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The Science and Ethics of HIV Vaccine Research – Lesson Five: Global Awareness Activity

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Description This is the fifth lesson in the six-lesson curriculum “The Science and Ethics of HIV Vaccine Research,” developed by NWABR. This activity is designed to demonstrate how differences in culture, resources, and HIV/AIDS in five regions of the world combine to impact work on the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Access to medical care and education, cultural characteristics, and wealth are all issues that will be explored to heighten students’ global perspective on how difficult it is to launch an HIV vaccine trial. In this activity, students gather in small groups that represent the size of the populations of different regions of the world: North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Student ambassadors from each region share information about the demographics, resources, and cultures of each area. Visual aids represent resources (such as band-aids for per capita healthcare spending and red beads to represent the number of people infected with HIV). The lesson ends with a discussion of health disparities and the implications for conducting HIV vaccine research trials in different parts of the world.
Type of Resource Assignment/Activity (Non-Laboratory/Non-Hands on Activity)
Format Portable Document Format - PDF
Technical Note Adobe Acrobat or other PDF viewing program required.
Jeanne Chowning, Northwest Assocation for Biomedical Research
Joan Griswold, Northwest Association for Biomedical Research
Elise Cooksley, Two Rivers School
Kirk Einspahr, Chelan High School
Shawna Hodge, Auburn Riverside High School
Laurie Odegaard, Moses Lake High School
Linda Peterson, Woodmore Elementary
Mark Windschitl, University of Washington
Development Date January 1, 2008
Grade/Age Levels High School lower division (Grades 9-10)
High School upper division (Grades 11-12)
Undergraduate lower division (Grades 13-14)
National Science
Educational Standards
Behavior of organisms (9-12), Evidence, models, and explanation (K-12), Form and function (K-12), Natural and human-induced hazards (9-12), Nature of scientific knowledge (9-12), Personal and community health (9-12), Science and technology in local, national, and global challenges (9-12), Science as a human endeavor (K-12), The cell (9-12), Understanding about science and technology (K-12), Understandings about scientific inquiry (K-12)
Learning Time <=1 hour
Language English
Cultural Aspects Cultural (specific cultures)
Geographical (specific regions/countries)
Type of Review Reviewed by Partner Organization
Review Date April 29, 2013
Funding Source NIH-SEPA Program
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