26 September 2017
THE National AIDS Council (NAC) has intensified its drive in raising awareness on HIV/AIDS, cervical cancer and other diseases among the youths.
In its drive, NAC has roped in the arts sector staging musical shows in and around Harare where the message has been sent.
NAC Harare provincial manager Adonija Muzondiona said they are impressed by the rate at which the youth are getting tested for HIV and knowing their status.
“Our drive is to reach a bigger audience as much as possible. We roped in the arts especially these dancehall artistes because of their power to lure the youths to events where HIV/AIDS message is sent.
“The rate at which the youth are getting tested is high and it is something commendable. These are the youths and young adults of 18 years and over. Besides HIV/AIDS we have cancer screening, cervical cancer screening for women. There is also male circumcision and family planning services.
“We also offer help in as far as sexually transmitted infections are concerned,” he said.
Of late NAC and its partners such as Tibatane/ Sibambane have been in several areas such as Budiriro and Dzivaresekwa.
Artistes such as Freeman, Seh Calaz, Boom Berto and Silent Killer have performed.
Today they are at the Harare Poly Technic College and tomorrow they will be in Hopley Farm.
At Harare Poly, Seh Calaz, Kinnah and Andy Muridzo will perform.
“The past weeks we were in Budiriro and DZ and this Friday we will be at Harare Poly and Saturday we will be in Hopley.
“Hopley is a place where reports of sex work among the youths are high and we will be spreading the message,” he said,
Muzondiona added that they are working with other stakeholders such as the church.
“We are working well with other stakeholders such as the church. On Saturday we will have a prayer session in Hopley, time where we will have time for the word,” he said.
Tibatane, Sibambane member Benson Jeffrey said they are happy to be part of the initiative.
“We are happy to be partnering this noble initiative and we believe the arts is a big way through which messages can be sent to a huge audience,” he said.