Friday, 7 October 2011

Health Poverty Action visits Drama St. Mary's Applied Theatre Students

On the 6th of October, members of Health Poverty Action (HPA) visited Drama St. Mary's students who will be working in Africa in May 2012 as a part of their Theatre for Development module at St. Mary's.

The staff from HPA discussed their work around women's rights, poverty and health. Fatima Mohammed, from Somaliland, discussed her work using drama to improve communication and education within her country.

The students were able to ask HPA questions about their work as well as contribute to a discussion around the use of drama in health care. They discussed the potential for radio to broadcast messages around HIV, female genital mutilation, childbirth and gender equality issues and heard from Fatima that these radio programmes have had great effect in changing the listener's behaviour around these, and other, topics.

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