HIV Health and Your CommunityReuben Granich, Jonathan Mermin | 2006
HIV, Health and Your Community is a thorough, easy-to-understand guide for health workers around the world. Designed as a manual for people confronting the HIV pandemic in their communities, it is easily accessible to those with little medical or technical knowledge.
“To stop the spread of HIV and to provide care and treatment for everyone who needs it, people must take action now and in whatever ways they can”— HIV, Health and Your Community
This comprehensive, easy-to-understand guide to combating HIV is equally useful in a rural village in southern Africa, a major city in Thailand, or a global health worker’s backpack. Filled with real examples and stories and designed for people confronting HIV in places with few medical resources, it is easily accessible to those without advanced technical knowledge and without prior training in the prevention and care of people with HIV/AIDS.
Topics include biology of the virus; strategies for prevention; symptoms, testing, and counseling for people with HIV and their families; Low cost care for people with HIV including administering medicine; water purification, nutritional support, and pregnancy and breastfeeding for mothers with HIV; and information on writing grant proposals for work on this topic. Risk factors for infection are discussed, along with practical suggestions for addressing risky behaviors that focus on community-based solutions that are possible in poor communities. An appendix is provided for readers with medical training, containing detailed information on common HIV-related illnesses and their treatments.
Praise for HIV, Health and Your Community"This book is clear, concise, and accessible for the target audience. Its format and style is appealing, and I greatly commend it for making a difficult subject so easily digestible."
— Bunmi Makinwa, Communications Adviser, UNAIDS
"Thank you, and thanks to the Hesperian Foundation for publishing/distributing the excellent new book, HIV, Health and Your Community: A Guide for Action... I am extremely impressed. Although I have come across a lot of how-to manuals in the field, this is definitely one of the most user-friendly and cross-culturally sensitive ones I have ever seen. Well done! Thank you. This is a real contribution to our work."
— Lucy Y. Steinitz, National Coordinator, Catholic AIDS Action, Namibia
"I just returned from Nigeria where we trained 22 youth from eight local organizations on HIV/AIDS information and counseling for the telephone hotline we just installed in Lagos... We used your book as a supplement resource to our Training Manual. Your book augmented our materials on co-occurring infections and complications associated with HIV/AIDS, etc.... The book was rated as 'excellent' by participants (and) we distributed extra copies to our regional offices. Personally, I bought two additional copies for my brothers with both instructions and pleas to read the book."
— Chamberlain Diali, Joint Program Officer, Academy for Educational Development (Washington, DC) and Johns Hopkins University's Center for Communications (Baltimore)
"I found the book to be very thorough and was particularly happy to see the HIV test chapter—this is an area where our programs face many questions... As I'm sure you are aware, one of the challenges of providing resource material—even very user-friendly resource material is ensuring its effective use. As World Neighbors focuses more on HIV/AIDS in the coming year, we feel it is important that this type of guide be supported by some additional hands-on training. In East Africa, our program has worked with partners in the area of developing effective counseling skills and also has become more involved in youth programming and we find it very useful to have a resource guide, like this one, which is so clearly structured to support training activities."
— Catharine McKaig, DrPH, MS, Reproductive Health Coordinator, Africa Region, World Neighbors
“...as I write, your guide is open on my desk because friends in Thailand and I are writing a home care and community support project and I faxed them Chapter 13 to help them structure their ideas! I love the book, from the language to the illustrations and find it really comprehensive, understandable and most of all practical and useful from the point of view of people on the ground who need precisely this type of information to enhance their work. Congratulations, I'm truly impressed by the accessibility, thoughtfulness and inclusiveness of your work here.”
— Karyn Kaplan, HIV Program Coordinator, International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC)