UNMEE staff, Eritrean military take lessons on HIV/AIDS

Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A training-of-trainers (TOT) course on prevention against HIV/AIDS in underway in Asmara for personnel of the UN Mission to Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) and members of the Eritrean Defence Force.
A release from UNMEE said Tuesday that course participants would upon completion become key trainers within the EDF and UNMEE.
The release said the course seeks among other objectives to strengthen the capacity of UNMEE personnel in forging a change of attitude among military and civilian personnel, and to encourage the use of male and female condoms by UNMEE staff.
The exercise is the second phase of a training programme planned to last 16-21 July, and targeting a core group of 25 EDF soldiers.
"We are aiming at a behavioural change intervention in the fight against the spread of HIV/AIDS," said course coordinator and chief training officer Lt.
Mike Munywoki.
He explained that "this is a combined effort between the host nation and UNMEE in fighting HIV/AIDS," adding, "after this, the training will be extended to UNMEE in Ethiopia.
" Tuesday's release said the joint UNMEE/EDF course is part of a major UN effort to address the issue of HIV/AIDS within peacekeeping operations.
It noted that "under the leadership of Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the UN has been increasingly frank and committed to the battle against the pandemic.
" According to World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates, more than 25 million people are living with HIV/AIDS in Africa.

24 july 2001 19:09:00

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