4 June 2008

Uganda: 15,000 Volunteers Receive HIV/Aids Training

Kampala — OVER 15,000 volunteers have been trained to sensitise the masses about the dangers of HIV/AIDS, reports Ayiga Ondoga.

The initiative undertaken by the Uganda Youth Empowerment Alliance is a five-year project being implemented in 10 districts countrywide. It is funded by the US government to the tune of $1m (sh1.6b). The districts are Kampala, Wakiso, Kayunga, Pallisa, Tororo, Budaka, Lira, Hoima, Kabale and Kamuli.

The co-coordinator, Michael Demba, said the programme was initiated by five charities; the Uganda Red Cross Society, Uganda Scouts Association, Source of the Nile Award, Uganda Girl Guides Association and Uganda Young Women's Association.

"We shall empower the youth on behavioural change, especially abstinence as the main solution in fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS," Demba noted.

He added that the volunteers' approach is by peer education and they had sensitised 220,000 young people out of the targeted 300,000. The programme also tackles parent-to-child communication on AIDS.

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