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US Embassy holds public lectures on HIV/AIDS

Jan 12, 2010, 2:28 PM | Article By: Sainey MK Marenah

The Embassy of the United States America in Banjul last Wednesday evening held a public lecture on HIV AIDS, at the Girls Guide hall in Kanifing. The Guest Speaker at the occasion was Ms. Lindsay Briggs, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Illinois in the field of health behaviour, specialising in African studies.

Her lecture was entitled "Reframing HIV in Africa; moving from a deficit model to a strength model."

Giving lectures to both the students of the UTG and the public, Madam Briggs noted that HIV AIDS is one of the greatest threats to mankind, affecting mainly the poor and vulnerable, due to poverty and unaffordability of preventive tools.

According to her, people should desist from anything that increases the scourges of HIV/ AIDS.

She dilated on the mode of transfusion of the disease, urging people to desist from unprotected sex.

She said holistic approach is needed to tackle this killer-disease, as according to her, "HIV/ AIDS can go down in Africa if we move from deficit model to strength model with commitment and dedication."

20 students also witnessed the lecture from Juanita Collage in the US.

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