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Peer educators to support people facing HIV/Aids challenges

The George Municipality Community Development office recently appointed and trained five peer educators to help people address challenges related to HIV and Aids.

Back from left: Peer educators Gaino Rondganger, Michelle Adams, Sonwabo Veiwer, Zaynonecia Matabata and Nomfundo Mgaga. In front are HIV/Aids Coordinator Leachia Lee and Councillor Alderman Mercia Draghoender

The peer educator programme builds on a programme which was initiated by the George Municipality in conjunction with health partners last year that included education and awareness project at schools, clinics and communities to address challenges such as teenage pregnancies, sexual transmitted diseases and substance abuse, amongst others.

“In view of the positive outcomes of the previous project, a need for its continuance was identified and five peer educators appointed. In addition to creating jobs to five young people, they will be empowered to render a service to people living with AIDS and TB,” said HIV and Aids Coordinator Leachia Lee.

These programmes support the social and economic needs of those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS and are aimed at: 

  • Preventing teenage pregnancies including instilling moral values in the community and the learners;
  • Encouraging a healthy and safe lifestyle;
  • Reducing the number of new infections, especially among young people in the 15 to 24 age group;
  • Reducing the impact of HIV and AIDS on individuals, families, communities, and society.
  • Increasing the number of HIV tests done, mobilise people to know their status and link to treatment, care and support through key HIV prevention messages,
  • Encouraging people to take proactive steps towards living a healthy lifestyle irrespective of their HIV or TB status.
  • Facilitating the joint integrated management of TB and HIV.

Community Development office: 044 802 2000

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