An Afternoon with the TASO Drama Team

Friday, April 24, 2015: We are currently on safari at Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda but you will have to wait until tomorrow to hear about our first days escapades. 😊

Wednesday afternoon we had the unique opportunity to go to a rural village and observe the TASO Drama Team provide both an afternoon of entertainment as well as HIV testing and counseling (HCT).

image imageThe entertainment started with drumming, singing and dancing. It was extremely energetic and joyful. The crowd grew as the music went on. There were many, many children along with adults numbering greater

TASO drama team in their opening dance

TASO drama team in their opening dance

than 100! Although the HCT started right away at some tables set apart from the show, it didn’t become swarmed with people until the Drama Team took an intermission. The Team also acted out a short skit to encourage use of condoms for safe sex. This was all conducted in the local language so we couldn’t understand all of it but the acting conveyed the gist of the points made. The villagers obviously found it hilarious by their robust laughter. Later, the Team Leader elaborated a little more so we could fully understand. Culturally, infidelity is common and accepted as a part of adult life with both men and women, but is much more common with men. The aim of the skit was to use condoms to protect against HIV transmission with all sexual partners to stay healthy. The TASO team seemed really happy that we took the time to see this side of their work, but truly, the pleasure and honor was all ours. Check out the pictures to get an idea of what went on. (Having internet issues- will add more photos and 2 videos later)

About kbohan

Professor and Founding Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice Binghamton University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Binghamton, NY USA
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