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What Is Community Driven Approach in Fight Against HIV & How Can It Be of Help to Africa?

What Is Community Driven Approach in Fight Against HIV & How Can It Be of Help to Africa?
As May 21 marked World Remembrance Day of AIDS Victims, AfroVerdict's host Viktor Anokhin is joined by Dr Anthony Ajayi, a researcher with the African Population and Health Research Center in Kenya, to discuss community-driven approaches in managing the rate of the deadly infection.
As the problem of HIV/AIDS persists on the African continent, where, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO) "it has reached epidemic proportions", Dr Ajayi urges African governments to work with local communities to fight the disease.
“It's about working with the community to identify what practices might put people's life at risk or make them vulnerable to HIV and working with them to address it, ” he stresses.
Noting that there are many "community driven" approaches on the continent, Anthony explains why it's important and how it could help to tackle the issue of HIV/AIDS.
"So you see people living with HIV also playing a significant role in combating this virus, in designing this information and also implementing the intervention and their voices sort of matter because you can't really program for these people without including them in developing, designing, what would work. So most of these approaches I mentioned are also community led and community driven," he explains.
Among other things, he underlines the importance of education, as being aware of the risks of certain cultural practices enables people to protect themselves from the risk of getting infected.
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