Police recruits trained on HIV & AIDS
New police recruits that UNDP is training at the Armo Police Academy recently received basic police training for three months. Included in the training, on 15 May 2010 was a specific session on HIV & AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).
Five hundred and fifty two Police – among whom there were 17 women – participated in this training from all over Somalia. Recognising that uniformed personnel all over the world are categorized as one of the groups identified as Most At Risk Populcations (MARPs) in terms of contracting HIV, this training was very important. Uniformed personnel are categorized at high risk as they are required to move around the country for their job, and often spend long periods of time away from their families. The HIV & AIDS training included sessions to raise awareness about HIV, AIDs and STIs, as well as understand transmission routes and recognize the signs and symptoms of the disease.
UNDP Somalia’s ‘Most at Risk Populations’ project seeks to reduce the vulnerability and risk of HIV transmission amongst high risk groups in Somalia, such as uniformed personnel, truck drivers, internally displaced people and People Living with HIV & AIDS (PLHAs). The project uses an HIV Behavior Change Communication (BCC) Toolkit specifically developed for working with Somali’s to guide this work.