Media and HIV/AIDS: Training of trainers workshop on developing multimedia material
Fourteen senior media professionals from Jordan, Kazakhstan and Bangladesh will be trained in the development of multimedia training materials on HIV/AIDS reporting at a four day workshop that started today in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
The participants, selected by UNESCO, have varied backgrounds. They are electronic and print journalists, trainers from national media and training institutions, as well as community media practitioners. Under the guidance of master trainers and resource persons, they will be provided an orientation into the concept and techniques of production of multimedia materials to enhance the reporting of different aspects of HIV/AIDS, and frame guidelines for this purpose particularly with a view to further supervised production of country-specific and culture specific e-learning tools and eventual networking and exchange.
Participants will examine the social, legal, cultural and other factors associated with the HIV/AIDS situation in their countries as well as current media practices, and identify areas needing special attention from the media. A critical analysis will be made of samples of media training materials followed by briefing and demonstration sessions by the master trainers and resource persons, and hands-on production activity in small groups.
This workshop is convened within the framework of the project - Reducing the Impact of the HIV/AIDS Crisis in and through Education as contained in the wider OPEC Fund/UNESCO project on Mitigation of HIV/AIDS crisis in Asia through Education.
This is the first in a series of workshops which will hopefully extend to other Asian countries in the project in keeping with the overall objective of expanding prevention education through the media. It is also in conformity with UNESCO's objectives of promoting and disseminating development oriented content material in local languages, as well as the popularisation of scientific and technical information in pursuit of the MDGs.
Currently, one in every five persons living with HIV resides in Asia. In 2003, the region suffered the second highest rate of new infections in the world with almost 1.37 million people becoming HIV-positive. The Arab States have seen a steady yearly increase in the number of reported cases - there are now an estimated 550,000 HIV and AIDS cases in the region compared to around 400,000 cases in the year 2000. Given that some of the worst HIV/AIDS epidemics are in countries with high illiteracy rates, the overall illiteracy rate of more than 40 % in the Arab region and some South Asian countries brings an urgency to dealing with the situation.
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