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8/25/2011 - Project show reel conveys the breadth of work done under the AI.COMM and AI-BCC Projects

AI-BCC End of Project Report cover image8/17/2010 - AI-BCC End of Project Report - October 2005-December 2009

The final report (PDF) for the AI-BCC project, which covered avian influenza activities in countries including Vietnam, Cambodia and Lao PDR.

6/28/2010 - AI.COMM End of Project Report - May 2006-November 2009

AI.COMM End of Project Report cover imageFor the last 5 years, AED has been involved as a key partner in the U.S. government's efforts to plan for and respond to pandemics, providing leadership in behavior change and communication for non-pharmaceutical interventions and in promoting, training, and mobilizing at-risk audiences for the deployment of H1N1 pandemic influenza vaccines. The AI.COMM End of Project Report (PDF), (e-magazine) captures our accomplishments and lessons learned under AI.COMM -- from formative research and monitoring and evaluation, to implementation of integrated communication programs to capacity building to forging and maintaining partnerships.

4/5/2010 - Success stories from four years of avian and pandemic preparedness and response shared at Hanoi conference

AED will participate in the 7th International Ministerial Conference on Animal and Pandemic Influenza (IMCAPI) to be held from 19-21 April in Hanoi, Vietnam. This global event, organized by the Government of Vietnam in coordination with the European Union and the United States of America, is intended to serve as a platform for collaboration and moving forward to address animal and human influenzas, as well as other emerging health threats. In preparation for IMCAPI, AED is pleased to provide success stories from the experiences of its AI.COMM and AI-BCC projects.

1/19/2010 - AI-BCC Staff Honored by Vietnam Government for their Contribution to Agricultural and Rural Development

honoreesAED staff received rare and coveted recognition for their superlative contribution to agricultural and rural development in Vietnam. AED AI-BCC Training Officer Hai Le Thanh and Finance Officer Mai Luong, based in AED's Hanoi office, received medals from the Vietnam Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) at a Dec. 18, 2009 Workshop in Hanoi. The workshop marked the end of the three-year Avian Influenza -- Behavior Change and Communication project implemented by AED in Vietnam and funded by USAID.

Initially created to provide emergency communications response to persistent outbreaks of avian influenza in late 2005 in the Greater Mekong Region, Lao PDR, Cambodia, and Vietnam, the AI-BCC project evolved into a longer-term capacity building program, training thousands of animal health workers, health workers, backyard poultry farmers, women's union staff, journalists and government officials on ways to prevent and control outbreaks. In Vietnam, the project tapped into partnerships with private sector organizations and worked with vendors along the poultry industry supply chain to pinpoint high-risk outbreak areas and target activities.

Also receiving the award on Dec. 18 were the USAID Chief Technical Officer for avian influenza Dr. Oanh and USDA Officer Ms. Huong. The honor, accorded by MARD to professionals working on rural development, was bestowed upon AED's AI-BCC Country Coordinator Eleanora de Guzman in 2008, along with John Wade, USDA Counselor in Vietnam, and Jim Sumners, president of the International Poultry Council.

12/14/09 - H1N1 Vaccine DRAFT Materials

Joining the Non-pharmaceutical intervention (NPI) materials created for health care workers and general public to reduce the risk of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic influenza - new JobAids, posters, and flyers - Pharmaceutical Interventions - are in development and draft versions are posted. These drafts are prototypes and are being tested in several countries for understanding, recall, and clarity.

These are targeted to the audiences that the World Health Organization has identified as the most at risk groups - Health Care Workers, Pregnant Women, and People with Pre-existing Diseases. Posted here under Responding to H1N1 and on the new website are the materials illustrated for Latin America, Africa, and Southeast Asia. Updates will be made after pre-testing is conducted.

Latin America | Africa | Southeast Asia

11/10/09 - Mekong Infectious Diseases - Behavior Change and Communication (MID-BCC) Project

USAID has awarded AED a three-year contract on behavior change and communication to help reduce outbreaks of avian and pandemic influenza (API), malaria, and other infectious diseases in Southeast Asia. Building on AED�s work since 2005 in avian and pandemic influenza, the Mekong Infectious Diseases - Behavior Change and Communication (MID-BCC) Project will include malaria and dengue fever in its technical scope as well as influenza, and its geographical focus will include Cambodia, China, Thailand, as well as Lao PDR and Vietnam where AED is currently working.

10/07/09 - Pretesting of the Field Epidemiologists Training Program (FETP) Curriculum in Bangkok, Thailand

AED group photo taken by Niklas Ageros

Field Epidemiology Training Program: Applied Communication Skills (PDF)

On September 23, 2009, 15 FETP and FET/V trainees, advisors and staff participated in a one-day training pretest of the newly developed "Applied Communication Skills" Curriculum at the Richmond Hotel, near the Ministry of Public Health in Bangkok, Thailand. Participants also included 2 US CDC advisors to the FETP. The pretest was moderated by a professional researcher who conducted feedback sessions following each of the three sessions and an overall evaluation at the end of the day. The training consists of three Lessons, providing the trainees with key communication skills they will need, especially when conducting and reporting on outbreak investigations. Through discussions, 'hands-on' learning activities and feedback sessions, as well as 'on-camera' interview role plays, trainees improved their skills in areas such as listening and asking questions, developing talking points and key messages, and message delivery.

FETP worksession and materials


09/23/09 - Conceptual Framework for Avian and Pandemic Influenzas and Other Emerging Infectious Diseases

View the Conceptual Framework Page | Brochure (PDF)

Snapshot of Communication Conceptual Framework

As a result of three years of on-the-ground behavior change communication work and research on H5N1 in over 19 countries, AED pooled its research and other lessons learned and designed a communication conceptual framework that can be used to respond to avian flu outbreaks and other epizootics. An interactive website is forthcoming to showcase the "Communication Conceptual Framework for AHI and Other Emerging Infectious Diseases."

The framework is based on a six-part premise: 1) With awareness and understanding of the background context, 2) the selection of strategies and interventions are designed to act upon behavioral determinants, which in turn will 3) act upon behavioral determinants, which in turn will, 4) influence specific behaviors and activities, 5) that can affect viral transmission, thus 6) preventing new infections. In each step, users of the framework can select an array of choices for the context (e.g., production systems, political and organizational structure, endemicity, socioeconomic factors); strategies and interventions (e.g., communication, policy, capacity building, private sector partnerships, reporting and surveillance); behavioral determinants (e.g., external or internal); desired actions (e.g., reservoir control, blocking actions, preventing infection within the target group); biological determinants (e.g., risk of viral transmission); and outcomes (e.g., infections averted).

This framework can be used in a variety of settings - urban and rural, developing and industry settings - and applied to avian and human influenzas as well as other emerging infectious diseases. As we move into new areas (emerging infectious diseases and possibly malaria and dengue in Thailand), new opportunities to test and further develop the Conceptual Framework are in the offing.

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