HIV/AIDS peer educator corps launched

Stabroek News
April 23, 2000

The fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic has been taken another step forward in Guyana with the recent launching of a 22-member group of trained persons drawn from various religious youth groups.

Known as the Peer Educator Corps, the group was launched on April 17, following a two-day retreat hosted by the Lifeline Counselling Services.

According to a press release from the organisation, the training was made possible through a grant from UNAIDS, while funding for the retreat was provided by Building Community Capacity Project (BCCP). The training will allow for the participants to provide HIV/AIDS awareness and education to their peers in religious and other youth groups, the release said.

Dereck Springer, chairman of Lifeline, at the launching of the group, challenged them to continue to respond to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Guyana. He also lauded them for their commitment to the project.

The Lifeline centre, located at 354 Cummings Street, Cummingsburg between Lamaha and First streets, provides free and confidential counselling from Monday to Friday, between 1300 hrs and 1700 hrs. Interested persons can make contact with the centre through telephone number 68684.