Money misused in uncoordinated HIV work, The Express

Date: January 1, 1970
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The article concerns the lack of coordination amongst HIV organizations that is hindering the effectiveness of HIV campaigns.

This article can be used to:
1. Show problems associated with single source stories.
2. Raise discussion about the responsibility of the media in covering HIV and AIDS.

Trainer’s Notes:  
The article is a single source story that fails to develop the issue of misuse of HIV funding.  It relies on a single official source. It does not get comment from any of the NGOs concerned and it does not set out what work the NGOs undertake and what the impact of this work is. This is an important story as it deals with accountability of HIV organisations.      

Discussion Questions:

1. What are some of the problems associated with a single source story ? Should NGOs have the right to provide their perspective ?
2. Who else could have been interviewed to give a fuller picture ? What questions could have been asked (i.e. NGOS, government representatives, people who are the users of services)
Training exercises:
1. Trainees can produce a case study on an NGO, investigating the work they do, who else is doing it, what networks exist and whether duplication is taking place. 
2. A person living with HIV should be interviewed to ascertain whether and how people with HIV/AIDS are benefiting from the work of NGOs.  Do they feel NGOs are accountable?
3. Based on commentaries below, have participants make reccomendations for what kind sof services NGOs and government need to offer to take into account gender differences.
Links to Training Resources
Gender and HIV/AIDS: A Training Manual for Southern African Media and Communicators, Gender Links and the AIDS Law Project, Chapter 4

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