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Stories of Response

What is Local response:

In an AIDS-competent society, people are dealing effectively with AIDS where they live and work when they accept the reality of HIV, they assess how HIV and AIDS are affecting their lives and work, and they are adapting to live positively with HIV. (UNAIDS Local response Technical Note 3 July 2000)

For other Stories of Response see: Care, Change, Community & Hope: Local responses to HIV in Zambia

AFFIRM facilitation over recent years is summarised below.

Affirm facilitation for January 2017 includes:

The Affirm family is concerned about facilitating connection for expanding care and change from the inside out. There is no need to fear for the future, given that home and neighbourhood based relationship-building is sustained.

Many 'pointers' or signals let us know this reality. One is our shared experience over the past 30 years of moving with and through the HIV and AIDS immersion. Other pathways soon opened for listening to the local story via SALT practice through any engaging entry point, particularly those associated with violence, stigma, conflict, and reconciliation. Another signal is that personal and community healing is very often faith inspired, and grace based. We also know that the influence of countless acts and thoughts of loving kindness in living spaces, as well as work and worship places, outweigh negative politics and cultures of division, separation, and conquest.

So we can look reflectively at some experiences from 2016, and keep moving toward a relational 'post-organisational' culture of learning and action, characterised by local movements for care and change, linked with adaptive structures and people who intentionally support such local movements:

The GLoCon Documentary:

The GloCon documentary will be finished by mid-July, ready for a launch in London on August 3rd, 2017, at The Salvation Army International Headquarters. The next few months will entail editing of the footage from Zambia, Atlanta, Yunnan (China), and Mizoram (India), and sharing the 'rough cut' in each of these field locations to open distribution channels, and listen to feedback.

The audience is the local and global faith community involved in health and development work, yet the messages are relevant to all communities and development organisations. By imaging local response sustained over many years in four communities, each in one of in four countries, we aim to show that neighbourhood matters most for health and wellness, that health and other systems need to adapt to the local strength for response, and that personal faith is a real foundation to sustained motivation for action and change.

We need some final bits of funding to complete the follow up visits before July. If you can help, please be in touch.

The Salvation Army USA Eastern Territory:

The Salvation Army USA Eastern Territory is now well embedded in the practice of SALT, as a way into the 'Integrated Mission' vision. After two years, there are 34 SALT teams, one in each of 34 towns or cities, with a Divisional Facilitation Team forming in the Empire division in upstate NY. Other facilitation teams are emerging in New Jersey, Western Pennsylvania and Puerto Rico are on the way. There is a long way to go, but the 'normalisation' process is well on the way. The shift of working culture and neighbourhood mindsets is actually inspiring to see and to contemplate. But why not try? It is no less complicated in other diverse and conflict tinged locations such as Freetown, in Sierra Leone.

Freetown, Sierra Leone, November 2016:

One year after the last documented 'case' of Ebola, Freetown, Sierra Leone was a different city, with bustling traffic jams, and small business working hard, with the whole city trying to move beyond the dark tunnel of the Ebola era. Apparently all is normal now ... but not really. A major influence of SALT practice is that residual anger has been uncovered, which has been suppressed simply because regular neighbourhood conversation has not happened enough. SALT visits have been sustained for the past year, every two weeks, by the 40 people forming the FEBA supported 'Amplifying Voices through SALT' (AVS) facilitation team.

Spill-over from the original three communities now involves seven communities. Community radio through BBN is making a positive difference to transfer of vision and action between clinics and church structures as well as communities. Tangible results include road making, safe water access, and football field construction. These actions actually reflect deeper concerns, such as vulnerability of young girls to sexual risk. Families are watching progress carefully. An example is reduced teenage pregnancy, and they connect SALT visits very closely to local change through trust building.

Affirm facilitation for December 2015 includes:

South-North transfer:

The Salvation Army USA Eastern Territory 'Partnership in Integrated Mission' links the College for Officer Training SALT mentoring with field demonstrations in 18 church (corps) locations in the north-eastern part of USA. Three facilitation team visits to each location during the year have stimulated SALT teams in each. Transfer to other locations is the next step. The latest reports from October 2015 can be accessed via Robin Rader.

The significance includes the reality that all the methods and tools used in the 'north' have been learned and refined in the south of the world, across 30 years. Local relationships for enabling change are becoming as evident in USA as anywhere.

