Pictures in AIDucation: African communities talking sex, AIDS and pictures
Author(s)/Editor(s): Mavunika Mapara E
Publisher/Organizer: Trafford Publishing
Publication date: 2009
Number of pages: 181
Dr Edwin Mavunika Mapara, is an international celebrity as a result of his medical contributions in the battle against HIV/AIDS that went on both in Zambia and Botswana. The book challenges the status-quo in health promotion and also raises issues on culture and the culture of silence.
He uses a set of pictures developed by that invaluable charity TALC (Teaching Aids at Low Cost). Much of what Dr Mapara discusses about the role of various African tribal cultures concerning the spread of HIV/AIDS will ring a bell with PNG readers. But his pride in traditional cultures doesn’t stop him speaking out about the “culture of silence” which doesn’t allow people to talk about sexual intercourse, sexuality, the penis, the vagina, the anus, or even death itself. Dr Mapara makes the point that that every picture tells a story, a critical lifesaver in Pictures in AIDucation. Pictures in AIDucation are vital not only as part of prevention efforts but even more so to ensure care for those who are already victims of HIV or AIDS victims. The book includes 24 pictures and useful discussion guidelines with each of them.