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Dr. E. Mohamed Rafique's Blog (28)

Failures, Fears, and Frustrations: The more the merrier!

Are not our dreams meant to pull us out and forward through our 3Fs?


I heard many famous lines for the first time in my life in school, which I shall carry to my grave. One was when our NCC Navy lead fell out of step doing the semaphore flag signalling drill to welcome the Chief Guest to our School on NCC Day. Our Math’s Teacher in…


Added by Dr. E. Mohamed Rafique on February 6, 2023 at 5:00pm — No Comments

COVID-19 Self Assessment- for Individuals, Communities & doctors and health care workers

Dr. Jean Louis and me have over the past few days developed the COVID-19 Self Assessments for the Individual and Community levels respectively. These are only at a draft stage as they have just been pilot tested.

These Self Assessments (SA) consists of a list of practices: 14 at the personal or individual level and 12 for the resident groups or communities.

The lists of practices is just a suggestion of what we developed and has proved useful to us. We are sure this list of…


Added by Dr. E. Mohamed Rafique on March 16, 2020 at 1:30am — 3 Comments

CLCP to change Ward-Counselors to Ward-Members or Leaders!

A Taste of SALT: Intro session of 'Support, Appreciate, Learn and Transfer' (SALT) for ASHA or Ward Counselors as they are now re-designated, at the Family Health Center, Noolpuzha, Wayanad. This group of Ward Counselors will practice and facilitate SALT and Community Life Competence Process (CLCP) in their work and life to achieve the dreams of their…


Added by Dr. E. Mohamed Rafique on October 17, 2018 at 6:08am — 1 Comment

A Journey of Joy: Story of Beatrice

Though Beatrice hails from Namisindwa District in the Eastern Region of Uganda, she is working and living presently at Masaka, in Central Uganda. Beatrice is a social worker working for the older persons in the organization called: Support the Elderly Persons (STEP), Uganda. 

Why Older Persons?

STEP is her own initiative. As there was…


Added by Dr. E. Mohamed Rafique on November 13, 2017 at 6:51am — No Comments

Impossible Dreams in Story, Song, and Sketches!

On the sleepy afternoon of 12 August 2017, four ladies and a dozen children of the nondescript New Harijan Colony, in Peroor Village of Ettumanoor, gathered in their spartan Community Hall and drew, wrote, and sang their dreams impossible!

For Chinju, Jismi, and Deepak from Archana Women's Center, egging and encouraging the dreamers to dream the impossible…


Added by Dr. E. Mohamed Rafique on August 17, 2017 at 6:54am — 2 Comments

Go for the uncomfortable dream - What makes us Human

Anu Sieberk, a journalist from Estonia, who interviewed me writes:

"Mohamed Rafique is an Indian doctor and a senior citizens' care home owner. He encourages communities to dream: "We should not be shy of dreaming. Always go for the uncomfortable and the unachievable dream." When visiting communities, he has found that there is an unexpected gap between what you thought you should be looking for and what the members actually wanted to share. Rafique believes that there (in that…


Added by Dr. E. Mohamed Rafique on July 22, 2017 at 6:59am — 2 Comments

First SALT visit to New Harijan Colony in Peroor Village, near Ettumanoor Town, Kerala, India.

4 July 2017: Ajinlal Joseph parked the vehicle in a corner of the shuttle badminton court in what he said was called New Harijan Colony in Peroor Village hardly a couple of kilometers from Ettumanoor Town. The badminton court had on its four sides a spacious Community Hall,  a large Banyan tree with small idols forming a temple, a large concrete stage, a couple of…


Added by Dr. E. Mohamed Rafique on July 4, 2017 at 10:41pm — 4 Comments

Comparing when to use Peer Assist and Knowledge Fairs

I drew up this comparison when I wanted to choose between Peer Assist and Knowledge Fair techniques.

Comparing when to use Peer Assist and Knowledge Fairs


Peer Assist

Knowledge Fairs


 A group of peers elicit feedback,…


Added by Dr. E. Mohamed Rafique on January 26, 2016 at 12:05pm — No Comments

"Your Religion says you must reduce other's vulnerabilities!"

Maybe you can use this to advocate your project to an influential person who only believes in a religion but is not interested in working to reduce the vulnerability of a young person to HIV. It worked for us.

State: One man's weakness is another's strength

Give examples like: My weakness is Hindi, ... while your strength is Hindi,(use examples appropriate to your context)


State: One man's vulnerability is another man's asset

Give examples: Wealth is…


Added by Dr. E. Mohamed Rafique on April 22, 2012 at 11:48pm — No Comments

My Life, My Choice (MLMC) Program in Picture and Rhyme: Hindi & English

MLMC Program in Pictures and Rhyme:

The objective of the My Life, My Choice (MLMC) Program is to reduce the vulnerability to HIV of adolescent girls in the age-group 10-19, in two districts of Uttar Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh each.The program components are are:

We see the components of the program not as unconnected parts, but rather as a cohesive…


Added by Dr. E. Mohamed Rafique on April 21, 2012 at 2:00am — No Comments

Little drops of knowledge: The National Knowledge Fair, India

Little drops of knowledge,

Added to our work;

Will put us on a ledge,

And give us all the perk!


