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Power and AIDS in Ghana

Traveling to Ghana in an exchange program provided the gist for Anna Reeve’s senior project: “The Politics of Power and AIDS Education in Ghana.”

An international studies major, Reeve says the trip “really opened up my eyes that this (AIDS education) really isn’t a problem that’s influenced by one factor. It’s everything, almost anything you can link to AIDs.” She noted that in sub-Saharan Africa, AIDS is the leading cause of death. With no cure for the disease, she says education is most important in reducing its spread, yet the government has not taken a leading role.

“I think it’s really important that the government sees it (AIDS education) as a government problem, not just a health problem or sexual problem,” she said. The central argument of her thesis was that power ultimately influences health education policy.

Reeve intends to continue her studies by going to graduate school to explore international public health.