18 Oct 2013 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 18 OCT (NAMPA) Positive Vibes and LifeLine/ChildLine will on Wednesday launch a new project called Moving On, Moving Up to ensure the social inclusion of young people living with HIV in support programmes.
Most of them were born with HIV and require both medical and psychosocial support to achieve a healthy, safe and fulfilling life, said an invitation to the launching event.
The 27-month project covers a series of workshops and activities to help young people explore feelings and issues in their lives. Thereafter, the youths will form clubs to advocate for their needs by producing a variety of media products on the issue.
It is co-funded by the European Union (EU).
The project aims to increase the self-esteem, confidence and self-efficacy of young people as well as strengthening communication between them and the adults in their lives.
Overall, this will increase their inclusion in society, their families and their communities, said the organisers of the event.
Parents, carers and care professionals will also attend workshops to help increase the level of family and community support to the young people.
The project is contributing towards policies and guidelines developed within the National Strategic Framework for HIV and AIDS and the Guidelines on Adolescents Living with HIV issued by the Ministry of Health and Social Services.
The launch event will also provide a snapshot on the recently-completed project From Victims to Victors.
Positive Vibes is an innovative HIV/AIDS communication initiative based in Namibia.
It adapts, pilots and implements innovative, participatory and Persons Living With HIV/AIDS-led approaches to HIV/AIDS communication for the past five years.
LifeLine/ChildLine provides a 24-hour crisis intervention service by volunteers to all sectors of the community since 1980.
It provides confidential and free telephone counselling services to people of all ages.
The non-governmental organisation (NGO) also provides corporate training workshops on HIV/AIDS and other subjects, including for primary school teachers.