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PATH was recently honored for pioneering interactive street theater aimed at preventing HIV. For ourmagnet theater intervention, the African Network for Strategic Communication in Health and Development (AfriComNet) gave PATH the award for best folk media inititaitve at a ceremony to celebrate excellence in HIV and AIDS communication in Africa.

Magnet theater was further recognized among the six winning entrees for being the only tool that has been adapted for use beyond its country of origin. It currently reaches audiences in Eritrea, Tanzania, Uganda, and India, as well as Kenya, where it was first developed.

AfriComNet is an association of communication practitioners working on HIV and AIDS, health, and development who reside, work, or have a primary interest in Africa. With more than 500 members in 35 countries, AfriComNet’s mission is to strengthen capacity in and commitment to strategic communication for health and development in Africa.

The AfriComNet Awards for Excellence were created to recognize outstanding contributions made by individuals or organizations in the field of strategic HIV and AIDS communication and to encourage innovation and the highest standards of quality in strategic communication in Africa.

Oluoch Madiang of PATH receives the Best Folk Media Initiative award

Oluoch Madiang of PATH receives the Best Folk Media Initiative award from Professor Alfred E. Opubor, Secretary General, West African News-media and Development Centre, during the AfriComNet Awards for Excellence in HIV and AIDS Communication in Africa ceremony.

Learn more about PATH’s magnet theater.

Posted June 18, 2007.