FACA To Launch Campaign Aimed At Reducing HIV/AIDS Among Adolescents
With no fewer than 170,000 adolescents infected with HIV in Nigeria, the need to take drastic measures can not be over emphasised.
It is against this backdrop that the Federal Capital Territory Agency for the control of Aids, FACA, organised a one day stakeholder sensitization workshop for its forthcoming campaign aimed at reducing HIV prevalence among adolescents and young People in the six area councils.
The workshop which brought together traditional rulers, religious leaders, media, civil society organizations as well adolescents and young people was to strategise on how to achieve a successful campaign.
In an address, the Project Manager, FACA, Dr. Uche Okoro who was represented by the Community Mobilization Officer, Mrs. Angela Emenalo said the campaign would enlighten adolescents and young persons in the territory on the dangers and prevention of HIV/AIDS and sexual violence.
Dr. Okoro also highlighted some of the reasons for the campaign to include, increase in knowledge, access to and demand for HIV prevention services, correct consistence condom use and to promote safer sexual behaviour among AYPs.
He however admonished the stakeholders to support the campaign with total commitment and dedication so that the frame work to ending Aids among children and young women in the year 2020 can be attained.
In a remark, the Community Moblisation Officer FACA, Mrs. Angela Emenalo said the Adolescents and Young People were targeted because globally, AIDS related death is declining for all ages, except the adolescents, which numbers keep increasing in spite of various interventions.
Mrs. Emenalo, who said all hands must be on deck to reduce the rate of HIV infection among the AYPs in the territory solicits for media corporation for proper broadcast.
On his part, the secretary, Christian Association of Nigeria Abuja chapter, Bishop Michael Akpani said the fight against HIV was a collective one that should be embraced by religious organizations.
Also present, the Village Head of Kado Life Camp,the Etsu Danlami Audu promised his full support to attaining a successful campaign.
Some of the Adolescents at the event who said the campaign would go a long way in reducing HIV menace in the society called for active involvement of youths in the policies and programmes that affect them.
The Campaign which is going to be for the period of six months is likely to commence on the 7th of July and its been sponsored by UNICEF in-collaboration with NACA.