Annual Program Report 2004 - American International Health Alliance

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Annual Program Report 2004 - American International Health Alliance

and during the year held 54 classes attended by

1,146 people and distributed 10,900 leaflets on

health topics. Two satellite centers and eight information

kiosks were set up at healthcare sites, a

pharmacy, a cultural center, a shopping mall, a

business park, the public library, and the Family

and Marriage Institute. Both partnerships graduated

in September.

Russian and Uzbek Civic and Healthcare

Leaders Visit the United States

With the third year of funding from the Library of

Congress, AIHA continued to engender mutual

understanding and healthy communities through the

Community Leadership Development Program.

During October and November, three groups comprising

69 leaders from Russia and Uzbekistan visited

Florida, Iowa and Minnesota. The Russian delegates

came from 12 communities with active AIHA programs:

13 from Orenburg, 18 from St. Petersburg,

12 from Samara, and 14 from Saratov. Participants

learned how to integrate medical services with social

services provided by community organizations for

comprehensive HIV/AIDS care. The Uzbek delegation

to Minnesota saw TB treatment in prisons and

laboratory diagnostics. The Uzbek delegation to

Florida observed community health workers reaching

underserved populations and preventive health

services funded through dedicated sales taxes. These

professionals are now part of the CLDP alumni network

that is actively spearheading community action

plans to promote health in their communities.

Russian CLDP Alumni Lead Local

Efforts to Improve Health

AIHA sponsored a Russia-wide leadership meeting

in Moscow for the Community Leadership

Development Program/Russia alumni. At the May

meeting, CLDP alumni reported on successful follow-on

programs, including the formation of five

regional networks of healthy communities representing

25 cities, towns and districts in

Chelyabinsk, Kurgan, Sakhalin, Samara and Tomsk

oblasts. CLDP participants from Yuzhnouralsk

gained wide support for a drug abuse and

HIV/AIDS program, receiving city council

approval and funding through 2005. Alumni from

Novokuibyshevsk formed a healthy community

program committee headed by the deputy mayor

Through AIHA's CLDP exchanges, delegates get a first-hand

look at community-based health programs in action.

and decided to focus on prevention of HIV/AIDS

and drug abuse in youth. Working with local agencies

and NGOs, activities included distributing

3,000 AIDS prevention booklets, holding a music

festival, training school staff in prevention and

conducting stakeholder roundtables. Samara

alumni promoted healthy lifestyles among youth

with three awareness and training projects. The

“Take it with you!” project conducted 20 training

courses on AIDS prevention in local schools in

cooperation with the Center for Social

Development and Information Foundation.

Alumni and specialists from the Samara

Pedagogical University trained 60 specialists from

family medical centers to assist parents on the project,

“Preserving children’s and adolescents’ health

in the Samara region.” Alumni and members of the

health and education departments sponsored the

Health-aware Teenagers” program, which trained

30 physicians, 25 teachers and parents.

Uzbek CLDP Alumni Convene for

Follow-up Meeting

In April, eight alumni of the first Uzbek Community

Leadership Development Program delegation met in

Tashkent along with representatives of the Tashkent

State Medical Institutes, the Open World project,

USAID and AIHA. Among other topics, the participants

discussed relevant health programs and

resources available in Uzbekistan, communityoriented

interventions and delegates’ CLDP experiences.

Alumni reported that since returning from

the United States, they had initiated programs to

expand services for drug abuse and HIV/AIDS,

increase use of information technology, improve

management of hospital beds and introduce healthy

community principles in family medicine.

Photo: Anne Maynard

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