Guyana represented at HIV/AIDS network launch in Jamaica

Stabroek News
April 27, 2000

Sonya Rambarran, a Guyana Red Cross youth representative and Simone Hinds of the National AIDS Programme Secretariat recently participated in a workshop in Kingston, Jamaica to acquire skills in preparing and implementing HIV/AIDS public awareness sessions for youths.

They were among 20 representatives from nine Caribbean Red Cross societies who have been trained to target young people in the 14-19 age group.

The highlight of the meeting was the launching of the Caribbean AIDS Network. Under the theme "Together we can prevent HIV/AIDS", the network will focus on promoting AIDS prevention by sharing information, experiences and resources and developing long term strategies for prevention of the disease, a press release from the Guyana Red Cross Society stated Tuesday.

Guyana as well as Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Jamaica and the Bahamas have now started youth awareness programmes and soon they will be joined by other countries, the release noted.

The network discussed plans for the development of a campaign titled "STOP the ignorance to HIV/AIDS" to sensitise the public to the ordeal of persons living with the disease and to educate persons on HIV infection and prevention. The network expects to eventually link all 32 countries in the Caribbean, the release added.