IANS/Hindustan Times Examines GTZ's Efforts to Educate Congolese Villagers About HIV/AIDS
November 20, 2007
The IANS/Hindustan Times on Saturday examined the German aid agency GTZ's efforts to educate people living in rural areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo about HIV/AIDS. GTZ in March launched a mobile sex education caravan to travel hundreds of miles to Maniema, a remote Congolese province with no borders to any other countries and few paved roads. According to the IANS/Times, Maniema has not been highly affected by HIV/AIDS, but the emerging mine industry and influx of workers could create a "new breeding ground" for the disease.
According to the IANS/Times, about 200 people visit the stations daily, and the group has reached more than 16,000 people since it began the project. The United Nations estimates that the country's HIV prevalence is between 1.7% and 7.6% among the general population and that it might be as high as 20% among women in the country's conflict zones (IANS/Hindustan Times, 11/17).
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