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‘Clueless and Proud of It’: What (and why) do we Teach our Children about Sex? by Neil Orr and David Patient 05/03/2014
If you are ayoung girl living in South Africa and you are 12 years or older, you canlegally request an abortion (without giving a reason), obtain contraception atgovernment clinics, and have an HIV test. And no, you don’t need parentalconsent for this, even though it is advised.  About 25%... Read More
MEMES AND COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT by Neil Orr and David Patient 2005
INTRODUCTION The term ‘meme’ was first coined by Richard Dawkins, to refer to an information ‘virus’, or a unit of cultural evolution. What distinguishes a meme from other forms or information or cultural values is that they seem to have a life of their own. At the level of information, the... Read More
HIV/AIDS and SADC:How are we doing? (written for the Namibian Parliament) by Neil Orr and David Patient 2009
 IntroductionHIV and AIDS has inflicted the “single greatest reversal in human development” in modern history (UNDP 2005, quoted in the UNAIDS 2008 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic). In this short article, the key points of impact in the SADC region are described, and also areas of success... Read More
HIV/AIDS and SADC:How are we doing? (written for the Namibian Parliament) by Neil Orr and David Patient 2009
 IntroductionHIV and AIDS has inflicted the “single greatest reversal in human development” in modern history (UNDP 2005, quoted in the UNAIDS 2008 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic). In this short article, the key points of impact in the SADC region are described, and also areas of success... Read More
World AIDS Day 2006: Accountability (Part 1) by David Patient & Neil Orr 11/2006
This World AIDS Day - 1st December 2006 - marks the 18th anniversary of the first ever World AIDS day, held in 1988, where the theme was Communication. The age of 18 years is synonymous with coming of age, the rite of passage into adulthood where a person becomes legally responsible and accountable... Read More
Absenteeism & HIV/AIDS: A hospitality industry case study by Neil Orr & David Patient 03/2006
1. Introduction This report concerns the impact of HIV and AIDS on absenteeism in a hospitality industry company in Gauteng. Sick leave is probably the most direct measure of the impact of illness and health at the workplace. However, family responsibility leave also has an impact upon work, but... Read More
Stigma: Beliefs Determine Behavior by David Patient & Neil Orr 2004
INTRODUCTION Many people are calling urgently for laws and policies to curtail or prevent HIV/AIDS stigma. This is a call for changes in structures. It is also a useless exercise, until such time as we examine the roots of stigma, and understand its very nature. Then we can build structures to... Read More
Stigma and HIV/AIDS Intervention Structures by David Patient & Neil Orr 30/06/2004
INTRODUCTION: FUNCTIONS VERSUS STRUCTURES To what extent is the method of delivery of HIV and AIDS services contributing to the perpetuation of stigma? If stigma is a set of 'isolate and separate' perceptions and behaviours, then are we not perpetuating stigma by having 'separate' structures such... Read More
The Ethics of Empowerment by Neil Orr & David Patient
1. Introduction There are many methods to produce change in the people around you. Some people and organizations are highly skilled at this - sales people and advertising agencies are examples of this. However, in the process of facilitating change, we need to consider whether the changes we are... Read More
THE GIFTS OF AIDS by David Patient
For many people reading this, trying to find any gift in the AIDS experience may seem difficult, if not impossible. However, in the seventeen years that I have been part of the HIV reality I have obtained many gifts from this epidemic. I would like to share these gifts with you in the hopes that it... Read More
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