We at A.S.A.P.-Aids Support Awareness
Project are committed to tackling HIV/AIDS by addressing
previously un-tackled cultural issues and practices using
linguistically correct educational and positive speaking DVD’s,
which we show via laptop presentations to remote rural communities.
The project has begun in Zambia and we hope to spread across Africa.
It is our key aim to use this innovative high-impact educational
material to aid in increasing awareness of how certain cultural
practices are contributing to the rapid spread of HIV in Africa.
With nearly a quarter of the population in Zambia defined, as
illiterate, non-verbal educational methods are ineffective.
Currently the vast amount of material is produced in English and in
written form, which cannot reach those in terribly afflicted poor
rural communities. It is the right of all people to have access to
the services and information they need to help them stay alive and
this is simply not happening in many rural parts of Africa, these
people continue to live in ignorance.
Although, most people now know
the words HIV/AIDS, they still lack knowledge on the complexities of
the disease and how certain cultural practices aid in its spread. VCT, Voluntary Counselling and Testing, is often only available only
to those in large towns & cities. Cultural practices which increase
hugely the risk of cross infection are simply not be tackled by the
large NGO’s deeming them of a too sensitive nature. It is these
practices, which restrict condom usage, create cross-infection
through traditional healing methods and marginalize women, thus
allowing the infection rate to continue at catastrophic levels.
We hope to encourage more field operatives to join us who are HIV
positive and are prepared to be positive speakers as was one of the
counsellors that came on our pilot project.
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