HIV & AIDS : resilience through dialogue

As a youth organisation it is our duty to support the health and well-being #SDG3 of our members. Today on World AIDS Day we want to reiterate the importance of creating safe places for youth to discuss current societal challenges such as the HIV and AIDS pandemic.

The “Scouting and AIDS” initiative is an HIV and AIDS awareness and behavioral change programme where youth facilitate discussions with their peers, whilst sharing infomration such as facts, prevention and treatments.

The programme furthermore promotes gender sensitisation and build resilience amidst particpating adolescents by providing them with the confidence and tools to be able to identify “no” feelings and verbalise the word “no” when needed.

world-aids-dayAs you are aware, in our country adolescent girls and young women face gender-based inequalities, exclusion, discrimination and violence, which puts them at increased risk of acquiring HIV. We therefore encourage our members to be educated and empowered and to run the “Scouting and AIDS” programme.

You can find the “Scouting and AIDS” programme on the SCOUTS SA Wiki here or obtain their from the National Scout Office by emailing

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