Scores of Scouts from the Bridgetown District South Council are now recipients of the HIV/AIDS Awareness badge which they rightfully earned at the weekend.
This followed a National HIV/AIDS Commission (NHAC) comprehensive presentation last Saturday, where the Scouts underwent the HIV training at Scout headquarters, Hazelwood, Collymore Rock, St. Michael.
NHAC Public Relations Officer (PRO), Fabian Todd, noted that the new [badge holders exhibited] a commanding knowledge of the areas they were quizzed on and definitely put in all the necessary hard work to acquire their latest badge.
According to Mr. Todd, “They were true to form Scouts; all came prepared for the task at hand and exhibited discipline for the entire session. This group asked many questions to no doubt ensure that they were absolutely clear about the numerous and sometimes complex topics which were covered.”
The NHAC has over the years, maintained an excellent relationship with the Scouts Association which conducts training when necessary. The NHAC PRO said such sessions are tailored to the age and requirements of the group.
“The group consisted of scouts aged 12 to 18 [who were] educated and tested on the following topics: the description, transmission and prevention of HIV; the spectrum and course of HIV and other diseases; the role of and importance of HIV testing; the role of schools and communities; HIV in Children and Adolescents; Psychological Development of Adolescents; and Advances in HIV treatment,” Mr. Todd said. (PR)