KABISSA-FAHAMU Newsletter No 14

The main political opponent of Uganda's incumbent president Yoweri Museveni has hinted that he is to take "political action" to pressure the new leader to annul his landslide poll win this week following allegations of malpractice.

A UK-based charity is today calling on foreign oil companies to immediately suspend their operations in Sudan and for oil giants BP and Shell to divest their shares in companies linked with atrocities in the country.

Turnout was high in yesterday's presidential election in Uganda where the incumbent Yoweri Museveni is heading for another term in office in spite of having lost much of his popularity.

World leaders in health philanthropy will convene in London for an Inaugural Global Health Philanthropy Summit, to be held at the Royal College of Physicians from 9-11 May 2001. The Academy for International Health Philanthropy's Summit will address how philanthropists can make a greater and lasting impact on world health by pooling knowledge and by more effective targeting of their support. Registrations applications are available at the AIHP website or by e-mail.

One of the world's biggest drugs companies yesterday relaxed its patent over two Aids drugs, allowing manufacturers in South Africa to produce cheaper copies for local use, after protests from the scientific community.

Ghana remains without any of the drugs that allow people with AIDS in rich countries to lead full lives. Efforts by an Indian company to market them in the country failed when a drug multinational issued a patents challenge. Eugenia Adofo visited an Accra hospital to speak to a patient.

Increased desertification and drought represent a serious threat to human health. The World Health Organization (WHO) expressed this concern at the fourth session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) which was held in Bonn, Germany (11-22 December 2000).

The South African government announced yesterday that it will not declare HIV/AIDS a national emergency, a move that under World Trade Organization rules would have allowed the country to import generic drugs "regardless of objections from drug firms claiming abuse of patent rights," Reuters reports (Reuters, 3/13).

June 11 - 15, 2001 As more research is conducted in developing countries, ethical issues that reflect differences in cultures, politics, wealth, standards of care, individual and group rights, and priorities are surfacing with increasing frequency. The present ethical codes are not always sufficient for the broad new set of problems faced by funders of international health research, members of Ethical Review Boards, government agencies, and researchers themselves.

The Health Systems Trust launched the South African Health Review 2000 on the 1st of March 2001. This is an annual publication that provides an annual and longer-term review of health policy developments in South Africa.

March 12, 2001 Nairobi, Kenya (Pana) - Alarmed by a typhoid and malaria outbreak which has so far claimed over 90 lives and continues unabated, residents of Embu town, Kenya's Eastern provincial capital, conducted a general sanitation exercise on Saturday.

Panafrican News Agency (Dakar) March 14, 2001 Ghana's Food and Drugs Board (FDB) on Wednesday said research has shown that "Always Sanitary Pads" used by women are not infected with the HIV/AIDS as claimed by a story circulated on the Internet.

As a follow up to Dr. Neufeld's request on AFRO-NETS (dated 17 Jan. 2001) regarding African health research networks, please find attached a preliminary listing of inter-country health research networks.

Eight million threatened by meningitis epidemic in Ethiopia 8 March 2001 With some 8.4 million people threatened with a deadly epidemic of meningococcal meningitis - the Ethiopian Red Cross has mobilized thousands of volunteers to begin a major social mobilization campaign on the disease, and to make sure those at risk are vaccinated. "There is serious cause for alarm about the spread of this epidemic. While to date there have been 1,700 cases reported and 140 deaths confirmed, this is probably a serious underestimate of the reality on the ground. Ethiopian Ministry of Health figures that 8.4 million people could be at risk are very realistic. It is vital that we act now," said Dr. Bradley Hersh, a senior medical epidemiologist with the International Federation. The group most at risk is between the age of two and thirty years old.

In June this year, IFAT will hold its sixth biennial international Conference in Arusha, Tanzania, on the theme: The Fair Trade Difference - People, Principles and Partnership. Fair Trade producers are democratically organised or working in enterprises with socially engaged management. Many work in the informal sector producing handcrafts. Others are farmers with smallholdings or growers belonging to co-operatively organised groups. 158 Fair Trade organisations, in 50 countries around the world, belong to IFAT (the International Federation for Alternative Trade) which is a networking body working to improve the livelihoods and well-being of poor people through trade.

COSATU rejects with contempt the suggestion by the Citizen newspaper (13 March 2001) that it "supports the DA on Aids crisis" and that it "has joined the DA in calling on President Mbeki to declare the HIV/AIDS epidemic a national disaster". Siphiwe Mgcina, COSATU Spokesperson

The South African government has turned down calls from the country's largest trade union and official opposition for an AIDS emergency to be declared amid a legal challenge by some of the world's leading pharmaceuticals firms over domestic efforts to make cheap anti-viral drugs.

