On December 5, 2010, in Natitingou, Benin, the Mayor’s office held their annual World AIDS Day Event. World AIDS Day 2010 raised awareness to tackle HIV prejudice and help stop the spread of HIV in Benin.
Nearly 140 BEF students from Natitingou and three surrounding villages - Perma, Toucountouna, and Tempegre - participated in the World AIDS Day activities.
The Mayor’s office organized a parade through the city center, where students showcased their HIV/AIDS awareness. PSI, Population Services International, a leading global health organization with programs targeting malaria, child survival, HIV and reproductive health, provided condoms to those in attendance. More information about PSI can be found at their website: www.psi.org.
A local doctor who specializes in treatment of HIV/AIDS patients spoke to students about prevention of HIV/AIDS. During the event students were offered free HIV testing and students from the Lycée de Jeune Fille, an all girl’s boarding school, performed a skit.
After the event, BEF students enjoyed sodas and sandwiches and recapped the important information they had learned throughout the day.