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Title:'Eating a ripe banana with its skin on': health education campaigns against STDs and HIV/AIDS in Mbozi District, Tanzania, 1980-2010
Author:Sadock, Musa
Periodical:African Anthropologist (ISSN 1024-0969)
Geographic term:Tanzania
Subjects:health education
sexually transmitted diseases
Abstract:This study assesses the effects of health education campaigns against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV/AIDS, in Mbozi District, Tanzania, between 1980 and 2010. The advent of HIV/AIDS has revived massive health education campaigns on STDs, which focus on changing individuals' sexual behaviour. Archival and oral data collected in Mbozi from 2008 to 2010 reveal that the campaigns have not had the intended impact of preventing the spread of the diseases. It is argued that this is in part because the campaigns did not take into account the prevailing socioeconomic and cultural contexts. Nevertheless, there is an increase of public awareness of STDs and a slight change in sexual behaviour. Thus, to improve the current campaigns against STDs, the stakeholders who are involved should take into account the socioeconomic and cultural environment. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract, edited]