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Although my graduate training has been in Human Development in the Carkhuff-Berenson model, emphasizing respect and frame of reference of others, my education in sociocultural sensitivity is constant and continual (see also Herdt, 2004). Disparaging either the continent or its people is my furthest intent here, and hopefully the reader will recognize transparently whatever perspectives may be at play. In analyzing the difficulties inherent in the African health care scene, my approach is meant to be objective and sensitive, not subjective and judgmental.

Or, take South Africa. Claiming some 5 million people infected with HIV, and 250,000 dying each year, South Africa has the dubious distinction of having the highest number of people with HIV/AIDS of any country in the world. With estimates of 1,000 people dying there daily of AIDS, and 1,700 getting HIV-infected, the really rough statistic is that the epidemic affects one in nine South Africans, the number of orphans predicted to be two million by 2010. One in three teenager girl gets pregnant before turning 18, and an equal number is likely to die before or during childbirth (Karim and Karim, 2007).

Org), it aims at social change. Using media as a tool to help women advance, the Association of Media Women in Kenya (AMWIK) “recognizes that gender inequality and inequity undermines the effectiveness of development. It also recognizes that media is a powerful tool for social change and agenda setting. org). The Community Health Media Trust (CHMT), established in 1998 by Jack Lewis of Idol Pictures and Zackie Achmat of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), has as its goal giving a voice to people living with HIV/AIDS.

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