HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan
Africa has reached pandemic proportions, claiming the
lives of hundreds of thousands of people. Daily 8,500 contract HIV/AIDS and 6,300 people
die from AIDS. Children in Sub-Saharan Africa
account for 12.3 million of the 15 million children
under 18 who have been orphaned by AIDS worldwide.
So often, whole families
die from AIDS leaving the children orphaned and fending
for themselves on the streets. Cultural stigmas and
lack of education continue the problem. Often HIV/AIDS
is thought to be a Western disease that Africans cannot
catch or is thought to be caused by a spell from a
neighboring village. Yet, over and over, the people
in the rural areas are requesting the basic information
they need to keep their families safe and healthy.
Mothers and fathers want to protect their children and
lead healthy and productive lives.
AAEO, AFRICAN AIDS EDUCATION ORGANIZATION, empowers people by bringing basic health education to
those rural villages and communities in Tanzania,
Africa. AAEO’s purpose is to provide the
people of these communities with lifesaving health
information, focusing initially on microbial infection,
and to prepare them for, and increase receptivity and
compliance with, established means of HIV/AIDS
prevention, testing and treatment. AAEO brings
HIV/AIDS information to those who otherwise would not
get it, and delivers it in a way that is culturally
sensitive and easy to understand.
HOW AAEO WORKS
AAEO understands that for
the education to be effective it must be taught in a
culturally sensitive, easily understood way by local
trainers. Local educators train men and women from each
village to become community health trainers. After
training, they return to their villages where they can
share the information they have learned with their
neighbors. In this way, the education is taught in
their own language from someone they trust and is more
easily understood. The teaching is done through classes
and one-on-one contact in the villages and the
Many of the village people
have had little or no schooling, so it is vital to begin
with very basic anatomy and physiology, nutrition and
communication skills before moving on to microbial
AAEO has many
benefits to the community:
reaches deeply into the areas where it is most
The trainers are
empowered by their new knowledge to help
others; to make positive decisions about their
bodies to protect themselves; and be role models to
other men and women in the village.
People who are ill or
at risk can be identified and offered resources.
Health education serves
as a paving ground for treatment and/or medication
acceptance when it becomes available.
Working at the local
level assures the acceptance and sustainability of
The people in the
villages have someone they trust to answer their
questions and help them with disease management and
The village men also
have access to information regarding microbial
infection and the cultural practices that increase
sexual transmission of the HIV/AIDS.
about sensitive issues and about the disease itself
by the community health educators, with the aid of
the village leaders, helps dispel and fight the
stigma that is causing so much
discrimination and denial.
relies on funding to get information getting to the people who
desperately need it.
Any amount is welcome.
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