Microbicide Doc Wins Award

Dr Edwin Mapara

It all came as a shock and a very big surprise when Dr Edwin Mapara received the news that he had been awarded the “Physician Award” at the New York City Mwape Peer Awards 2011, on the 8th October 2011 for AIDucation and being a role model to peers.

Simply lost for words! All he could say was, “Yebo!” Thank you!

Dr Mapara has dedicated the “Physician Award” to the grass roots people of Zambia, Botswana and England. Gratitude and acknowledgement is fitting for:

Livingstone, Zambia (1989 – 1990)

The people of Livingstone, Zambia, where HIV/AIDS Education (AIDucation) was born in 1989 using pictures and posters of people living with HIV infections and AIDS from Uganda. People wanted to “see” AIDS. “We showed them patients with AIDS, “ said Dr Mapara.

The Livingstone AIDS Awareness Project (LAAP) at the Livingstone Batoka Hospital was in the same league as the Copperbelt Health Education Programme (CHEP) and the Chikankata Salvation Army AIDS Programmes. AIDucation was used to reach schools, churches, workplaces, market places and the community centres.

Community Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) started quietly in the “Batoka Chest Clinic,” where he believed that, “It is better to know than not to know!”

Livingstone had the edge, Livingstone had 100 pictures. LAAP was a documented best practice.

Lobatse, Botswana (1990 – 2002)

The people of Lobatse in Botswana, where AIDucation was allowed to mature freely from 1990 – 2002. It was at Athlone Hospital where the “AIDucation House” became a national and international force with the following units highly active that made up the Athlone AIDS Awareness Programme (AAAP): The Information Education & Communication Unit (Foundation); The Counselling and Emotional Support Unit (Slab); The Clinical (Medical + Nursing) Care Unit (Wall); The Pastoral Care Unit (Wall); The Home based Care and Orphan Care Unit (Wall); The Research and Administration Unit (Wall); and The Integrated Training Unit composed of all the Unit leaders (Roof).

Lobatse had the edge,Lobatse had a library of 3,500 colour pictures. The AAAP was a documented best practice in 1992. AIDucation as a teaching strategy was a documented best practice intervention programme in 1994 and the Athlone Health Resource Centre (AHRC) was a documented best practice in 1999. Today, in 2011, there are more than 32 AHRCs set up using Dr Mapara’sAthlone Mother Model.

The icing on the cake in Botswana was in 2001 when Dr Edwin Mapara was head-hunted and appointed to lead the Clinical (Medical) Unit of the Botswana Anti-retroviral Therapy (ARV) Programme. A team of 10 “radicals” including Dr Edwin Mapara, advised the President of Botswana and the Minister of Health to give the ARVs Programme a chance in Botswana. This was after Western Consultants in the 1990s said that Africa could not provide ARVs to its people for various reasonsincluding, “…Africa is under-resourced…there are no doctors, nurses, pharmacist, social workers, counsellors…ARVs are a complicated science…!”

The President asked the 10 individuals around the table in the Cabinet Office the simple two worded question,  ”Can we?” The team individually answered, “Yes we can!” The rest is history as Botswana showed the world what a determined people can do! President Festus Mogae and Hon Minister of Health Joy Phumaphi trusted their African best brains and took the gamble. Today people from all over the world travel to Botswana and Uganda to learn how to provide ARVs to their people.

That was Dr Edwin Mapara’s last assignment in Africa, closing a chapter of 15 years of AIDucatingAfrican community members to prevent HIV infections and to care and support those living with HIV infections and AIDS. It was time to go and teach the Europeans.

London, England (2002 – 2011)

Dr Edwin Mapara re-located with the family – “brain drain” – that he would turn around into a “brain gain” for several countries. Within no time the Livingstone born AIDucation programme of 1989 had come of age in 2005 in England. It was a Public Health module on the Diploma in Tropical Medical & Hygiene (DTM & H) for medical doctors; the Diploma in Tropical Nursing (DTN) for nurses; and the Master of Science (MSc) and Master of Public Health (MPH) postgraduate degree courses for medical doctors and programme managers.

