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Panos London Newsletter
June 2012

This month’s focus is on asking the right questions, and why that matters. A clumsily posed question in a sexual health clinic can mean the difference between a patient seeking treatment and shunning it – as our audio interview with a young African gay man reveals. It’s part of our work around patient engagement, challenging the usual power dynamic between health providers and health service users. This month our senior advisor Clodagh Miskelly spoke to members of the NHS Confederation keen to make improvements in this area. We also ask whether new technologies are the key to social change in Africa, and celebrate our blogger Bhan Sahu’s fellowship for her work on citizen journalism, as well as bringing you grassroots political action from Rwanda and a moving insight into the lives of Afghanistan’s mothers.

Can ICTs bring about social change in Africa?

The Arab Spring created a renewed buzz around the role ICTs and social media play in social change. Panos London’s Clodagh Miskelly and Tim Williams attended a conference to explore how new technologies are being used in Africa.

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Beyond Consultation - Andrew Testa | Panos London

Improving healthcare for the seldom heard

One of the debates at the NHS Confederation last week centered around how to include marginalised voices in improving services, with help from Panos London’s Clodagh Miskelly.

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Bhan Sahu interviewing people in rural India - Stella Paul | Panos London

Activist recognised for her work on oral testimonies

Great news – Bhan Sahu, our blogger from Chhattisgarh in central India, has been awarded a fellowship with the citizen journalism group CGNet Swara.

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Tell us about the first time you went to get tested - Panos London

Discrimination at the clinic

A young African gay man talks about what happens when you go to get tested for HIV. He challenges the appropriateness of some of the questions he finds discriminatory that can stop African men from getting tested.

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Reframing Africa’s story

Panos London’s senior media advisor took part in a debate on the African Diaspora media. Panellists and the audience discussed the role the African Diaspora media has to play in challenging the traditional narrative of Africa as a place of war, poverty and hunger.

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38 years old Fariba holds her a year and half years old boy while putting down a sleep her youngest son Mustafa who was born a month ago in her home in Kabul - Farzana Wahidy | Panos London

Afghan mothers at risk with every birth

Aunohita Mojumdar speaks to mothers, NGO workers and the Deputy Minister of Health in Afghanistan to examine the strains placed on women in the family – fertility, contraception and social pressures.

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Farmers with the fruit trees they have been given by the organisation SDA (Service au Developpement des Association) - Dieter Telemans | Panos Pictures

Gender equality in Rwanda from the grassroots up

Women are rebuilding Rwanda from the grassroots to the highest tiers of parliament. Local journalist Didier Bikorimana speaks to grassroots leaders, university academics, schoolgirls and charity leaders to find out what has changed since 1994 and how they see their future.

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Detail from a poster made by WAD (Women Action for Development), the organisation that Ambra works for - Thingnam Anjulika Samom | Panos London

Compensation for rape victims, or justice?

A new government scheme that has been recently rolled out in Manipur offers rape victims a chance to apply for financial compensation. However, Ambra fears that while the scheme will help women financially it won’t help to bring them justice and that rapists will walk free.

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Marcos at the soccer field of the São Paulo neighborhood - Lilo Clareto | Panos London

Escaping São Paulo’s drug gangs

Marcos Lopes tells his story of reform, from being the leader of a street gang to leaving that life and reaching out to help others like him.

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Shabir and his family - Raashid Bhat | Panos London

Kashmir’s children pay the price of conflict

Unexploded ordnance is a very real problem for people living in rural Kashmir. Shabir lost his brother to a discarded army shell, and has received only a very small amount in compensation for his own injuries including the loss of his leg.

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