Stigma and HIV reporting – a lesson from the BBC

Zainab Deen wrote an article in BBC Magazine on ‘Sex workers using anti-HIV drugs instead of condoms’. However, her reporting is everything else but neutral. Her first paragraph reeks with stigmatizing rhetoric:  “In Kenya 1.5 million people are living with HIV, and there are about 100,000 new infections every year. Despite this, some sex workers…More

Global health reporting fail – tuberculosis

And I read another article covering global health that is somewhat biased (chrmm chrmm). I’m talking about Tulip Mazumdar’s article on multi-drug resistant TB : Global resistance to TB drugs is ‘ticking time bomb’ We have the usual suspects: -an alarmist title -the hopeless situation of the poor (yet not to forget their wisdom) -the non…More

On sexist social marketing

In her TED talk Amy Lockwood talks about selling condoms in the Congo. She shows examples of condoms given for free by NGOs, international organisations or the government. She mocks their designs because they use pictures and slogans highlighting things such as ‘prudence’, ‘protection’, ‘trust’, the AIDS ribbon etc… She goes on to say that…More