Social justice Poland:

Another Salvation Army initiative for Integrated Mission is in Poland. Social justice is the theme, and SALT with allied practices such as sustaining neighbourhood conversation is the way forward. The second year of catalysing response has included two more cities – there are now four city 'demonstrations' in total, including Warsaw. All have SALT teams that visit regularly. Reports are available through Joan Munch.

The GLoCon documentary:

Filming in Zambia in October 2014 was followed by Atlanta, USA, in May 2015, hosted by John Needham and The Salvation Army School for Officer Training. The final two communities/countries will be China (Yunnan Province) hosted by the Cedar Fund, and India (Mizoram), hosted by The Salvation Army, in July 2016. ECHO has funded the editing. A version of the documentary will be produced to support the policy emphasis of ECHO ie health related cross community learning. We are privileged to link with the highly experienced video team of The Salvation Army (UK). More funding is needed for travel and local expenses, but we push on! This summary can inform any interested potential sponsors. Share the word!

See the trailer online!

Post-Ebola recovery Sierra Leone:

'Reconciling for a healthy future' would be the correct header for the FEBA sponsored visit to Freetown in November, 2015. Affirm facilitated a 'human capacity for response' process with a group of 40 people from a local radio station, government community health centres, churches, and three communities. The working group is hosted by the radio station. SALT is scheduled to happen with the collaborative group every two weeks. 'Amplifying Voices through SALT' is the term for the initiative. WHO in Geneva has welcomed the demonstration, informing its effort to reform toward a 'socialised response'. A WHO external working group on 'Community Engagement' will form next year, and Affirm will participate.

An audio clip with slides produced by the radio station is informative.

Allied movements for health, faith, and reconciliation:

Affirm continues to learn and share with allies through which intention synergy of influence is expressed. These include Global Reconciliation based in Melbourne, coordinated by Paul Komesaroff; The Salvation Army; ECHO, based in London; the Constellation for Community Life Competence, based in Belgium and Geneva; FEBA, based in Worthing, UK: the Community Health Global Network, based in London; and DIFAEM, based in Tubingen, Germany, (which hosted the formation meeting, in October, of the European Network for Christian Health and Development, of which Affirm is a member).

Posted 16th January 2016

Affirm facilitation for August 2014 includes:

GLoCon Phase 2: Documentary

GLoCon Phase 2 starts in Zambia end October followed by Kithithuni, Kenya early November. Stay tuned to the Facebook page ... join in if you wish and can ... contact Ian Campbell for more information. It follows from the 20 country visitation of 2012-2013 for synthesising local community story of sustained response to HIV and other issues.  Thirty-nine local community stores were gathered. (For more on Phase 1 see the map on the Web site home page, and the GLoCon Participants Facebook page.)

In 2014-2015 five locations in Zambia, Kenya, China, Haiti and Atlanta (USA) will be revisited as participants in the GLoCon documentary.  The core themes are

The Laing Trust in the UK has committed a 50% funding match if we can find the other 50% -- that means finding GBP 50,000, ideally from several sources.

There will be a short core 'body' to the film, with at least 6 different endings tuned to the local communities that 'star' in the film: local health and church, global health and church, interfaith, and the so-called 'ordinary person' in more affluent and disconnected locations who want to help out in some creative way.  Other endings can be added for particular partners if it is in harmony with the main body of the film.  

Affirm partnerships

"We are US" (UK), in Ghana, Malawi, India, and Lesotho.  The international team has almost competed its role with the London Us office (by end 2014) - the national / regional Affirmers will probably remain connected for a further period (Elvis Simamvwa--Zambia, Ricardo Walters--Lesotho, Bobby Zachariah--India, Onesmus Mutuku--Ghana).  Significant progress is happening regarding 'response baseline' measurement, to show that local community and faith are co-factors in stimulating health outcomes.

We have just returned from Baoshan County in Yunnan Province, again with Puisi Chan (also an Affirmer) of the Cedar Fund, which is based in Hong Kong. This is the third encounter we have had since March 2013, with the HIV and addictions journey of local communities and local churches There is much to learn and to be inspired about!

The Community Health Global Network (CHGN) continues to catalyse new clusters with Affirm support -- in March 2014 the third 'lift off' happened in Yangon, Myanmar.

Alison and I are now visiting The Salvation Army College for Officer Training in Suffern, New York three times yearly, working with the students in training for a ten day period each time. The focus is mentoring 'integrated mission' via SALT and self assessment approaches.  Alison is now finalising a curriculum with a facilitation guide.

