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Title:HIV/AIDS messages in Malawi and their implications for effective responses
Authors:Houston, VanessaISNI
Hovorka, AliceISNI
Periodical:African Journal of AIDS Research
Geographic term:Malawi
health education
interpersonal relations
Abstract:This paper explores the nature of HIV/AIDS education and information networks in Malawi, with a focus on Dedza district. It considers the role of institutional and personal actors involved in Malawi's recently instated and decentralized behaviour-change intervention strategy, as well as the form and function of interpersonal social networks that mediate this information. The research reveals that the organizational capacity of actors and the conflicting messages regarding promotion of condom use may prevent Malawi from achieving a coordinated and effective decentralized response to the HIV epidemic. The research shows that individuals draw on complex interpersonal social networks, often processing mixed messages regarding HIV prevention strategies and receiving negative messages regarding condom use. The paper discusses the implications of such inconsistencies and conflicts with actors, interpersonal social networks and the nature of the messages themselves for HIV/AIDS education in Malawi. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]