Communications: Site Visit -

Every day 8,000 people die from Aids around the world, according to the home page of the EU's largest development agency concerned with the disease, the International HIV/Aids Alliance.

Its relaunched website tries to keep track of the Aids catastrophe and its own work in developing community responses. The site includes news, case studies, a frequently asked questions list, a large photo gallery and details of publications and resources on its work in more than 20 countries.

Main pages

The site is well structured, with clear divisions on the home page, a rolling news ticker, case studies and links to other pages. There is also a clear statement of direction about interactivity: the alliance says its discussion board is just the start of a range of new initiatives, such as sending out e-bulletins.

Special features

There's a lot to admire on the site and much useful content. One thing that seems a bit odd is the photo gallery. Some of the shots are informational, whereas others just seem a bit arty.

The alliance says

"Our site is being developed as a knowledge centre for community action on HIV/ Aids, drawing on the formidable experience of the alliance and our partners. The site will also play a key part in our external communications work."

- Site Visit is by technology writer Gary Flood

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