Bangkok AIDS Conference


Bangkok J2J Program

BANGKOK, July 10, 2004: The second consecutive Journalist to Journalist program held in collaboration with the International AIDS Conference concluded this evening two days, before the formal opening of the Conference began this morning, on July 11.

The three-day J2J conference, organized by the Washington-based National Press Foundation, is providing 26 journalists from 10 countries with a free, comprehensive overview of contemporary issues in the field of HIV/AIDS, as well as direct discussions with 12 senior journalism advisers from six countries brought in especially to assist them. The attendees are regarded as leaders in their fields.

By the end of the program, Friday night, the journalists had spoken with 14 world-recognized authorities, including Peter Piot, head of UNAIDS, Helene Gayle, incoming president of the International AIDS Society and Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Laurie Garrett, now with the Council on Foreign Relations. They visited Bamrasnaradura Institute, Thailand's leading AIDS hospital and research facility, as well as lunched at the Nation newspaper, the country's leading independent publication. A grounding in demography and methods of statistical assessment was prepared by researchers from ORC MACRO, as well as The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Organizations providing additional material include the Harvard AIDS Institute and its Enhancing Care Initiative, IAVI (International AIDS Vaccine Initiative), the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center, the Catholic Medical Missionaries Board, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and others.

The complete agenda is available in the J2J section of the NPF website

The program has been principally funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Merck Company Foundation. Additional support has been received from the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, the Coca Cola Africa Foundation, and the NPF Program Fund.

The first J2J program was held in conjunction with the XIVth International AIDS Conference in Barcelona, in 2004. Participants two years ago praised the J2J program as “innovative…invaluable…important.” Other programs have been held in India and China.

25 Journalists Selected

China -- Binglan Xu, China Daily

China -- Sun Jingwei, Tsingua University

China -- Zhou Min, Tsingua University

Cote d'Ivoire --Zeguela Bagayoko ep Yao Bi Gala, Fraternite Matin Newspaper

Ethiopia --Neway Tsegaye, Govt News Paper "ADDIS Ababa

Ghana -- Clement Boateng Sky Broadcasting Ltd.

India -- Amatabh Baxi, Economic Times

India -- Amitrajit Ukil, The Telegraph

India -- Anindita Ramaswamy, Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa,

India -- Jasvinder Sehgal, Voice of America

India -- Pranay Lal, Center for Science & Environment

India -- Soni Sangwan, Hindustani Times

India -- V.C. Nadkarni, Economic Times

Kenya -- Henry Herman Neondo, All Africa News Agency

Nepal -- Manish Gautam, Khathmandu Post

Nepal -- Suman Pradhan, ICG

Nepal -- Surendra Phuyal, Kathmandu Post

Philippines -- Frank Cimatu, Philippine Daily Inquirer

Philippines -- Miguel Dela Rama, Manila Bulletin/DWZR Radio

Tanzania -- Adolph Simon, Kivamwo, Sunday Observer

Uganda – Gloria Katusiime, W.B.S Television

Uganda --Stephen Kiwanuka, W.B.S Television

USA/Vietnam – Vivian Tran, Viet Weekly

Vietnam –Tan Le, Vietnam Economic Times

Zimbabwe -- Nhau Mangirazi, Telegraph


Wednesday July 7

9:00 – 10:15 am
10:30 – Noon
Tracking HIV/AIDS: Numbers that Count:
The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) project provides quality data on the What, Why, Where and When of HIV/AIDS

Release of a study guide developed for journalists at the J2J Bangkok conference on effectively covering the epidemiology of HIV/AIDS worldwide. The guide is produced by DHS in collaboration with The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health/Center for Communication Programs

Bernard Barrère, Coordinator for HIV/AIDS-related Surveys, DHS, ORC Macro
Daniel Vadnais, Deputy Advisor for Communication, DHS, ORC Macro

Noon – 1:30 pm

1:30 – 2:45 pm
What AIDS Does in the Body
Dr. Sombat Thanprasertsuk, Director of Bureau of AIDS, TB, and STIs
Thai Ministry of Public Health

