In collaboration with partners and beneficiaries, Partnerships in Health held the sixth Regional Conference on HIV and AIDS, on 17 – 18 May 2012 at the hotel Hollywood, titled "Treatment of co-infections and innovative approaches to HIV prevention."


This year's Conference comprised the four objectives: introduction of new HIV prevention technologies and strategies, becoming familiar with the treatment options for co-infections in the countries in the region, an overview of the HIV epidemic of the Western Balkans, and providing a forum for the exchange of knowledge, practices and experiences. The Conference was attended by the representatives of KULT within the scope of the project Info-Point for Youth.


As a brief reminder, as part of the activities carried out under the Youth Strategy, Institute for Youth Development KULT, in collaboration with Partnerships in Health and YPEER network, celebrated the World AIDS Day observed on 1 December.



 

Bearing in mind the importance of promoting HIV and AIDS awareness and prevention among young people in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the fight against HIV and AIDS, the Institute for Youth Development KULT signed in September a Memorandum of Understanding regarding the project Love Karavan, with the associations VIBRATION and INFOHOUSE.


The Federal TV Station and Alternative Television Banja Luka broadcast the television series, which enabled the networking and media presentation of the most important activities carried out in the field of prevention and fight against HIV and AIDS under the project Info-Point for Youth. Peer educators from KULT took part in several episodes answering questions such as: the things we should focus on when using condoms, the methods of HIV transmission, the most common mistakes made when using a condom, how we cannot get infected with HIV, whether condoms should be used during oral sex, if it is possible to identify a person living with HIV, etc. Moreover, a presentation on activities undertaken under the project Info-Point for Youth was given. This Project enables young people to become informed and to get counselling assistance on their sexual and reproductive health. This is also the place where young people can get contraceptives.



 

Peer education workshops on sexual and reproductive health were delivered during the previous two weeks at the Fourth High School and the Technical High School of Technology, Design and Multimedia.


Students were given the opportunity to become familiar with the anatomy and physiology of female and male reproductive systems, contraception, sexually transmitted infections and HIV. Educators from KULT demonstrated together with the students how to use male condoms properly. The presentations were held at class meetings and lasted for one school hour.


Institute for Youth Development KULT will keep organizing such educational courses and as it has been agreed, the presentation Let’s Sail Together! will be organized at schools.



 

International Organisation for Migration (IOM) organised a training course on HIV/AIDS and social communication as part of the project entitled HIV/AIDS National Capacity Building and Awareness Raising Activities in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Mobile Populations. The training course organised at Termag Hotel Jahorina was attended by the representatives of KULT, under the project Info-Point for Youth.



The training course included all aspects of social communication, ranging from defining the problem related to the risk of HIV infection that emigrants and mobile populations are exposed to, through to designing and developing communication strategies, defining messages and the corresponding objectives, selection of the most appropriate and most effective means of communication such as traditional media, social networks and direct communicating with the target population.


The participants were representatives of NGOs, the Media and Public Relations Sector of the Institute of Public Health, and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of the Republic of Srpska as well as the Ministry of Health of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.


This training course welcomed a Senior Lecturer from IOM Rome and an expert on communications and psychology from the international network of communication agencies; MSL groups.


The Project is funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in BiH (GFATM), the funds in BiH are managed by UNDP and the Project is implemented by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).



 

A working meeting was held today at the Hotel Bristol as part of the project My rights, my decision undertaken by Deutsche Gesellschaft fĂĽr Internationale Zusammenarbeit GIZ in partnership with Bayer. The meeting was attended by the representatives of partner municipalities from Sarajevo Region: Gorazde, Ilidza, Istocno Sarajevo, Milici, Novi Grad Sarajevo, Vlasenica and Zvornik. The participants were addressed by dr. Alma Kapur-Hebibovic, Head of the Project, on behalf of Bayer, and Jasmine Besic and Naida Kucukalic on behalf of GIZ.


The meeting was held to agree on future actions and continued cooperation. Moreover, a new web site www.mojaodluka.ba, which offers online counseling services, discretion guaranteed, including assistance of an obstetrician who provides young people with the answers to their questions within 24 hours. The project aims at raising young people's awareness of their reproductive health, providing the latest accurate information through educational programs introduced in schools (by peer educators) and the website www.mojaodluka.ba



 

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