Niger's Religious Leaders Form Alliance to Prevent Spread of HIV
August 8, 2007
Catholic, Muslim and Protestant religious leaders in Niger have formed an alliance to teach youth in the country about HIV/AIDS, Reuters reports. The alliance aims to help the government fight the spread of the virus by promoting HIV tests and through better integration of HIV-positive people into society.
Earlier this summer, government officials set up 40 medical centers in the country's capital, Niamey, where people can receive no-cost HIV tests. About 9,000 young people came forward to be tested, but authorities had anticipated 22,000, according to Reuters. HIV/AIDS prevention education is difficult in Niger because less than half of children attend school, and eight in 10 adults are illiterate, Reuters reports (Massalatchi, Reuters, 8/6).
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