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HIV/AIDS AWARENESS PROGRAM WITH SCHOOL CHILDREN

HIV/AIDS is increasingly a disease of the young and most vulnerable, particularly girls. More than a third of all people living with HIV/AIDS are under the age of 25, and almost two-thirds of them are women. Of the 5 million new infections in 2002, half were among young people. Preventing HIV among young people is at one of the top priority of Zindagi Foundation.

Yet students remain alarmingly uninformed about the most basic facts about HIV/AIDS prevention. Adolescence is also the time many young people are at risk of experimenting with drugs. Approximately 10% of new infections worldwide-mostly among young people-result from the sharing of drug use paraphernelia. Students often do not have the skills or the incentives to avoid starting doing drugs. Once they have started, many quickly progress from inhaling or snorting to injecting, which dramatically increases their risk of infection.

Methodology

After building contacts with the schools the prevention activities were carried out by our volunteers. Ten schools at Sheikhupura were targeted in four years. Awareness raising sessions, poster debate competitions, training workshops and musical concert were the activities continued with all the schools. The above mentioned activities covered all topics related to HIV/AIDS prevention.

Achievements

 Year
No. of School Targeted
No of direct beneficiaries
 2002-2003
2
150
 2003-2004
2
140
 2004-2005
3
225
 2005-2006
3
215
 Total
10
730


(May2002- May2006)

     
     

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