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Clearinghouse Updates, October 2009 Issue

Inside this issue:

1.  Publications and Multi-media Resources
2.  Forthcoming Events 

1.  Publications and Multi-media Resources

A.  UNESCO Publications

HIV e-Course Adapted in Cambodia and in Kazakhstan
This interactive HIV and AIDS course, which was produced by UNESCO Bangkok through the Japanese Funds in Trust project in 2008, has been adapted in Cambodia (Khmer language) and in Kazakhstan in collaboration with the Curriculum Development Department of the Inter-departmental Committee for HIV/AIDS (ICHA), Cambodia and with In-service Teacher Training Institute, Kazakhstan.  The objective of this CD ROM is to increase access of such learning resources to pre-service and in-service teachers through Information and Communication Technologies.
The Khmer course is available on the website of the Ministry of Education and Youth and Sport, Cambodia 
The Russian version is available at the Ministry of Education’s website:
For further information about these activities, please contact:
Ung Kim Heang, UNESCO Cambodia, at; and
Galina Li, UNESCO Almaty, at 

Getting the Story and Telling It Right-
HIV on TV:  A Handbook for Television Producers and Trainers
Madhu, K.P. et al, UNESCO, 2009

The handbook aims to improve the accuracy and credibility of TV reports on HIV and AIDS.  The handbook contains three parts: Part I- Media, HIV and AIDS - provides examples of television reports and programmes about HIV and AIDS.  Part II- Responding to HIV Using TV formats - presents common TV genres and their ability to deliver HIV prevention messages to the audience. It examines the structure and production process and identifies weaknesses and strengths of the different genres. Part III - HIV Media Training Ideas and Tips-provides exercises, games and tips for designing a training workshop for media personnel.
The handbook is accompanied by a DVD containing HIV-related television programmes/productions from various parts of the world. 
Contact: Shankar Chowdhury, UNESCO New Delhi, at

UNESCO's Response to HIV and AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (Library Collection)
UNESCO, 2009
This library collection of UNESCO materials related to HIV and AIDS in the Asia-Pacific region aims to provide easy access for users to relevant and up-to-date UNESCO resources. It contains 70 recent publications in multiple languages. All publications included in the CD-ROM were produced by several UNESCO offices in the region since 2003. Major topics in the collection include HIV and AIDS education, adolescent reproductive health and school health.
These publications are also retrievable from UNESCO Bangkok’s HIV database at
To get a copy of the CD-ROM, please contact Ngo Thanh Loan, UNESCO Bangkok, at

A Strategic Approach: HIV & AIDS and Education
UNAIDS Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT) on Education, 2009
This document updates the 2003 UNAIDS Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT) on Education publication, HIV/AIDS and Education: A Strategic Approach. It presents a strategic vision of the important role that education must play in addressing HIV, identifies key priorities for responding to HIV and AIDS through education, puts forward central objectives for education responses, and outlines how the response should be tailored to the local epidemiological situation and other contextual factors.
This publication targets decision-makers and practitioners in the education sector as well as colleagues who work on HIV and AIDS responses in other sectors. It can be used as an advocacy tool to build commitment to the role of education in the HIV and AIDS response and to generate multisectoral partnerships for implementation.

Assessment of Drug Demand and Harm Reduction Services in Cambodia: A Service Mapping and Needs Assessment
UNESCO, 2009
This report presents the findings of a survey conducted between April and July 2008 by Drug Information Centre of the Secretariat-General of the National Authority for Combating Drugs, Cambodia. The survey aims to assess coverage, types of services available, and gaps in service provision-especially related to the prevention, treatment and care of HIV and AIDS amongst drug users.  It also evaluates the quality of education related to drug use and HIV prevention and documents technical and training needs of the assessed organizations.

B. Other publications

Sex, Rights and the Law in a World with AIDS -  Meeting Report and Recommendations
International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), UNDP, and the Global Coalition on Women and AIDS, 2009
This document offers a broad framework for understanding and addressing HIV vulnerability related to sexuality and gender. It also provides recommendations on priority actions to be taken to reduce those vulnerabilities and foster resilience in the context of a long-term response to AIDS.

Rapid Situation & Response Assessment of Drug-related HIV in Pakistan 2008
UNODC, 2009
This assessment provides an update on the patterns and trends of drug abuse in Pakistan while giving an overview of the HIV/AIDS situation among injecting drug users, the effect on their regular sex partners and the level of awareness regarding the epidemic. It was undertaken at four intervention sites across Pakistan. Based on the findings, the assessment recommends i) setting up an advocacy taskforce in their communities consisting of law enforcements officials, teachers and professors, district nazims; ii) that implementing partners should network with organizations working toward the same cause; and iii) that implementing partners should liase with the HIV/AIDS control programmes within their provinces to acquire relevant support/facilitation.  
Contact: Rizwana Asad at

The National Plan of Action (NPA) for Children Affected by HIV and AIDS until 2010 with a vision to 2020

Ministry of Labour, Invalids, and Social Affairs (MOLISA), Vietnam, 2009
The Vietnam National Plan of Action for children affected by HIV/AIDS was developed to address shortcomings and challenges related to the protection of children affected by HIV/AIDS, and to respond to international commitments. 
Some major objectives of the Action Plan are to increase accessibility to and adequacy of health care and education services and social policies for children affected by HIV, to ensure that services specifically required by these children are available, of good quality, and child-oriented; to improve mechanisms for providing information, education, care, treatment and counseling for children affected by HIV/AIDS; and to create an enabling social environment for the protection and care of these children.

