THE BIG PROBLEM
The HIV/AIDS pandemic has engulfed our country’s population (statistics below) and there is a lack of information about HIV/AIDS related issues, especially in the rural areas of Lesotho.
25% living with HIV/AIDS
18,000 HIV/AIDS related deaths in 2016
310,000 people living with HIV/AIDS
Too often youth demonstrate ignorance about HIV/AIDS through false narratives which create a phobia towards freely discussing sex with peers and elders.
These myths are a very serious impediments of high turnouts for HIV/AIDS testing. Moreover, two issues that are directly related to the HIV/AIDS pandemic is the prevalence of Gender Based Violence (GBV) andOrphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC).
THE BIG SOLUTION
Running a broad public education, prevention, and testing campaign about prevention of HIV/AIDS, non-discrimination and care for people living with aids, that aims to reach as many people as possible.
Organizing local awareness raising events and campaigns to change sexual behavior and attitudes towards people with HIV/AIDS.
Creating openness about the disease by speaking about it, publicly supporting people who are open, encouraging voluntary testing, and holding prevention seminars in the rural areas of Lesotho.
Organizing support for people with HIV/AIDS by mobilizing volunteers into community care projects
Creating an environment where it is safe for women and young girls to report Gender Based Violence and providing counseling services for them.
Organizing community support and care for Orphaned and Vulnerable Children.
Providing testing and counselling to people willing to know their status and this will be offered by specially trained youth in the field of HIV/AIDS Testing Services (HTS).
Creating a pipeline of young councilors, educators and certified phlebotomists to ensure a drop in the HIV / AIDS transmission rate for all future generations.