vikram Phukan, Editor of Bombay Dost magazine spoke at the Association of Medical Consultants on Sunday 8th November 2009 in Mumbai.

I am posting his speech for members

*Debate Topic: Are Gay Rights here to Stay ? AMC , Mumbai , Leela Kempinski

, 8th November 2009*

*Proposition Panel: *Dr. Harish Shetty, Dr. Junaid Alam, Mr. Vikram Phukan

*Opposition Panel:* Dr. Kushal Mittal , Dr. S.N Aggarwal , Fr. Fergoz

Vikrams Speech :

Good… Continue

Added by Vivek Anand on November 10, 2009 at 3:25pm — 1 Comment

methods of selecting ACP village

For ACP to become a community practice, the community involvement is essential right from the start. Keeping this as an approach, “People in Need foundation” convened a meeting of the leaders of the proposed five ACP villages and had a detailed discussion on the process of ACP and its advantages for the villages.

The meeting held on 14th October 2009 was attended by sixteen leaders from 5 cluster villages around Molvom village of Nagaland and after thorough discussions unanimously… Continue

Added by Joe Ngamkhuchung on November 10, 2009 at 2:21pm — 3 Comments

SALT Visit with Truckers, Nagaland

Hello all,

Below is the summary of the SALT visit conducted by teh Truckers TI Team and the ACP Team in Nagaland led by Bijoya, the project Manager of Truckers TI.

An exploratory SALT visit was done on 5th November 2009 at 3:30pm to Lahorijan, the parking area where trucks from various part of the country are stationed on the National Highway 39. The drivers were busy cooking and getting ready to work. The team comprised of Bijoya from… Continue

Added by Joe Ngamkhuchung on November 10, 2009 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

Blood Security---access to safe blood as a right of the patient!

A well-organised Blood Transfusion Service (BTS) must be considered as an essential and integral component of any healthcare delivery system.

India does have a sound national blood policy (development of the same was incidentally largely facilitated by the Gujarat SACS), but the absence of a functional national blood service renders a patient hapless and helpless at the critical moments.

In event of a road traffic accident or any medical/surgical emergency, a patient is,… Continue

Added by Dr Rajesh Gopal on November 9, 2009 at 11:33am — 2 Comments

Appreciative Inquiry to advancing youth SRHR on ICPD Agenda

On October 2009, 120 NGOs leaders from 80 country including young leaders is gathered in Berlin to make evaluation about International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) agenda implementation to marking 15 years of anniversary. As a tools of documentation we are proceeding the establishment 2 documents: Berlin call for action and Strategic Option for NGOs. Not to forget to mention, these document is pretty much accommodating youth statement in many aspect. And these documents is… Continue

Added by Rachel Arinii on November 8, 2009 at 8:13pm — 2 Comments

Religion and Same-Sex Attraction

Our sexual drive is a powerful force—so powerful that many civilizations have believed it must be regulated in order to avoid conflict. By establishing rules of conduct, a society sets up a standard of correct behavior, or morals, that every individual is expected to uphold. A society's sexual morals are often based on a religion or philosophy that is predominant in that culture. However, not all members of a particular society necessarily believe in the same religion or philosophy and,… Continue

Added by Ernest Noronha on November 6, 2009 at 4:08pm — No Comments

Living Buddha, Living Christ... through SALT

Two weeks ago we had lunch with Khun Praseut or ‘Deeng’ -his nick-name. Deeng is from Thailand and he coordinates the Interfaith Network of Thailand. We explored with him why he became a Christian growing up in a Buddhist country. I listened attentively because I made a similar journey, growing up as a Christian but practicing Buddhism in my daily life.

Deeng started: “Actually, my father is a Buddhist and my mother is a Christian, so I was brought up with both religions. For me all… Continue

Added by Laurence Gilliot on November 5, 2009 at 12:23pm — 7 Comments

MSM Truckers and male and transgendered sex workers experience in Mumbai, India

From the early to mid 1990s, India’s burgeoning HIV/AIDS epidemic was labeled “a heterosexual epidemic”, which led to the assumption that transmission through same sex encounters was negligible. Emerging evidence has shown that men who have sex with men (MSM) in India constitute an extremely diverse population, many of whom are living apparently heterosexual lives, but who are actually engaged in risk-taking behavior with either same sex or both same sex and opposite sex partners. This… Continue

Added by Ernest Noronha on November 5, 2009 at 11:06am — 2 Comments

Working through Public Private partnership in providing Quality STI care

Dear Members,

THIS is one area where I want members to provide me information, guidance, views and case studies on successful model on Public Private partneship in providing quality STI clinical services to difficult to reach population especially, Truckers and Migrants.

I will be posting my experience on truckers here, but need to understand the issues from wider knowledge base from you all.


Added by Prashant Pastore on November 3, 2009 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

Dialogue-based communication for HIV risk reduction

We have been working with truck drivers (and allied community members) on HIV and STI risk and vulnerability reduction using a number of dialogue-based methods. These methods employed by and for truck drivers themselves, include interpersonal communication (IPC) and a form of participatory theatre called "Magnet Theatre" (MT). You can read more about this form of theatre here:… Continue

Added by Ash Pachauri on November 2, 2009 at 8:39am — 7 Comments

Self discrimination of People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA)

I am a new member of the aids competence. I want to pick up your brain too much. Some PLHAs had a sense of discrimination from environment and surrounding and so they have not dare to participate in any social events like forum, self help group. But their surrounding have not desire to discriminate upon them. So may I have any suggestion for this condition and how I do for those PLHAs ?

Added by Ye Win on November 1, 2009 at 7:49pm — 4 Comments

Community Life Competence Process as mainstreaming tool?

Mainstreaming. An issue that many of you deal with in some way. As the Constellation, we were asked to provide some inputs on a HIV mainstreaming strategy of a bi-lateral donor. Instead of reverting to the ‘standard’ arguments on how HIV is inherently linked to all kinds of other development issues, I took another stance. For me, the solution to effective mainstreaming can (again) be found in communities that respond.

Think back about the community visits you have done before….. How… Continue

Added by Gaston on November 1, 2009 at 12:47pm — 5 Comments

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