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Its activities include: ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● Assessment and program design State-of-the-art research and evaluation methods Tools and frameworks recognized as best practices Evidence-based programming Strengthening the capacity of developing country organizations Integrated national health communication strategies Alliance building and advocacy to build supportive environments Community participation and community-driven social change Interpersonal communication and counseling/Client-provider interaction Gender-based health communication strategies Introduction ● ● ● ● 27 Mass media and entertainment-education Distance education for service providers Working with journalists Branding of health services and products Although all the partners provide invaluable input, special mention should be made about Johns Hopkins’ Center for Communication Programs (CCP).

Introduction 29 What sets this diatribe apart from what has come before is an in-depth, holistic appraisal of biomedical, social, financial, political, and educational vulnerabilities faced by the at-risk population of African girls and women—along with hopeful prospects for development by means of various communication strategies. , 2004; Coles, Manuh, and Miescher, 2007; Cornwall, 2005; Epstein, 2007; Iliffe, 2006; Kolawole, 1997; Malherbe, Kleijwegt, and Koen, 2000; Oyewumi, 2005; Patterson, 2006; Poku, 2006; Regis, 2003; Siplon, 2006; Stichter and Parpart, 1988).

239). In Africa, from the start to today, while blood recipients remain at risk, spread of the disease still has been overwhelmingly heterosexual (Koch-Weser and Vanderschmidt, 1988; Berkley, 1991), whether vaginal or anal, without condoms. It did not take long to realize that this disease would have far-reaching implications on societies, economies, medical services, policies, and just plain people. Medicine, and history, would never be the same. 4% of the population infected and where two thirds of the country’s one million people somehow survive on less than 70 cents a day, where life expectancy has gone from 57 years of age to 31 and where 46% of the population is under age 15, where AIDS kills some 50 people per day and HIV infects 55, where there are 63,000 orphans, where there are only two physicians for every 10,000 people, and where 16,000 Swazis died in 2006 alone from AIDS.

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