We visited the Memphis (USA) based Centre of Excellence in Faith and Health, of the Methodist LeBonheur HealthCare -- again we were impressed by the serious effort to engage local congregations and to go beyond into local neighbourhoods. This is really relevant in USA, as seen in Nashville, where we participated in the continuing education program of Salvation Army officers in partnership with Trevecca Nazarene University.

Ian and Alison co-presented at the meeting in Tubingen in Germany at end of June, hosted by DIFAEM (German Institute for Medical Mission). The topic was the 'Christian contribution to revitalisation of Primary Health Care'.  We will co-facilitate again with DIFAEM at a meeting in Malawi in early September, at which a regional network on 'asset' approaches will emerge.

Affirm facilitation for September 2013 includes:

GLoCon Phase 2: Documentary

GLoCon -- the Global and Local Community Conversation -- continues.  For the story so far see the map on the AFFIRM Web page and the GLoCon Participants Facebook page.

Ten major themes have been identified, deepening what has been learned over the last 30 years of HIV and other entry points to life change and formation of future.  

We think the best way to share the story is a documentary, supported by a short document and a GLoCon blog linked to the AFFIRM Web site.  Three meetings of the documentary working group have happened so far.  We see the possibility of revisiting 5 countries in 2014-2015 to capture the essence of local movement stimulated by SALT, community conversation, and facilitation team accompaniment, and the fact that local neighbourhood matters most.

We will need to find funding for the visits and technical 'know how'. US$ 50,000 should do it.  

Let me know if you want to be involved in the working group. In the first week of September the GLoCon visit for 2013 will be in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.  Seven of us will gather along with local hosts.  Follow through the GLoCon Participants fb!

Affirm partnerships

A partner with Affirm is the Anglican "We are US".  The Affirm link people in four countries are Elvis Simamvwa--Malawi; Onesmus Mutuku--Ghana; Bobby Zachariah--West Bengal, India; and Ricardo Walters--Lesotho.  The human capacity development approach was applied to health facility redevelopment in the Sarenga catalyst meeting.  The catalyst is followed by participatory design several months later, then by a learning review after about 12 months of action.

Another creative faith inspired learning partnership is with the Cedar Fund based in Hong Kong and working in many countries including mainland China.  Alison and Ian facilitated an evaluation of their HIV prevention and church mobilisation work over the past 6 years. They recently returned from a stirring SALT based workshop in Baoshan county with 4 of the county teams involved.

The College for Officer Training in Suffern New York hosted a SALT visit in April.  Salvation Army ministers in training, along with local church members, felt the power and joy unleashed when they got out of their building and into the community! 

All Nations Christian College is a well established faith, development, and mission school located north of London.  A session with students happened recently -- Ian shared on HCDR with reference to vision direction and mission foundations.  A similar opportunity is scheduled for mid-September in London with the Health Care Forum of Global Connections.

So the interest in an 'inside out' relational health approach to doing excellent health and development work is there.  Let's be part of the global debate by always being local, provoking policy shift, invisible in a sense, yet belonging through respect, invitation, and 'love in action'.

Affirm facilitation for January 2011 includes:

UNAIDS, combination prevention staff workshops, Geneva
The series continues with a New Staff Orientation (NSO) session scheduled for 22nd March. On 23rd March Ian will be facilitating a UNAIDS Prevention team strategy discussion—the challenge they have is for all parts of UNAIDS in Geneva and worldwide to take on prevention as a key agenda.

A result of an NSO session of 2010 was the invitation from the UNESCO representative in Bangkok to guide the process of a regional meeting on HIV prevention in December. This apparently went very well.

Habitat for Humanity, community counselling and conversations, Haiti
Bobby Zachariah spent three productive months supporting the Habitat work in three community locations, by mentoring SALT and community counselling to complement the rebuilding interventions of Habitat. Alison joined for the final week, and despite post election disturbance, she was able to engage in community visits and staff interaction with potential partners including The Salvation Army.  A report will eventually be released through Habitat, but in short the local response was fresh, unifying, strong and connecting. And spiritually uplifting!

Global Reconciliation, Calcutta and Gaza
Paul Komesaroff has visited Gaza again, with a team, to facilitate a research seminar. Ian and AFFIRM associates will, we hope, follow up with Paul later this year for community mental health practical engagement and application of human capacity for response approaches.

