“Gedlembane” rehearses for tertiary Institutions campaign

7 August 2012

This morning the Info Centre team and some of the partners involved in the “Taking HIV and AIDS Information to Institutions of Higher Learning” programme watched a dress rehearsal performance by stand-up comedian Jacob Shongwe, popularly known as “Gedlembane”, in preparation for the roll-out of the orientations campaign.

The rehearsals marked the final preparations for the campaign which is an initiative to provide comprehensive information on HIV and AIDS and other related topics to students that will be studying first year in all the tertiary institutions in Swaziland. The programme will take place during the orientation week beginning tomorrow, and in each institution the activity will take one full day.

The main objective of the campaign is to provide the students with life skills information to help them throughout their academic endeavor. In a bid to provide factual information in a conducive environment, “Gedlembane” will be used to provide edutainment that will serve to introduce various topics that the facilitators from the partner organizations will then lead.

The topics from which he has taken key messages and has developed a script for the target audience, include: HIV and AIDS Basic Facts, ART, and PEP; Sexually Transmitted Infections (especially HIV); Prevention Methods, including abstinence, condom use, Male Circumcision, as well as information on Family Planning; HIV Testing and Counseling, Alcohol and Drug Abuse; Multiple Concurrent Partners, and Intergenerational Sex; and Positive Living.

The programme will also serve to provide information on where and how various health services, especially those relating to HIV and AIDS and Sexual and Reproductive Health can be accessed.

The Info Centre is collaborating with various organizations including: AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), Population Services International (PSI), Family Life Association of Swaziland (FLAS), Lusweti, Swaziland Network of People Living with HIV and AIDS (SWANNEPHA) and the National Council on Smoking, Alcohol and Drug Abuse (COSAD).