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The Culture of AIDS in AfricaHope and Healing Through Music and the Arts$
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Gregory Barz and Judah Cohen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199744473

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199744473.001.0001

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Using Music to Combat AIDS and Other Public Health Issues in Malawi

Using Music to Combat AIDS and Other Public Health Issues in Malawi

(p.88) 8 Using Music to Combat AIDS and Other Public Health Issues in Malawi
The Culture of AIDS in Africa

E. Jackson Allison

Lawrence H. Brown

Susan E. Wilson

Oxford University Press

This chapter, written by a Peace Corps volunteer, explores the use of music to combat HIV/AIDS and other public health issues in Malawi. The author first got involved in health education as a trainee with the United States Peace Corps in 1966. She wrote her first song in Malawi in 1967, and has since composed more than 100 songs, recording over seventy of them. Here the chapter presents the results of a visual and participatory HIV literacy exercise that the author herself helped to develop. It describes “body mapping” projects that brought an artistic modality into the HIV educational process, encouraging community health workers, treatment literacy educators/trainers, and HIV-positive mothers to understand through their own drawings how human biology relates to the mechanics of HIV. The complementary creative and educational aspects of the body map project led participants to incorporate knowledge about HIV in ways more effectively suited to their own needs.

Keywords:   music, Peace Corps, HIV/AIDS, public health, Malawi, health education, songs, HIV literacy, body mapping projects, human biology

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