The Arusha Times

Issue 00468

May 12 - May 18, 2007

issn 0856 - 9135 

Local News

Added HIV/aids field skills
for Red Cross Youths

By Staff Reporter

Members of the Arusha Chapter for the Tanzania Red Cross Society last week held special training on issues related to HIV/Aids and proper nutrition. The sessions were conducted by the Global Service Corps (GSC) in Tanzania and aimed at equipping the Red Cross Youths with added field skills on HIV/Aids.

According to the GSC coordinator, Frida Lauwo, the youths who attended the six- day training sessions were animators who will be sent out to train others in the field on issues related to HIV/Aids: prevention, care, stigma in society and proper nutrition for the victims. She revealed that Red Cross teams are among people in voluntary public service that her organization has been training recently, others being retired army officers.

The TRCS chairperson in charge of Arusha and Manyara regions, Killian Milanzi, pointed out that Red Cross workers, being first responders in any emergency situation, need to be well equipped in both materials and skills, so that they could be able to address any situation while in the field. Mr. Milanzi thanked Global Corps for ‘equipping’ the Arusha team even further.

The training coincidentally came just a week before the World Red Cross (Red Crescent/Red Crystal) Day an annual event which is being observed on the 8th of May in each year. Participants who attended the training were awarded with certificates upon the completion of the full week course.

Founded in 1993, the American GSC program expanded to Kenya in 1994, with projects relating to small-scale food production utilizing bio-intensive gardening, and community- based health care education. According to Ms Lauwo, HIV/AIDS care always goes hand in hand with good nutrition which can only come from pure, organically grown fruits and vegetables.

In 1995, a project was established in Thailand with emphasis on teaching English and community health service. In 2001, the now known as East Africa program, shifted base from Kenya to (Arusha) Tanzania with emphasis on sustainable agriculture and HIV/AIDS prevention education.

GSC also deals with volunteer programs in the country with special focus on the youths and for the past five years the Global Corps have catered for a number of Secondary Schools in Arusha region where the students participated in series of holiday camps aimed at raising HIV/Aids awareness and impacting new life skills.

 

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