Author: Lisa Mwaikambo, crossposted April 25 2014 This past Monday, we celebrated World Health Day, which focused on combating the global threat of vector-borne diseases. According to the World Health Organization, more than one billion people are infected and more than one million die every year from vector-borne diseases, such as malaria, dengue, Lyme disease, and yellow fever.
Author: Lisa Mwaikambo, crossposted April 25 2014 Most if not all health interventions require an element of behavior change. As noted in Dr. Jim Shelton’s August 2013 editorial "The 6 domains of behavior change: the missing health system building block" in the Global Health: Science and Practice Journal, 15 of the top 20 health risk factors in sub-Saharan Africa are predominantly behavioral, and the other five are highly influenced by behavior.
Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, April 23 2014 The Zero Draft Political Outcome Document for the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) which will be held in Rome in 2014 recognises that a framework for collective commitment, action and results is needed to reshape the global food system to improve people’s nutrition, particularly that of women and children (WHO, n.d).
Author: John Goslino, April 23 2014 As someone involved in community radio perhaps you are wondering "Why do we need a marketing plan? Why can't we just bumble along as we always have, fighting crises all the time, never sure what we're going to do next? After all, we've survived so far - haven't we?"
That question reveals its own answer: without a plan you get trapped in a day-to-day existence, fighting the same crises over and over again, wasting a lot of time, but making no real progress.
Author: Ehizogie Ohiani, crossposted April 22 2014 Journalists the world over aren't exactly known for their lack of cynicism. And in Nigeria it's often extremely hard to break through a journalist's hardened shell with training that convinces them they can address corruption, help people become aware of their rights and make a difference.
But as a trainer for BBC Media Action in Nigeria, I know it's possible - and the results can be remarkable.
Author: Shirazuddin Siddiqi, crossposted April 22 2014 Since the departure of the Taliban regime in late 2001, experts on Afghanistan have been saying every year has been a critical year for the country. Often for very good reasons. But the significance of 2014 can hardly be exaggerated. Partly it’s because this year will see the end of international assistance in key areas. But mainly because it will bear witness to what will hopefully be the first ever peaceful democratic transfer of power in Afghanistan's history.
Dealing with the Rising incidences of Rape and Defilement of Minors in: Revising Government and Media ApproachSubmitted by Victor Sawyerr on April 15, 2014 - 7:47pm
Author: Victor Sawyerr, April 22 2014 In most of Africa, rape is simply regarded as forcing sexual intercourse. I believe the definition of what constitutes an act of rape and the laws against rape in Africa are hardly, if ever, derived from our cultures and approaches to tackling this rising anti-social phenomenon - are developed invariably without recourse to our own ethnologies.
Author: David R Patient, April 7 2014 Ever stopped to wonder why we, in HIV prevention, have spent years teaching people about HIV, prevention and ARV's [antiretroviral therapy] and yet people still revert to their cultural/religious/traditional beliefs? I mean there is no concrete evidence that the Ancestors exist, right? There is little evidence that traditional medicines work, yet people believe in them.
Author Manoj Pardeshi, April 7 2014: Pre ART: 1986 to 31st March 2004
"You have AIDS," a counselor said to me in 1997. I don't remember the exact date, but suddenly everything went blank. The counselor had spoken to me for more than 20 minutes, but I just remembered his one sentence: "You have AIDS." Only one thing came to my mind: everything is finished. I cursed God. Why did He choose me? Why only me?
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