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World Vision awards pupils on HIV and AIDS messages

Written by  Peter Mbwira

 

Mchinji, September 24: District Commissioner (DC) for Mchinji Yamikani Chitete has commended World Vision for disseminating various HIV and AIDS and reproductive health messages to the youth.

World Vision introduced a school health competition with the aim of fighting the prevalence of HIV and AIDS among the youths, pupils were asked to compete in composing HIV and AIDS reproductive health message dissemination among fellow pupils through different media.

The organization presented gifts to best performers on Monday at Waliranji Primary School in the district.

Speaking during the ceremony, the DC thanked World Vision saying youths have different misconceptions about HIV/AIDS and the competition will help to change their mindset on the disease.

“HIV/AIDS is no longer a private issue; most young people especially in primary schools have different false stories about the disease, World Vision has to be commended, it is very important that everyone understands HIV/AIDS, the competition will help these young people on HIV/AIDS issues,” she said.

She further asked religious leaders to let young people access information on HIV/AIDS to help in fighting the disease.

“It is not wrong to access HIV/AIDS information; I know we are from different religious background with different briefs.

“We can successively fight the virus if we know how it gets transmitted, prevented and other technical aspects about the disease. I appeal to all religious leaders to let everyone access the information so that they make informed choices on the matter,” she said.

Speaking earlier, Project Manager for World Vision in Mchinji Clement Mwazambumba assured people in the district that his organization will continue working on youth health projects, saying the district is more exposed to the virus due to its geographical position.

“Mchinji is a district which shares international boundaries with Mozambique and Zambia which makes it more vulnerable to the virus.

“We will continue working on these kinds of projects to help the Government in fighting HIV/AIDS by letting young people make informed and wise choices,” he said.

The competition which started in July was conducted in twenty four primary schools of T/A Mavwele where pupils were asked to compete through poems, dramas, songs, soccer and songs.

The winners walked away with football jerseys, school bags, exercise books and mathematical instruments.

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