Reference books were written for the AIDucation students in the year 2010 by Dr Mapara:

  1. AIDucation 20-10 Taking Control of AIDS
  2. AIDucation 20-10 Taking Control of TB
  3. AIDucation 20-10 Taking Control of TB & AIDS

Meanwhile instead of joining the National Health Services (NHS) in England, Dr Mapara opted to work for a local African Charity where he could continue with the Livingstone born and Lobatse matured AIDucation programme. Within five years at Community Health Action Trust (CHAT) in the borough of Brent, in London, CHAT had three ‘best practice’ programmes under its belt:

  1. AIDucation intervention strategy,  in 2005
  2. The A-Z OF TUBERCULOSIS Poster OF 2005 that was even asked for by the New York City TB Programme and Centres for Diseases Control (CDC), Atlanta, America.
  3. The first Community based Voluntary Counselling and Testing Centre (VCT) in the UK, in August 2007, documented in THE LONDON VCT PROJECT REPORT, published by the Medical Research Council (MRC) & Centre for Sexual Health & HIV Research, University College London (UCL).


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  10. Cecilia Mulenga says:

    Congratulations Doc for the well deserved Physician Award.I have followed your dedication and devotion to bring awareness to the communities in Africa (Livingstone, Zambia and Botswana) about the HIV/Aids epidemic. Your AIDUCATION program has worked very well in Botswana and now in England. I hope that one day Zambia will adopt your program and the books you have written to reach out to the people.

  11. Linda Hodge says:

    Dr Mapara, I want to congratulate you on your well deserved award.
    My mother Lillian Kabambe worked along side with you and she spoke very highly of your good work and writing.

    We celebrate with you for your achievement and we are truly proud.

    A great result.

    Linda Hodge

  12. Congratulations, Dr. Edwin Mapara. I knew it will come to this point and I believe that more awards are on your way because of your good work. For 5years that I worked with you in London you demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt, your compassion and the quest to give help to those who live with HIV/AIDs. Your teachings helped changed the minds of many Pastors and religious leaders, who thought that it was a taboo to discuss Aid issues within their clubs. Thank you for your persistence and your faithfullness to this cause of helping eradicate HIV/AIDs epidemic. God bless you.

  13. Dr Angela Byrne says:

    Congratulations on your well deserved award, Dr Mapara. You have been a wonderful support and inspiration to our project for refugee women living with HIV in London, UK. your wonderfully matter-of-fact approach as well as your great humour and cultural sensitivity means that everyone can relate to and remember the information presented. You have empowered women to take care of their sexual health. Your talk is always the top rated one in our programme. Wishing you all the best and hope to see you soon. Congratulations again, keep up the good work.

  14. Chabby Chabala` says:


    Well done, and congratulations you deserve this award and be asured they are more to come, Am happy for you Doc, that your effort has started paying back you have made us Zambians Proud, defintely we will make it a point that Globle Union Foundation use these educating books. Doc keep it Up.

  15. I once interviewed Dr. Mapara for the African Health Policy Network (AHPN)’s Newsletter while the editor & Communications Officer. What came across from that discussion was the practicality of AIDucation programme. Being an HIV awareness trainer myself, I saw a wonderful approach in his documentation, I was convinced that even workers in the field need to benefit from that knowledge.
    Congrats Doc, and keep doing the good work. Your humility of working at the lowest levels is very inspiring…

  16. Jessica Rwami says:

    Doc. welldone. that’s a great achievement and happy to know its going back to our roots where people will bennefit more from this and value it more

  17. E.Z.Banda says:

    Talking about teaching adults, Dr Mapara you are an AIDucator.Your teaching was made easy by the use of pictures and it was a subject of discussion at lunch time as the students were amazed by your knowledge of the subject. “When one has learnt, one has to share with others” You are an insipiration keep teaching.

  18. Lillian Mudzimu Kabambe says:

    The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want” I am on board with you taking the AIDUCATION programme into sub Saharan Africa in 2012.
    Having worked with you, your passion encompassing all communities including Faith Communities.
    The funerals we attended of the fallen colleagues left us with burning desire to save others.
    We will leave no stone unturned in Africa because we refuse to be burried with our talents and knowledge. I am part of the solution and I am ready!
    Be assured that ” He who kneels before God can stand before anyone”

    Congratulation for the well earned award.

