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Women, Samba and health.


Int Conf AIDS. 1998;12:172 (abstract no. 13428). Unique Identifier :

ISSUE: Nowadays, a significant increase of infected women by HIV virus, mainly in poor regions, has been observed in Rio de Janeiro. This situation demands the need of interventions among those groups. PROJECT: The project has started in november 97 aiming to generate peer educators among women from 3 poor communities close to the campus of the University. Those women are generally community leaders related to Samba schools, a major cultural event in Brazil. It refers to creation of formal groups performed on sexuality, drugs, family planning, STD/AIDS, prevention methods as well as other aspects of women's health. RESULTS: 6 groups were already created in 3 communities. From a total of 56 selected, 26 women were trained and 16 are working as peer educators. They are forming new groups, visiting homes and others organisations within their communities. Some interesting activities regarding arts and health are already taking place. LESSONS LEARNED: So far, the experience has showed succesful as it considers the reality of those women in those communities.

MEETING ABSTRACTS Adult Brazil Community Health Aides/*EDUCATION Consumer Participation/*METHODS *Dancing Female Human HIV Infections/*PREVENTION & CONTROL Peer Group *Poverty Program Evaluation *Schools Urban Health Services/*ORGANIZATION & ADMIN Women/*EDUCATION Women's Health Services/*ORGANIZATION & ADMIN


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