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Topic area: Agriculture and Environment
Content provider: Developing Countries Farm Radio Network (DCFRN)

Using radio as the primary method of communication, Developing Countries Farm Radio Network has been helping farm families learn about simple, proven ways to increase food supplies, and improve nutrition and health since 1979. Currently, Farm Radio scripts are available on the WSF Multi-Media Service for distribution to farm broadcasters, writers, agricultural advisers, teachers, health workers, and other rural communicators. The scripts cover a variety of topics including women and farming, soil fertilization and conservation, biodiversity, health, and urban agriculture.

Topic area:Climate
Content provider: RANET

The RANET project is a collaborative effort of international, regional and national partners to ensure that hydro-meteorological and climate information is readily accessible, via radio and the Internet, to meteorological and extension services. RANET uses the multimedia service to transmit public domain observations, imagery, bulletins and forecasts from a variety of sources. Some of the data is updated hourly.

Topic area: Community Development
Content provider: Arid Lands Information Networks East Africa (ALIN)

ALIN East Africa is a nonprofit, nonpolitical NGO whose mission is to promote information exchange among Community Development Workers (CDW) in the dry lands of East Africa. The content carried on the multimedia service is an extension of ALIN's information and practice sharing activities. ALIN also uses the service to distribute its journal, Baobab, to CDWs throughout the region.

Topic area: Health
Content providers: Helen Keller Worldwide (HKW), SATELLIFE and Royal Perth Hospital

SATELLIFE and the African HealthNet Partners Health Knowledge Network use the multimedia service to distribute peer-reviewed material on topics pertaining to clinical medicine and public health to medical practitioners in Africa. Articles and reports on HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, respiratory infections and measles, as well as maternal and child health are highlighted. Selections from the archives from SATELLIFE's many global discussion groups and electronic publications are also included.

Helen Keller Worldwide (HKW) uses the WSF Multi-Media Service to share the experiences and ideas of Helen Keller field workers and its partners in Africa. HKW is currently working on a trachoma health education project and service delivery programs. The information, material and tools contained in the ALC data files are adaptable for country-specific trachoma control efforts.

The Division of Laboratory Medicine at Royal Perth Hospital provides malaria information for medical practitioners on the multimedia channel. Its resources cover topics such as the history, diagnosis, and treatment of malaria through text, pictures, case presentations, and a self-test module.

Topic area: Youth
Content providers: Straight Talk Foundation and Trendsetters

Straight Talk Foundation produces two weekly newsletters that are now being carried on the WSF Multi-Media Service. Youth Talk is a monthly publication, which targets upper primary school pupils and young adolescents aged 10-14. Key topics covered include changes at puberty, a children's rights and responsibilities, life skills, general body health, hygiene and age appropriate sexual health information. The Straight Talk is the second monthly newspaper available from Straight Talk Foundation. This publication targets secondary school students, aged 15-19 and young adults in institutions of higher learning (20-24).

Trendsetters is a monthly sexual reproductive health newspaper written and published by young people for young Zambian people aged between 15-25. This site was added as part of WSF's ongoing pledge to make HIV/AIDS educational material as widely available as possible.

Topic area: Development, Humanitarian, and Political News
Content provider: Integrated Regional Information Network (IRIN)

Since 1994, IRIN has produced reports on a wide range of humanitarian and related issues. Its news service and products are available via the Internet, e-mail and video. Now, IRIN's reports from Africa and Central Asia are available on WSF multimedia.

Topic area: Technology Training
Content provider: Volunteers in Technical Assistance (VITA)

VITA distributes material from its "Understanding Technology" series. These well-written how-to guides provide information on the construction and use of technology for agriculture, building, food processing, energy, recycling, transportation, water supply and many other areas of social development. Papers in the series are added every few days.



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