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(18) Brigid Schutz, who took over from Friedman as the director of arepp, is still involved in training programmes in Tanzania.
Soon after Friedman founded arepp in 1987, it became clear that HIV/Aids was a serious and neglected problem in South Africa and its neighbouring countries, and so Friedman turned his attention to this new epidemic.
This challenge was one of the main reasons why arepp had chosen puppets.
This project was the beginning of arepp's fight against HIV/Aids in South Africa and by 2000 arepp (now with Brigid Schutz as the director) was touring South Africa with Check Your Mate (see Figure 5) which was very interactive by including a quiz show, races and other games.
By 2004 arepp had extended their fight against HIV/Aids with puppets to No Monkey Business, a series of seven plays: Healthy, Happy & Hip, Can't Touch This, Push Me, Pull you, Us & Them, Inside Out, Safety First and Secrets, Strangers & Surprises (see Figure 6).