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Condom Art Pin making with PSI & youth at Mekdim

Condom Art Pins with PSI & youth at Mekdim

As you can imagine, CONDOMIZE-ing ICASA 2011 was truly a team effort – we were thrilled to have fantastic partners to help us implement all of our activities in Addis Ababa, especially during our final weeks of preparation for the conference.

Condom Art Pin table at PSI Ethiopia

Condom Art Pin table at PSI Ethiopia

CONDOMIZE and PSI Ethiopia implemented Surge Prevention programming throughout the capital city with partners from The AIDS Resource Center in Addis Ababa, DKT Ethiopia, EngenderHealth, The Ethiopia Private Health Sector Program, Family Guidance Association of Ethiopia, Handicap International, OSSA Ethiopia, PEPFAR, USAID and World Learning.  These activities were all aimed at preparing the local community for the surge of international delegates who would be attending ICASA 2011.  Below are a few images from condom trainings that I conducted in partnership with PSI Ethiopia and Mekdim:

Condom Art Pin making at Mekdim

Condom Art Pin making at Mekdim

Pineapple Fanta and cookies! Snacks during a focus group with PSI and Mekdim

Pineapple Fanta and cookies! Snacks during a focus group with PSI and Mekdim

A PSI illustration of condom efficacy

A PSI illustration of condom efficacy

Community feedback on educational materials

Community feedback on educational materials

Cookies and a bedroom scene

Cookies and a bedroom scene

A morning after scenario...

A morning after scenario...

Tigist and youth at Mekdim

Tigist with young people at Mekdim

Condom Art Pin making to close a focus group at Mekdim

Condom Art Pin making to close a focus group at Mekdim

"Condoms only work if you wear them."

"Condoms only work if you wear them."

In addition to our partnership with the Surge Prevention team, we were also working with local artists and community volunteers to ensure that CONDOMIZE at ICASA 2011 had a uniquely Ethiopian feel…

Making the furniture for the CONDOMIZE Coffee Ceremony Zone

Making the furniture for the CONDOMIZE Coffee Ceremony Zone

Sisay varnishing a freshly made table

Sisay varnishing a freshly made table

Running errands in our neighborhood

Running errands in our neighborhood

Sisay's cousin, keeping our guesthouse clean while wearing my hat

Sisay's cousin, keeping our guesthouse clean while wearing my hat

Me and Lucy the cat, working on the CONDOMIZE social networking initiative

Me and Lucy the cat, working on the CONDOMIZE social networking initiative

Lucy on my bed

Lucy on my bed

Ayele on our patio with the CONDOMIZE banner, make completely out of colored condoms

Ayele on our patio with the CONDOMIZE banner, make completely out of colored condoms

Stuffing condom cases in our converted kitchen : work area

Stuffing condom cases in our converted kitchen / work area

And finally, at Millennium Hall

Hanging the CONDOMIZE banners in my Education Zone

Hanging the CONDOMIZE banners in my Education Zone

"Love Smart. Play Safe."

"Love Smart. Play Safe."

Stay tuned for photos from our time in Ethiopia outside of the capital city, and finally images from CONDOMIZE at ICASA 2011!

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Children in Arat Kilo

Children in Arat Kilo

I am just now back home in New York after being based in Ethiopia for nearly two months this fall.  As many of you know, I truly love Ethiopia – I have traveled there frequently since my first visit in 2004, and everything from the language, the food, the culture and especially the people have always made me feel warmly welcomed.  Below you will find some images from my time in Addis Ababa this November

In The Condom Project van

In The Condom Project van

Our neighborhood tailor

Our neighborhood tailor

Our neighborhood flock

Our neighborhood flock

Ambo and Coca Cola keep the team going

Ambo and Coca Cola keep the team going...

Donkeys, my favorite animals

Donkeys, my favorite animals

Puppies, just outside of our shoe maker's storefront

Puppies, just outside of a shoe maker's storefront

Roadside construction

Roadside construction

My team and I stayed at the BL Guesthouse near Arat Kilo, and I could not have been more comfortable there.  My room was on the second floor with a balcony that overlooked our beautiful garden and surrounding rooftops.  The guesthouse was made complete by a resident cat named Lucy and a shed that we converted into a kitchen and workspace for the duration of our stay.

