In intensifying the campaign against HIV/AIDS in Sierra Leone, Society for Women and Aids in Africa Sierra Leone Chapter (SWAASL), with funding from Global Fund has started a three –day training workshop for animators and peer educators at the Tombo Hospital.
In her opening remarks, Lucida said that they targeted women as they are vulnerable in terms of getting HIV/AIDS.
It is in this light that SWAASL taught it fit to engage women in Tombo Community, to educate them and sensitive them about the causes, effects and prevention of HIV/AIDS, she said.
SWAASL Program Coordinator, Marie Benjamin said that the training is part of her organization’s responsibilities to train animators and peer educators who would spread the messages they have acquired from the training. Marie explained that they are explicitly focusing on education and prevention programmes on the dangers of HIV/AIDS.
She lauded the efforts of Global Fund for the significant role they played in funding them to implement projects on HIV/AIDS.
John Baimba from Global Fund said that, his organization places premium on three sicknesses: HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis.
He added that, the Tombo Community is a high risk Community as people from different parts of the City come to that community everyday to do business.
Baimba noted that, they are impressed with the work SWAASL is doing, in educating and sensitizing people about HIV/AIDS. He admonished participants to take advantage of the training and pass on the information to other people who are not fortunate to be in the training.
He assured them that they would continue to support them.
Former Headman for the Tombo Community, Foday Kamara urged participants to pass on HIV/AIDS messages to at least 100 people in their various areas.
One of the participants, Saffie Kamara a ‘Sowei’ expressed gratitude to SWAASL for the training and assured them of their full support.