By Veronica Mohapeloa
60 young people in the
will be trained as peer educators, to educate youth in their respective
districts about HIV/AIDS and sexuality.
provincial health department said the aim was to mobilise youth to actively
engage their peers in the development of their communities, as well as enhance
youth participation on issues affecting their livelihoods.
to prioritise the youth in the fight against HIV/AIDS is a recipe for dismal
failure,' said health MEC Molefi Sefularo.
Sefularo added campaigns and programmes that specifically targeted young people
would help 'us win the war on HIV/AIDS'.
department believed the training would provide the youth with accurate and
youth-friendly information about the pandemic and sexuality, to enable them to
initiate a peer driven programme of HIV/AIDS.
MEC has in the past emphasised the need to prioritise the health needs of
adolescents, 'as they were likely to have the same understanding of sex and the
ability to negotiate safe sex practices as adults.'
province thus encourages youth to utilise such health services.
Meanwhile, Dr Sefularo is expected to deliver the keynote address at the opening of a renovated clinic in Montshioa, on Friday.