Around half past three on Saturday 3 Mar 2012, I realized it was the last but one session of the The National Knowledge Fair, that SIAAP, and India Competence were facilitating in the serene and spiritual environment of DMI Training Institute, at the Hilltop of Saint Thomas Mount, in Chennai, India.


I was to introduce the concept of Peer Assist,…


Added by Dr. E. Mohamed Rafique on March 6, 2012 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Targeted Intervention (TI) and CLCP: Target and Universal Coverage

The main difference between Targeted Intervention (TI) and CLCP is in the coverage. For TI by its very nature targets only a subset in a community, while CLCP involves the entire community or universe in consideration, thereby ensuring universal coverage.

In an earlier post, I had presented coverage as two…


Added by Dr. E. Mohamed Rafique on November 2, 2011 at 10:37pm — 1 Comment

Call of the Caribbean: Part II: The SALT Visits and the Self Assessment Framework

(This blog must be updated with all your corrections, as the vagaries of time are fast eroding its veracity. Please comment, and suggest your corrections to which we look forward and thank you in advance.)

Neither Doncil’s birthday party which ended at the early morning hour of 3:30 AM, nor the steady drizzle could dampen…


Added by Dr. E. Mohamed Rafique on July 11, 2011 at 7:00am — 22 Comments

Call of the Caribbean: Part III: One End is another’s Beginning:

(This blog will be updated with all corrections suggested. Please comment, and suggest your corrections to which we look forward and thank you in advance.)


The end of the event is the beginning of Ning and Learning Blended. For, once hooked to ACP and CLCP, one is hooked for Life. This was the message Autry and Michael had clearly spelt out during their presentations on Ning and Blended Learning.  

Testimonials galore:

Proceeding into the Plenary…


Added by Dr. E. Mohamed Rafique on July 8, 2011 at 6:03am — 5 Comments

Self/Community Assessment Framework on HIV for Trinidad and Tobago

Dear Friends,


Our new friends from Trinidad and Tobago are in the process of developing their National AIDS Coordinating Program (NACP) and are doing it through the Competence Process. Consequently, please help them to tinker with the Self Assessment framework. Looking forwards to everyone from the T&T ACP Event to land on this page and give their inputs online after the workshop, so that we can all together continue on the journey towards Competence. A couple of days ago…


Added by Dr. E. Mohamed Rafique on July 6, 2011 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

Call of the Caribbean: Towards AIDS Competence in Trinidad and Tobago

The beginnings:

It was one of the most quickly organized visits. In a week, we had decided the itinerary for travel, got a visa, and I was on my way to Trinidad and Tobago. For from 4 to 7 July 2011, the Constellation will introduce the AIDS Competence Process (ACP) to organisations and communities in Trinidad and Tobago. Michael Mc Garrell, Autry Haynes, and me were the three facilitators for this event.

We had a preparatory meeting on the 3 July 2011, going…


Added by Dr. E. Mohamed Rafique on July 4, 2011 at 11:30am — 8 Comments

Delhi Knowledge Fair: The innate Knowledge of the Community

Dear All,

Every CLCP event from the biggest Knowledge Fair to the weekly SALT visit or even a opportunity to talk to a person in the community is to me a learning experience, and a positive one at that too.


During the recent Knowledge Fair, Shyamalai the Bangladeshi lady wanted to ask me a question. However, I could not answer her during the session. So, I sought her and with Moushmi as a translator started talking to her. She stated that she did not have much to ask…


Added by Dr. E. Mohamed Rafique on May 21, 2011 at 7:29am — 5 Comments

In Unrealistic Unimaginable Dreams lie the real future

M. L. Prabakar of SIAAP was facilitating the final evaluation of NARI SAKSHAM, a federation of sex worker CBOs in Andhra Pradesh, a month ago when I learnt something very valuable, and striking.


He was facilitating a dream session, and began by sharing his dream of yester year – childhood days, thatched house with holes in the roof built alongside three coconut trees; the incident of fire on the table by spilt kerosene. How today he has come a long way. Even today his mother…


Added by Dr. E. Mohamed Rafique on April 7, 2011 at 10:49pm — 4 Comments

How to convert a TI project into a CLCP one

Many a time I have been asked how to implement CLCP activities in tandem within a TI project.

The diagram above helps to explain how within the project timeline the TI activities that we implement reduce as we come close to the endline, while the CLCP…


Added by Dr. E. Mohamed Rafique on March 13, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments

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