Promoting critical consciousness and social mobilization in HIV/AIDS programmes: lessons and curricular tools from a South African intervention.

Abstract

The development of critical consciousness is seen as a key stage in communities increasing levels of dialogue about priority problems and effecting structural change for health. However, relatively little research identifies concrete methods for programmes to build critical consciousness. We examined how a South African structural intervention used critical consciousness as a tool for prevention of intimate partner violence and HIV infection. We collected qualitative data in the form of in-depth interviews with managers, trainers, and participants of the Intervention with Microfinance for AIDS and Gender Equity intervention (IMAGE) in rural South Africa. The data were analysed through a coding structure developed in QSR NVivo. We draw practical lessons from IMAGE to guide other HIV programmes aiming to promoting critical consciousness and social mobilization. This research suggests that specific curricular tools can work towards critical consciousness and that mobilization efforts in future programmes can be strengthened by including individual and collective efforts by participants.

DOI: 10.1093/her/cyq057

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@article{Hatcher2011PromotingCC, title={Promoting critical consciousness and social mobilization in HIV/AIDS programmes: lessons and curricular tools from a South African intervention.}, author={Abigail M. Hatcher and Jacques de Wet and Christopher Philip Bonell and Vicki J Strange and Godfrey Phetla and Paul M Proynk and Julia Kim and Linda A. Morison and John D Porter and Joanna R Busza and C. Watts and James R Hargreaves}, journal={Health education research}, year={2011}, volume={26 3}, pages={542-55} }