Two HIV Websites Provide Forum for Knowledge Exchange

Two websites supported by Management Sciences for Health (MSH) have increased usage and reach as of March 2011. These tools are important HIV resources for the global health community to help build capacity and share best practices.

OVCSupport.net, a website geared to support development practitioners working with orphans and vulnerable (OVC) children, is reporting a significant increase in users. Managed by AIDSTAR-Two, a USAID- funded program since June 2010, OVCsupport.net was created several years ago to provide technical information on OVC programming, an extensive document library, and a platform for those who are working on OVC issues to communicate globally.

Visits to the site per month have grown from 1,968 in September 2010, to 4,664 in March 2011, an increase of 150%.  The global reach of that site has also significantly improved; in September, the site had visitors from 100 countries and by March, that number had increased to 139. In January, AIDSTAR-Two, with support from its OVC counterparts at USAID, invited a select group of a dozen OVC experts to become members of an editorial board for OVCSupport.net. This board will contribute to the content as well as ensure that information provided through the site meets the highest technical and communication standards.

To learn more about OVCSupport.net, visit www.ovcsupport.net/s.

As part of its mandate to share best and proven practices of HIV & AIDS capacity building, AIDSTAR-Two launched the Capacity Building Knowledge Exchange Network (CBKEN), a virtual web resource/database, on October 29, 2010. Just six months later, the web site is reporting increasing numbers in visitors. In October, there were 373 visits to CBKEN from six countries. For the February and March 2011 period, CBKEN had 1,836 visits from 104 countries, a nearly 400% increase.

Of the top five countries four are located in Africa (Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and Uganda). To date the site has received more than 50 tools and resources from a wide scope of HIV & AIDS program implementers; vetted tools in the coming in the coming months. The database currently has 200 resources, and the project continues to seek those that are most relevant and significant to advance organizational capacity building for HIV & AIDS implementing organizations.

To learn more about CBKEN, visit www.aidstar-two.org.

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