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UNICEF and partners organize national peer education workshop on HIV and AIDS in Yemen

SANA’A, 13 April 2008 - Over 120 young people from Aden, Hadhramout, Mahweet, Hodeida, Taiz and Sana’a met here today in a three-day workshop organized by UNICEF and partners to share their experiences in peer education for combating HIV and AIDS.

The emerging young leaders hope to break the silence and stigma related to HIV and AIDS by supporting community-based interventions geared towards creating awareness, developing consensus among partners and producing peer educational materials including a cartoon story.

Inaugurating the event, the Minister of Youth & Sports, Hamoud Obad stated: “It’s the young people who can keep Yemen free of HIV and AIDS and this national workshop provides a learning forum for young people to share their experiences and ideas.”

In Yemen, young people make up more than half of the population and thus play a very important role in helping shield the country from the looming threat of HIV and AIDS. Drawing upon shared learning approaches, the workshop will help institutionalize peer education and life-skills across all schools in Yemen.

 “It is the right of every adolescent and young person in Yemen to have access to information, and this workshop is a tangible step to realize this right,” said United Nations Resident Coordinator Aboudou Karimou Adjibade commending the growing spirit of partnerships around peer education as an effective way to strengthen community-based action against HIV and AIDS.

Several international agencies in Yemen are supporting various ministries and non-governmental organizations in the area of peer education and enhancement of life-skills.  Various manuals and guidelines have been supported by GTZ, UNICEF, and UNFPA at regional and national level.

The three-day national workshop is jointly organized by UNICEF, World Bank, UNFPA, GTZ, the Higher Council for Motherhood and Childhood and the Ministries of Public Health and Population, Education, Youth and Sports, Social Affairs and Labor, and the National Population Council.

UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.  The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.  UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

For further information please contact

Naseem-Ur-Rehman, Chief Communication  and Advocacy, UNICEF –Yemen, Telephone: +967-1-211400, ext. no. 138, Mobile: +967-711760002 ; E-mail: nrehman@unicef.org




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