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The St. Mary Parish Development Committee (PDC) will be conducting a two-day training seminar for young people in the parish, which is designed to prepare them to educate their peers about HIV/AIDS.
The event, slated for the Golden Seas Hotel in Oracabessa from July 19 to 20, will be held in association with the Ministry of Local Government and the Environment.
Murdel McKenzie, chairperson for the committee, told JIS News that the seminar was as a result of dialogue with the Ministry from as early as last year, about the need for such intervention to control the spread of the disease in the parish.
The session, she informed, will target youngsters age 17 to 37 years, drawn from several communities across the parish, who will be trained as peer counsellors. They, in turn, will be responsible for educating their peers about the disease. She noted that the disease was most prevalent among the targeted age group.
According to Mrs. McKenzie, the peer counselling initiative is part of a wider public education programme that the PDC will be undertaking to control the spread of HIV/AIDS in St. Mary.
In the meantime, she informed that the PDC will be undertaking other initiatives, including an assistance programme for street people in Port Maria, and collaborating with the St. Mary Parish Council to formulate a strategic development plan for the parish.