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Talking HIV & AIDS to Youth!, Samoa

Who's involved:
Project leaders: Susana Fepulea’i, Avau Jr Memea, Iosia Tiatia and Vester Fido

Main partner: Samoa AIDS Foundation

Other organisations:
- Samoa Red Cross Society (NGO) - Organising Volunteers
- Samoa Family Health Association (NGO) - Organising Volunteers
- Ministry of Women, Community & Social Development (Govt) - Organising Committee / Volunteers

January - December 2009

- To increase knowledge of youths on HIV/AIDS through information;

- To boost involvement of young people promoting awareness of HIV/AIDS among their peers;

- To increase dissemination of information to young people on HIV/AIDS;

- To advocate for behaviour change in young people through promotion of prevention on STIs including HIV;

- To increase knowledge on the abuse of women and the spread of HIV;

- To promote the services of SAF through Information, Referral and the VCCT Clinic for testing;

We propose a campaign targeting out-of-school youth. This outreach program proposes two components:

1. An annual evening Youth Rally in Apia with entertainment, information, quizzes and prizes to be won. This “hip” setting will provide the ample opportunity to reach these often “invisible” youths and with the right information, provide them with appropriate life skills to protect themselves on the streets.

2. A quarterly street outreach where peer educators target young people on their knowledge of STIs including HIV and AIDS as well as dissemination of information on prevention and available services.

Progress Reports:
11 February 2009: Introducing the project
1 February 2009: Project featured in Samoa Observer [PDF 190Kb]

Project proposal [PDF Kb 113Kb]





Left to right: Vester, Iosia, Avau, Ana

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Iosia talking to youth at second outreach



This page last updated: 26 February 2009