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Title:Some Dilemmas of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Coping in a Zambia Village
Author:Yamba, C. Bawa
Periodical:African Sociological Review (ISSN 1027-4332)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Zambia
Central Africa
Subjects:social research
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Health and Nutrition
Medicine, Nutrition, Public Health
AIDS (Disease)--Prevention
HIV infections
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/24487414
Abstract:This article examines the dilemmas involved in HIV/AIDS prevention in an African rural context. In particular, it analyses the activities of a group of researchers in a multidisciplinary HIV/AIDS prevention project conducted for over a decade in the Zambian village of Chiawa. The project was broadly termed a 'health promotion' project, although its ultimate objective was to reduce the spread of AIDS. The article shows that although well meant, the activities unintentionally led to an aggravation of the situation they sought to improve. It argues that before embarking on HIV/AIDS prevention, the following questions should be addressed: what does it entail to claim superior knowledge that, if successfully transferred to and accepted by local people, will save them from dying of AIDS? Given that such knowledge exists, what is the distinctive essence that makes it internalizable so that the recipients of such knowledge would think it prudent to act in accord with its precepts? The article concludes that it is necessary to be modest about knowing what is best for others, especially in HIV/AIDS prevention. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]