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Thursday, 28 November 2013 08:01

Betengna Celebrates 7th Year Anniversary

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Betengna Radio Diaries, the first radio diaries program in Ethiopia, celebrated its 7th year anniversary on September 30th, 2013 in the presence of its past diarists, members of the audience, radio station representatives and partner organizations. The program is implemented by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs (JHU∙CCP) Ethiopia's EXCELERATE project with support from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). "Betengna", which refers to a welcomed guest who often visits one's home, takes real life stories of people living with HIV into the homes of listeners and provides a unique insight into what it really means to be HIV positive in Ethiopia. The anniversary, which was commemorated to honor the diarists, opened with a welcoming speech by Betengna's first two diarists. The diarists, Hiwot and Sirak, talked about the challenges they faced as the first ones to…
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Monday, 22 July 2013 10:23

A Betengna Caller

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One Saturday morning, as Betengna radio diaries program was being aired on Debub radio, I was busy receiving listeners’ comments over the phone One caller had a very unusual tone. “Who is this” he asked. I told him that it was the program producer speaking. Immediately he demanded to talk to me in person. I was puzzled by the odd request.  He said ‘please meet me and talk to me’. A bit apprehensive, I asked why he wanted to see me and where he lived. He lived in Hawassa and said he had something important to talk about.  I was relived. If he were in Hawassa, I thought it would give me more time to think and get prepared to meet him. So, I told him that since I was in Addis and would see him once I got to Hawassa. After some hesitation, he started to tell me why…
JHU.CCP Ethiopia Hosts Graduate Practicum Program
“I’ve learned that developing [health communication materials] is not a haphazard process [but something] that needs time, care, critical thinking and creativity” Kenzudin Assefa, practicum participant. Kenzudin is one of eleven Health Education & Behavioral Science graduate students from Jimma University who came to the JHU.CCP Ethiopia field office for a two-week practicum on strategic health communication materials’ development. The practicum is part of a long-term capacity building arrangement with Jimma University’s Department of Health Education & Behavioral Science designed to supplement the theoretical studies of graduating students with hands-on practical experience developing print and radio materials.  As part of the practicum the graduating students, were linked with various units at CCP to design, produce and pre-test radio and print materials to be used by the programs. Students were first given short presentations about CCP’s program areas and refresher trainings on the P-process, developing creative briefs, script writing for print…
The World Health Organization endorsed a recommendation in 2001 that infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life and receive adequate and safe additional foods after that while breastfeeding continues for two years or beyond (WHO, 2007). In Ethiopia, also, mothers are encouraged to exclusively breastfeed their infants.  According to Save the Children’s State of the World’s Mothers 2012, 52% of babies in Ethiopia are exclusively breastfed for the first six months.  Many of the mothers who do not exclusively breastfeed their infants do so for various reasons and feed their infants with formula milk, other fluids including water mixed with sugar or rue plant (tenadam). In a developing country such as Ethiopia, the choice to exclusively breastfeed or not could be a matter of life and death for the child.   Especially in low income households where sanitary conditions may not be as desirable in order…
Thursday, 13 December 2012 13:21

Current Results and Getting to Zero

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The new HIV Single Point Estimate results show that among new HIV infections of around 28,000 individuals in the past year, around 8,000 infections were acquired at birth. This shows that a substantial percentage of the new infections come from mother-to-child transmissions of HIV. This number, though low compared to previous trends and other sub-Sahara African countries, is still high considering the MDG goal Ethiopia needs to meet by 2015 - zero new HIV infections among children. It’s commendable that Ethiopia has registered tremendous drops in new HIV infections with trends showing 90% reductions, a 53% fall in AIDS related deaths and 71% coverage in antiretroviral (ARV) treatment in the past decade. According to the new HIV Single Point Estimate, National HIV prevalence has also gone down to 1.4% from 6.6% in 2001. Currently the number of people living with HIV/AIDS is around 790,000 according to UNAIDS’s Estimate with new…
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