[Summary: help us explore the role of social networks in the fight against AIDS]
The world has been managing the global AIDS epidemic for more than 25 years. 2031 will mark 50 years since the first report of AIDS. While great strides have been made, there are persisting as well as emerging challenges that must be addressed.
aids2031 is not about what we should do in 2031, but what we can do differently now, to change the face of the pandemic by 2031.
aids2031 is a consortium of partners who have come together to look at what we have learned about the AIDS response as well as consider the implications of the changing world around AIDS.
The world is changing. The way people communicate is changing. And AIDS communicators are thinking about how they need to respond.
- How are Social Network Sites changing the way people communicate?
How are Social Network Sites developing in different ways in different countries and communities?
What are the implications for AIDS communication and AIDS communicators?
Those are some of he questions I’m exploring on a research project led by Pete Cranston, and commissioned by the Communications Sub-Group of the AIDS2031 Consortium. And we could do with your help.
We know that Social Network Sites means many different things to different people – and that they are adopted and used in different ways in different communities. Only some of that it written up in literature, and our on-the-ground research partners can only cover four of five different countries and contexts. So – whether you work with local government in a UK inner city, you’re using social networks to connect with friends and family in countries across the world, of you’re not using social networks at all – we would really value your insights.
Take a look at the four questions on our project blog and please do take a few minutes to offer a comment or two.
(This is a short-term research project, so the blog is only open until the end of Feb – and we hope to share some of the initial research findings from the blog soon after.)