Govt organises HIV/AIDS training for municipal councillors

Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African Local Government Association in partnership with national departments of health, provincial and local authorities is training local councillors to help combat HIV/AIDS.
Once they complete their course, the 18 councillors from all nine provinces who are being trained at Willow Park in Johannesburg are expected to be trainers themselves.
The purpose of the training of trainers is to equip councillors with knowledge and skills to conduct standardised HIV/AIDS short courses for nominated local government councillors and officials.
Conducted by the Policy Project from Cape Town, the training focuses on the basic HIV/AIDS facts, guidance on the current debates on HIV/AIDS, and exploring links between the HIV/AIDS epidemic and development.
Participants would also be instructed on how to identify comparative advantages of local government to respond to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and provide a model for local government to respond to the pandemic.
On completion of the course, participants will arrange training workshops for councillors and officials in their provinces.
The training is in accordance with SALGA's commitment to integrate HIV/AIDS in local government planning as a priority.
It takes place after the launch of the Alliance of Mayors and Municipal leaders on HIV/AIDS in Africa, which was established by SADC mayors during a conference in November 2000 in Durban.

16 may 2001 09:56:00

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