ARC offers a variety of materials, services, and equipment free of charge, including:
- Multimedia resources:
- A multimedia reference collection including periodicals, official guidelines, general and scientific books, brochures, videos, CD-ROMs, DVDs, audiocassettes, and novelty items. A publicly accessible, searchable catalogue is available.
- Computer terminals that allow users to browse multimedia collection holdings, conduct Internet research, and run CD-ROMs.
- Audiovisual equipment that enables examination of CDs, DVDs, videos, and audiocassettes.
- Organisational, funding, and conference calendar databases compiled by the ARC that promote the activities of local and international HIV/AIDS organisations and facilitate network building.
- An e-mail list server and website.
HIV/AIDS, Reproductive Health, TB.
In 2001, an IEC gap analysis completed by Population Communication Services (the USAID-supported program operated by JHU/CCP in Ethiopia) revealed that quality, culturally appropriate HIV/AIDS materials are limited in Ethiopia. Those that do exist are frequently out of date and often out of print. Generally, access to any HIV/AIDS information in Ethiopia is severely limited, especially for the smaller, rural AIDS projects. In addition, there is a need for better coordination of HIV/AIDS IEC and programme activities to prevent duplication of resources.
Organisers point out that in Ethiopia, the demand for HIV testing is growing and with that, a demand for HIV/AIDS information. Not only do the VCT sites require support materials for providers and clients, but VCT is inextricably linked to all aspects of HIV/AIDS and therefore creates a demand for information on issues such as treatment, care and support, TB, STIs, and mother-to-child transmission (MTCT).
Partners may consider expanding to other regional sites that will be networked through the main centre in Addis Ababa. There are also plans for an expanded audiovisual unit, additional databases, and a national HIV/AIDS telephone hotline.
HAPCO, with technical assistance from JHU/CCP and Analytical Sciences Inc. Funding provided by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The advisory committee consisted of a number of UN agencies and ministries.
Letter sent from Kim Martin to The Communication Initiative on December 10, 2002; and ARC site.