AIDS Threatens Mozambique Education System
February 11, 2004
HIV/AIDS is threatening Mozambique's education system, Prime Minister Pascoal Mocumbi announced Tuesday at a regional seminar on education and AIDS in the capital of Maputo. About 17 percent of the country's teachers are HIV-positive -- 4 percent higher than the national prevalence rate among 15- to 49-year-olds, Mocumbi said. "Many children in Mozambique have already begun to act as heads of households. They begin to work at a tender age, to attend to the needs of their relatives, or to spend all their time supporting them. And so they are obliged to leave school," he said. Last year, Mozambique's agriculture ministry reported that 1 million children had already left school. Calling for new information and prevention strategies targeted at youth, Mocumbi said, "If we are not capable through education to ensure that young people know how to avoid the disease, then all other efforts we make will be meaningless."Adapted from:
02.10.04; Emmanuel Camillo
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.