AIDS control training for Benin journalists

Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Some 60 journalists from Benin's print and broadcast media begin an AIDS training Wednesday in Bohicon, 100-km from Cotonou.
The 10-day training under the theme AIDS: Education through the media, the key to success," seeks to effect change in sex behaviours change among the population, through media messages, said Pascal Zantou, chairman of the Benin Journalists Network for AIDS Control (REBEJ/AIDS).
It will also provide journalists with techniques for the processing of information on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), he added.
At the end of the training, the participants are to produce six radio programmes, two for television and sensitisation articles to be published by the newspapers.
Lack of specialisation is said to be hampering the journalists' capacity to produce and disseminate quality information on STI/AIDS in Benin.
Recent figures released by the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) showed that the prevalence rate in Benin schools is between 0.
3 and 0.
8 percent in some districts.
Rural areas are the most affected, with about eight percent and 13 percent respectively in Zou (central) and Mono (south-west) districts.
At the national level, 50 people are said to be infected every day, with the prevalence rate, which currently stands at four percent, expected to reach 10 percent by 2025.

05 june 2001 11:32:00

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