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Eritrean Troops, UN Peacekeepers End AIDS Prevention Training

July 30, 2001

UN peacekeepers from the UN mission in Eritrea and Ethiopia and 50 Eritrean Defense Force (EDF) soldiers have completed a joint AIDS prevention training course. Organized by UNAIDS and Family Health International, the course was the first AIDS education training program to be offered to a UN peacekeeping mission, said UNAIDS consultant and course trainer Capt. Steve Talugende. "This is just the beginning. UNAIDS intends to deploy officers in other peacekeeping missions to coordinate HIV and AIDS control activities," he said. UNAIDS and the World Health Organization estimate that there are more than 25 million people living with HIV/AIDS in Africa.

EDF soldier Bisrat Goitom told those present at the closing ceremony that although "most soldiers know about AIDS, they don't have a real understanding of HIV, how it is transmitted and how it can be prevented." The UN peacekeepers and EDF soldiers followed the "Training of Trainers Course" over the past two weeks, learning AIDS prevention measures that emphasize behavior changes, increased access to and use of condoms, and providing HIV/AIDS counseling and testing services. Graduates of the course are to pass on information they have gathered to train others in their respective contingents on AIDS awareness and prevention.

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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