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Links from recent contacts in East Africa

Two weeks ago, a Kisumu-based US researcher, Craig Cohen, gave a talk to the Mbarara University medical faculty and students on the PEPFAR funded AIDS treatment programs in western Kenya. The work is generally described on the FACES project site – best summarized as family-based care – bringing medical screening to other family members once the index patient has been identified.

After talking last week talking with other HIV researchers in Kenya and Uganda, I am getting excited about the potential for internet-based HIV education resources for youth. Although net speeds are generally slow in Uganda (and only marginally better in urban Kenya), it’s not hard to imagine what the HIV Web Study HIV educators or health information consumers. One recent study by researchers in Mbarara identified the HIV education potential of the web for youth (see Ybarra et al 2006 “Internet Use Among Ugandan Adolescents”).

To increase use of online HIV education resources, researchers are considering internet cafe credits that ISPs could offer in exchange for validated time spent on HIV ed modules. The next step is design the education resources as games to stimulate greater interest among youth.


Written by Ben

July 9, 2007 at 3:43 pm

Posted in Global Health

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