  19. Lillian Mudzimu Kabambe says:

    “. The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want” I am on board with you taking the AIDUCATION programme into sub Saharan Africa in 2012.
    Having worked with you, your passion encompassing all communities including Faith Communities.
    The funerals we attended of the fallen colleagues left us with burning desire to save others.
    We will leave no stone unturned in Africa because we refuse to be burried with our talents and knowledge. I am part of the solution and I am ready!
    Be assured that ” He who kneels before God can stand before anyone”

    Congratulation for the well earned award.

    Lillian Kabambe

  20. Dr Mapara is my hero.
    Your devotion, commitment and love of what you do inspired me and made me who I am today. Thanks for your great work and keep it up. Long live AIDucation

  21. Dear Dr Mapara,
    Congratulations for the long awaited award from Mwape Peer Awards.It is time that your efforts in the fight on AIDs was made.I would like to commend your wonderfully documented works in the books that is now being widely used in the Western World.
    It is my hope that the SADC Region will also use these materials, moreso mother Zambia in teaching Zambians about AIDS.




  22. Ike C. Odina says:

    Dear Edwin,

    As the Good Book says ‘signs and wonders shall follow you and your good works’.

    Well done for all your efforts …….. it’s all paying dividends now!!

    Regards and best wishes


  23. Congratulations!! very well deserved.

    Onwards with AIDucation in Africa!

    Best wishes,
    Neil Pakenham-Walsh
    Coordinator, Healthcare Information for All by2015

  24. Salna Abdallah says:

    Hongera! Congratulations

    Dr Just to say you own this award!

    Well done to the body for acknowledge your talents and commitment toward the prevention of HIV in the African community in the UK and Africa.

    AIDUCATION trainings received from you have transformed me from being a participant to a work colleague. It also one of the reasons inspired me to do a research on HIV in the African Community. To me you are my role model, a brother and someone who makes things happen. I remember few years back I met you at a library in North London working on your first book. Within no time the book was published, followed by the second and third book.

    All the best on your new AIDUCATION program for Sub -Saharan African

  25. Congratulations Edwin, I credit to your hard work and commitment

  26. Jane Tungana says:

    No surprise here Doc(In between…You know all what I mean!), this award delayed, should have come long ago but this is a reminder for us Africans living abroad that we need to say it out and loud because we know better than anyone the merits of people like Edwin who work tirelessly to support our communities especially in fighting HIV/AIDS.
    My first social intercourse with Dr Mapara goes back in 2006 at Blackfriars where we co-facilitated an AIDucation session for African Francophones in London; we never separated since then. At Positive East(where I work) we use regularly Dr Mapara’s services as one of the workshop facilitators for our Self Expression, Sex & Relationships Course. This course is part of our Re:Assure Women’s Project that supports refugee/asylum seeking women who are living with HIV/AIDS on their journey to overcoming traumatic experiences. The project is run jointly by a Clinical Psychologist (Dr Angela Byrne) and an African Communities Development Worker (Jane Tungana). I can ensure you that Dr Mapara’s knowledge and cultural skills have been and are still valuable to our users. You can expect his name to come up whenever the women meet because his sessions leave an unforgettable picture in their mind.
    Where other STIs prevention tools had failed to convince, Dr Mapara’s pictures and his African cultural knowledge had proven to be an effective STIs prevention tool.

    Well done Docand good luck for your future work at the land where it started: AFRICA!!!!!

  27. Roger Panton says:

    Congratulatons Dr Mapara. Such dedication and foresight is very well deserving of high praise and honour. Very much deserved. Hope health and strength allows you to continue your trailblazing work for years to come.

  28. S Mwale says:

    Congratulations! This is very interesting and I hope that the material you have published will be used more widely especially in Zambia. We need to celebrate talent and give credit where it is due. Please keep it up! I sincerely hope that this is just the beginning.

