Media, HIV and AIDS

The theme of this year’s World AIDS Day, celebrated on 1 December, is “Universal Access and Human Rights”. All people have the right to education and information that will enable them to avoid HIV infection, and those living with HIV to have the best possible quality of life, free from stigma and discrimination.

Good communication on HIV and AIDS allows people to develop an improved appreciation of the problem and, for media, information and communication professionals, facilitates the creation of quality visual concepts and programming as well as relevant multimedia educational tools to strengthen prevention education.

UNESCO has undertaken a number of activities with the aim of building media professional capacity, increasing quality media production and facilitating increased awareness about HIV and AIDS. This is largely accomplished by fostering knowledge networks among media professionals and producing educational tools and resources.

Getting the Story and Telling it Right: UNESCO publishes handbook on HIV and AIDS

UNESCO and the Asia Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) have published a handbook that presents factual, analytical and practical information about television programmes on HIV and AIDS. The handbook is a reference and toolkit designed to offer information and training resources to television producers and trainers. >> More

TV Directors Panel on HIV and AIDS at FESPACO 2009

Sixteen short documentaries devoted to the prevention of AIDS were presented to a public audience by UNESCO in collaboration with the International Council of French Speaking Radio Television (CIRTEF) at the Pan-African film and television festival, FESPACO 2009. To produce those films, CIRTEF launched a call to more than 20 African television stations. Eight proposals, engaging the leadership of young TV directors, were retained from West and Central Africa. Seventeen television channels broadcast nine of the films. Three were screened at FESPACO 2009, followed by a debate led by a panel of four young TV directors and an AIDS prevention specialist. The event was attended by 200 participants mainly composed of media professionals.

East African young TV producers joint the Global Network

Within the framework of UNESCO’s Global Network of Young TV Producer’s on HIV and AIDS, UNESCO’s Office in Nairobi, in collaboration with the East African Film Institute and the Development Through Media (DTM), organized a training workshop on HIV and AIDS for 10 young TV producers from Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. >> More

Multimedia solutions for HIV prevention

A consultative meeting to review storyboards and launch a technical development phase for a series of interactive multimedia tools is scheduled to take place at UNESCO Headquarters in December 2009. The tools aim to facilitate young people’s access to scientifically accurate, culturally appropriate and gender specific HIV-prevention information. >> More

Consortium of broadcast training solutions

A UNESCO-supported consultative meeting on broadcast training for HIV prevention gathered 15 participants representing stakeholders from Asia-Pacific, Europe and Africa on 11 November 2009 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The participants agreed to form a Consortium that will facilitate pooling of resources to build media professional and institutional capacities. They agreed that HIV prevention draws greater attention to gender, education, health and basic service needs. “The starting point is to ensure that broadcasting staff are professionally credible, knowledgeable and able to partner in overcoming stigma and discrimination,” said K.P. Madhu, project manager from the Asian Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD). The Consortium intends to facilitate increased learning opportunities through cost-effective, collaborative approaches and to build professional and investigative reporting capacities of broadcasters on HIV-related issues. A separate, parallel discussion with an academic network is expected to culminate in the signing of a memorandum of understanding in December 2009.

'Love and Relationships': Film festival in Cambodia addresses HIV prevention

UNESCO’s Office in Phnom Penh joined the French Cultural Centre (CCF) in a common project, ‘Love and Relationships’, which aims to reach the maximum of people in Cambodia highlighting challenges that young people face in intimate relationships. The project particularly focuses on HIV prevention, sexuality and discrimination based on gender and/or sexual orientation, topics that formal education has been reluctant to explicitly address. >> More

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