Performance as a component of HIV/AIDS education: Process and Collaboration for Empowerment and Discussion

Am J Public Health. 2011 Mar;101(3):455-64. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2009.171991. Epub 2011 Jan 13.


The Process and Collaboration for Empowerment and Discussion (PACED) approach redefines the goals for employing the performing arts in HIV/AIDS education. Considering the complexity of the epidemic, art can appropriately address HIV/AIDS by placing a greater emphasis on the creative process, engaging people living with HIV/AIDS, and focusing on contextual barriers to prevention and care. This approach was implemented in Ghana in 2006 in the form of the Asetena Pa Concert Party project. An evaluation of the project after its completion showed that it promoted a sense of empowerment among people with HIV and community dialogue about the structural and cultural obstacles to HIV/AIDS prevention, supporting the use of PACED as a viable tool in comprehensive education regarding HIV/AIDS.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Art*
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Culture
  • Female
  • Ghana / epidemiology
  • Goals
  • HIV Infections / epidemiology
  • HIV Infections / prevention & control*
  • HIV Infections / psychology
  • Health Education / methods*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Power, Psychological