  29. William Gemegah says:

    Hi Edwin,

    Congratulations!! More grease to the elbow and good luck

  30. Dr. Mapara has always done us proud and continues to inspire many of us in this field. AIDUCATION is a great resource and we good Doc has always delivered where it matters. From Glasgow to Reading, London to Liverpool, Lusaka to Gaborone- your great work stands out. May God continue blessing and giving you the strength to continue the great job that you do.

  31. Jessica Rwami says:

    Well Doc. Congratulations, You deserved this because you’ve worked hard for it. And you are still working so hard, what would have the world done without people like u. Keep it up Doc. Am happy to hear that soon this will go back to our roots where it will be benefited and valued

  32. I have known Dr. Mapara for a long time in London UK, and his work in area as like HIV/AIDS is very important for minority in this country.
    Minority community in London are very lucky to have him here.

    Salah Abdirahman
    Advisor BSCG

  33. Anne Francis says:

    I am so proud to have met you Dr Edwin Mapara. Well done for your achievements which come as no surprise to those who have followed your extraordinary and life saving work over the years. Bringing truth and science to an area rife with misunderstanding and social taboos. You shine the torch of progress into a dark area strengthened by your humility and ability to connect with people from all walks of life. Well done indeed!

  34. Elias Phiri says:

    Congratulations Dr. Mapara upon this achievement. Well done.

  35. Pastor Asher says:

    Congratulations Doc on your well deserved recognition and award , though it’s a little bit late . But better late than never . Doc , i pray that you will not only have honor abroard but also in your home country where your work will be most useful . I have personally benefited from your training programs for faith leaders in London ( Though am in the US now ) and you have also been a blessing to our support group members at He Intends Victory-UK . Please keep up the good work and may the good Lord reward you with more strenght , wisdom and passion to do more , As it is written ‘ Do you see a man diligent in his work ? He will not stand before mean men , but he will stand before great men ‘ That shall be your portion in Jesus name Amen .
    God bless .
    Pastor Asher E .

  36. Dr Mapara,

    You have opened so many peoples’ eyes with your AIDUCATION PROGRAMMES.
    by making people realise that stigmatising, discriminating and negative judgements
    added on individuals seclusion from socialising or seeking treatment and would lead
    to late diagnosis, depression resulting loneliness. I watched quite a number of groups
    coming to sessions thinking that they knew and understood, only to find out that actually,
    they did not know much about the effects of HIV and AIDS. Everybody who attended always
    wanted to know more they would come back and most important mostly with someone else
    whom they have told about about the programme how interesting and beneficial it was.

    I have never forgotten the group of doctors and nurses who confessed that the information they
    gained that day was an eye opening and that they had no clue how most things were supposed to
    be.(transmission) The pastor who did not have a clue between bisexual and heterosexual!!!!
    I cannot forgot you gave me confidence I can now strip.People always left the sessions with
    changed attitude and strong ideas (positive).

    Well done Doctor Mapara you deserve every praise.
    Janet Nakamya

  37. Bonnie M says:

    Congratulations Doc
    Its a shame I never I heared about Dr Mapara and his wonderful work until recently, (i must have been sleeping). From what i’ve read and seen so far im very impressed and will make sure i dont loose track. The first session of AIDUCATION I attended really inspired me to do something, it was so interseting and engaging.I hope to learn a lot from you and help a lot of people through this.

  38. Well done Edwin and twalumba, dzicomo and natotela in not so many words! Thankyou on behalf of all the students you have inspired on the dip tropical nursing courses in London- you were a ray of African sunshine for us! I am deeply indebted for your wonderful work with AIDUCATION, its helped so much to get the message across in all sorts of public health education scenarios, whether it be under a mango tree or a cloudy sky! As you say- a picture is worth a thousand words! Im spreading the word amongst my peers for the masters in Public Health at Bournemouth University- there are no few than 6 out of 8 from SSA! God bless you for all your work and you deserve to be recognised!

