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How can community health programmes build enabling environments for transformative communication?: experiences from India and South Africa

Campbell, Catherine and Cornish, Flora (2012) How can community health programmes build enabling environments for transformative communication?: experiences from India and South Africa. AIDS and Behavior, 16 (4). pp. 847-857. ISSN 1090-7165

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Abstract

Much research has examined how to empower the poor to articulate demands for health-enabling living conditions. Less is known about creating receptive social environments where the powerful heed the voices of the poor. We explore the potential for ‘transformative communication’ between the poor and the powerful, through comparing two well-documented case studies of HIV/AIDS management. The Entabeni Project in South Africa sought to empower impoverished women to deliver home-based nursing to people with AIDS. It successfully provided short-term welfare, but did not achieve local leadership or sustainability. The Sonagachi Project in India, an HIV-prevention programme targeting female sex workers, became locally led and sustainable. We highlight the strategies through which Sonagachi, but not Entabeni, altered the material, symbolic and relational contexts of participants’ lives, enabling transformative communication and opportunities for sexual health-enabling social change.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://link.springer.com/journal/10461
Additional Information: © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
Library of Congress subject classification: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Sets: Departments > Social Psychology
Research centres and groups > LSE Health
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2012 15:40
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/45097/

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