World Aids Day project tackles social perceptions

Pupils have fun during a Worlds Aids Day programme at Lamontville High School grounds on Friday, 2 December.

The South Durban Basin partnered with Deprive Youth Services, Health Systems Trust, SAPS community participation and various departments to host a Worlds Aids Day programme at Lamontville High School grounds on Friday, 2 December.

This was to celebrate World Aids Day on 1 December.

HIV has a negative impact on the lives of the young and old. It affects children and communities globally and doesn’t discriminate.

The aim of the programme was to educate and empower young pupils on how to prevent themselves from contracting HIV/Aids, and the importance of knowing your status.

Ward 75 councillor, Eunice Khanyile welcomed everyone present at the event. She urged pupils to visit their nearest clinics for regular check-ups and to exercise at least three times a week.

Speaking at the event, health clinic manager, Mzi Mthembhu said: “The global Aids responsibility rests on the shoulders of today’s leaders, therefore HIV/Aids should not be addressed only on 1 December but it should be done on a daily basis.

We will have a happy hour at Lamontville clinic that will accommodate pupils from 15 to 19-years-old to educate the youth about our services and HIV/Aids programmes.”

Precinct three co-ordinator, Siphokuhle Biyela said they were happy to have participated in the programme that seeks to address social challenges in the communities they work in. “This is our contribution to address social ills. As much as we now focus on precinct management, we have not abandoned our social development interventions,” said Biyela.

Earl Baillache

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