Lucy the cat, exploring my room

Lucy the cat, exploring my room

The garden and our German housemates, preparing for a camping expedition in the north

As seen from my balcony: the garden and our German housemates, preparing for a camping expedition in the north

Our generous neighbors, whom we met while on a search for garlic... which we eventually found at their house

Our generous neighbors, whom we met while on a search for garlic... which we eventually found at their house

Adrian, just inside his balcony, making Condom Art Pins

Adrian, just inside his balcony, making Condom Art Pins

Joshua cooking dinner during a regular blackout

Joshua cooking dinner during a regular blackout

One of the nicest things about staying near Arat Kilo was the close proximity to so many things – friends and colleagues lived nearby; local restaurants and fresh groceries were just down the hill; and we were walking distance to ISAPSO, our partner organization that was working to create our CONDOMIZE tie and dye condom cases:

The ladies at ISAPSO

The ladies at ISAPSO

The tie and dye process

The tie and dye process

Drying the cloth for our condom cases

Drying the cloth for our condom cases

We were also a short drive to Memnon, the local company responsible for the sewing and screen printing of our CONDOMIZE tshirts for ICASA 2011

CONDOMIZE!

CONDOMIZE!

A sign on the wall inside the Memnon office

A sign on the wall inside the Memnon office

Pattern on a shelf, next to a stack of tshirts freshly printed for the Great Ethiopian Run

Pattern on a shelf, next to a stack of tshirts freshly printed for the Great Ethiopian Run

Memnon's screen printing machine

Memnon's screen printing machine

Our Ethiopian inspired artwork

Our Ethiopian inspired artwork

What's YOUR slogan?

What's YOUR slogan?

Up next, our work with local partners to prepare for ICASA 2011 plus images from our time outside of the capital city of Addis Ababa:  Debre Zeyit in the Ethiopian countryside and a weekend in the Omo Valley :-)  Stay tuned!

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Welcome to Durban

Welcome to Durban!

I was honored to join a select group of female condom experts from around the world at the Female Condom Parallel Programming Meeting in Durban, South Africa this past week.  The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the development of international initiatives that would prepare the global market for the World Health Organization approval of multiple female condoms, not just those created by a single company.  These female condoms will be made from different materials, all with varying modes of insertion and separate sets of instructions for proper use.  Our task:  Create a plan for global female condom parallel programming with policy, marketing and training recommendations to be implemented by national governments as they decide which female condom(s) to procure.

Female condomologists at the table

Female condomologists at the table

Presentation by Bidia from The United Nations Population Fund

Presentation by Bidia from The United Nations Population Fund

I arrived in Durban last Tuesday and joined colleagues from UNFPA, MatCH and Universal Access to Female Condoms at the Riverview for dinner.  We had the pleasure of enjoying delicious South African wine and cuisine, accompanied by an exhilarating conversation about the work to be done over the next few days…

The giant elephant in the room… at the airport, that is.

The giant elephant in the room… at the airport, that is.

In the conference room at MatCH

In the conference room at MatCH

We were joined the following morning by a fantastic group of female condom experts from PSI Mozambique, the South Africa National Department of Health, Association Camerounaise pour le Marketing Social, Support Worldwide and PATH.  Our time together was made up of sessions, group work and presentations on female condom technology, programming, training, education and marketing from around the world.

Reports from the Female Condom Technical Review Committee

Reports from the Female Condom Technical Review Committee

Mags leads the brainstorming on female condom policy recommendations to national governments

Mags leads the brainstorming on female condom policy recommendations to national governments

Device used to insert a new latex female condom (FYI, the strawberry is just for decoration - the device is not flavored)

Device used to insert a new latex female condom (FYI, the strawberry is just for decoration - the device is not flavored)

Support Worldwide's presentation on the transition from FC1 to FC2

Maya's presentation on the Support Worldwide transition from FC1 to FC2

Support Worldwide and TCP

Support Worldwide & TCP

With my colleague from The Condom Project, I presented our global initiatives in condom destigmatization, peer driven condom distribution and our culturally specific educational materials.  I also presented our work with the United Nations Population Fund’s All About Condoms initiative and The CONDOMIZE Campaign.

Doreen & Raquiana from PSI Mozambique

PSI Mozambique

Female Condom champions from MatCH, Support Worldwide, The Condom Project (me) & ACMS

Female Condom champions from MatCH, Support Worldwide, The Condom Project (me) & ACMS

It was such a pleasure to attend this meeting, and I am truly looking forward to the implementation of our recommendations in the near future.  I cannot think of a more interesting way to have spent my Thanksgiving holiday!

On the beach in Durban… I'd say yes ;-)

On the beach in Durban… I'd say yes ;-)

My toes in the Indian Ocean

My toes in the Indian Ocean

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