Thursday, December 1, 2016

Education : World Aids Day #HIVprevention : resources




credits: UNAIDS

Observed worldwide on 1 December since 1998 World AIDS Day is the moment of the year where millions of people come together across the globe to celebrate people who lost their lives to HIV acknowledge progress made in responding to the epidemic and recommit to ending the AIDS epidemic. 

This year's WDA theme is "Hands up for #HIVprevention and aims to emphacise the different aspects of HIV prevention (...) what it means for specific groups of people, such as adolescents girls and young women.


"UNESCO believes in education as the cornerstone of a sustainable and effective approach to HIV prevention… UNESCO joins the UNAIDS Secretariat and Cosponsoring partners in commemorating the first World AIDS Day in the era of the Sustainable Development Goals."  

IrinaBokovaUNESCO Director-General    
  
                      
Young women between the ages of 15 and 24 are particularly vulnerable to the risk of HIV infection, with 7,500 of them becoming newly infected with HIV every week in 2015. 

Data from studies in six locations within eastern and southern Africa reveal that 90 per cent of 15 – 19-year-old girls in southern Africa and 74 per cent of 15 – 19-year-old girls in eastern Africa accounted for 90 per cent of all new HIV infections among 10–19-year-olds.

These were the findings from the new UN AIDS Get on the Fast-Track Report: The life-cycle approach to HIV, released in the lead up to World AIDS Day 2016.




Addressing the elevated HIV risk and vulnerability of adolescents, particularly girls and young women, UNESCO has been supporting countries to advance the prevention agenda, through work to promote comprehensive sexuality education, as well as through other important health issues, such as strengthening the education sector response to substance use, and preventing violence in schools on the basis of gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

UNESCO’s vision for comprehensive action also includes preventing violence in schools on the basis of gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation. 

These issues will be further explored through the December 2016 release of the Global Guidance on School-Related Gender Based Violence and at the International Symposium on School Violence and Bullying: From Evidence to Action in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 17 – 19  January, 2017.



Education: 

UNESCO’s vision for comprehensive action also includes preventing violence in schools on the basis of gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

Whatever students individual situation may be, adolescents need access to the tools to protect them from HIV. Prevention is a pedagogic aim to observe in schools.

Risks and challenges change as students go through life, highlighting the need to adapt HIV prevention and treatment strategies from birth to older age.

So it's to us as teachers to prevent by educating the students. Information about risks and tools to protect them from HIV is an important competence for their life.




Resources:

Brochure:
Hands Up For Prevention

Videos:



On this World AIDS Day, I call world teachers, parents, schools to help adolescents to prevent from AIDS. AIDS is not over, but it can be.

G-Souto

01.12.2016
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