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Newsletter December 2013

December 1st, World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day, observed December 1st every year, is dedicated to raise awareness of AIDS caused by the spread of HIV infection. Government and health officials observe the day, often with speeches or forums on the AIDS topics. We do not only remember the 25 million people that died of AIDS between 1981 and 2007, but also realize problems the 33 million people that live with HIV worldwide encounter.

For most people living with HIV, the healthcare workers and families that take care of them it is a 24/7 year around challenge. Health[e]Foundation is supporting them in this task by training health care workers in the most recent improved antiretroviral treatment and giving the best care possible in any circumstances.

To prevent new infections we train teachers and peer educators worldwide in Community[e]Education and Health[e]Living programs to teach 12-16 year olds. As you see in today's newsletter Health[e]Foundation is working every month toward the halt of  the spread of this destructive pandemic.

In the run-up to the day the WHO released new recommendations addressing the specific needs for adolescents and worldwide, numerous initiatives to mark the event are undertaken on the day itself. Obviously, at Health[e]Foundation we are involved with this topic on a daily basis. In collaboration with the International AIDS Society (IAS), we developed the Scientific Writing course which helps authors improving their writing and research skills. 

From the 1st of December onwards we added a number of new modules to the course, hence further improving the information. Check the improved course here!



Latest news

21-11-2013 Promotion Video Health[e]Foundation
On November 21st we launched our very first Health[e]Foundation promotion video! Read more >

21-11-2013 Health[e]vent 2013 raises €65.000!
On the 21st of November, the fourth annual Health[e]vent raised €65.000! Read more >

07-11-2013 320 computers donated by ING IM!
This November, Health[e]Foundation was the lucky recipient of a generous donation of ING Investment Management (Europe) B.V. The Hague. Read more >

02-11-2013 Community[e]Education Symposium in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Two hundred attendants gathered together on November 2nd in the Paradise Angkor Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Read more >

02-11-2013 Child Rights Video
We are proud to announce that on November 2nd, we launched our sixth video featuring the animations by Maarten Koopman. Read more >

25-10-2013 NEW COURSE: HIV and Mental Health[e]Education at TASO, Uganda
On 25th October 2013 HealtheFoundation made its return to TASO, “The AIDS Support Organization” in Uganda. Read more >

15-10-2013 AFEW 2.0
In September this year we launched the first Client Management[e]Education course in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, in collaboration with our partner Aids Foundation East West (AFEW). Read more >


Latest news

21-11-2013 Promotion Video Health[e]Foundation
On November 21st we launched our very first Health[e]Foundation promotion video!
In this short video, we follow the organisation of a Treat ‘n Care[e]Education course in Uganda and we meet a number of the participants. The video thus provides an insight into the nature of our courses and the reason behind our Foundation.


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21-11-2013 Health[e]vent 2013 raises €65.000!
On the 21st of November, the fourth annual Health[e]vent raised €65.000! This year, the event took place at restaurant Fifteen in Amsterdam, where over 200 people gathered together for the Schaap en Citroen Health[e]Challenge which was won by challenger Floris ter Haar.

The evening took off at 6 PM when the guest arrived, many of them making use of Uber taxis which were kindly made available for free by Uber. Guests were welcomed with champagne and beautiful music by Felicia Bloemendaal, Elisa Lipschits,Sophie Vroegop, Keziah Goudsmit, and Johannes Kapteijn den Bouwmeester. Soon thereafter, the host of the evening, Maurice Seleky, invited everyone to the tables where dinner was served and guests engaged in laughter and conversation. In between the courses the guests were entertained by singer/songwriter Jesje de Schepper and magician Peter Vogel.

After the main course, it was time for the auction of the Health[e]Challenge. This year, the Challengers were Marie Claire van Hessen, Loran von Liebenstein and Floris ter Haar. Together, they managed to bring in exciting auction items like a beach house in St. Tropez, a Bentley for the weekend, and a photo-shoot by Caro Lenssen. At the end of the evening there was a lottery with 36 prizes which meant there were many lucky winners with an electric scooter as the grand prize. Finally, most guests made their way to the after party where they danced the night away to the beats of Gesa Weisz and Manuel Broekman.

We would like to thank Schaap en Citroen for sponsoring this event for the fourth time in a row; to the Challengers; to the jury of the Challenge; to both the host and the auction master of the evening; to the “nurses”; and to all the sponsors for their generous donation of unique items. Rogier van Duyn and Sebastian Brokmann were crucial for the success of the event. Lastly, we would like to thank all the guests who made the evening such a spectacular occasion. Once again, the Health[e]vent was a huge success and we look forward to seeing you in 2014!

We would like to express our gratitude to Schaap en Citroen for sponsoring this event for the fourth time in a row; to our Networkers; to the jury of the Challenge; to both the host and the auction master of the evening; to the “nurses”; and to all the sponsors for their generous donation of unique items. Rogier van Duyn and Sebastian Brockmann proved particularly crucial for the success of the event and we are very grateful for all their efforts. Lastly, we would like to thank all the guests who made the evening into the spectacular occasion it was. Once again, the Health[e]vent was a huge success and we look forward to seeing you in 2014!


