IRIN/PlusNews Examines Role of Culture in HIV Prevention in Uganda
July 1, 2010
IRIN/PlusNews examines HIV prevention strategies in Uganda in relation to the "debate about whether 'multiple concurrent partnerships' are indeed one of the forces behind Africa's epidemic." Sylvia Tamale of Uganda's Makerere University said that "insensitive approaches that call for the elimination of cultural and sexual practices will not yield significant results." She added that such approaches have become "the main resource of public health advocates and policy-makers, resulting in two decades of muddled approaches to HIV prevention in Africa with minimal success." The article also includes comment from James Kigozi, spokesman for the Uganda AIDS commission, who argued "we are not shy in any way about telling people to abandon cultural practices that put them in danger of HIV. ... A changing epidemic needs changing initiatives," and from advocate Daudi Ochieng who is trying to balance the two sides by promoting condom use (6/30).
This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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