St. Luke School of Medicine, Ghana and Liberia, West Africa, is now accepting applications for students wishing to study medicine online. The Basic Science curriculum (the first two years of medical school) will be presented online starting with Human Anatomy. This course is scheduled to be begin May 14, 2001, leading to a Doctor of Medicine degree (MD). St. Luke SOM is only one of a few schools in the world to present this curriculum. For info contact Dr. Jerroll.

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This message is to inform you of an important international conference that will be held in Athens, Greece, on 24 and 25 May, 2001. The conference title is: THE CHILD: A VICTIM OF WAR, AND A MESSENGER OF PEACE. The event is organized by the Foundation for the Child and the Family (Athens), in cooperation with the International Peace Bureau and the Hague Appeal for Peace.

CICC Team on Aggression, 7th Session of the ICC PrepCom. Submitted by Espen Rostrup Nakstad (ELSA Norway)

At last, there is succour for the women of Enugu State against harmful traditional practices. It will now be an offense for widows and women to be compelled to observe traditional rites that are physically, psychologically and emotionally hazardous to them.

The United Nations food agency has announced that 84,000 refugees who fled Democratic Republic of the Congo for Zambia are facing hunger amid dwindling food supplies.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has suspended its food deliveries in southwestern Guinea following a rebel attack on the garrison town of Nongoa, according to a local spokesperson.

Achieving water security for the sustainable production of food and the support of rural livelihoods while preserving natural resources and ecosystems is one of the key challenges of the early 21st century. The Dialogue on Water for Food and Environmental Security attempts to bridge the gap between agricultural and environmental sectors and to forge agreed-upon, workable solutions to this challenge.

Three West African nations are expected this week to announce drastic action to save one of the world's richest marine environments from overfishing by European Union and other fishing fleets.

The secretariat of the World Water Assessment Programme of the UN recently issued the following announcement. National and regional consultations will be part of this process, aimed at promoting mulit-stakeholder inputs.

(March 13, 2001) Kenyan Environment Minister Francis Nyenze says that the organizations involved in the campaign to save the country's forests are "playing with the psychology of Kenyans."

International conservationists are urging the Kenyan government to scrap plans to turn more than 67,000 hectares of prime forest into human settlements.

The goal of giving people and communities across the globe up-to-the minute access to high quality environmental information has moved a step closer, it was announced today.

In a quest for new ideas about rapidly changing newsroom organisation, practices and technology, the World Editors Forum sent out a unique appeal: Visionaries Wanted. Inquiries to: Larry Kilman, Director of Communications.

In Ethiopia, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists has written to the prime minister to tell him that the watchdog organization "is appalled at the deplorable treatment of independent journalists and news outlets." CPJ contends that Ethiopia has become "Africa's foremost jailer of journalists in recent years."

Police in Mozambique have arrested two businessmen and a former bank manager accused of ordering the murder of investigative journalist Carlos Cardoso, according to reports.

The chair of a Zimbabwean parliamentary committee on broadcasting rules has accused ruling Zanu-PF members of flouting free speech rights in a raft of new laws to govern public broadcasting in the country.

Unions representing Zimbabwean journalists this week condemned a death threat allegedly made by a war veteran leader against a reporter on a financial newspaper.

The Rockefeller Foundation's Communication for Social Change program released Making Wave: Stories of Participatory Communication for Social Change, a report written by Alfonso Gumucio Dagron. Making Waves is a worldwide examination on the role of participatory communication in development programs. Contact: Brian Byrd.

Your kind attention is cordially invited to our new but growing website on: "Understanding Poverty, Health and Development in Africa". The primary goal of the site is to help ordinary people to easily comprehend the policy and practical dimensions of poverty, its measurement and interplay with health and development.

The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today completed the second review of Tanzania's performance under the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility (PRGF)[1] arrangement. The decision will enable Tanzania to draw SDR 20 million (about US$26 million) immediately.

Challenges and Opportunities for Developing Countries Trieste, Italy 11-13 September 2001 One of the key features influencing the use of new technologies in developing countries is the changing character of research and development (R&D), especially in the industrialized countries.

24--26 April 2001 Everyone is invited. We're targeting both the technical and the commercial communities. Also, we would encourage people throughout Africa to attend. Competing Data Warehousing Standards to Merge in the OMG. More information on the OMG and CORBA is available at www.omg.org and www.corba.org. Information about the Meta Data Coalition is available through the MDC Web site at http://www.MDCinfo.com/. September 25, 2000 - Needham, MA - Today, the Meta Data Coalition (MDC) and the Object Management Group (OMG), two industry organizations with competing data warehousing standards, jointly announced that the MDC will merge into the OMG. As a result, the MDC will discontinue independent operations and work will continue in the OMG to integrate the two standards. Until this week, there were two major standards for metadata and modeling in the areas of data warehousing and component-based development.

