Improving the effectiveness of public information documents on HIV/AIDS in South Africa
Welcome to the EPIDASA website. The site offers the state of the art of the SANPAD project Epidasa. Epidasa focuses on the effectiveness and improvement of public information documents on AIDS in South-Africa.
South Africa is experiencing an HIV/AIDS epidemic of catastrophic proportions. Projections are that the epidemic will have a devastating effect on the South African population in the years to come (cf. Dorrington et al 2001; loveLife 1999, 2001).
Despite the various HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support interventions and programmes by Government and the more than 600 specialised HIV/AIDS organisations active in South Africa, prevention initiatives in South Africa have only met with mixed levels of success. In AIDS Foundation of South Africa (2000:4) it is stated that "the results of campaigns and prevention programmes has been largely disappointing..." - a fact attested to by the raising number of HIV-infected individuals, estimated to be around 2000 cases per day (cf. Moneymax 1999-2001).
On this website the motivation for the project is outlined and more detail is provided on the subprojects.