January 31, 2008
Kenyan Teachers Organize to Fight AIDS
HIV-positive teachers in Kenya’s Central province have united to educate other teachers, students and parents about the virus, reports The Nation/AllAfrica.com (allafrica.com, 1/30). HIV prevalence among teachers in the region is 4.5 percent, according to the article.
The program, which has about 400 teachers so far, is called “Chill.” Besides educating teachers, it aims to teach children and parents about HIV risks.
“This is one way teachers and pupils can try save the country from this dangerous disease that is sweeping away people mercilessly,” says Kenneth Misoi, the director of education for the Central province.
The teachers, along with youth leaders, conduct “Chill” sessions about HIV myths and misconceptions. The group sessions also include discussions about abstinence, as one of the goals of the organization is to raise the age that young people start having sex to 17.
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