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The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and the African Health Journalists Association are pleased to announce a competition to recognise the best media coverage of infectious diseases. The ICFJ is launching the story contest to spur discussion about how the global community deals with these critical health issues. Stories published or broadcast in the United States, Europe, or Sub-Saharan Africa between May 20 and September 1 2013, will qualify. The stories must be in English or French and cover diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis.
Sponsored by the Women's Fund for Peace and Human Rights, the Yayori Journalist Award focuses on women journalists and artists (individuals or groups) who vividly describe and transmit the situation of women in the world with a gender perspective. Any genres of expression, such as films, writings, or printed material, will be considered, but nominees must submit the works that show their achievement. The nominee's work shall be subject to publication in Japanese in the future. Thus, all submissions in language must be in Japanese.
Published by ActionAid in 2009 as part of the Transforming Education for Girls in Nigeria and Tanzania (TEGINT) project, this basket of tools is designed to help facilitators work with girls, their families, and community members to develop strategies and actions to make girls' education a reality. According to the ActionAid, the community has an important role to play in engaging with the school to ensure that it is respecting girls' rights, and that teachers are acting responsibly and accountably. The toolkit is split into six sections.
ActionAid website on September 18 2012.
This toolkit is intended to be a resource to demonstrate the many ways that individuals can be involved in advocacy to help improve cancer care in Africa. Produced through a collaboration between the Africa Oxford Cancer Foundation (AfrOx), African Organisation for Research and Training in Cancer (AORTIC), European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO), and the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), it has been tailored specifically to the needs of African cancer advocates and draws on case studies and examples of successful pilots in Africa.
UICC website and European Society for Medical Oncology Press Release on September 17 2012.
This 21-page report shares findings of a study to investigate the potential impact of radio broadcasts of Search for Common Ground's The Team series on Kenyan citizens’ attitudes related to tolerance, communication, and participation in political processes. The study found that exposure to the programme appears related to pro-social attitudes about political engagement regarding people from different religious and ethnic groups. Listening to the programme is also positively related to interpersonal communication with family and friends about politics and tolerance.
Search for Common Ground website on September 17 2012.
This Tanzanian mothers' support group is part of a United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)-supported programme designed to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV by providing services to pregnant women, children, and their families. The mothers' support group provides its services through home visits and a drama group, Tuitange, which uses role play to encourage voluntary HIV testing and counselling and stresses the importance of exclusive breastfeeding in preventing mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT).
The UNICEF programme offers HIV counselling and testing, provision of antiretroviral drugs, support for safe infant-feeding practices, early HIV testing on babies, and further antiretroviral treatment for mothers and babies who need it. The mothers' support group is attached to the local health clinic in Kitulo Ward, Makete District, Tanzania. They support the clinic services through home visits and the drama group Tuitange, which travels to different communities to educate people about PMTCT and the importance of exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months after a baby is born.
Some members of Tuitange are HIV positive and have chosen to be open about their status to encourage other women to get tested and to learn about how they can manage the infection and avoid passing HIV onto their babies. In 2012, the support group membership included 22 mothers and 13 fathers, who give psychosocial support to one another and assist HIV-positive women to follow up with their medical check-ups and treatment.
HIV, Maternal health
According to UNICEF, the mothers’ support group is achieving impressive results within the community. Couples understand the importance of being HIV tested when expecting a baby and no longer feel ashamed or embarrassed. As a result, a higher number of pregnant women and their partners are attending antenatal care, with uptake of HIV testing and counselling now correspondingly high. For those women found to be HIV positive, adherence to treatment has increased as a result of individual follow-up sessions encouraged by the support group.
UNICEF website on September 10 2012.
Running from 2010 to 2015, the Democratic Governance for Development (DGD) project is designed to provide a coordinated mechanism for supporting the deepening of democracy in Nigeria by international donors and partners. The main objective of the project is to assist Nigerian authorities to consolidate and advance democratic governance and accountability in order to achieve the development priorities and outcomes of the country.
The project goal is to facilitate improvements in accountable governance in accordance with the rule of law and in response to public demand, in the key areas of: elections, justice, and anti-corruption. This is focused on supporting national efforts to build the norms, practices, mechanisms, and institutions that can foster active citizenship and stronger democratic accountability. There are 6 main areas of intervention: strengthening the National Assembly and political parties, improving the electoral process, increasing the capacity and performance of civil society, reinforcing the role and effectiveness of the mass media, and promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment for sustainable democracy and development.
The first phase of the project (April 2010 to May 2011) focused primarily on support for voter registration, civic education, media training, women's political representation, training for elections tribunal staff and election observers, and the production of information materials and electoral kits designed to encourage the 2011 general elections to be free, fair, and credible. It is also seeking to nurture a vibrant, responsible, and capable media, which is capable of engaging in the political process. The project has supported: the training of journalists and editors on professional and conflict sensitive reporting, the convening of an editors’ forum, the organisation of media campaigns, and establishment of functional media centres. Along with training, a guide for media was produced, which was designed to provide journalists with useful information and tools for reporting the 2011 elections.
Click here for the media guide produced for the 2011 elections.
Click here for the elections observation guidelines.
Following this first phase, the project is being reformulated in order to recalibrate the efficacy of its support to Nigeria’s democracy and ensure that it follows the Electoral Cycle Approach, which in addition to electoral support, focuses on deepening democracy and developing the capacities of key democratic institutions.
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), European Union, the United Kingdom Department for International Cooperation, the Canadian International Development Agency, and the Korea International Cooperation Agency.
UNDP Nigeria website on September 17 2012
This series of cancer prevention and awareness posters have been designed for use in Africa by AfrOx and the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Developing Countries Task Force. The posters were first piloted in Ghana, and have been designed with support from the Cancer Society of Ghana, clinicians, and nurses in Ghana. The goal was to develop a template for low-cost cancer awareness and prevention programmes that can be replicated in other developing countries.
Afrox website on September 17 2012.
This 62-page report shares findings of research conducted during the Media Map Project, focusing on the media sector, governance, and development in Sub-Saharan Africa. Media Map was a multi-faceted two-year pilot research collaboration between Internews and The World Bank Institute, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to interrogate the evidence on the connections between media and development, as well as to make global data on the media sector more accessible to researchers, policymakers, and practitioners.
Internews website on September 16 2012.