The Africa AIDS Fund is a US-based non-profit organization founded by an international group of concerned citizens, who believe Africa's AIDS epidemic poses a global threat to world health.
The Africa AIDS Plan
The Africa AIDS Plan focuses on stopping the spread of AIDS. The plan seeks to utilize cost-effective AIDS preventive technology and strategies, which will stop AIDS from spreading throughout the general populations of African countries. For example, the Republic of Liberia has committed to use a microbicide, called Genvia to help prevent new AIDS infections.
The strategy is to provide Genvia to every person known to be living with AIDS. These persons are required by law to use Genvia prior to any sexual contact in order to prevent HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, from being transmitted during sexual intercourse. The net effect of this strategy will be to isolate the AIDS virus and prevent it from further spreading.
A beneficial by-product of the use of an effective preventive microbicide will be to prevent other sexually transmitted diseases. The overall effect of this preventive strategy will be reduced health-care cost and human suffering.
The Young Women's Plan
The Young Women's Plan focuses on combining education, abstinence and technology. The Young Women's Plan is actually a sub-strategy of the Africa AIDS Plan. Since African women now lead the world statistics in new AIDS infections, the Fund will support plans designed to specifically help reduce new AIDS infections among the highest-risk group, young African women age 15 to 25 years old.
The AAF will fund programs to educate African women in ways to protect themselves from being infected with AIDS, with special emphasis on targeting the highest risk age group, 15 to 25 years old. Such educational programs will include, but will not be limited to, media campaigns (including radio television and billboards), brochures and theme-based concerts which feature artist with whom young African women can identify.
Programs that enter into the schools, churches and the home and teach abstinence as the single most effective and the safest barrier to preventing the spread of AIDS will receive high attention from the Fund. The Fund is particularly interested in supporting programs that teach early childhood development, emphasizing behavior change in future generations.
The Fund will support programs that use technology to assist young African women and African women in general, to protect themselves from becoming infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. By providing technology such as that represented by the use of microbicide, young African women, as well as African women in general, will gain greater control over protecting themselves against sexually transmitted diseases.
NABU stands for No AIDS Between Us. The acronym carries a message of individual responsibility which says you should take care not to give another person AIDS. Also, the theme for NABU is to create a higher awareness of the dangers of AIDS among young African boys and girls, and young men and women. Due to the very nature of youth, most young people think they are impervious to diseases and death. Therefore, they require a special effort to teach them exactly how vulnerable they are to contracting AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.
The goal is that this slogan will help empower young African women towards self-protection against AIDS. Also, it will encourage men to use protection, such as condoms, and other safe sex practices, to prevent new AIDS infections. For example, when a young African man is seeking to have sex with a young African woman, the woman can say to the man, NABU, which means No AIDS Between Us. This will make it clear that the woman requires protection.
We Must Act Now!
According to U.N. AIDS, 90 million Africans will die from AIDS by 2025 unless drastic changes are set in motion. Therefore, the fund seeks to promote the use of technology to help stop the AIDS epidemic. In this regard, the fund will test and distribute effective drugs, which prevent the transmission of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases during sexual intercourse, which is the highest cause of new infections among Africans. Various African governments, such as the Republic of Liberia, the Republic of Burkina Faso, the Republic of Angola, and others, are seeking to use technology to stop the epidemic spread of AIDS.
Those countries that have adopted plans and programs designed to eradicate the spread of AIDS will receive support and funding from the Africa AIDS Fund.
Early Childhood Education about AIDS
AIDS is the single greatest threat to the future of African children. The Africa AIDS Plan will focus on developing programs to teach children of all ages, starting with preschoolers. The educational program will cover topics including how to avoid becoming infected with HIV/AIDS. The fund will employ experts in Early Childhood Development, who will plan and direct programs that teach children about AIDS.
Published: Thursday, January 15, 2009
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