In an earlier post, Lives in Focus featured a prevention program called ASHA (“Hope”), which provides education to young women who are considered at risk because they have little or no education and are likely to be married at a young age.
The program stresses the need for peer counselors to visit people in their own communities rather than bringing them to an office. Another component to this outreach is the use of educational material that requires no literacy skills.
In an age of menu-driven DVD tutorials, simple, culturally recognizable illustrations are effective and inexpensive instructional tools. This series features several scans of the educational material that show how HIV spreads, how to protect oneself, and what adjustments one can make to remain healthy despite being HIV+.
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