I have reformatted the outcomes of the "FAO: First International Workshop on Farm Radio Broadcasting ''Information & Communication Technologies (ICTs) Servicing Farm Radio: New Contents, New Partnerships", held at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy, from February 19 to February 22, 2001, in a MS Word 97 document.

Experts are warning web users to be on the lookout for a destructive and cunning new e-mail virus.

FreelanceHR has been launched in South Africa by Alan Ahlfeldt and Michael Kriess to alleviate the plight of the freelance worker and the needs of organisations. For only R20 per month, a freelancer can register on the site. There are various categories to choose from and if a category does not exist, one will be created within minutes. Freelancers are in charge of their own pages so it's up to them to keep it up to date. They receive a username and password and they just need to log in and update their details. FreelanceHR markets the site to the industry thus effectively creating a direct link between organisational needs and scarce skills. The service plans to launch in Australia, the UK and possibly the States later this year.

The International Telecommunication Union's third World Telecommunication Policy Forum closed last week with the adoption by government and industry of four "Opinions" that reflect the common understanding on Internet Protocol (IP) Telephony.

A daily update on human rights and democratic development of the Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law based in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

Anyone who lives in Africa and has access to the Internet can use "The African Digital Library", which was jointly created by the Association of African Universities (AAU), Technikon SA (TSA) and NetLibrary (NL). Net Library is an American company that specialized in setting up digital libraries for universities and companies.

Free weekly e-mail on the latest Internet trends and statistics
March 12, 2001 Published by: Nua Ltd Volume 6 Number 8

To search the complete PND archive (300+ issues dating to January 1995), visit Philanthropy News Digest on the World Wide Web.

The United States Institute of Peace Webster University's Human Rights Education Project and Center for International Education are jointly sponsoring a two day Conference on Undergraduate Human Rights Education on March 29-30. The conference (which will be held on the Webster University Campus in Saint Louis, Missouri) is free, but registration is limited and is filling up fast. For information about the conference please consult the conference website at of call the Webster University Center for International Education at (314) 968-7432.

September 24 -October 19, 2001 Atlanta, Georgia, USA
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health will co-sponsor a course, "International Course in Applied Epidemiology" during September 24 - October 19, 2001, in Atlanta, Georgia. This basic course in epidemiology is directed at public health professionals from countries other than the United States.

The application form and further details can also be downloaded from the International Development pages of the Nuffield Institute for July 2001 Nuffield Institute for Health Leeds, UK

8-21 July 2001 Cambridge, UK An intensive two-week residential course for professionals in the field of family planning and sexual & reproductive health held at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK.

The Swiss National Council, the first Chamber of the Federal Assembly to debate the ratification of the Rome Statute, passed the ratification bill yesterday, 13 March 2001, with 135 against 26 votes. (NB: Some of the members of parliament who voted "no" may have done so to indicate that they wanted an obligatory instead of a facultative referendum on the question of ratification, that is, that the Swiss people automatically vote on the issue, and not only when 50'000 citizens so require.)

Although the Battle of Seattle was successful in preventing a new comprehensive round of global trade talks from going ahead, this did not mean there would not be trade negotiations at the WTO. On the contrary, a whole new set of WTO talks on global trade in 'services' began in February, 2000, with formal negotiations due to begin this spring after a crucial stocktaking session is completed at the end of March. These so called GATS negotiations [General Agreement on Trade in Services] could have a dramatic and profound effect on a wide range of public services and citizens' rights all over the world. Contact for more information.

To: The British Prime Minister, Mr Tony Blair,The British House of Commons: Culture, Media and Sport Committee, The British Library,The British Museum,The Royal Library, Windsor Castle,The Victoria and Albert Museum "Recalling that the British Expedition against Emperor Tewodros, in 1868, looted the Ethiopian ruler's capital, Maqdala.

The Directorate of Youth and Sport of the Council of Europe will be producing a Manual on Human Rights Education in 2001 in the framework of its Youth Programme on Human Rights Education. This manual is particularly addressed to activities with young people within formal and non-formal education. The Manual will provide methods and activities based on participatory, active and experimental educational methods. We are looking for experienced and interested educationalists and trainers to contribute to the production of the manual. Contributions can be made by participating in one of the two groups: reference group and production team. Further details and application form are available by e-mail.

The purpose of this position is to direct the new Women's Rights and Economic Change "theme program" as part of AWID's new Strategic Communications Program. The intended impact of the Strategic Communications Program is the improvement of women's lives through information exchange that will motivate action, support knowledge - building, and influence policy.

