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africare hiv/aids initiative

WorldSpace Foundation (WSF) has formed a partnership with Africare to provide lifesaving information about various prevention and treatment measures than can help stem the tide of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa. WorldSpace Foundation produces and broadcasts - on the Africa Learning Channel - a 24-part series on HIV/AIDS. WorldSpace Foundation began airing one-hour documentaries dealing with different aspects of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in December 2001. The documentaries focus on issues such as stigmatization of people living with AIDS, voluntary testing and counseling, sexual violence against women, children affected by AIDS, and safe sexual practices. Africare's local offices in Uganda and Zambia coordinate focused listening groups around the programming and provide local staff to facilitate discussions following each show. WorldSpace Foundation's production team then incorporates feedback from the discussions in subsequent broadcasts. This initiative, funded by USAID, is in its pilot phase in Zambia and Uganda with plans to expand to 12 other Sub-Saharan African countries.

For more information, please contact Lisa Slifer-Mbacke, Director of International Programs at WorldSpace Foundation or Dr. Clarence Hall, Director of HIV/AIDS for Africare.

infoDev project

This 15-month project was launched in January 2002 to establish a communications model for the cost-effective dissemination of multimedia information to large audiences by institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa for which information is a significant resource. The project will demonstrate the capabilities of the foundation's digital satellite multimedia service to serve the needs of such institutions, especially those in regions where Internet access is unavailable, unreliable or very expensive, in a timely and reliable manner. With funding from the World Bank's Information for Development (infoDev) Program, WorldSpace Foundation held a training workshop in Nairobi, Kenya from July 16-19, 2002, for a core group of 'proponent-trainers' positioned to implement WorldSpace multimedia technology within their institutions and communities. Participants produced a user-friendly manual and guidelines for the use of the technology as well as for the development of content to distribute on the WSF Multi-Media Service, which are currently being assessed in the field.

wsf & unicef-ols

Operation Lifeline Sudan (OLS) was established in April 1989 as a consortium of UN agencies - UNICEF and the World Food Programme - and more than 35 NGOs following a severe famine in Southern Sudan that killed 250,000 people, mostly children. UNICEF is charged with coordinating overall intervention strategies for the region, including the delivery of humanitarian assistance to all civilians in need, regardless of their location. OLS provides clean water and sanitation, food, shelter, primary healthcare, basic education, teacher training, agricultural support, and other critical services such as family reunification to over 3 million people in Southern Sudan.

yambio community centerclearOn February 19, 2002, WorldSpace Foundation signed a cooperative agreement with UNICEF-OLS to provide OLS with cost-effective and reliable mechanisms for the distribution of audio and print material to schools, learning centers and communities throughout the region.

The picture shows a community center under construction in November 2000. It was taken by a WSF staff person during visit to Yambio, Southern Sudan to demonstrate the capabilities of the WorldSpace system to UNICEF-OLS and members of the community.

This partnership will enable, among other things:

- Teachers to receive training and classroom support material transmitted by UNICEF-OLS via the WSF Multi-Media Service.

- Farmers to get early warnings of potentially disastrous weather, and be able to plan crop cycles based on accurate, up-to-the-minute climate information.

- Community members to hear vital and relevant programs on topics such as HIV/AIDS, conflict resolution, and child survival, among others, from the Africa Learning Channel.

- Communities to access to the latest regional and country-specific news for the first time in over three decades.

international broadcast campaign against racism

WorldSpace Foundation (WSF) and AMARC-Africa are joining forces to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (March 21, 2002) with a live broadcast of Radio Voix Sans Frontières/Voices Without Frontiers on the Africa Learning Channel (ALC). This initiative is part of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters' (AMARC) International Broadcast Campaign Against Racism, and marks the first time WSF broadcast live programming on the ALC.

WSF aired three hours of live programming in English, French and Portuguese. Over 100 community radio stations throughout Africa, where WSF has placed satellite receivers, downloaded the programs in real-time, and broadcasted them to their communities. This ensured that more than 8 million people in 50 African countries will hear the programs of Radio Voix Sans Frontières.

In 1966, the United Nations declared March 21 of each year to be the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination to honor the victims of the massacre of peaceful anti-apartheid demonstrators in Sharpeville Township in South Africa. Sixty-nine demonstrators were killed and 180 wounded by South African police on March 21, 1960.

 


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