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Peace Corps Drills Peer Educators On HIV/AIDS Stigma 

By Lydie Yuri

The United States Peace Corps Volunteers, in association with some humanitarian agencies in Bamenda, have carried out a training programme with Peer Educators on HIV/AIDS Social Stigma in the Northwest Region. The training, which had as theme; "We Teach, Stand Together, Teach Together," took place at the Baptist Centre Nkwen, Bamenda, recently.

Peace corps volunteers and workshop participants

The training camp, in collaboration with International Rotary Club and HEDECS, saw the participation of 19 students from some neighbouring towns of Bamenda. They included; Godson Muluh, Jeannette from Fundong; Divine Foncham, Edith Tenyah of Ngyenmuwah from Batibo; Fabrice Achu, Yvette Lum from Santa; Desiree Akumbon of Bambui, Bertrand Achungi, Tamfu Kelita, Praise Ndoh, Carlson Acha, Noella Anwei and Vanessa Acheanyi from Bamenda, Desmond Gah and Miranda Fongoh from Mbengwi; Fabian Afumbon and Marceline Bin from Njinikom, Rene Anyiah and Ngobi Minien from Ewoh.

In a chat with The Post, the camp Facilitator, Benjamin Ace, said the youths who participated at the training camp were aged between 14 and19 years. He said the youth were selected based on merit of school performance, maturity and attitude. 

The camp facilitator said the camp was focused on youths because they were the hardest hit in the Region where the prevalence of HIV/AIDS was highest in the country. Benjamin Ace said the Peer Educators were expected to further educate other youth in their communities on HIV prevention and fight social stigma against people living with HIV.

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