Kalinago community takes on STDs

hiv1The Kalinago Community is taking a stand to empower its citizens in the fight against HIV & AIDs and other forms of Sexually Transmitted Diseases.

An appeal is being made to its young people to maintain responsible sexual behaviours particularly during the carnival season.

The Carib Affairs Department in collaboration with the Youth Development Division will hold two consecutive Sexual Health and Education Fairs in February to educate youths on the importance of testing and counselling, types of STDs and protective measures.

Another important component of the fair will be HIV Testing and Counselling facilitated by the Castle Bruce Health team and forums on sexual abuse, identifying and reporting.

Under the theme ‘ Empowering Youth to make Healthy and Responsible Sexual Health decisions’ the First of two Fairs will be held at the Gaulette River Playing Field on Saturday the 15th of February and the second on the 22nd of February at the Bataka Top Ranking Hall form 11am to 3pm.

The event will take the form of various interactive sessions during the day with facilitators from the Dominica Planned Parenthood Association, Caribbean HIV AIDS Alliance, Salybia Ross Mission Project, Youth Officers and the Social Welfare Division.

Representative from varying Tertiary Level Educational Institutions such as the University of the West Indies Open Campus, All Saints University, the Dominica State College and the Business Training Centre will also be on site providing support to the event and providing advice to prospective students.

All youths from the Kalinago Territory and Atkinson area are encouraged to attend.

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10 Comments

  1. dominican
    February 12, 2014

    Every group should be awre of STD diseases old, young and in between, to all those that are quick to single out groups, race, culture and sexuality it is not about that, It is about keeing the entire nation safe let us be mindful of the visitors on the cruise ships some of their intentions is to infect as many persons in eve4y port, stop etc so money and a cheerful grin or a white or molato baby is not the thing. The thing is keeping safe, Allyountomlike a maypwee

  2. kalinago
    February 11, 2014

    Interested, is a department headed by a Minister? For your information the Department of Carib Affairs was established in 2000 and in 2005 the department was changed to the Ministry of Carib Affairs. So you get your information right.

  3. Sentibon
    February 10, 2014

    Preach/talk to everyone in Dominica to practice safe sex. Stay with one woman/one man; your wife /your husband. Really? That’s never going to happen. Anway, old people are just as guilty, The lust just overtakes everyone. If you are not maarried, control yourself and abstain and you’ll be free of any disease.

  4. Anonymous
    February 10, 2014

    All these efforts to create conscious and responsible behavior among youths are great. But more than this, there needs to be a support system in place to sustain them. Let’s also try this to see how it works.

  5. kalinago
    February 10, 2014

    Yeah great initiative.

    Admin. Please note that it is the Ministry of Carib Affairs and not the Carib Affairs Department.

    • Interested
      February 10, 2014

      Carib Affairs is a Department in the Office of the Prime Minister. It is the Department of Carib Affairs, not a ministry. Do your research before you speak.

  6. indigenous
    February 10, 2014

    Looks like only kalinago country that has S T D, if the health professionals are embarking on a health education programme, do they have to single out the kalinago territory? the origin of those diseases do not come from he territory but the people suffering from such diseases are just victims, please do not point fingers for it will be pointed right back at you.

    • under the radar
      February 11, 2014

      subliminally victimizing my kalinagos… very naughty move there.

  7. Anonymous
    February 10, 2014

    It’s a good thing. But why they always enthasize on the youth. Youth alone that does sex? Youth alone that does spread STDs. Am sure most of those young ppl are better sexually educated than their elders. These Topics should concern everybody and not just young ppl.

  8. GOATLAWYER
    February 10, 2014

    I think that this is indeed quite an important move and the people of the reserve are in DIER need for this form of assistance.
    STD’S continue to be a serious PROBLEM in our society and the stakeholders must be APPLAUDED for their efforts at fighting this EPIDEMIC.

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