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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Highlights from Days 3 and 4 of the J2J Conference

Maha Masud by Maha Masud 0 comments

Our last two days in Cape Town for the Journalist to Journalist HIV/AIDS training were very busy and packed a lot of information for our fellows.  A detailed account of what happened during days three and four of the conference comes after the jump.  If you are interested finding resources from our time in Cape Town, we have uploaded PowerPoint as well as audio from a majority of the speakers to our website.


Highlights from Day 3

7/17/09 9:15 – A group of care givers from the HOPE clinic, a local HIV/AIDS treatment facility in Cape Town,  came to talk with the fellows about their experience in  treating people living with HIV and AIDS.

Hope Clinic Worker

7/17/09 10:45 – Mitchell Warren of the AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition spoke with the journalists about biomedical prevention.  In his presentation he spoke about PrEP, an experimental HIV prevention strategy that uses antiretroviral therapy to prevent individuals from contracting HIV.

7/17/09 12:45 – Sharon Hillier of the Microbicide Trials Network, a U.S. National Institutes of Health-funded worldwide collaborative clinical trials network focused on preventing the sexual transmission of HIV, gave a presentation about microbicides.  Her presentation focused on how microbicdes offer hope to women who want to protect themselves from HIV infection, but are unable to negotiate condom use with their male partners.  A tenured professor in the department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine,  Dr. Hillier also discussed new developments in microbicide research. 

7/17/09 15:45 – NPF Consultants Ruth Pollard and Douglas Hopper gave a presentation on multimedia storytelling.  This skills based session gave journalists ideas on how to present their stories to online audiences.  Ruth is a reporter with the Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald and writes the NPF AIDS helpdesk blog each Monday. Douglas is a producer in Washington D.C. with National Public Radio. A copy of their PowerPoint presentation as well as links to some good multimedia websites is available on our website.


Highlights from Day 4

7/18/2009 8:30 – In perhaps one of the most powerful sessions of the conference, the Treatment Action Campaign brought in a group of people living with HIV and AIDS to share their stories.  This session provided a rich source for story ideas and gave the journalists plenty of time to interview HIV and AIDS patients.


7/18/09  10:00 - Dele Olojede, Founder of of Timbukto Media lead a discussion about the fellow's  best HIV/AIDS story ideas. 

7/18/2009 11:30 – NPF president Bob Meyers gave a presentation on how the journalists can take what they have learned and bring it back to their individual news rooms

7/18/2009 13:30 – President and CEO of the Global Health Council, Jeffrey Sturchio, joined us to speak about the development pipeline for new AIDS drugs.

7/18/2009 15:00 – Craig McClure, Executive director of the International AIDS Society, facilitated a question and answer session with the journalists.

7/18/09 16:30 - Catherine Hankins, Chief Scientific Advisor to UNAIDS, ended the J2J conference with a congratulations and charge.  She also talked about UNAIDS and how it works to unite the world against AIDS.