Build It, Zambia
Elvis Simamvwa has led the facilitation team visit arranged by Sue Lucas, for Build It, linking the building of a clinic with community ownership of HIV. A report is in preparation. The response was optimistic, and local Build It staff and communities want more stimulation and shared learning.

DIFAEM, Germany
Ian and Alison visited DIFAEM (the German Medical Mission Institute) in Tubingen in October, for a day of discussion on human capacity development applied to district wide primary health care. A partnership is emerging with DIFAEM and Hands on Health of USPG (headed by David Evans, an Affirm associate), with action plans forming for Malawi based work.

St. John’s HIV evaluation, Africa
April Foster has led the interaction with St. John’s based in London. The task is to facilitate an evaluation of some of the HIV training in home care in Africa. The decision is pending awaiting response from South Africa—meanwhile Ian has been invited on to the newly formed development board of St John's, which meets for the first time in February 2011. HIV response through home care and youth engagement is a St. John's priority for 2011.

Nelson Mandela Foundation, Johannesburg, HIV Community Conversations
Ian was invited to present the key note at a meeting on November 15th, in Joburg. Alison participated in a panel on ‘evaluation’, the core message being that shared learning and long term accompaniment is vital elements for authentic measurement.

Constellation for Health and Life Competence with UNAIDS, Russia
Ian will be participating in the facilitation of 'AIDS Competence' processes in 2011, in each of three cities including Moscow.  The work in Russia is spurred in part by the signing of the MOU by the Constellation and UNAIDS Geneva.

GLOCON: A Global Local Community Conversation
Help is needed for sponsorship of facilitation team mates, and for communicating the story. All donations and sponsorship funds will be channeled through the AFFIRM account held at InterHealth, a registered charity.

The UK reference group met last October, and a sub group will meet in January 2011 to discuss and plan for sponsorship, etc. In May, Ian and Alison will be visiting Asbury University in Kentucky USA to discuss potential dissemination of the GLOCON story. Whilst the UK and international reflection groups will engage with these questions of sponsorship and communication, all AFFIRMers are invited to help.

Plans are now forming for the first quarter of next year, i.e. visits to Africa. Locations and the months in which they will be visited are on the planning charts, while the basic objectives and methods are outlined in the core document, or template. Both documents are available from the Web site home page. Sign up form for visits will be available from February. Anyone who wants to support, or join in the journey at any point, please contact Ian Campbell.

Posted 23rd January 2011

Affirm facilitation for October 2010 includes:

University of East London
Alison is the lead for a module called 'Consultation in Practice' on the theme of HCDR (human capacity development for response), which is part of a Diploma Course on Humanitarian Response. It is ready to go. Technical group video training for Alison and Ian happened at UEL on 1st October! A master’s course will soon be developed. The curriculum content is worth looking at – I will clarify how that can be possible.

Community Health Response Programme (CHRP)
Zambia is doing SALT effectively without funding in several locations – this is a very excellent result after two years of reflective interaction.

Hands On Health...
...is re-activated now that David Evans started his full time Health Director role at USPG in September. A USPG visit by David, with Ian, to Copenhagen is planned in October, to forge a partnership with the Danish Mission Council.

Mildmay International
An excellent strategy interaction with the board in June in Uganda by Ian was followed up with meetings about policy and programme by Ian with Fi McLachlan. See attached story of response.

UNAIDS
The last staff Prevention Refresher workshop series is to happen in November, including the New Staff Orientation. Ideally such a process should happen in-country in several locations. We would prefer that focus in the new year.

Partnership with Global Reconciliation
Three follow up pathways to the December 2009 Amman meeting are happening: Gaza (community mental health, and research methods, coordinated by Paul Komesaroff), India (Calcutta community health), and Israeli-Palestinian dialogue. Affirm is a participant and/or facilitator in all three pathways. Funding is needed for the first two in order to ensure learning and progress.

Haiti
A link with Habitat for Humanity has formed through Rachel McIlroy, who is now working with Habitat in Haiti. Neighbourhood based community counselling and Participatory Action Reflection (PAR) with SALT is the agenda, to complement interventions, post disaster. Bobby Zachariah is the Affirm lead, and Alison will visit in late October.

St. John Associations in Africa HIV training evaluation
A proposal was submitted by April (the lead) in August, and the prospects are favorable.

