Students Join Fight Against AIDS
A group of students under the banner: ‘‘Girl’s Health Club Unit”, at B.W. Harris High School over the weekend embarked on massive campaign against the spread of the incurable HIV/AIDs disease in Monrovia.
According to the group’s president, student Mildred Isaac, the campaign is intended to promote HIV/AIDs awareness among students across the country. “Teenagers, especially girls, are more vulnerable to contract the incurable disease due to the lack of education and pressure from men who see them as prey.” She said.
Ms. Isaac, who is also the school health club coordinator, urged stakeholders to double their effort to include school health clubs such as the Girl’s Health club Unit in the fight against the spread of HIV/AIDs in Liberia.
The campaign which was launched on the campus of the B.W. Harris High School brought together students from various schools including St. Teresa Convent, Joseph J. Roberts School, and College of West Africa amongst others, along with officials from Liberia National Red Cross and Population Service International (PSI).
Student Isaac indicated that the annual celebrations will not make much impact in the country, suggesting that unless the government and health organizations strengthen HIV/AIDs program at high school level, HIV/AIDS will continues to make more victims.
“We need more awareness and programs that will re-enforce the message at the high school level because most of what is said about HIV on December 1 is quickly forgotten and perhaps not widely heard by the most vulnerable groups,” she said.