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HIV/AIDS and Life Skills Training Workshop, Fiji
29 January 2009

Bula all,

I'm Luisa Senibulu of the Dakuivuna Youth Group.

We have obtained funding for a HIV/AIDS and Life SKills Training for 4 villages in the Wainibuka District, and this is scheduled for 6 - 7 March 2009, coinciding with National Youth Day.

Our project is a one-off, we're running a 2 day workshop for our young people focussing on HIV/AIDS and Life Skills. The project is a follow - up to a similar Capacity Building training we had in 2008, and this time we the organising committee would like to specifically focus on youth and Reproductive Health. We believe that this is an issue of concern in Fiji, especially with the increasing numbers of reported HIV/AIDS cases, and the fact that youth are the most vulnerable.

Unintended teenage pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections and the threat of HIV/AIDS on youth and their families have emerged as important concerns not only for policy makers in Fiji but more so in an isolated rural village community like Dakuivuna. Teenage pregnancy is an issue of concern for elders in Dakuivuna as many of the young girls become victims of unintended pregnancy. In recent years several young people were also infected with STIs. There is definitely a need to take capacity building trainings and information sharing opportunities to the grass-root level for our young people so that they are educated and equipped with the right information about their reproductive health and issues on treatment, testing and the proper use of contraception.

We are liaising with the Ministry of Youth for the possibility of at least 3 of our young people from the training to be recruited as volunteers for the Pacific Youth Festival in Suva later this year, and 1 or 2 to undertake the Training of Trainers (TOT) for the Life SKills program.

That's where we are at the moment. The organising committee is working on logistics at the moment.

Hope to hear from all of you soon

- Luisa

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