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
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
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
Thursday July 8
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
Friday July 9
9 10:15 am
AIDS Orphans & Vulnerable Children
Albina du Boisrouvray, President/founder, Association Francois-Xavier Bagnoud
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
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
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
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
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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