AIDS awareness course concludes [Archives:2006/917/Local News]

January 2 2006

ADEN, Jan. 31 ) A three-day AIDS awareness course, organized by the Women's Society for Sustainable Development and the Women's Society for Health Awareness and Psychological Guidance, concluded in Aden Tues., Jan. 31.

Coordinated by Aden's Public Health Office, the course was funded by the International Cooperation Development Organization. The 25 participants were from the information, security, education, health and civil society sectors.

The course trained participants how to provide accurate AIDS information to the local community. It also aimed to correct misconceptions about AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases and protection methods.

Organizers and trainers lecturing in the course included Dr. Nabee Abdulrab, Manager of the National Program to Fight AIDS; Mohamed Arfan, Program Coordinator and Representative of the International Development Cooperation Organization; Nabel Mocbel, head of the Central Laboratory's AIDS examination unit and Psychological Clinic Consultant Shafiqa Ali Noman.

Participants were divided into groups to prepare a plan to fight AIDS and decrease its threat, as well as prepare content for a community awareness message using the media.

The course concluded with speeches about trained participants' role in joint protection efforts. Speakers determined that field work will be conducted in target areas to promote and begin applying behavioral and health guidance.