  39. The passion will see its results. Well done Doc

  40. Clement Chela says:

    Edwin it’s great to see the immense progress you have made with AIDUCATION over the past few years. I remember when you had completed the first draft and asked me to review it. It seems like yesterday and how exciting it was! Because this was a story that we both knew needed to be told and you told it so well, so simply and honestly.

    I am glad for the award you received and look forward to seeing this spur you to greater heights as you developing more materials based on the experience from the UK. I see this being of use in teaching HIV/AIDS and TB in allied health, medical and nursing schools in the African region. The future is for AID agencies to look for and support locally appropriate and cost effective sources of prevention strategies that work. You work is of this calibre and I wish you the best in this endeavour.

  41. Jane Birungi says:

    The recognition of Dr. Mapara has been long overdue.He Iniciated the VCT clinic (community Voluntary counselling and Testing) at CHAT (Commuvity Health Action Trust) in Brent, United Kingdom (UK).The pilot project started in 2006 ,offering free rapid HIV fingerprick test,targeting the African and Caribbean minority ethenic communities .The project did so well that more funding was given, and that was not all,The VCT project was recognised and documented as Best Practice Model 2 option, in the London VCT project report of August 2007,published by the Medical Research Council (MRC)and the University Collage of London (UCL).
    The catch word was ‘Better To Know Than not to Know’ , know your HVI status.
    Dr.Mapara’s AIDUcation ,using pictures to reach the hard to reach groups; the African,Caribbean minority ethenic communities, the youth and Faith groups,was the best and unique tool ever used to create awareness,althoug of course there were many criticks,Why?! Because it was a big challange,they did not believe in, but it had a great impact and produced unbelievable results. To see is to believe. After every AIDucation workshop ,participants woul come out saying ‘ what took them so long to start this program? many lives would have been saved’.It had a great impact on raising the number of people making informed decissions to to go for an HIV test and to also consider changing their sexual behaviours that were putting them at risk of getting other suxually transimitted infections.
    This story wont end soon, so I have to reructantily cut it short but with positive memories .I had the privelage of working with Dr. Mapara on the VCT project as the sexual Health Nurse.I enjoyed and cherished working with this down to earth Dr.who inspired me in so many ways in my career , who always put his work first, promoted others other than self,worked so very hard to better other people’s lives. This Dr, is an unsung hero and a treasure in the fight against HIV/AIDS.Do not give up Dr, the struggle continues.I wish the people in Africa and United Kingdom where you have been at the fore front could have recognised you before people in America.Conglatulations.

  42. Lennox M Msanide PhD says:

    Mwana wa Kwithu
    Doc if God is for you who can be against you.
    The delivery of the AIDUCATION to the 300 youth from the Elim Church was an eye opener. It is a pity that we are blind and ignore what we see and pretend it is not there.
    Doc you are an inspirational to all and Mother Zambia is proud of you and you are a recipient of the accolade deservedly won.

  43. Rumit says:

    keep it up Doc

  44. Agnes Ponga - Thewo says:

    Congratulations ba Doc! You deserve this and many more awards for your hard work and commitment. May the Good Lord grant you many more years so you can continue AIDucating the world!
    I cant wait for Lusaka, and Zambia, to be set ablaze with AIDucation! Welcome home!

  45. Bupe Kambashi says:

    Ba Classmate,
    You have worked very hard. Good to see that other people have realised this. Your work hasd an impact definately.

  46. Ephraim Gunundu says:

    Congratulations Dr. Mapara. You have made us truly proud – fellow africans. Being a close friend to Edwin I believe this is just the beginning. I hope and sincerely believe that the corridors of power, especially from the most deserving nations from africa will quickly jump and tap into the reserve of potential and knowledge that you have. My wish is that more African Governments use this method of teaching as the white man has said `seeing is believing`.

  47. Well done Well done and Well done Edwin. You have made us proud as Africans. You have worked hard and you deserve this recognition. I remember very well what you taught me 8 years ago. This should spread threoughout the world like fire if we have to meaningfully combat HIV/AIDs especially in sub Sahara.
    May the Lord give you His favour in the future with this programme.

