Keeping in touch with our common humanity through CARE: The missing part of HIV prevention

We at KGPP task ourselves in linking care to prevention interventions through dream-building, self measurement of change, art therapy and journal writing focused on the self which in turn letting people feel that we promote HIV prevention, not because of what the labels tell them (labels such as "prostitute", "injecting drug users", "MSMs", “high risk”, “sex workers”, “street children”, etc.) and the exposure of HIV their behaviors may fall on them but because we care. We care because we share a common humanity and not because of the difference we unawarely show by giving condoms and messages to change their behaviors or reduce their risks. By reaching them out with dignity, they will see the humanity in our intervention and will begin to take care of themselves, their partners, their peer groups and their communities.

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Comment by Dana Ledyard on November 21, 2009 at 1:45am
John Pierre, thanks so much for sharing this video with me and the broader community. As someone who is sometimes in the donor position and sometimes in the grantee position, your comments on care really resonated with me...and not just counting heads! An excellent reminder for all of us to keep the human touch in everything we do because life is not a program!
Comment by Rituu B. Nanda on September 3, 2009 at 10:20pm
Dear John,

What a powerful sharing on donor-centric view of development and 'one size fits all' approach with little community involvement in defining problems and interventions! Thanks.

Regards,

Rituu
Comment by Vichet LOK on August 12, 2009 at 4:08pm
Thanks to all being part of the ACP members
Comment by Ian Campbell on February 16, 2009 at 4:51pm
Absolutely agree-entirely consistent with the care to change experience noted and described in Zambia 25 years ago-the foundation of going to scale with a national response to HIV
Thanks
Ian
Comment by Laurence Gilliot on February 12, 2009 at 4:37pm
This is the most powerful video about "care" I've ever seen. You speak from your heart, John Pierre, and I can just feel what you explain deep inside me...

Thank you for sharing and for being who you are... a very special person

Laurence

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