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Acronym Bingo

March 12, 2010

Development is rather enamoured with acronyms. I recently read ‘The Wisdom of Whores’ by Elizabeth Pisani. Pisani is an epidemiologist (someone who studies factors affecting the health and illness of populations) who has spent over a decade working inside the ‘AID’s Mafia’. In her time she’s worked for organisations including UNAIDS, USAID and DfID fighting HIV.

In her battle, she has to endure sitting in meeting after meeting hearing the latest development jargon and acronym’s bening thrown at her and her colleagues from the latest technocrat’s speech or powerpoint presentation.

I couldn’t help but feel many DESTIN lectures & seminars are often same – acronym after acronym. Pisani would fill a bingo grid with the most frequent phrases before a meeting and see how many minutes it would take her to get 4-in-a-row (allowing her to stand up and scream ‘BINGO!!!!’). Now, I bet you are all thinking, golly gosh, that sounds like a laugh-a-minute? Well me too!

So in her honour, please find attached your own print-out-and-keep ‘Do No Harm limited-edition 2010 DV421 HIV/AIDS and Other Emerging Health Threats Acronym Bingo!’


Everytime an acronym is mentioned, cross it off! First to get 4-in-a-row wins! Suitable for ages 5-80! Can be played in a lecture, a seminar, or just at home with friends! First to get a full house wins a free HIV home test! (please remember it is advisable to buy 2 units of HIV rapid test kits for repeated testing in 90 days).


N.B. – For those unfamiliar with the greatest party game ever, you catch up on the rules here and see what you’ve been missing.

One Comment leave one →
  1. S. Nguini permalink
    March 12, 2010 11:02 am

    I got 4 in a row…and more 🙂

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