  48. Adebayo Bright says:

    ‘Ngaka’, a well deserved and overdue recognition. Humility and patience are virtues you’ve been blessed with. keep them up. AIDUCATION, to the best of my knowledge is the best sexual health educational practice/teaching when it comes to HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases. It (AIDUCATION) always leaves you with something to prick your mind when ever you find yourself in a ‘condomless’ situation. keep the gospel of AIDUCATION spreading……. Seeing is BELIEVING.

  49. Ba Edwin, it has been like finding a long lost brother! And how proud I am of you. You have brought tears of pride and joy and it has made up for all those years that I have been looking for you since getting your email add from Prof Haworth.
    No doubt funsanikids4kids will surely benefit from AIDucation. I thank God most sincerely for you and may you continue to bring hope to the lost both at home and abroad xxx

  50. Agnes Baziwe says:

    Hello Edwin, we at AAF are very proud of your relentless efforts to continue educating the world on still a very sensitive subject especially among Africans.
    Every time you have presented at our workshops the audience has asked for more and it has been a privilege working with you all this years.
    Congratulations and good luck for the future. May God continue to reward you with strength and vision for AIDuction and many more.

  51. Memory Sachikonye says:

    Well done Dr Mapara! Such an inspiration in tackling a very tricky subject area culturally. One you attend his “AIDucation” presentations, you will never forget them! This is well deserved and hope it doesn’t end here – lets see this as a SADC standard of raising HIV awareness and sexual health education, especially to the young generation. We can have an AIDS-free generation!

  52. Mary &Alex Mseteka says:

    Congratulations for the award,you definately deserve it.We are very proud of your achievement.People (from home and abroad) are benefiting from your good Public Health Educational Materials.We are really proud to have our own Zambian Doctor spearheading the fight for HIV/AIDS and educating the masses worldwide

  53. MPHANDE.L says:

    Congratulations Doc. I believe you have just made the limelight that you so should have made long ago. I recall the times we tried to coin up names for what today is AIDUCATION and I am proud of you that you happened to pick the right one.I have followed your work with great interest not merely for information, but for the way you have fought on to get what has been, let me use the term, ‘a simplified basic method’ to get such knowledge to the rightful target group, the masses. Visuals always do the trick even for the unschooled( brings to mind the schematic paintings in bushmen caves, they tell a story to everybody).
    Your work in Zambia (Livingstone) and Botswana (Lobatse), will always have your name tagged to it and as I once told you, ‘To experience HIV/AIDS in an African setting will change the way you address it’. You have seen it, lived with those plagued by it, shed tears with them and comforted them as you spent tireless hours trying to communicate ways to address this silent death that has devastated families in Africa. Keep it up and do not tire easily.

  54. Congratulations to my very good friend Dr Mapara for his seminal work in AIDucation as a vital and practical arm of Public Health Education.

    It is exciting to know that Edwin should be the icon of AIducational thought and practice in Southern Africa and in England. My earliest memories of Dr Mapara are from 1981 when I joined his class at medical school as a “mature” age entrant, after my BPharm degree. He befriended me immediately, and we have had many good memories together, stemming from the fact he was a Chamboli [Kitwe, Zambia] kid like me, and we resonated in terms of our outlook on life and living, and we shared employers for some time both in Zambia and in Botswana. I can understand why he was the natural repository of the “seeing is believing” concept when applied to HIV education, since we, as part of the student governing body at the School of Medicine, were actively involved in the education [at the time they were considered “tea-cup politics”] of the Public Health department of Lusaka City Council, and we were both unwitting witnesses of HTLV3 victims [read Kaposi Sarcoma, and other dermatological patients and cases] as show-cased by Professor Bayley, of the then-dreaded Yellow Firm in Surgery, and Dr Hira, of Dermatology, while students under their tutelage.

    Pragmatism is Edwin’s main blessing to public health education. My humble role with the AIDS Control Programme in Zambia and in Botswana was at the Central Government/Ministry of Health levels, and I can only attest to his deep sense of duty and practical love for his homeland. Zambia should be suitably proud of having such an illustrious son as Dr Mapara, who has undeniably put it on the world map in matters of real value in Public Health Education concerning the chronic infectious diseases ravaging our people.

