CEDAC in Partnership With AOAV Tackle HIV/AIDS

 

HIV/AIDS is one of the most grievous proiblems threatening the health condition in Burundi. According to research carried out by HIV Insite, an origination facilitated by the University of California, in 2009 the number of people living with HIV/AIDS in Burundi is approximately 180,000 with an adult HIV prevalence rate of 3.3%.

In partnership with Action On Armed Violence (AOAV), CEDAC tackles HIV/AIDS by raising communities awareness to the threat posed by HIV/AIDS and techniques in helping to prevent the disease. In Bujumbura, from 20 to 22 November we gave more than 30 of CEDAC’s peer supporters from 5 communes an intensive three-day training course in HIV/AIDS prevention. It aimed at increasing the awareness of peer-supporters to the disease so that they can actively engage in awareness programs relating to HIV/AIDS prevention within their own communities.

The training began with a pre-test to determine how much the participants knew about the disease. The training was designed to be interactive and it enabled the participants to play active roles in the discussion on HIV/AIDS prevention in their daily life. The participants gained basic and essential knowledge about HIV/ AIDS prevention such as three main ways in which HIV/AIDS is transmitted from one to another

1.     sexual intercourse

2.     through blood

3.     mother to child transmission

The training also involved exercise aimed at removing prejudices and discrimination against those who are HIV positive. As a community based NGO, CEDAC will always be an active partner in initiatives to curb the threat of HIV/AIDS in Burundi. For more information visit the HIV Insite website.

                

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