Light for Children May 2011 Newsletter

6th May

The two Swedish volunteers, Erik and Victoria did a drumming and dancing performance at Sawaba, a suburb of Kumasi with Lucas and the Agye Nyame Cultural Group.

Erik and Victoria’s performance with the cultural group at Sawaba.

Other students who danced with Erik and Victoria.

11th May

The staff from LIFOC, Millicent and Yukari embarked on a campaign on the need for people around the office area to do counseling and testing.

Yukari promotes the need for counseling and testing at a hairdressing shop.

20th May
In collaboration with the HIV/AIDS unit of the Kumasi South Hospital, LIFOC staff undertook an activity called “Know your status “at the office .In all thirty five (35) persons were tested. Most of them were from the area in which the office is located. They were mostly hairdressers, dressmakers and shop keepers. Five men and thirty women were involved. Nobody tested positive.

The “Know your status” activity in progress at the office.

Getting tested for HIV

A volunteer from Japan by name Hiroki arrived to undertake a two week voluntary service in HIV. He partnered with the staff to promote safer sex and prevention activities within the Agogo area.

Hiroki and Millicent demonstrating condom use and safer sex practices at a hairdressing shop.

As part of the FHI HIV project, a mapping and selection exercise was undertaken in the allied communities within six tertiary institutions namely; Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Mancels Vocational Institute, Wesley College of Education, St. Louis College of Education and University of Education-Kumasi Campus.
In collaboration with the Assemblymen of these areas twenty (20) persons were selected to be trained as peer educators and condom distributors.
The Director of LIFOC attended a meeting on Thursday 26th May at the SSNIT conference Centre in Adum, Kumasi under the auspices of the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights. It was an interaction with UN Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.
The special Rapporteur, Mr Anand Grover, a renowned lawyer headed a team of lawyers.
The purpose of the mission was to understand the spirit of dialogue, how Ghana endeavours to implement the right to health and its successful realization.
In attendance were other NGO’s in the region.

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