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Courage and Hope: African Teachers Living Positively With HIV

News Release No:2009/046/HDN

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Phil Hay: +1 202 473 1796
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Mexico City, August 6, 2008 — An estimated 122,000 teachers in sub-Saharan Africa living with HIV have been given voice in a collaborative project by the World Bank and African Ministries of Education networks of HIV/AIDS focal points. The output is a book titled “Courage and Hope: Stories from Teachers Living with HIV and AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa” that has been turned into a documentary film produced by Partnership for Child Development with support by the World Bank.

The vast majority of teachers living with HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa are unaware of their status, and many are reluctant to undergo HIV testing for fear of consequences of a positive test outcome.

The book: Twelve teachers from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania mainland, Zanzibar and Zambia vividly recount heir experiences that testify to ordinary yet courageous life with HIV and the impact their HIV status has on their loves, families, schools and communities.

The film: The voices of four of these courageous teachers (Beldina Atieno, Martin Mkug Ptoch, Jemimah Nindo, and Margaret Wambete) detail the challenges they face once their positive status becomes public. These range from stigmatization to shunning and discrimination against them and their families.

Despite the hurdles the teachers face, they are confident that accessing effective care, support and anti retroviral medicines, they are able to live, and to enjoy full and healthy lives. The personal reflections of these teachers offer courage and hope to the other estimated 121,996 teachers living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa.

The film Courage and Hope: African Teachers Living Positively with HIVwill be launched at the International AIDS Conference 2008 in Mexico and can be viewed at the UNAIDS booth, where free copies of the DVD will also be available.

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Alice Woolnough, Lesley Drake and Donald Bundy
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Thierry Humeau
EDITORS: Russ Hull, John Benedetto ORIGINAL MUSIC: David Sherman
PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY: Daphne Glover Ferrier and Tim Baney


DON BUNDY

Don Bundy is the World Bank’s Lead Specialist on School Health, Nutrition and HIV/AIDS & Education.  Before joining the World Bank, he was Professor of Epidemiology at Oxford University, and is currently a visiting professor at George Washington University and Imperial College, London.  Since 1978, he has worked in the field of international child health and was the founder of the Partnership for Child Development.  Don has been a pioneer in raising the profile of school health on the agendas of Governments, Ministries, and other partners and contributed to the development of the FRESH Framework.  He was instrumental in the development of the UNAIDS Inter Agency Task Team for Education working group to “Accelerate the Education Sector Response to HIV/AIDS”.  Since 2002, the initiative has worked with over 40 countries in SSA and Asia and the Caribbean to strengthen the education sector response covering issues such as policy, planning, prevention and OVC. 

Don is currently at the AIDS conference and will be available for interview.  He can be reached at 1+202-203-0175.

For further information please view http://www.schoolsandhealth.org.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Copies of the DVD and book can also be obtained from the Partnership for Child Development (please contact pcd@imperial.ac.uk; Tel: +44 20 75943262). A broadcast version of the film is available from Baney Media. Please contact daphne@baneymedia.com.

ABOUT THE PARTNERSHIP FOR CHILD DEVELOPMENT
Academic excellence, technical expertise and high level networks: a unique partnership for child development.
The Partnership for Child Development (PCD) consists of a global consortium of civil society organizations, academic institutions and technical experts working in school health and nutrition, with a Coordinating Centre based at Imperial College London. PCD works across the health and education sectors to support the achievement of Education for All and the Millennium Development Goals by assisting governments to develop national school health and nutrition programmes that improve the education, health, nutrition and psychosocial status of children and teachers in low and middle income countries around the world. www.schoolsandhealth.organd www.child-development.org

ABOUT BANEY MEDIA
Baney Media is a film and television production company that makes documentary films of general interest for networks such as National Geographic Channel, Discovery, PBS, the History Channel, HGTV and CourtTV. Baney Media also specializes in films about international aid and development: films such as Window of Hope, One Childhood and Chad and Darfur: Displaced Spirits. On the web at www.baneymedia.com.




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