HIV AIDS Research Conversation (HARC)
Gillian Paterson explained the possibility of connecting innovative exploratory approaches to research and evaluation through HARC. We can all join HARC and be part of particular elements of the conversation through on-line groups.

UK NGO AIDS Consortium
The value added of faith to HIV response: Gillian will explore connections (academic and practice) with Affirm support. We agree that agencies need to self assess and base the locus for reflection in local relational community.

GLOCON
Ian and Alison are shaping a literal face to face 'global and local community conversation' which will start in 18 months. It will be a year long conversation, with longitudinal community faith related journey as the subject. Such an experience has not yet been captured anywhere. GLOCON will contribute to the understanding of measuring local community capacity for response – it will illustrate how the locus for initiation and transfer of response needs to change if measurement is to be effective.  GLOCON will be an expression of appreciation above all, whilst seeking stimulation of expanding local response to HIV and other issues, and adaptation of approach, policy and practice. A sign up page will be added to the Affirm website by the end of the year – expectations, context, approach, thematic options for particular emphasis. See also the comment on Funds below.

The core document is attached, along with some planning charts in early development. A UK reflection group and an international group has formed to reflect, support, advise, and connect. If you want to join please let me know?

Build It and Zambia
In some communities local people are being trained through experience based learning in Build It initiatives e. g. school structures. Sue Lucas is the chair of the Build It board, and has found an opportunity to link community based construction to HIV issues. Elvis Simamvwa, with Sister Beatrice, is the lead in Zambia. The CHRP experience is finding expression through the Build It collaboration.

DIFAEM
Alison and Ian will co-work with DIFAEM (the German Medical Mission Institute) in Tubingen in Germany in late October at a health mission workshop. The CHRP initiative was the meeting point with DIFAEM.

The Constellation for Community Life Competence
Ian will attend the board meeting in Belgium in October. A recent visit to UNAIDS in Geneva, in September, with Jean Louis Lamboray (Chair), and Marlou de Rou, was energetic and authentic in terms of conversation with UNAIDS about global community engagement.

Funds
We are not making money! But that has not been the aim. We are a little in debit at present, and we will need at least US$114,000 to fully develop the GLOCON, even though US$30,000 is already committed. Of the balance required, which is about US$84,000, about US$40,000 is needed for the top priority sponsorship of facilitation team members (those who cannot self pay) to join the segments of the journey that will happen in their country. The rest, if found, will help cover local community expenses, and other facilitation team visit costs. So pray if you can, and make GLOCON known to your visionary connections, friends, and organizations? The reflection groups will spend time on this question.

Website
The Affirm website is now hosted by GoDaddy. Thanks to Heather for her commitment, professional skill, and patience during set up and initial activity. Thanks to Gillian for her links with Heather at the beginning and for her willingness to provide administrative support. Thanks to Sue for keeping the links with GoDaddy and guiding me on administrative aspects now and then over the past two years. Thanks to Robin who is now managing the site, with technical help from Nick. We expect to add more profiles and content soon. The site is well appreciated and serves Affirm effectively. It provides an introduction to curious explorers, to those seeking to validate us, such as UNAIDS; and to groups with which we may try to connect for HCDR related partnership.

Thank you for the supportive links. Affirm practice is now consolidating around the core HCDR vision and direction framework – any of us can take an initiative forward within this framework. The examples show the lead being taken by many people, each of whom can count on a large team behind them – each will know they have the spiritual and moral support of all the Affirm global team.

Is this an indicator that we are in some way part of a spiritual and community movement? I suspect so – perhaps more than we realise.

Posted 19th December 2010

AFFIRM facilitation for March 2010 includes:

Haiti earthquake
In the wake of the Haiti earthquake, Rachel McIlroy is exploring with colleagues in Boston a possible post trauma neigbourhood psycho-social support process. Rachel was involved with Claire Campbell’s post tsunami work of 2005/6 and there could be an opportunity for AFFIRM to adapt the learning to Haiti.

SALT Woking
SALT Woking is alive and well. A meeting is scheduled for the first week of March in Woking to agree on a project document which, if accepted, will enable a more systematic SALT-based approach in Woking and Oxford with immigrant communities living with and affected by HIV.

UNAIDS Geneva
UNAIDS asked AFFIRM to facilitate a Prevention Refresher course for all staff in Geneva. This went very well. The second phase was completed by mid February. Some of you saw the workshop outline and supported its development. Responses included: Humbled by the distance to the needs of individuals -- People are in the centre – Learn and care -- Wealth of community experience We look forward to country based connection with UNAIDS on a similar theme in association with partners such as the Constellation for AIDS Competence.

