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African partners confer on HIV/AIDS project

June 24, 2010

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Last month, SFU hosted eight visitors from its partner universities in Ghana, Africa who are involved in an international education project, Reducing HIV/AIDS Stigma by Education. The weeklong visit culminated in a public symposium hosted by Continuing Studies and the School of Communication to examine the role and influence of education and communication to reduce stigma.

"Stigma, discrimination and denial around HIV and AIDS are formidable challenges in the fight against this pandemic," says project coordinator Maggi Bailey.

She says the project partners have been developing distance education courses for primary school teachers, youth-worker training models to reach disenfranchised youth, pictorial community brochures, theatre productions and other art-for-change initiatives, and research papers and evaluation reports.

Funded by the Canadian International Development Agency, the project began in 2004 and winds up later this year.

But Bailey says, "SFU is determined to continue working at a global level with international partners in the fight again HIV/AIDS."

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Agyemang Collins

I am really interesting in fight against hiv/aids.with major emphasis on discrimination and stigmatization.

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