"This well-written book explores the use of workplace peer-education as a strategy to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic. In many South African companies employers face high levels of absenteeism while communities face deaths due to HIV/AIDS. In these companies, workers have volunteered to talk with one another about the previously unmentionablesexual practices, gender relationships, religious beliefs, traditional healing practicesall of which shape the health crisis. As peer educators they take advantage of teachable moments where an individual slips out of the constructs of social order and becomes open to changing behavior. By showing us how this is done, David Dickinson describes and analyzes the potential of peer education in HIV prevention work not only in the workplace setting but also in many others."William L. Holzemer, RN, PhD, FAAN, Dean and Professor, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, College of Nursing
Changing the Course of AIDS: Peer Education in South Africa and Its Lessons for the Global Crisisby David Dickinson
Changing the Course of AIDS is an in-depth evaluation of a new and exciting way to create the kind of much-needed behavioral change that could affect the course of the global health crisis of HIV/AIDS. This case study from the South African HIV/AIDS epidemic demonstrates that regular workers serving as peer educators can be asor even/b>… See more details below
Changing the Course of AIDS is an in-depth evaluation of a new and exciting way to create the kind of much-needed behavioral change that could affect the course of the global health crisis of HIV/AIDS. This case study from the South African HIV/AIDS epidemic demonstrates that regular workers serving as peer educators can be asor even moreeffective agents of behavioral change than experts who lecture about the facts and so-called appropriate health care behavior.
After spending six years researching the response of large South African companies to the epidemic that is decimating their workforce as well as South African communities, David Dickinson describes the promise of this grassroots interventionworkers educating one another in the workplace and communityand the limitations of traditional top-down strategies. Dickinson's book takes us right into the South African workplace to show how effective and yet enormously complex peer education really is. We see what it means when workers directly tackle the kinds of sexual, gender, religious, ethnic, and broader social and political taboos that make behavior change so difficult, particularly when that behavior involves sex and sexuality.
Dickinson's findings show that people who are not officially health care experts or even health care workers can be skilled and effective educators. In this book we see why peer education has so much to offer societies grappling with the HIV/AIDS epidemic and why those interested in changing behaviors to ameliorate other health problems like obesity, alcoholism, and substance abuse have so much to learn from the South African example.
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