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SAfAIDS at the International Condom Day Comemmoration, Harare Gaderns 2017

Harare, On Tuesday the 14th of February 2017, SAfAIDS participated at the International Condom Day commemoration hosted by Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), in collaboration with AIDS Health Care Foundations at Harare Gardens. The theme for this year’s commemoration is ALWAYS IN FASHION’ for promoting primary prevention of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV. Deputy Director for the AIDS and TB Unit, Dr Apollo expressed that, ‘’We are commemorating the international condom day in style and in fashion and to promoting safety and awareness in relationships’’.

International condom day was not only commemorated in Zimbabwe, but was a worldwide event, where people across the globe dress up in style to promote condom use. The commemoration was aimed at de-stigmatising and generating awareness on condom use among the general population. Free voluntary HIV testing services were availed at the event and the major highlight was the Condom Zone, where different organisations who provide condoms, such as Populations Services Zimbabwe (PSZ), Poupluation Services International (PSI), Zimbabwe National Family Planning Cloucil (ZNFPC) and Carex were displaying their products and conducting condom demonstrations and distribution.

SAfAIDS had an opportunity to interact with young people and impart sexual reproductive health (SRH) information. Parents who passed through the SAfAIDS booth also benefited from the information education and communication materials (IEC) that were being displayed and distributed by SAfAIDS. The Deputy Minister of Health, the National AIDS Council Provincial Coordinator, the Deputy Director for the AIDS and TB Unit and the Country Programme Manager for the AIDS Health Care Foundations visited SAfAIDS booth and complimented SAfAIDS efforts in addressing SRH issues through IEC material production and distribution across the region. The AIDS HealthCare Foundations was impressed with SAfAIDS work and requested for future linkages with SAfAIDS in SRH programming.

Deputy Minister of Health and the National AIDS Council Provincial Coordinator interacting with staff at the SAfAIDS stand.

Most of the parents who visited the SAfAIDS booth were enticed by the ‘Talking to your child and Talking to parents’ brochures. As evidenced by one of the mothers who said,

’Ndanga ndisingambodi kuziva kuti mwana wangu musikana arikudanana nemunhu nekuti ndinenge ndichitoona achiumburudzwa mudondo’. l did not want to have the knowledge that my daughter is dating someone because I used to think that she is sleeping with that person somewhere.

She emphasised that SAfAIDS educational sessions and IEC materials gave her a different perspective in managing relationship issues with her children.

 

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