ALAFA launches a program to prevent AIDS in Africa
The African Family Life Federation will implement the program
The program hopes to reach 232 thousand children in 8 different countries.
ALAFA has found new ways to expand its intensive values
educational program, Alive to the World / AW, by developing strategies
in conjunction with the African Family Life Federation / AFLF for the
prevention of HIV-AIDS in Africa.
program’s goal is to diminish the impact of the infection, mitigate the
stigma of the illness and stimulate teenagers to help the sick and needy
through the analysis and practice of traditional values.
educational team will adapt the series of books -that has already been effectively implemented in 12 Latin American countries- to an African
African Family Life Federation will be responsible for the
execution of the program.
The strategy is to reawaken in children and
adolescents the traditional African values of self-respect, friendship,
and a longing to be grounded in an orderly family and society. The
program will also present abstinence education as a strategy for
HIV-AIDS prevention. The goal is to reach 232,000 children in 8 African
countries in a 3 year time frame. An evaluation and monitoring system,
similar to the one followed in Venezuela, Mexico and Peru, will be put
With the implementation of Alive to the World / AW,
the involved organizations expect to improve the attitudes, knowledge
and behaviors of 80% of the children in the program. The project
includes teacher training courses that will be imparted by ALAFA and
AFLF trainers as well as the publication of evaluations in order to
raise public opinion and urge discussion amongst the African academic
The project aims to help children first to avoid becoming
infected with HIV, and, second, to be generous towards the direct and
indirect victims of HIV-AIDS. In an unprecedented effort to prevent
HIV-AIDS in Africa, this project sets out to teach abstinence and
virtues to children before puberty.