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  1. Parents' perceptions of HIV counselling and testing in schools: ethical, legal and social implications

    In view of the high prevalence of HIV and AIDS in South Africa, particularly among adolescents, the Departments of Health and Education have proposed a school-based HIV counselling and testing (HCT) campaign to reduce HIV infections and sexual risk behaviour. Through the use of semi-structured interviews, our qualitative study explored perceptions of parents regarding the ethico-legal and social implications of the proposed campaign. Despite some concerns, parents were generally in favour of the HCT campaign. …

  2. The provision of a health promoting environment for HIV/AIDS education: the case of Namibian senior secondary schools

    HIV/AIDS programmes in schools ultimately intend to decrease high risk sexual behaviour. One factor facilitating this outcome is a strong health promoting environment in the school. This paper reports a study surveying the health promoting environments supporting HIV/AIDS education in Namibian senior secondary schools. It develops a two dimensional model for classifying the strength of a school’s health promoting environment. The findings show that schools have different strengths of health promoting environments linked more to their size than to a rural or urban location. …

  3. Safe and inclusive school environments in the prevention of HIV/STI, violence and mental health problems

    This document summarizes the discussions and most relevant recommendations made during a meeting of experts that immediately followed the Experts Consultation on Comprehensive Sexuality Education in Mexico City on 1-2 September, 2009. …

  4. FRESH Tools for Effective School Health

    This document is intended to help individuals advocate for and implement HIV/AIDS/STI prevention through schools. Clearly showing that HIV prevention programmes are effective in reducing the risk of HIV infection among young people, it puts forward strong arguments for addressing HIV/AIDS/STI prevention through schools and why schools must accept the responsibility to educate their community members and work with them to determine the most appropriate and effective ways to prevent HIV infection among young people. …

  5. Guidelines on the prevention of blood-borne diseases in schools

    This revised education of the booklet aims: to introduce to schools and teachers basic facts about blood-borne diseases and their prevention; to recommend precautionary measures for implementation by schools; and to suggest strategies and resources in teaching of blood-borne diseases in schools.

  6. Preventing HIV/AIDS/STI and related discrimination : an important responsibility of health-promoting schools

    The document provides information that will assist individuals and groups to: make strong case for increased efforts to prevent HIV/AIDS/STI through schools; understand the nature of a Health-Promoting School; and plan and implement HIV/AIDS/STI prevention and health promotion as part of developing a Health-Promoting School.

  7. Getting started: HIV/AIDS education in school feeding programmes

    The purpose of this document is to provide clarification for school feeding (SF) focal points and HIV/AIDS focal points on how to integrate HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention education activities into SF programmes. It presents a menu of ideas to do this. Country offices can select the activities appropriate to their needs and circumstances, as well as their capacity to undertake HIV/AIDS initiatives. …

  8. Child-friendly Community Schools approach for promoting health, psychosocial development and resilience in children and youth affected by HIV/AIDS

    The following report is a compilation of all implemented activities and results derived from the Child Friendly Schools project for AIDS affected children in three provinces of northern Thailand. The report outlines the methodology utilized and highlights the best practices and lessons learnt during the planning and implementation period of the project. The report illustrates the crucial importance of incorporating communities into the planning and implementation process of any intended development project. …

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