Rays of Hope: Managing HIV & AIDS in Africa, a study by P. A. Mombe SJ was launched on September 2, 2004. The manual, co-sponsored by the African Jesuit AIDS Network (AJAN) and Caritas Internationalis, aims at providing useful knowledge about HIV and AIDS, related diseases and their symptoms, with advice on how to treat them medically and through proper diet. It focuses on accessible and affordable means for African people, including the antiretroviral drugs that are increasingly available. The information contained here, covering a large area, fills a crucial lacuna in the hope of preventing deaths that result from lack of basic knowledge, especially in Africa. Contacts: AJAN firstname.lastname@example.org Jesuit Mission in Wimbledon UK, is organising a Seminar on globalisation and its impact on local cultures to be presented at the European Social Forum 2004, and is currently preparing it in collaboration with other organisations, such as CAFOD, Survival, Traidcraft and The Horniman Museum. Ben Ramsden email@example.com More info on ESF at: http://www.fse-esf.org/ Fr Prakash Louis SJ, Director of the Indian Social Institute in New Delhi, has been recently appointed member of a restricted Consultative Group on Health & Family Welfare in the Government of India. The Group has been created in order to advise the Planning Commission, a highly influential body constituted by the central government, on alternative perspectives and new ideas and also to obtain non governmental inputs for the Mid-Term Appraisal of the Tenth Five Year Plan (2002-07)?.