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aidsfocus.ch e-Bulletin 31.08.2004

aidsfocus.ch e-Bulletin 31.08.2004
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Aug 31, 2004

ELECTORNIC BULLETIN OF THE SWISS PLATFORM ON HIV/AIDS AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION

THE ELECTRONIC BULLETIN OF THE SWISS PLATFORM FOR HIV/AIDS AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION August 2004


Dear Reader

A black sun. Valleys as deep as the gorges of the Himalayas with a note „HIV positive“. A large number of black crosses. – At the other side of the deep valleys, there is a ray of light shining across the black sun, and beside the death crosses flowers blossom. Such are the images of young people from all over Europe, who participated at the IV European Meeting for Young People affected by HIV/Aids organised by Aids & Child in July this year. By drawing their “lifeline”, they visualised and reflected their life with HIV/AIDS.

The “lifeline” is one of the methods of Memory Work, an approach to psychosocial support of children, women and men affected or infected by HIV/AIDS. Memory Work is a comprehensive approach integrating various methods, such as Memory Books, Memory Boxes, Body Maps, or Lifeline. Memory Work is inspired by the experiences from working with people living with HIV/AIDS and further developed and enriched by exchanging experiences and concepts between communities in the North and South. It is an excellent example of a creative North-South exchange and the creation of synergies across continents.

Memory Work was introduced to aidsfocus.ch by REPSSI, a regional network in Southern Africa, and the aidsfocus working group „HIV/AIDS affected children“, and it became one of its topics. aidsfocus.ch commissioned the production of the documentary on the methodology and experiences of Memory Work, in order to promote this effective approach in the programmes in the South, East and North. The film will be first shown to aidsfocus partners at the annual conference of aidsfocus.ch, October 22, 2004, and officially launched on World Aids Day. You will find additional information on the film and on Memory Work in this aidsfocus.Englisch.news, and on our homepage www.aidsfocus.ch.

Helena Zweifel aidsfocus.ch


SHOWCASING A PROJECT: MEMORY WORK


MEMORY WORK: REPORTS OF THE „IV EUROPEN MEETING OF YOUTH AFFECTED BY HIV/AIDS“

Reports in German only

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THE 10 MILLION MEMORY PROJECT (10 MMP)
  1. Million children in Africa who lost their parents or became vulnerable through AIDS will be supported psychologically by Memory Work until 2010. Memory boxes or books are designed to help the millions of families affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa to cope with disease, death and grief, and to plan the children's future.

A number of organisations doing memory work in East and Southern Africa and the United Kingdom met in Cape Town, South Africa, in October 2003 to share their experiences and map how to extend it through the region. They initiated the 10 Million Memory Project: Until 2010, 10 million children should benefit from memory work. Jonathan Morgan, Director of the Memory Box Project of the University of Capetown, was elected coordinator of the Memory Work in order to guarantee the continuation of the work and the sharing of knowledge and experience.

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NEWS


MORE WOMEN AND ADOLESCENTS SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN HIV VACCINE TRIALS
  1. August 2004 - At a recent WHO/UNAIDS meeting, international experts and researchers recommended greater participation of women and adolescents in HIV vaccine clinical trials. Women and young people are particularly vulnerable to HIV infection and would be major beneficiaries of a future HIV vaccine.

http://www.who.int


RESOURCES OF THE MONTH


CHILDREN ON THE BRINK 2004

A joint report of new orphan estimates and a framework for action by UNAIDS, UNICEF and USAID. The total number of children throughout the world who have lost one or both parents to AIDS-related causes has reached 15 million, and the number of AIDS orphans in sub-Saharan Africa increased to about 12 million in 2003, according to the report. "Children on the Brink 2004" is the fourth biennial edition and is based on surveys conducted by the three agencies. The report shows that the number of orphans worldwide is expected to reach 18.4 million by 2010.

http://www.unicef.org


THE FRAMEWORK FOR THE PROTECTION, CARE AND SUPPORT OF ORPHANS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN

This framework considers families and communities as the foundation of an effective, scaled-up response. Children, too, are powerful agents of change. This framework recommends that interventions that result from it be directed to all vulnerable children and communities in which they reside, and integrated into other programmes to promote child welfare and reduce poverty. 2004

http://www.unicef.org


HIV/AIDS APDIME PROGRAMMING TOOLKIT

The Synergy Project APDIME Toolkit was developed to help public health specialists and program managers improve the Assessment, Planning, Design, Implementation Monitoring, and Evaluation of HIV/AIDS interventions. The Toolkit is for managers and technical specialists who are responsible for planning, designing, and managing HIV/AIDS programs in resource-constrained countries. Since the Synergy Project launched the APDIME Toolkit CD-ROM in February 2003, more than 1,300 global AIDS organizations in 95 countries have requested copies and over 9,000 CD-ROMs of the Toolkit are circulating worldwide. The new APDIME HIV/AIDS Toolkit Version 2.0 now includes more than 100 new HIV/AIDS tools and resources, updated features, a site map and print functions. 2004

http://www.synergyaids.com


WOMEN AND HIV/AIDS: CONFRONTING THE CRISIS

This joint Report by UNAIDS, UNFPA and UNIFEM is an urgent call to action to address the triple threat of gender inequality, poverty and HIV/AIDS. By tackling these forces simultaneously, we can reduce the spread of the epidemic and its devastating consequences. Women must not be regarded as victims. They are, in many places, leading the way forward. In communities scattered around the globe, women and men are taking action to increase knowledge about the disease, expand access to sexual and reproductive health and educational services, increase women’s ability to negotiate safer sexual relations, combat gender discrimination and violence and increase access to female-controlled prevention methods such as the female condom. This report highlights the work of the Global Coalition on Women and AIDS — a UNAIDS initiative that supports and energizes programmes that mitigate the impact of AIDS on girls and women worldwide. 2004

http://www.unfpa.org


"3 BY 5" NEWSLETTER

The most recent edition of the WHO newsletter released on 23 August 2004 focuses on the XV International AIDS Conference, community based treatment, faith-based groups, and news in brief.

The WHO "3 by 5" newsletter, first published in June 2004, is produced once every two months and “aims to provide an insight into some of the work going on around the world by WHO and partners to increase access to treatment”. Readers are generously invited to contribute and send stories or articles “on prevention and treatment to better capture action in different countries” and regions.

http://www.who.int


www.aidsfocus.ch

aidsfocus.ch is a project set up by Medicus Mundi Switzerland. aidsfocus.ch is sponsored and shaped by partner organizations who support the aims and activities of the platform through their financial contributions, expertise and commitment.

Partners: AIDS & CHILD, Bethlehem Mission Immensee, cinfo, CO-OPERAID, Déclaration de Berne, Fondation Terre des hommes, Fédération Genevoise de Coopération, HEKS, IAMANEH Switzerland, medico international Switzerland, mediCuba-Suisse, REPSSI, SolidarMed, Swiss Aids Federation, Swiss Catholic Lenten Fund, Swiss MIVA, Swiss Red Cross, Swiss Tropical Institute, terre des hommes – Switzerland, World Vision Switzerland.

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