The website also provides access to the ARC's database for organizations, funding, materials, conference calendar, news, and vacancies. These databases, in particular the organizational and conference calendar ones, provide a useful means through which to coordinate and network the different HIV and AIDS organizations and activities in the country. There are currently around 190 records in the organizations database.
The AIDS in Ethiopia Online Database, www.etharc.org/aidsineth, is one of the most popular interactive online database application with useful information on AIDS epidemic in Ethiopia. This online database presents the trend of HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia from 1982-2008 with charts, indicators and publications. The PLWHA website, www.etharc.org/plwha, is also a very useful resource for people living with HIV/AIDS with resources for living positively and testimonies of HIV positive people.
3. Oversee the development of high-quality Ethiopian print and audio-visual HIV and AIDS BCC materials.
Since December 2002, the Center has produced high-quality culturally-appropriate posters, pamphlets, billboards, press information kits and job aides on the following HIV and AIDS issues: VCT, anti-retroviral treatment (ART), prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) and TB. For example, two VCT brochures and posters were produced to encourage men and women to know their HIV status by seeking VCT. A 30-minute docu-drama on VCT was also developed in collaboration with a local film production house. A living positively booklet for people living with HIV (PLWHA) was also developed. Additionally, a client brochure and job aid for health workers was produced to help prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV among health center clients. Other materials developed include a press ARC information kit and an ART information kit for the launch of the national ART program. More than 90% of these materials were produced in Amharic to ensure maximum reach and effectiveness.
Large individualized print runs of materials have been completed and distributed widely throughout Ethiopia using the ARC's distribution mechanism. For example to date, at least 15,000 of the VCT posters and brochures have been distributed due to public demand. Main receivers of the materials include HAPCO regional offices, Regional Health Bureaus, hospitals, clinics, health centers, NGOs and faith-based organizations.
However, large requests for materials from the library are difficult to fill. For example, the Orthodox Church in Ethiopia uses the ARC materials to sensitize and educate their members to HIV and AIDS issues. However, meeting this kind of demand will be critical because the Orthodox Church has a following of about 40 million people and the impact on this group is bound to translate into national impact. Similarly, anti-AIDS clubs in schools request bulk materials for their programs and activities.
4. Develop a strong relationship with the Ethiopian media by training print, radio, and television journalists and editors in HIV and AIDS reporting and serving as an ongoing source of information for these journalists.
The ARC has become a valuable resource for journalists who use the ARC to access diverse, accurate, and current HIV and AIDS and related information. In January 2004, the ARC conducted its first journalist training via a sensitization workshop on ART for 150 media professionals. In May 2004, the ARC, in collaboration with Internews, conducted Local Voices: A Seminar on HIV/AIDS Reporting for radio and print journalists. The purpose of this workshop was to build journalists' skills in script/story writing, recording, editing, and reporting sensitively on HIV and AIDS. The workshop was cited by HAPCO as the beginning of an impact on HIV and AIDS reporting in Ethiopia. It also served as a catalyst to an ongoing productive relationship between the ARC and the trained journalists.
In March 2005, the ARC conducted an HIV and AIDS reporting workshop for Ethiopia television media professionals. The workshop aimed to enhance journalists' skills in reporting, interviewing techniques, identifying potential sources, writing and editing scripts, and how to combine these skills with visual techniques for television.
5. Establish and maintain an AIDS Hotline to ensure that Ethiopians have an additional resource to access free and anonymous HIV and AIDS information, counseling and referrals.
ARC established a new state-of-the-art HIV and AIDS hotline system that provides callers with quality HIV and AIDS information, counseling and referrals on everything from PMTCT to ART to care and support for PLWHA. The hotline was setup in late 2004 and hotline staff were trained in collaboration with the International HIV and AIDS Alliance in counseling, setup, promotion and monitoring. The ARC hotline - named the 'Wegen AIDS Talkline' - currently receives an average of between 3,000-4,000 phone calls per day. The talkline, which can be reached free-of-charge from any landline or mobile telephone in Ethiopia by dialing 952, was launched nationwide in March 2005. Currently Wegen AIDS Talkline is giving service Monday through Saturday 8:00 am - 12 midnight. – less – More from ZoomInfo »