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Do you love thyself? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Helina Terfe   

coffee_friendsIt was a Tuesday evening when my friends and I met for drinks after work. Addis was bustling as usual with people trying to make it home but my friends and I paid no mind to all the commotion as we competed to get our stories across. We all had different scenarios to talk about because we work in different professions. It didn't take long for me to take over the floor with the issue of getting tested for HIV. One of my friends shared his opinion as follows "Why the hell would I want to know my status?

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What do you think? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Amel Belay   

This week, Amel takes a look at how information about HIV does not guarantee awareness


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There are certain things you get used to when working in the field of health, particularly in HIV. Numbers, words, patterns, and systems that you become acquainted with as part of the everyday language of treatment and prevention. Working with Betengna brings you in touch with even more stories that make it possible to imagine the “unimaginable”. If you who have been listening to the diaries of Woldegerima, Uma, Aster, Gonderit and Senait, I’m sure you understand what I mean. While their stories are always full of amazing events and surprises, those very elements become a pattern that you automatically expect from any Betengna diarist. But lately, a certain situation, and in particular a question, keeps crossing my path, one that I find astonishing and never know how to answer.

It usually happens when I meet new (and I’m assuming well educated) people in other fields and explain my job to them. “I coordinate the Betengna radio diaries. It’s a radio program where people living with HIV talk about their lives…” You can see their expression change from smiley and pleasant to uncertainty and some level of worry. Realizing my reaction to their expression, they quickly and visibly recover from their shock and search their brain for the nearest intelligent thing to say, something that can make them seem informed and caring. So nearly 9 out of 10 of them will then ask me, “how is that thing? Is it decreasing now?” Needless to tell you, they are asking about HIV.

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Zeritu is on air again

zeritu1Debub FM100.2 listeners will never forget Zeritu Asefa and her intresting true stories. This time, Zeritu is back after 6 months with new stories to share with her listeners. Among the things that happened in her life since her last diary aired some are, losing her first born child who lived with the virus and giving her two children up for adoption in United States of America. Zeritu will stay with her listeners only for few weeks.

 
Betengna downloads reach all-time high!

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In the 2 months that Betengna launched its new website, more than 62,315 episodes have been downloaded in no less than 44 countries (including Ethiopia) from all continents of the world. In September, in addition to features articles and polls that allow you to explore your personal understanding of what it means to be vulnerable to HIV and what stigma and discrimination look like from up close, Betengna's website will also include a blog that allows you to interact amongst yourselves, share ideas and discuss contentious issues in the world of HIV.

 

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All you have to do is register your name and a password you won't forget at the top right corner of our website and you will find the entire forum at your finger tips.  This section will also be used to develop ideas for our future programs, so have your say, be the first to speak!

 
Speaking of the Listeners PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gelila Bogale   

speaking_listenersAs I entered the compound of Medical Missionaries of Mary Counseling and Social Service Center (MMM), I found a group of women in the midst of discussing a story from the Betengna Radio Diaries series. All the women, including the facilitator, are living with HIV, an element they share with the diarist Sirak Abebe, whose story they were immersed in listening to a few minutes ago.

 

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