Making Information About HIV/AIDS More Accessible and Engaging

Making Information About HIV/AIDS More Accessible and Engaging

Location:
Cochabamba, Bolivia
GESI Team:
Ayanna Legros, Amanda Menjivar, Samantha Thompson
Partner:
Foundation for Sustainable Development
Development Sectors:
Education / Youth; Health
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Summer 2011

Project Background

Three GESI interns worked at Instituto para el Desarrollo Humano (IDH) in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Each fall IDH hosts an event that draws over 25,000 high school students, called ExpoSIDA. The event is aimed at providing education about HIV/AIDS, in order to slow the transmission of the virus. GESI students observed that most ExpoSIDA exhibits and materials used to educate local youth about HIV/AIDS appeared colorful and playful. Yet they did not strongly convey a message about the seriousness of the disease. In order to send a more powerful message to youth and connect with them on an emotional level, the interns developed a tunnel exhibit for ExpoSIDA that shares the story of two people who died young due to AIDS. The tunnel tells the story of how they contracted the virus, their diagnosis, their struggle to follow their prescription regimen, their premature deaths, and all the unrealized dreams they left behind as a result of the virus. The GESI students are hopeful that their exhibit reaches youth in a new way.