Awareness campaigns

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Saturday, 8 May 2010

Perhaps I am an idiot (and that is very much a possibility) but I don't understand the point of campaigns to raise awareness of very well known diseases. In my time I have seen skin cancer, diabetes and HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns, among others. Is anyone not aware of these problems?

I could understand awareness campaigns for Acrocephalosyndactylia, Enchondromatosis, Histiocytic Necrotizing Lymphadenitis, or Waldenstrom Macroglobulinemia (four diseases I just found on wikipedia's list of rare diseases), but not the usual ones that get the campaigns.

That is all.

4 comments :

Paul said...

It's so that people can be seen to be doing something without actually having to do something.

dvm said...

So their awareness campaigns are so we are aware they are doing something?

Lara said...

Skin cancer, diabetes (Type 2) and HIV/AIDS are all preventable - maybe the awareness campaign is geared more towards prevention? I'm not sure about the others you mentioned...

dvm said...

Well that makes a bit of sense, but perhaps they should call it a prevention campaign, not an awareness campaign. But thanks for the comment.

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