POWER Foundation in partnership with Silver Lining for the Needy initiative successfully conducted a program commemorating World AIDS Day on the 6th Dec 2023. The event aimed to raise awareness about the HIV/AIDS virus, provide valuable information on prevention, and encourage regular testing within the community.
The program commenced at 9:14 AM with praises and prayers, setting a solemn tone for the day. The coordinator delivered the opening and welcome remarks and emphasized the importance of community involvement in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The program activities included;
The program’s highlight was the enlightening session by the Doctor, who provided comprehensive teachings about the HIV/AIDS virus. The doctor emphasized the significance of regular check-ups, advising attendees to undergo testing every three months. The doctor also clarified misconceptions regarding the transmission of the virus, engaging the audience with a question-and-answer segment that fostered a better understanding.
Free HIV Testing
Following the educational session, a free HIV testing session was conducted. Despite initial hesitations, 67 individuals chose to undergo testing, demonstrating the success of the community mobilization efforts. To encourage participation, 6 individuals were interviewed, sharing their thoughts on the importance of HIV testing. The program exceeded expectations, with a total of 80 participants in attendance, surpassing the targeted 50 attendees.
The success of the program can be attributed to meticulous planning and execution. In collaboration with the town crier, the coordinator effectively mobilized the community, resulting in an impressive turnout of 80 people—surpassing the initial target of 50 attendees. The coordinator efficiently carried out preparations, including meetings with the doctor, securing a facilitator, and ensuring all necessary resources were available.
The program received widespread appreciation from the community, with attendees expressing gratitude to the foundation for its valuable contribution. Out of the targeted 50 people, 80 individuals actively participated, demonstrating the effectiveness of the community mobilization efforts. Sixty-seven (67) people underwent HIV testing, surpassing expectations and showcasing a positive response to the educational session.
In conclusion, the World AIDS Day program was an undeniable success. The community’s enthusiastic participation exceeded expectations, highlighting the program’s relevance and impact. The facilitator and nurse played pivotal roles in ensuring the smooth execution of the event. Moving forward, it is essential to build on this success and continue organizing such programs to promote awareness and encourage regular HIV testing within the community.