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AIDS HEALTH PROMOTION EXCHANGE. 1993; (3):10.AIDS in Zimbabwe is widely viewed as a problem of others despite widespread knowledge about the basic facts of AIDS. The National AIDS Coordination Program and UNICEF have therefore collaborated to produce and disseminate a special video for an about Zimbabweans to counter this dangerous attitude. The 35-minute English video "No need to blame" presents 3 Zimbabwean women and 2 Zimbabwean men, all healthy-looking, who describe how they feel about their HIV-seropositive status, family reactions, and their hopes and fears. Family members also share their experiences regarding support, care, and future prospects. The film focuses upon themes of responsible behavior, care, compassion, and the destigmatization of people living with HIV/AIDS. It is hoped that the video will help viewers realize that AIDS is a problem for a growing number of people who are not very dissimilar from themselves. The video was first pretested over 10 sessions in June, 1993 with schoolchildren, out-of-school youths, religious leaders, Ministry of Health and Information officers, and youth organization representatives; reactions were generally encouraging. Only minor changes were subsequently made, a discussion guide was included, and feedback forms will be completed based upon audience discussions after each screening.
PEOPLE. 1986; 13(2):23-4.The International Office and Regional Bureaux of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) have produced or financed a wide variety of publications, films, videos, slide/tape productions, and wallcharts on the management of contraceptive methods, and a new family life education resource publication. A list of publications, kits, and films is available from the IPPF Distribution Department. Additionally, many of IPPF's affiliated family planning associations produce communication materials. The Population Communication Services Project at the Johns Hopkins University offers sample family planning information and communication materials over 80 countries. It also offers a series of packets of samples on different themes, including print materials for non-readers, male responsibility, packaging for contraceptives, and reaching young people. "Population Reports" are published regularly on a variety of subjects, including communication. The Population Reference Bureau produces a range of educational materials relating to population, including an annual World Population Data Sheet and "Population Today." The World Health Organization publishes an illustrated bimonthly magazine, "World Health," a periodic newsletter, and a 1-page fact-sheet identifying the health benefits of family planning. The UN Educational Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has produced a variety of films, posters, booklets, slide-sets, and records. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization has produced a range of audiovisual aids dealing with family planning and population. The UN Fund for Population Activities produces a wide range of population-related publications and visual aids. The Program for the Introduction and Adaptation of Contraceptive Technology (PIACT) and Program for Appropriate Technology in Health specialized in the development of print materials for specific audiences. Clearinghouse on Development Communication is a center for materials on applications of communication technology to development problems. The Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development has produced around 100 prototype radio and television programs dealing with population. The Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning has produced a series of films/videos on community health, parasite control, and family planning in many countries.