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Oliver Kanene

Center for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) - 2011 Fellow

Oliver brings a wealth of experience as a journalist, journalism trainer and development worker with experience in HIV prevention activities. He has since 1986 worked towards confronting the stigma around HIV/AIDS at many fronts using his extensive experience in media and communications. With support from local and international organisations, he started a newspaper, AIDS & Health News, which disseminates accurate and regular news related to HIV/AIDS and health broadly.

He has also been instrumental in the founding of several grassroots HIV/AIDS organisations and projects in Zambia. His most recent work has been around mainstreaming the process of health research communication for policy and programming. He has worked with several local, regional and international organisations including the John Snow Training Institute and Concern Worldwide among others. Oliver holds a bachelor of social sciences degree from the University of Tampere in Finland.

Fellowship Focus: Oliver used his extensive media and HIV/AIDS experience to build a cadre of journalists who consistently, accurately and responsibly report on HIV prevention research in Zambia. He also worked towards creating linkages between researchers, the civil society and journalists, editors, media owners and journalism trainers thereby contributing to a favorable HIV prevention research environment. He used the MDP 301 trial process as a case study.

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