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Giant puppets to raise awareness on HIV testing in Lesotho

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Photos: Meri Hyöky Photography

The Alliance Française of Maseru, in collaboration with PSI/Lesotho’s Pusha Love campaign, the French Institute South Africa (IFAS) and Mantsopa Communications, embarked on a creative workshop to develop giant puppets from the 28th January to 17th February 2014.

More than 25 Basotho artists from diverse backgrounds - sculptors, writers, dancers, scriptwriters, welders, seamstresses, and painters - participated in the workshop to create giant puppets that can be used to promote healthy behaviors among communities and individuals.

The storyline developed during the workshop ties into the Pusha Love “Uena?” campaign, which challenges men to find their individual reason to get an HIV test and then to access HIV testing services. Following the workshop, the new “giants” embarked on a tour of Lesotho, reaching communities with important messages about health and HIV testing.

The workshop has been facilitated by Les Grandes Personnes, a France-based artistic association, and The Giant Match, a South African association created in 2010 with support of Les Grandes Personnes, the Gauteng Provincial Government and the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS).

The workshop has been made possible through the generous financial support of the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), via the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS), the Alliance Française de Maseru, and the town of Aubervilliers, France.


www.ambafrance-rsa.org/Giant-puppets-to-fight-against 

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