Youths Vow To Take Lead In The Fight Against HIV/AIDS
Addis Ababa, June 26, 2002 (WIC)- Ethiopian youths said they would take the leading role
in fighting HIV/AIDS, which they said, was consuming the productive section of the
population and the meager resource of the country.
Representatives of the youth said the resource that was mobilized to fend off the spread of
AIDS should be channeled to them as peer education was found to be effective way of
preventing the disease among the youth.
They also said any researcher and studies should consider the cultural aspects that
contribute to the spread of the pandemic.
In his closing remark at the first behavioral surveillance survey (BSS), presentation Vice
Minister of Health, Dr. Demissie Tadesse said integrated and relentless effort towards fighting
HIV/AIDS needs to be supported and guided by clearly targeted, well designed and analyzed
surveillance studies, surveys and researches.
The Vice Minster said using reliable methods, behavioral surveillance surveys can be used to
track HIV risk behaviors overtime as part of an integrated surveillance system by monitoring
various aspects of the epidemics.
He said the Ministry believes that the second generation HIV surveillance would meet the
information needs of HIV prevention program planners to better design, implement, monitor
and evaluate effective HIV/AIDS strategies, programs and tools.