UN mission educates students against sexually transmitted diseases in DRC

December 24, 2015 OPINION/NEWS

By

Darell Maurice

 

The United Nations’ peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, MONUSCO, through its Division of Public Information, on Friday organized a meeting with 5th and 6th year students of the Institute Mutarule Katoga 40 kilometers from Uvira.

 

With the approach of the holiday season, the meeting was to sensitize young girls and boys about responsible behavior in this critical period of the year.

 

The meeting also fell within the framework of activities related to prevention against HIV/AIDS, which began on December 10 by the HIV/AIDS section of MONUSCO and the South Kivu refugee Camp Burundian Lusenda about sixty kilometers from Uvira.

 

Throughout the month of December, MONUSCO and its partners will increase awareness sessions to different social layers around HIV/AIDS but also other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

 

Particular emphasis was placed on the education of girls, one of the methods to better control the spread of this pandemic; but also to fight against the poverty which mainly affects women.

 

It was followed by a game of questions and answers to test the level of general education of students, with the key, gifts to the winners. The students enjoyed the activity and promised to “be wise”; girls have pledged to focus their education and avoid early pregnancy.

 

 

 

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Darell Maurice

Darell Maurice is a Journalist based in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital city Kinshasa and works for Canal7kintv. He also blogs here.

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