The tables are set for a spectacular evening


One of the lucky purchasers of an auction item and the rest of the table


Health[e]Challenge winner Floris ter Haar (middle) and the other two Networkers Marie Claire van Hessen (left) and Loran von Liebenstein (right)




07-11-2013 320 computers donated by ING IM!
This November, Health[e]Foundation was the lucky recipient of a generous donation of ING Investment Management (Europe) B.V. The Hague, whom provided us with 320 desktops and 700 computer screens. In collaboration with Close-the-Gap these two-year old used computers will be packed to travel safely to our trainees in Rwanda, Cambodia and South Africa.

We are grateful to our first networker of the year 2010, Constance Scholten, who as a true networker connected us to Rachel Wong from ING who facilitated this wonderful donation. We thank everyone involved for this smooth operation and will gladly provide you with pictures once the computers are landed safely on the desks of the hospitals, clinics and schools in the South!

 
New computers donated by ING!




02-11-2013 Community[e]Education Symposium in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Two hundred attendants gathered together on November 2nd in the Paradise Angkor Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia, for the first ever Community[e]Education symposium hosted by Health[e]Foundation and ICS, supported by People Health Development Association (PHD).

Participants from 30 different organizations, active in the field of sexual and reproductive health education, and about 100 trained Community[e]Education trainers enjoyed lectures from expert keynote speakers such as Mrs. Somaly Mam (Somaly Mam Foundation), Mrs. Khim Chamroeun (secretary of state ministry of women affairs Cambodia) and Prof. Dr. Jaap Goudsmit (Crucell Vaccin Institute). Mrs. Somaly Mam presented the hidden world of sexual slavery and the need to educate people about healthy sexual attitudes and differences between men and women in decision making in Cambodian society. Mrs. Khim Chamroeun took the topic further by highlighting the need for gender equality within Cambodia and to end (sexual) violence against women. Prof. Dr. Jaap Goudsmit educated the participants on HIV/AIDS, the best ways to combat the epidemic and the most recent developments in finding a cure.

After an invigorating networking lunch the afternoon was programmed with interesting break-out sessions on e-learning; skilfull parenting; facilitation skills; and witness testimonies by the women of the Somaly Mam Foundation on the impact of sexual slavery on their lives.

The day successfully ended with a networking forum providing the participants with the opportunity to mingle and discuss the topics introduced throughout the day. We were proud to be able to host such a unique symposium in Cambodia and to be able to provide our partners with a platform from which meaningful partnerships can be formed and sexual and reproductive health education in Cambodia can continue!


The participants are ready for the start of the symposium!


Our banner at the front of the hotel drawing the attention of everyone passing by


Mrs. Somaly Mam during her thought-provoking and motivating talk




02-11-2013 Child Rights Video
We are proud to announce that on November 2nd, we launched our sixth video featuring the animations by Maarten Koopman. In addition to our existing informative visual materials, a video on the topic of Child Rights seems more than timely. A shocking 85 million children still find themselves in hazardous work situations, forced sex work and child marriages.

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25-10-2013 NEW COURSE: HIV and Mental Health[e]Education at TASO, Uganda
On 25th October 2013 HealtheFoundation made its return to TASO, “The AIDS Support Organization” in Uganda. TASO has been in existence since 1987 and is therefore not only one of the oldest organizations in Africa caring for HIV infected persons, but, through its longterm existence, TASO has made and is still making a huge impact on the HIV in the communities in the whole of Uganda. In 2007 we first trained at TASO (HIV[e]Education) and it was without any doubt that we wanted to conduct the pilot training on HIV and Mental Health with TASO as well. This new training course is developed with a grant from ViiV and modules on topics such as HIV and depression, drug use, neurocognitive impairment and others are written by renowned experts (please check the www.healthefoundation.eu for training course details).

The medical, emotional and social consequences of HIV/AIDS are enormous and it is known that mental health problems have consequences on medication adherence, progress of the disease and the degree of risky sexual behavior; all outcomes that will fuel the HIV epidemic. In total 36 TASO trainees were initiated as pioneers for this new course. Based on their learning experience and their professional skills dealing with mental problems in HIV-infected individuals they will give us feedback on HIV and Mental Health[e]Education. We like to thank Dr Juliana Nyombi, Dr Josephine Birungi, Prof Elly Katabira, Dr Noeline Nakasujja, Hanipha Kakooza and all others involved for their contribution to the successfully start this new important training course.






15-10-2013 AFEW 2.0
In September this year we launched the first Client Management[e]Education course in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, in collaboration with our partner Aids Foundation East West (AFEW). During the pilot training it became clear that the participants were interested in a much broader range of topics then the current client management course offered. Therefore, we are working together with the local partners in Eastern Europe to develop a number of additional modules to the course and hence elaborate the context. As we are always excited about improving our courses, we look forward to introducing the AFEW 2.0 version of the module in the upcoming year.


AFEW trainees in Kyrgystan

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