Port Moresby North West electorate is the first electorate in NCD to have an HIV/AIDS and other Sexually Transmitted Disease Awareness Project in place.
This project aims to inform and educate people on basic information and prevention methods on the disease.
It was officially launched today by the Moale Gabuna Peace and Good Order Community. It is targeting the young people between the ages of thirteen and thirty five.
Angus Ali, who is the Electoral Research Officer, says Aids is here to stay and we cannot avoid this fact. This first ever project will include a series of training that will be targeting the people in the settlements.
Project Coordinator, Zebedee Peng, says the awareness team will be disseminating Basic Information on STDs before moving into more in depth training.
The awareness will be conducted in all seven settlements in the electorate, starting with Gerehu. The project costs over K200, 000 and is entirely funded by Member for Moresby North-West and Minister for Health and HIV/AIDS, Michael Malabag.
The first six HIV/AIDS cases in Papua New Guinea were recorded in 1987 at the Port Moresby General Hospital. From this six, four were females. Since then, the hospital continues to record new cases every month.
The training is set to continue over the next twelve months.
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