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University of the West Indies and UNESCO launch science-media project

20-02-2006 (Kingston)
University of the West Indies and UNESCO launch science-media project
The results of a rapid test for HIV/AIDS
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The pilot phase of a science and media project was recently launched in the Caribbean with the production of three short 10-minute films and seven one-minute spots on HIV/AIDS through a partnership between the University of the West Indies (UWI) and UNESCO.
Aimed at youth, the general public and Caribbean audience, the films feature science related issues such as human physiology and behavior, environmental preservation and HIV/AIDS from a pedagogical viewpoint.

The three main productions are:

  • “Seeing Red: The Science of Violence”

  • “Danger Zone : The Threat of Illegal Sand mining and Improper Solid Waste Management”

  • “Sick to Death: The Science of HIV/AIDS”


  • “Seeing Red: The Science of Violence” is the first in a series of production, which was written directed and edited by Mark Thomas, It features a riveting and interactive presentation on the scientific aspect of violence and was based on research with regional scientists who are experts in the field of human physiology and behavior.

    Danger Zone created by CARIMAC staff and students and under consultation of Mark Thomas, focuses on the environmental science.

    Sick to Death: The Science of AIDS” including seven short announcements on HIV/AIDS for public service broadcasters was produced by Ronald Young and Mark Thomas from the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science in collaboration with UNESCO and the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC).

    The programmes and the short films will be distributed free of charge to television stations across the Caribbean to be disseminated and enhance social awareness around these issues. Follow-up activities are planned for the broadcasting of these films during popular television programmes with a view to generating public discussion and debate.

    The project was developed within the framework of UNESCO’s programme to produce and disseminate local contents, build capacity of content producers as well considering the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development and the UN Literacy Decade. Support was provided by UNESCO as part of its on-going development of communication and science work in the Caribbean.
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