Safer Life Campaign‚Äô09, a month-long national event organized in connection with World AIDS Day was successfully carried out from December 1 ‚Äì 31, 2009.
The Campaign that includes issues of safer sex and HIV and AIDs prevention aimed to reach the general public with particular focus on young people.
The Campaign was organized by Timret Le Hiwot Ethiopia, DKT Ethiopia‚Äôs Wise-Up program in collaboration with the Federal HIV and AIDS Prevention and Control Office (HAPCO), Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Central Mella and the 14 Rotaract Clubs in Addis Ababa.
Director of TLH, Henock Alemayehu said the campaign is part of Wise-Up, which is DKT Ethiopia‚Äôs generic condom promotion program aiming at reducing the transmission of HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) by increasing condom use among sex workers, their clients and gatekeepers and other Most At Risk Populations (MARPs).
Various events including free mobile Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) for HIV and AIDS, Peer Educators Training about condom use, Street Art, Leadership and Development projects at different schools, Information Booths that provided condom demonstrations, Sunday Market Show, Pool Tournament and Panel Discussions were carried out as part of the month-long campaign.
The campaign took place in Addis Ababa, Adama, Shashemene, Hawassa, Sodo, Assosa, Gambella, Logia, Dire Dawa, Harar, Mekelle, Bahirdar, Jimma, Dessie, Gonder, Nekemte, Bishoftu and Jijiga throughout the month of December, he said.
Most of attendants of the events hailed the efforts being made by Wise-Up program which is implemented by TLH to raise the awareness of the public on HIV and AIDS thereby encouraging the youth to be self-reliant and responsible citizens.
Several People particularly students of various high schools and higher learning institutions attended and benefited from the events.