3:00 – 4:15 pm
Preventing HIV/AIDS
Jaya Shreedhar, medical reporter/physician, India

4:30 – 5:30 pm
Beyond He Said/She Said: Giving Depth to HIV Stories
Akin Jimoh, DEVCOMS, Nigeria

Daily evaluation

Thursday July 8

7:15 AM!
Field Trip: Leave from Ambassador Hotel, 171 Sukhumvit Road
Bamranadura Hospital, Presentation: AIDS in Thailand
Travel to The Nation (newspaper) Tour of the newsroom

Lunch at The Nation
Journalists' Discussion: Privacy, Reporting & HIV/AIDS
Leader: Kavi Chongkittavorn, Assistant Group Editor, The Nation (Bangkok)

Return to Conference Hotel

3:00 – 4:00 pm
Trends, Trends & Q&A   Peter Piot, M.D., Executive Director, UNAIDS

4:15 – 5:15 pm
Macroeconomics & AIDS
Trevor Neilson, Executive Director
Priya Bery, Director of Policy & Research
Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS

5:00 – 6:00 pm
Training the Trainer
Deborah Mesce, Senior IP Media Coordinator, Population Reference Bureau

Daily evaluation

Friday July 9

9 – 10:15 am
AIDS Orphans & Vulnerable Children
Albina du Boisrouvray, President/founder, Association Francois-Xavier Bagnoud

10:30 – Noon
AIDS in Context
Laurie Garrett, Council on Foreign Relations, J2J Advisory Board, Pulitzer prize for reporting on Ebola

Noon – 1:30 pm
Jon Liden, Director of Communications, The Global Fund

1:30 – 2:00
Integration Of Prevention Into Treatment Programs And Other Issues Posed By Treatment Access,  Helene Gayle, M.D., M.P.H., Director, HIV, TB and Reproductive Health; Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Incoming President, International AIDS Society

2:00 – 3:15
Treatments, Current & Future
Jon Cohen, Science Magazine

3:30 – 4:15 pm
Health Beyond HIV/AIDS & Why the Media Should Care
Nils Daulaire, president, Global Health Council

Oral and Written Evaluations


J2J Mentors

Jaya Shreedhar, medical journalist, physician, UNAIDS consultant
Kalpana Jain, author, consultant, UNICEF

Li Xiguang, Tsinghua University
Emma Du Huizhen , Deputy Dean, Faculty of International Communication, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies

Akin Jimoh, executive director, Development Communications Network, Lagos, Nigeria

SE Asia
Kavi Chongkittavorn, assistant group editor, The Nation; chairman, South East Asian Press Alliance; former chairman, Thai Journalists Association (1500 members)

Latin American Countries
Paulo Lyra, author, health consultant; formerly, Advisor on Social Communication/HIV-AIDS/STI , Pan American Health Organization/WHO

Carol Gentry, Orlando Sentinel
Dele Olojede, International Editor, Newsday
James Wentzy, filmmaker, liaison to PLWA groups.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Provides Generous Support For NPF's Bangkok J2J Program

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has provided a generous grant in support of NPF's Journalist to Journalist program, which will take place for the three days prior to the XVth International AIDS Conference, in Bangkok.

Under the J2J program, conducted in collaboration with the conference itself, 26 developing world journalists from 11 countries, will attend J2J's exclusive training sessions to help them better negotiate the world's largest AIDS conference, as well as cover the subject better when they return home.

"We are deeply grateful for this support," said NPF president Bob Meyers. "The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has long been a leader in innovative educational progrms."

The grant is the second one NPF has received from the Gates foundation; the first one supported similar activities at the Barcelona AIDS conference in 2002.

Previously the Merck Company Foundation had made a major commitment of general support for the program. Other grants hav been received from the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS in support of six Indian journalists, and the Coca Cola Africa Foundation has provided support for seven African journalists.


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