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Sept - Oct 2004 - PRINT JOURNALISM : AIDS, Sars & Avian Flu

The open policy of Wat Pra Bat Nam Pu, a Buddhist Temple in Lopburi north of Bangkok that serves as a hospice, allows journalists an intimate glimpse into the day-to-day lives of AIDS patients.

Interviewing through a Thai interpreter, journalists from Vietnam and Cambodia try to find out what the future holds for an HIV-infected woman at Wat Pra Bat Nam Pu.

A Lao journalist chats with youngsters at the AGAPE Home in Chiang Mai. The trip offered insights into the lives of innocent kids who are HIV positive, and whose parents have often already died of AIDS-related diseases.
The Cambodian and the Vietnamese journalists study with interest a variety of condoms and contraceptive kits. This was part of a safe sex demonstration for young Lahu girls at a village in Mae Ai district of Chiang Mai.

After the interview, a Cambodian journalist poses for a photo with Lahu hill tribe women and their babies in the far north of Chiang Mai. Their hardships coping with AIDS in their communities contribute strong human interest elements to news stories.

Properly cooked, eggs and chicken are perfectly safe to eat, despite bird flu as journalists discovered during a visit to a chicken farm in Sarapee district of Chiang Mai.

At the graduation ceremony, journalist participants pose with Ms. Marianne Hagen Ruud of the Royal Norwegian Embassy, which partly funded the training course.

Pol Gen Chavalit Yodmani, the IMMFs chairman in Thailand, awards a certificate during the graduation ceremony at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand.

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