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HIV a hard lesson


SHERIA BRATHWAITE

HIV a hard lesson

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EDUCATING CHILDREN ABOUT HIV/AIDS is proving to be a challenge for social workers.

This observation was made by community nutrition officer, Stacia Whittaker, of the HIV/AIDS Food Bank. She said children were joining adults in prejudice against people living with the disease.

Whittaker, who has been with the Food Bank since 2003, said the level of discrimination in the country was saddening. She added that teaching children about the illness was proving to be difficult as they ignored the information given by social workers and listened to the myths they heard from adults at home.

Speaking on the sidelines of a donation yesterday of food supplies and toiletries by the Barbados Defence Force’s summer camp Camp Energy, she said: “The Ministry of Health, Education and Labour have portfolios that deal with HIV/AIDS education, so there is a lot of information out there. (SB)

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