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Contact: Amanda Faye Clarke

Friday, November 20, 2009 The National Aids Programme (NAP), has developed a series of workshops in a proactive approach to bridge the gap between parents and teens.

Director of the NAP, Dr. Sonia Alexander says the nation cannot afford to neglect this important aspect in combating the spread of HIV/AIDS in Saint Lucia.

We will have parent-student intervention where we are bring the parents and students together in one session so that they can talk openly about issues surrounding HIV and AIDS and the challenges that parents and students face. One of the problems or challenges is that parents cannot speak openly to their children about sexual and reproductive health matters, Alexander said.

Minister for Health and Wellness Honourable Dr. Keith Mondesir, says educating the youth on the implications of contacting HIV/AIDS is a task that mature adults should not shy away from, as their input is indeed significant in the struggle to contain the spread of the virus.

We are trying our best but we cannot do the job by ourselves. Our workers at the Ministry of Health needs the support of the local community. Indeed, we need worldwide support to fight this devastating disease.

The National Aids Programme has been partnering with civil society groups in facilitating a number of educational workshops, seminars and other community outreach programs, in observance of World Aids Day this year.

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