    I hope the Public Health Educational material he posits concerning HIV/AIDS and TB gets the widest exposure and acclaim in Zambia and Southern Africa at all levels, from homes to Universities, so our relatives, friends and their families may make informed choices concerning practical preventative ways of dealing with HIV and TB, among other banes affecting them.

    We are tired of hearing of, and reading obituaries every time we enquire after the fate of so many of our erstwhile beloved colleagues and contemporaries…

  55. S M Kataya says:

    Congratulations Dr Mapara. I have read your book and would encourage its adoption as part of our African curricula on HIV/AIDS. It would go a long way in changing behaviour and sensitising the masses. Surprisingly, you are one of Mother Zambia’s own and your works need to be applied in our motherland, as has some Westerners in their curricula.

  56. B.B.CHAMA says:

    congrats Doc,your humility,courage,honest and studious is paying off for the many discouraged souls.That is an ice berg

  57. Makalu says:

    Congrats Doc, you are doing Zambians proud. Keep the spirit.

  58. Concilia Ajuo says:

    Congratulations Dr Mapara! This recognition was long overdue. Having you as part of my team to raise awareness among young black African and black Caribbean youths in Brent London in 2009 was very inspiring. The young people who took part have remained grateful and they are spreading the word. Indeed ‘seeing is believing’. The AIDUCATION teaching method helped the message to ‘sink’ and today many of those young people are able to convince their peers to be aware of HIV/AIDS and how to remain healthy. Personally I have learnt a lot from Dr Mapara’s AIDUCATION and it is my wish to take this teaching method back to West Africa particularly to Cameroon where I come from. Young people there are not immuned to HIV and this method will not only give them greater insights into HIV but will reduce the stigma inherent in HIV. I hope that it would be possible for Dr Mapara to be part of my team there.

  59. Badru Male says:

    Congratulations Dr. Mapara upon this achievement.
    I have the privilage of working with Dr. Mapara for 9 years. In fact many people call us twins because of our close working relationship despite me being a good 6 years older than my twin brother.
    AIDUCATION the brain child of Dr. Mapara has inspired tens of thousands in understanding,educating and rasing awareness about sexual health and HIV in particular. “Seeing is believing” and this cannot be proven better than Dr. Mapara’s AIDUCATION teaching method.
    Dr. Mapara has inspired the UK and the entire Europe. His work has yet to be embraced by our mother continent, Africa. It does not take a muzungu to impress us about knowledge when we have our own with knowledge and expertise to address our needs.I appeal to African leaders to take Dr. Mapara as a treasure we have that needs grooming.

  60. SILVIA KIRK says:

    I’m so happy to see that there has been more recognition for the AIDucation programme. I first sat in on one of the short courses ran by Dr Mapara in December 2004, it was so easy to understand and has given me a detailed insight on STI’s and HIV/AIDS. I am confident enough to advice and help explain the importance of testing and continuing meds. Zikomo bwa Doctor.

  61. Michael Undi, PhD says:

    Every picture tells a story. A picture is worth a thousand words. There is nothing that emphasizes these truths more than AIDUCATION. HIV/AIDS has caused untold suffering for people of southern Africa, including Zambia. Dr Mapara hes brought the HIV/AIDS fight to the people with a weapon that is sure to stand the test of time. AIDUCATION should be adopted by every country. Being the birthplace of AIDUCATION, Zambia is well placed to use this program in schools and other programs to fight HIV/AIDS.

  62. Mchriszon Zungu says:

    Well done Dr Mapara!!! Well deserved award. I think DoH need a person like you to take a lead on HIV/ AIDS awareness. I also think DoH is not doing enough or nothing regarding HIV/AIDS awareness / education. STILL A TABOO!!!!!

  63. Adeline Afi Ahossey says:

    Working with Doctor Edwin Mapara has empowered me a lot. Now I talk about sexual health with confidence. Well done Doctor, you’ve got what you deserved.

  64. DJ Shimpundu says:

    Congratulations Dr Mapara, you really work hard and deserve more recognition. Your books are educative and inspiring. keep it up!

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