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July 15, 2006

Promoting AIDS Awareness Through New Media

How 2b AIDS Aware CD ROM

At the begining of last month I travelled to South Africa to pilot an interactive AIDS awareness CD ROM entitled, 'How 2b AIDS Aware'. I co–designed the CD ROM alongside Jeanette Clement for the non-profit organisation Tabeisa (Technical and Business Education Initiative in South Africa).
You can view screen shots of the CD ROM in the 'How 2b AIDS Aware' gallery. The CD ROM was based on Tabeisa's 'How 2b AIDS Aware' book. After the book was successfully received in many universities in South Africa, Tabeisa started to wonder whether they could replicate this information in a more interactive and dynamic format. Thus the CD ROM was created.
Based on a classroom scenario, the CD ROM follows a group of students as they learn more about HIV and AIDS, including what HIV does in the body and how to protect themselves from the virus. There are also quizzes and games available at the end of each chapter to enable the students to test what they have learnt.
Piloting of the CD ROM took place at Durban and Soshanguve in South Africa (see the photographs in the Pilot Photographs gallery) and the response from the students was very positive.
My MA dissertation will be partially based on this pilot study as I am investigating the possiblities new media has for promoting AIDS awareness in South Africa. I am really interested to hear anyone else's thoughts on this topic so please feel free to comment. Thanks!

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