Risky youth and HIV/AIDS under spotlight Posted January 30, 2022 by admin


Monday, 15 November 2021 00:00 Jos Garneo Cephas

The University of Liberia (UL) and the Atlantic Center for Research and Evaluation (ACRE), researching into several social and health-science based related issues in the country hosts the first stakeholders conference to access HIV and AIDS, youth risky behaviors this week.

The conference slated for November 18, in Monrovia would make known its findings based on a five year’s pilot project centered on HIV/STDs prevention for 15-17 years-old and high risk adolescent Liberian youth, mostly girls and their behavioral skills.

About 150 participants made of national researchers from the private and public educational health sector, including institutions like Ministry of Health and all international partners organizations working in the country are expected to be in attendance.

UL-PIRE AFRICA Africa Center, based in Liberia is responsible for communication for the rest of the continent on such research nature of work.

The conference hope to serve as window of opportunity for HIV/AIDS studies to engage networking in decentralizing other projects to the benefit of the whole country and its citizenry.

Other aspects the conference would be looking at is how to close the gap in HIV/AIDS related awareness skills, while information from the project’s findings could be used by the Ministry of Health, Education and donor organizations to enhance intervention.

The UL-PIRE AFRICA Africa Center project, ‘ HIV/STDs prevention for high risk youth in Liberia’, which begun in 2006 and  ends in 2011 is a US$ 2m, five years’ National Institute s of Health(NIH) of the United States Department  of Health and Human Services founded program.

The program had a three pillars-based focus which looked at infrastructure development, capacity building in specialized skills and research/social and health issues.

As part of the study, according to UL-PIRE AFRICA Africa Center a survey was conducted between three to six months in stages among 706 youth from Montserrado County, placing the county into four zones.

These willing participating youth were divided them into groupings of four and six and went into life skills training to make them more accessible and useful.

Liberia is said to be one of the countries with about 23,000 adolescents’ pregnancy on the continent of Africa.

By Jos Garneo Cephas

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 16 November 2021 20:01 )

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