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
“ 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.