Human Rights Watch, Europe and Central Asia Division Seeks Summer 2001 interns Human Rights Watch is an international research and advocacy organization that conducts regular investigations into human rights abuses in seventy countries worldwide. The Europe and Central Asia division, with field offices in Moscow, Tashkent, and Tbilisi, works on the countries of Europe and the former Soviet Union. When applying, please include a cover letter, resume, and contact information for two references. The deadline for receipt of applications is April 9, 2001. Applications can be mailed to: Europe and Central Asia Division Human Rights Watch 350 Fifth Avenue, 34th floor New York, NY 10118-3299

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From 1994 - 1996, the Law Group maintained a field office in Goma, North Kivu, from which field officers provided valuable support and training to human rights activists in Eastern Congo. Following the opening of a field presence in Kinshasa in 2000, the Law Group is expanding its field activities by re-establishing a field office in Eastern Congo, to reinforce the small human rights community's efforts in the face of a deteriorating human rights situation, and strengthen their participation in the country's transition process.

The Law Group is currently seeking candidates for a Program Officer position, to be based in Bukavu, in South-Kivu. Together with a team of national program and administrative staff, the Program Officer will be responsible for a variety of training, mentoring and technical assistance projects aimed at building the capacity of civil society in Eastern Congo. The Program Officer will serve both as a trainer and constant resource to local NGOs, and ensure the day-to-day running of Law Group programs in the East, while maintaining relationships with
NGOs, UN agencies and local authorities.

How to Apply: To apply, send resume or curriculum vitae and cover letter by mail, fax or e-mail (MSWord and WordPerfect 7.0 attachments) to: Bukavu - DRC Program Officer Search International Human Rights Law Group 1200, 18th Street NW, Suite 602 Washington D.C. 20036 Fax: +1 202 822 4606

The Policing Program is currently seeking a Program Director to lead our talented staff to greater influence and effectiveness in assuring that fighting crime and protecting rights are seen as mutually supportive. The Director will work under the supervision of the deputy Director of Program and Policy. SUBMISSIONS: Resume, cover letter, three (3) writing samples, and three (3) References Qualification: Substantial practical experience with law enforcement activities, and familiarity with police practice in large US cities; Supervisory savvy in strategy design, operations, fiscal, and personnel
management; Extraordinary communication skills, including the ability to make complex issues understandable to lay audiences; Experience in conflict resolution. Deadline: THIS IS AN IMMEDIATE HIRE Contact / Forward application to HR-Policing Director 333 Seventh Ave., 13th fl, New York NY 10001 USA Fax: 212-845-5299

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6 months training in Denmark required
12 months working in TCE Project in Africa
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Head of Gender Unit
Press Officer - Europe
Researcher (Central Africa)
Training Officer Fundraising

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Mission: Doctors of the World is dedicated to improving the health and relieving the suffering of vulnerable populations in the United States and abroad. Our primary objectives are to offer the finest available medical expertise to those in greatest need, and in so doing, to utilize medical care to protect human rights and to promote peaceful reconciliation. Contact Person: Cerue Van den Broeck.

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Bank Information Center
Deadline: April 30, 2001
To apply, please send your cover letter and CV/resume to Art Farrance.

We would like to draw your attention to a new publication that might be of interest to you. 'Institutionalizing Gender Equality: Commitment, Policy and Practice. A Global Source Book' is the fourth book in the series Gender, Society and Development published by the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT). This publication reflects the increasing interest in the experiences of organizations that have begun to incorporate women and gender considerations into their policies, not only for projects and programmes but also within their own organizations.

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I write as I promised to do, to thank you and inform you on the product [Proposals that make a difference]. Itis just wonderful! I have just finished preparing a draft proposal for EU and reading through CDRom after the tough exercise made the understanding of the guide most intersting and better assimilated. It was a really useful project you undertook and one that will last for a very long time. it will be of great use and value to many poor souls like us who have little or no clue to writing such documents. Once more, I congratulate you and your team on a job well done.

I just wanted to congratulate you on the Kabissa-Fahamu newsletter. It is interesting, informative, and up to date, and covers so much more than other briefings I have seen.

We thank you very much for the Newsletters. They are very enlightening and educative. We look forward to your future editions.

I reply to your reader survey in newletter no 10:

Is it too long? this always depends on the content and so far you are managing to pass the readability-content-time test although it is often at least a week before I get around to reading it. I particularly like the editorials. It's a newsletter with attitude. When things get too short there is no attitude and therefore it is of less use. (Perhaps you are giving us "knowledge" and when you just give us "data" or "information" it is less valuable.

I receive it OK ... but then I am in London. Our offices in Africa would provide a sterner test. A thought: I don't know if it is technically possibly but if you had a standard contents list numbering could the technology allow people to say I want items 1,3 5, and 7 (for example) so that the machine automatically selects what to send?

It's only in English. That may be unavoidable but you might want to tell people about the digital translators such as altavista and where they can find them. .... or you provide it as a service like the www4mail service.

I have forward it to all ACORD offices in Africa and suggested they subscribe if interested and should come back to you soon with a reply about becoming a member.

Great stuff!

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