Youth/Peer Education,
23 October 2002, Youth Trained As HIV/Aids Peer Educator

By Veronica Mohapeloa

About 60 young people in the will be trained as peer educators, to educate youth in their respective districts about HIV/AIDS and sexuality.

The 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.

'Failure to prioritise the youth in the fight against HIV/AIDS is a recipe for dismal failure,' said health MEC Molefi Sefularo.

Dr Sefularo added campaigns and programmes that specifically targeted young people would help 'us win the war on HIV/AIDS'.

The 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.

The 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.'

The 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.