VALENTINE’S RED RIBBON Mr. and Mrs, Red Ribbon Valentine’s 2010 NAKURU KENYA

World AIDS Day 2009

The Red Ribbon was started as a grass root effort on the fight against HIV/ AIDS. The Red Ribbon is the international symbol of AIDS awareness that is usually worn by people all year round particularly during the World AIDS Day every December 1st.
This is to show care and concern and to remind others of the need and support in the fight against HIV/AIDS. It is also a symbol of commitment to challenge the stigma and prejudice surrounding the pandemic.

The Red Ribbon Symbolizes Blood, Danger and Love. The tails of the Ribbon were designed to point down to symbolize the life flowing away.

This Valentines Day we made an effort to visit three video dens within Bondeni, Ponda Mali and Free Area of the Nakuru Municipality with a locally produced movie titled “SHUGA”. The movie was free of charge and was graced by the representatives of PLWHA who facilitated the session by giving the audience a small talk on self stigma, name calling and separation and segregation of persons living with HIV and AIDS. The representative also insisted and explained the importance of VCT centers.

On my part as a facilitator and a peer educator I would say that the theme of the day and the intention of reaching out to the members of the community with anti – stigma messages were fully met. The role of Voluntary Counseling and Testing was also highlighted among both the youth out of school, youth in school and ladies in the low income setting of these areas visited. These video shows were scheduled on a day when all of these groups were all at their weekend Endeavour’s and thus being convenient in passing the message across. There being characters in the movie they could identify with made it interesting following up the story and identifying risky behavior was really straight forward during the discussion held at the end of the show. My own personal experience can be found on my blog spot in the following address: http://www.maddiefxm.blogspot.com

Awareness and prevention go hand in hand, help prevent the spread of this epidemic by not stigmatizing those infected or affected and get peoples talking about it. The RED RIBBON.

A story by Mr. Peter Okola -n Mr. Red Ribbon Nakuru 2009/2010

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