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    Lessons learned: providing communication technical assistance in FGM programs.

    Corso C

    [Unpublished] [1996]. [2] p.

    This document relays 10 lessons learned in providing communication technical assistance in programs designed to eradicate female genital mutilation (FGM). 1) The community must identify FGM as an issue they are interested in working on, and the local implementing agency must request technical assistance. 2) Agencies providing technical assistance to FGM eradication programs must avoid high visibility. 3) Technical assistance is most appropriately given by local staff living and working in the particular country. 4) International agencies should strengthen the skill base of their local counterparts so the local groups can acquire the necessary communication skills to work toward eradication. 5) The local implementing organization must conduct research to guide the intervention and the target communities must be involved in designing the interventions. 6) Interventions must be very local in nature and design. 7) Workshops provide good settings for providing technical assistance and training. 8) Local-level project staff need assistance in skills training and individual-level support to deal with their sense that they are betraying their own culture. 9) Skills training helps local staff work through individual behavior change issues in order to help communities adopt behavior changes. 10) The process of behavior change takes time and requires continuity. Donors and local implementing agencies must understand that it may take as long as a generation to eradicate FGM.
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    Innovative computer methods for demographic enquiries and the dissemination of population information.

    Dekker A

    In: Proceedings of the Expert Group Meeting on Innovative Techniques for Population Censuses and Large-Scale Demographic Surveys, The Hague, 22-26 April 1996, [compiled by] Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute [NIDI], United Nations Population Fund [UNFPA]. The Hague, Netherlands, NIDI, 1996. 125-48.

    This paper was written to be used in the context of one of several UN Population Fund-sponsored expert meetings in preparation for the 2000 Round of Population Censuses. A review is presented of recent proven technical developments of interest to developing or newly-emerging countries, beginning with sections on appropriate technology; technical awareness and skills; training, information gathering, and technical assistance; software operating environments; and outsourcing. Computer-supported planning and management, design tools, office communication, and quality management are then discussed with regard to census/survey management and design, followed by mapping and data collection. Office processing is considered in sections on data capture, coding, error scrutiny and imputation, tabulation, meta-data systems, and new storage media. Non-paper dissemination, statistical and demographic databases, and multimedia applications are discussed in closing.
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    World AIDS Day, 1996. "One world. One hope".

    AIDS NEWS. 1996 Dec; 4(1):1-2.

    The UN chose the theme "One World. One Hope" for its ninth annual World AIDS Day (December 1, 1996). This theme highlights the fact that no individual or country is free from the impact of HIV/AIDS and that the epidemic demands a global response. An understanding of which programs succeed and which fail is of universal importance. Similarly, people throughout the world harbor hope for a cure, a vaccine, an end to discrimination against people with HIV/AIDS, and an end to denial. In some areas, efforts to care for people with HIV/AIDS and to prevent transmission of new cases have been successful. Effective approaches to the epidemic enjoy government support and are protective of human rights, supplied with adequate resources, and grounded in community action. Among the remaining challenges are the need to share information about these successes and to expand the response to the epidemic.
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