Hands On Health
The USPG (Anglicans in World Mission) HIV and PHC project in Ghana is moving ahead after a design visit by David Evans, Alison Campbell and Ian Campbell in mid January. Human capacity development is undergirding PHC revitalization. A small start-up proposal has been submitted to the Churches Health Association of Ghana (CHAG) which should allocate some funding by mid March sufficient to develop a demonstration.

Community Health Response Programme (CHRP) Zambia
CHRP needs sustainable operational funding in order to start work. Following a visit in early February, which included AFFIRM support team of Alison Campbell and April Foster and in-country team member Elvis Simamvwa, CHRP is weighing options for moving forward in line with core priorities within and outside the country.

Collaboration
There may be a collaboration developing with Build It International, a group with which Sue Lucas is closely involved.

Meeting
We want to have a meeting opportunity in 2010 probably in India, in October, possibly first week. We need to enjoy each other, share experience, and clarify what we are learning about movements for response to various issues, and how we can each influence their development.

Posted 16th August 2010

AFFIRM facilitation during the latter part of 2009, and into 2010, includes:

UNAIDS (Geneva) Prevention refresher workshops
The refresher workshops are a part of a UNAIDS strategy to engage all staff, globally, in prevention. Ian Campbell was part of the ‘Joint Learning Planning Process’ 27-29 October, and David Evans participated in the 15-17 December follow up.

About 66 UNAIDS staff members finished the first series of workshops 11 to 28 November 2009, with uniformly positive response and serious personal and workplace application. There will be another series of workshops in February.

Thanks to Geoff Parcell and Usa Doongsa for help with preparing the self assessment tool (which can be adapted by NGOs for their own use), and to David Evans and Alison Campbell for the resources document.

AFFIRM could be involved in more country workshops in 2010, possibly working with the Constellation for AIDS competence. There is interest in Uganda and Botswana.

Global Reconciliation
Ian Campbell, Zannah Jeffries, Rachel MacIlroy, Elvis Simamvwa, Sima Barmania, Paul Komesaroff, Kevin Belcher, and Onesmus Mutuki found each other in Amman, Jordan, 13-18 December for the summit on Pathways to Reconciliation. Paul Komesaroff led the summit. Ian Campbell convened the theme on Spirituality and Celebration.

As a demonstration of engagement, Paul and Ian are hoping to visit a Community Mental Health Programme in Gaza in early May 2010.

The reconciliation theme is an example of shared engagement by AFFIRM, the Community Health Global Network (CHGN), and InterHealth Worldwide.

Zambia: Community Health Response Programme (CHRP)
We hope there will be some funds released for the initiation of Zambia -CHRP. In preparation for this, there will be a meeting on 23-26 February 2010 to discuss monitoring and evaluation. AFFIRM (with DIFAEM: German Institute for Medical Mission) will facilitate the process of implementation. We wish the Zambia team strength and optimism as they leap into the future.

WHO (Geneva) meeting on training Community Health Workers (CHWs)
Primary Health Care is a strong theme of WHO this year. Ricardo Walters and Sumon Vangchuay represented AFFIRM in November 2009 in Geneva for a meeting on CHW training. Ricardo helped initiate a tighter working group approach to follow up.

UK NGO AIDS Consortium
The Consortium has a faith based organization (FBO) committee, which is seeking to review the added value of FBO work. Gillian Paterson has been asked to shape the approach and she has enlisted AFFIRM.

Hands On Health
David Evans, through a working group of Community Health Global Network (CHGN), AFFIRM and USPG: Anglicans in World Mission, continues to facilitate the design of Hands on health. This is the USPG initiative aimed at revitalising health work in at least 3 countries, including Ghana and south India. Mirriam Cepe of World Vision (UK) has been very helpful in linking the initiative to WV country contact people. Design and partnership development visits are planned for January 2010.

Heythrop College, London
Gillian Paterson organized a day of discussion and reflection on AIDS: a Sign of the Times, around the themes of Stigma, Sin, and Hope. The goal was to link theologians working with HIV with practitioners, and with communities responding to HIV. Ian and Alison Campbell participated. AFFIRM is well placed, if asked, to arrange SALT visits with moral theologians and Christian leaders.

