We describe an educational intervention project that was designed to lower the risk of transmission of human immunodeficiency virus and hepatitis B virus among the Ethiopian immigrants of the 1991 Operation Solomon. The importance and uniqueness of this program lies in its attempt to integrate into one program two different sets of traditions and concepts, in a culturally acceptable manner to the target population. On the one hand were the traditions of the Ethiopian community and its concepts about health and disease; on the other were the biomedical model and empowering/participatory methods needed for intervening in this sensitive and difficult area. We also describe a model for training people from within the community to bridge the cultural gap in a relatively short period of time.
|Original language||American English|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Israel Journal of Medical Sciences|
|State||Published - 1993|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The authors gratefully acknowledge financial support from National Science Foundation (NSF-CBET 1264599 and 1351384). We acknowledge the support of Maryland NanoCenter and its NispLab. The NispLab is supported in part by the NSF as a MRSEC Shared Experimental Facility. MRCAT operations are supported by the Department of Energy and the MRCAT member institutions. This research used resources of the Advanced Photon Source, a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility operated for the DOE Office of Science by Argonne National Laboratory under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357.
- Cultural mediation
- Educational prevention
- Ethiopian immigrants