Thanks to a joint effort between More than Me volunteers and the Liberia Dujar Association, the students from More than Me took part in a program on HIV awareness. This is the first time the students have ever had access to a proper educational talk on the subject and more so, the opportunity to ask their own questions about the virus.
Liberia Dujar is a non-profit organization that envisions a world where every child has the opportunity to transform their lives through quality education. One of their program areas focuses on the dissemination of information on HIV/AIDS. Alice Brumskine from the organization and program co-coordinator for the HIV/AIDS Counseling Department, led the seminar and gave each student the red ribbon that has come to symbolize HIV support and awareness all over the world.
Alice discussed the history of the disease, practicalities of protecting yourself and covered the social aspects of stigma surrounding the virus. She also talked about the medical options open to people with HIV and the success of anti-retroviral drugs for unborn children. The talk was tailored to a local perspective such as not sharing razors when styling hair and to be wary of the needles used by people offering door to door medical attention, as well as the availability of free HIV testing in Monrovia.
At the end of the seminar Alice Brumskine was kept busy as the students took the opportunity to ask varying questions on the subject including:
- Can you catch HIV from mosquitos?
- Is there a complete cure for the virus?
- What happens to your body if you have the disease?
This seminar was a great opportunity for More Than Me students to learn more of the facts of HIV/ AIDS and its transmission; and gave a positive slant on how to treat people in the community that have the disease.Tweet