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BARRIERS AND STRENGTHS SURROUNDING HIV/AIDS PROGRAMS IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

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Date Issued:
2011
Summary:
Since the 1980's there have been numerous programs in sub-Saharan Africa trying to address HIV/AIDS prevention and education. There has been slow progress in identifying prevention or education programs that will assist in decreasing the transmission of HIV. Increased funding over the last 10 years has produced more organizations and research on the continent. With this increased interest in sub-Saharan Africa and HIV/AIDS, there needs to be an understanding that programs need to be culturally sensitive. A qualitative study was used to explore expert opinions through interviews about issues surrounding HIV/AIDS programs. The findings are presented in three main themes. The first theme identified was empowerment and the need for education to be able to control one's future. The second theme identified was community based participatory research and the importance of collaboration between communities and organizations. The third theme identified was cultural, social, and political factors with three subthemes. The subthemes were relationships, the role of women, and religion in relation to HIV/AIDS issues. This study was significant because it identifies areas that can be strengthened in HIV/AIDS programming. The findings have contributed to recognizing the importance of applying assumptions of health promotion, program planning, and an ecological perspective.
Title: BARRIERS AND STRENGTHS SURROUNDING HIV/AIDS PROGRAMS IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA.
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Name(s): Kambuga, Elin Elise, Author
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2011
Publisher: University of West Florida
Language(s): English
Summary: Since the 1980's there have been numerous programs in sub-Saharan Africa trying to address HIV/AIDS prevention and education. There has been slow progress in identifying prevention or education programs that will assist in decreasing the transmission of HIV. Increased funding over the last 10 years has produced more organizations and research on the continent. With this increased interest in sub-Saharan Africa and HIV/AIDS, there needs to be an understanding that programs need to be culturally sensitive. A qualitative study was used to explore expert opinions through interviews about issues surrounding HIV/AIDS programs. The findings are presented in three main themes. The first theme identified was empowerment and the need for education to be able to control one's future. The second theme identified was community based participatory research and the importance of collaboration between communities and organizations. The third theme identified was cultural, social, and political factors with three subthemes. The subthemes were relationships, the role of women, and religion in relation to HIV/AIDS issues. This study was significant because it identifies areas that can be strengthened in HIV/AIDS programming. The findings have contributed to recognizing the importance of applying assumptions of health promotion, program planning, and an ecological perspective.
Identifier: WFE0000299 (IID), uwf:60965 (fedora)
Note(s): 2011-12-01
M.S.
Department of Health, Leisure, and Exercise Science
Masters
Subject(s): HIV, AIDS, culture, program planning, ecological perspective, health, sub-Saharan Africa
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Host Institution: UWF

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