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[afro-nets] "Today it's your family, tomorrow it's you ..."
- Subject: [afro-nets] "Today it's your family, tomorrow it's you ..."
- From: Matthias Rompel <Matthias.U.Rompel@sowi.uni-giessen.de>
- Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2004 16:38:28 +0200
"Today it's your family, tomorrow it's you ..."
Essays by Young Namibians on the Social Impact of HIV and AIDS;
edited by Reimer Gronemeyer and Matthias Rompel, in co-operation
with the Namibian-German Reproductive Health Project (GTZ)
120 pages, ISBN 99916-20-506-1
40.00 N$/ZAR plus shipping
Gamsberg Macmillan Publishers, Windhoek Namibia
earlier this month we launched in Windhoek (Namibia) a new pub-
lication together with the Minister of Health and Social Ser-
vices. In the book we brought together some 50 essays from young
adults and drawings from children on the topic "AIDS in my com-
Background: An analysis of present mass-media prevention cam-
paigns shows, that most messages are reduced to technical as-
pects of prevention. No expression of social or emotional rela-
tions is found. Sexuality is only regarded as a technical proc-
ess: the connection between sexual intercourse and social rela-
tions is neglected. No attention is paid to the social environ-
ment in which HIV-transmission occurs and there is no debate
about the social dimensions of AIDS - the emotional and over-
individual dramas in families, relationships and friendships.
The edition of the essays and drawings provides a comprehensive
look at the personal experiences and the social and collective
wounds and pain caused by AIDS. Important and new dimensions in
the debate on HIV/AIDS are opened, exceeding technical aspects
and targeting relationships. The uncensored insight into the
view of young people helps hopefully to stimulate a broad and
personal debate about HIV/AIDS, and the consequences in the
daily lives of families and communities.
If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact
My best regards,
Matthias Rompel - AIDS-in-Africa-Working-Group
University of Giessen (Germany)