SALT Woking
The next meeting of SALT Woking will in February 2010 at the Woking Salvation Army building. The meetings and SALT (Support, Appreciate, Learn, Transfer) visits are always inspiring and point to an urgent area of work: HIV care and prevention within and by immigrant communities in the UK.

Strategies for Hope
The 20th anniversary of the launch of Strategies for Hope (a series of booklets on AIDS care and prevention) was celebrated on 19th November in Oxford. Glen Williams arranged the event. Ian Campbell, who co-authored the first book with Glen, attended, with Alison Campbell.

Posted 2nd February 2010

Update - November 2008

Dear friends,
The last month has been productive. Thanks to many for specific contribution in thought and action, and for all Associates and Affiliates who add strength by belonging and by supporting the HCD vision.
Read more:
AFFIRM Update Nov 2008 (.doc)
AFFIRM 2008 Self Assessment (.doc)
Community Health Response Program - Process outline (.doc)

AFFIRM and the promotion of gender equality
Drawing upon a stock of knowledge-based practices and experiences of facilitating a human capacity for response to HIV and other issues critical to communities worldwide, the methodology and tools which AFFIRM utilises facilitate the promotion of gender equality (individual) from a ‘community’ perspective (shared relational/collective) through assured inclusivity and meaningful engagement of all voices. Read more: AFFIRM and the promotion of gender equality (.doc)

Posted 22nd November 2008

In memory of Simon Mphuka, a friend and Affirm member.
I was asked to write for dissemination through the Constellation for AIDS Competence, and with the thought already in mind to acknowledge Simon from many perspectives, including Affirm, I responded. (Ian Campbell).
Remembering Simon (.doc)

Posted 24th August 2008

An analysis of the AFFIRM approach to 'Human Capacity Development for Response', in relation to HIV
click here to download...

Posted 11th August 2008

AFFIRM Core Group Meeting - 25th July 2008 - An informal update

PHC Revitalisation
A collaborative project to demonstrate human capacity development for response is being developed with WHO, WCC , Norwegian Church Aid and DIFAEM (German Medical Mission Institute). The challenge is to move toward a facilitation of expanded local response and encounter approach. Memorably expressed as follows: ‘We must be faith-sensitive, qualitatively-tuned and mission-focused, and in our matrix-orientation we should also be design-conscious. Gill commented that the aim is to hear the truth and have it told. It’s from that truth that a new vision will emerge.

Interhealth Tie-up
The following attachment is a significant note from Ted Lankester to all InterHealth staff describing the synergy expected from Affirm's link to Interhealth Worldwide.
Click here to download.

Oxford / Woking
The Oxford meeting produced very positive results, and the SALT approach demonstrated how little people actually know about what is going on within African communities here. Alison is exploring the possibility of something similar in Woking, invited by Dr. Jillian Pritchard who is based in Woking and joined the Oxford meeting.

Tony Blair Foundation
Ian Linden (new director) is very interested in the way Affirm is working. Decided to try and invite him to join the next overseas project. Plan A – Zambia; Plan B – Ricardo to think of something. In 2009 we will have a research workshop in collaboration with (and financed by) TBFF

Edinburgh
CHGN is involved with a health conference for the centenary of the World Mission Conference (1910) focussed on Christian mission for health in the 21st century. Ted Lankester is exploring how the theme might be explored in London as well as in Edinburgh in a two-track on-going process.

AFFIRM at work-Learning from local action and experience

local action photo

All AFFIRM members and advisors/friends are welcome to a catalytic learning and strategy consultation 8th -14th March, 2008 , at Chisikesi Zambia. We will be hosted by the Gwembe Health District manager who is Elvis Simamvwa and some other local friends, who also coordinate a small youth focussed programme called 'Spring of Life'.

Objectives include- AFFIRM identity discovery; stimulation and support, with learning from 'Spring of Life'; exploration of 'Human Capacity for Response' to HIV, applicable to a district wide approach over a two year period (inclusive of access to ART); spiritual reflection and renewal; visits to Lochinvar National Park (birds), and Victoria Falls National Park (falls and rafts and...) We will form small thematic teams to discuss and document critical elements such as measurement of response patterns; community to community transfer; facilitation team development; project writing as a support to community driven initiatives.

For all who request we are exploring co-funding options for tickets and costs - not yet available but we are hoping. Sign up in faith if you wish to come and we will expect to see each other.

The contact person is Sue Lucas – info@affirmfacilitators.org

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