Mwanza Region has started implementing the national strategic programme which targets to train youth groups as peer educators on HIV/Aids awareness and related matters.
The ambitious programme sponsored by the Airtel Gracer Pediatric AIDS Healthcare initiatives (AGPAHI) comes in the wake of revelations that many youngsters were not well covered and served on matters related to HIV/Aids education and services compared to other members of the society.
Now, in implementing the strategy, a group of 30 youths living with HIV aged between 12 and 19 have been selected to receive the first training which will see them acting as peer educators to their colleagues on issues related to the killer disease.
“We have brought together these youth from 20 clubs in Mwanza where different packages on HIV will be introduced to them so that they can transfer that knowledge to their colleagues for sustainability on the fight against the killer disease,” said Ms. Sesilia Yona, Programme Officer responsible for Community Linkages from AGPAHI.
Ms. Yona has explained that five-day training that ends tomorrow, embraces youngsters from Ilemela and Misungwi Municipalities, as well as Misungwi, Buchosa, Kwimba, Sengerema, and Magu districts, whose clubs have about 860 living with HIV.
She said with youth peer educators around, it makes much simpler and friendly for youths aged 12 to 19 to express themselves on their health status and social behavior before they volunteer for HIV counseling, testing, and treatment.
One of the training facilitator, Ms. Sweet Nderumaki, said basically the training packages involved a number of issues which were important for peer educators to be able to transfer that knowledge to their colleagues.