The Era of ARV in the Generalised HIV Epidemic in Thailand: Research Approaches
Aphichat Chamratrithirong and Dusita Phuengsamran, Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University, 2009
This book provides a comprehensive analysis of the sexual behavior of Thais. It draws primarily upon the 2006 National Sexual Behavioral Survey, which is a nationally representative survey of Thai adults. The emphasis of individual chapters is on risk behaviors, with the chapters analyzing risk behaviors in relation to HIV policy and programs. The book also provides a welcome addition to the literature on HIV policy and programs at an opportune time. While the HIV program in Thailand has increasingly devoted most of its resources to caring for those people who have HIV, several chapters point to the need to focus more attention on the prevention of the disease. Policy options for prevention-based approaches are provided.

Technical Guide for Countries to Set Targets for Universal Access to HIV Prevention, Treatment and Care for Injecting Drug Users
This document provides technical guidance to countries on setting ambitious, but achievable national targets for scaling up towards universal access to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care for injecting drug users (IDUs). This technical guide provides countries with: A framework and process to set national targets; a comprehensive package of core interventions for IDUs; a set of indicators and indicative targets to be used to set programmatic objectives, and advice on how to monitor and evaluate HIV interventions for IDUs.

History: Untold Stories of Positive Men (CD-ROM)
International HIV/ADS Alliance and APN+ Positive MSM Working Group, 2009
Men who have sex with other men who live with HIV have always been faced with double discrimination. Coupled with HIV-postive diagnosis, the challenges in seeking acceptance and support from within the community, family and friends are multiplied many-fold. This short film focuses on the story of Afan, a young Indonesian man who is living with HIV and explores his journey to acceptance by his family and friends. 
Contact: APN+ Positive MSM Working group at

Real Life - Health Promotion for People Living with HIV in Thailand

International HIV/AIDS Alliance (Secretariat), 2009
'Real life' is a series of five modules on health promotion for people living with HIV in Thailand.  Each module in the series includes participatory exercises for engaging people living with HIV in discussion, focusing on different themes relating to their health and wellbeing and their sexual and reproductive health needs.

HIV and AIDS in Asia and the Pacific: A Review of Progress towards Universal Access
This document reviews progress made in the Asian and Pacific region in line with international commitments, with particular attention to the Universal Access targets developed for low and concentrated epidemic countries in Asia and the Pacific through regional and civil society consultations in 2006. Based on these findings, the paper also reviews the main challenges and identifies ways forward in scaling up the response to HIV. The document draws on information from the 2008 country reports prepared to measure progress towards the targets set out in the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS at the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) in 2001.


2.         Forthcoming Events

13th Bangkok International Symposium on HIV Medicine
20 – 22 January 2010
Bangkok, Thailand
Organizer: The HIV Netherlands Australia Thailand Research Collaboration (HIV-NAT)
Contact: HIV-NAT at; or tel+662-6523040

3rd Intensive Course on Health, Development and Human Rights
7-11 December 2009
Sydney, Australia
This course will be oriented towards finding practical applications to complex global challenges through a health, development and human rights analysis. Included within this analysis will be the present status of international human rights law as it applies to public health practice in relation to developing countries. As the interactions between health, development and human rights are becoming increasingly clear, there is growing recognition that their reciprocal relationships can help shape health and development policies, strategies and programs for the future. This evolution calls for reinforced education, training and research efforts.
Organizer:     University of New South Wales
Contact:        IHHR at or tel: 61 2 9385 1071

HIV Congress 2010
8 - 10 January 2010
Bombay, India
The congress will have scientific sessions on ART, managing ART resistance, perinatal HIV intervention, newer therapies, opportunistic infections and other special issues.
Organizer:     HIV Congress
Contact:        Maniar at  or tel: 91 98204 40613

5th International Conference on Sexology
13-14 February 2010
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Organizer:     Aakash Institute of Fertility and Research 
Contact:        T. Kamaraj at or tel: 91 24720202 Mobile: 91 98412 66666

The Intimate Side of Sexual Health
29-31 March 2010
Pattaya, Thailand
Organizer:     Siam Care
Contact:        Richard Burack at or tel: 66 1992 525158