Thursday, April 30, 2015

Addressing local organisations and business people about HIV-infection in Randfontein

 Recently, Mzi Tshikitsha, Project Leader of the Testing and Social Mobilisation Programme, an initiative operated in partnership with the Gauteng Department of Health, had the opportunity to address members of the Randfontein Publicity Association (RPA).
 The RPA is comprised of local businesses, schools, NGOs and churches and, amongst other events, holds monthly networking meetings.
 "We conducted over a thousand screenings at the Randfontein Show, earlier in the year," says Mzi, "and discovered there is a significant number of HIV-positive people in the local white community. It quickly became obvious, more education and intervention is urgently required in this sector of our society.
 "HIV and AIDS is not confined to poverty-stricken areas and knows no colour lines," Mzi told the RPA members. "Our youth in particular, are at risk and we need to educate them to alter their behaviour and encourage them to be safe and responsible."
 He urged schools, NGOs and businesses to make use of the free services offered by Carryou Ministry and the Department of Health.
 "For example, if the school your kids attend, is putting on a sports event, let us set up a gazebo where kids and parents can ask questions and get educational literature," he says.
 "Invite us to address the congregation and youth at your church. Knowlege and education could save the life of your child."

If you would like to learn more about the Carryou Ministry Testing and Social Mobilisation Programme, or make use of their services, call Carryou at 011 412 2013

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