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A leading web resource for HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria 'GlobalHealthReporting.org' has launched a new video library providing television reporters and filmmakers with AIDS-related, rights-free, cover footage of Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, India and Latin America.

The website, run by the Kaiser Family Foundation provides journalists with the latest information and reporting resources on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria. In a press release availed to HANA, Senior Vice President of the Kaiser Family Foundation Matt James notes, "Quality television reporting requires quality images," the press release reads in part. James is quoted as saying that by creating a video library that's easily accessible and free to journalists around the world, the foundation hopes to make it easier for them (journalists) to cover HIV/AIDS and other global health issues and increase awareness of the global health challenges the world faces today.

According to James, the clip reels are organized by region and contain a variety of video sequences including doctors treating patients, AIDS drug manufacturing, AIDS counseling sessions, HIV prevention and awareness classes, blood tests and city and rural settings.

"The clip reels can be screened online and then ordered in a variety of formats," he said.

The library will be updated periodically and expanded to include more regions and other global health conditions.

According to the press release, the library currently contains footage contributed by Family Health International, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs and the News Hour with Jim Lehrer on the Public Broadcasting System.

Journalists, filmmakers and organizations who have material they would like to contribute should email their work to VideoLibrary@KFF.org.

The Kaiser Video Library is a free, online service for journalists around the world who report on public health issues and the latest addition to GlobalHealthReporting.org, a free Web site operated by the Kaiser Family Foundation with major support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Web site, with content available in six languages, helps journalists, and others, cut through a wealth of information to efficiently search the latest and most accurate news and facts about global health conditions and access the latest statistics and reports.

In addition to the new video library, the site provides access to:

1. Language-specific and region-specific reporting guides on HIV/AIDS which provide glossaries and basic facts, and address the challenges of reporting on HIV/AIDS, treatment and prevention strategies, and global financing efforts.

2. Country-level data and statistics on HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria and other emerging health problems such as avian flu, displayed in color-coded maps and charts, available on the companion Web site, GlobalHealthFacts.org.

3. Country spotlights on nearly 80 countries, providing a snapshot of the diseases' impact, recent news stories and resources, with other countries added on a bi-weekly basis.

4. An overview of the three diseases and frequently asked questions.

Daily summaries of news from around the world (featured in the GlobalHealthReporting.org Weekly TB and Malaria Report), links to new reports, web casts from key global health organizations and a calendar of upcoming events related to HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria and health journalism.

The Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit, private operating foundation dedicated to providing information and analysis on health care issues to policymakers, the media, the health care community, and the general public.

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