Biomedical students reach out to Karas youth

Thirteen students of the Biomedical Sciences Student Society (BSSS) and two lecturers in the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences, recently visited six schools in the Karas Region. This visit was part of an outreach programme themed, “BSSS for an HIV-free Generation.”

Lecturers, Mukesi Munyaradzi (far left ) and Tuna Brock (far right), pictured in Bethanie, Karas Region with students from the Biomedical Sciences Students Society.

Studies have revealed that Namibia is winning the battle of treating persons infected with HIV, as more and more patients are gaining access to treatment. However, the rate of new HIV infections remains alarmingly high due to a number of challenges such as stigma attached to the disease. 

The BSSS interacted with more than 700 learners in grades 11 and 12, discussing issues regarding sexual behaviour, attitudes towards the virus and prevention methods. 

Furthermore, the students used the opportunity to give learners career guidance, urging them to pursue studies in Biomedical Sciences. 

The Public Relations Officer of the Society, Helalia Ndishishi said: “My experience in the South was really enlightening. I think we have changed the minds of many young people. We encouraged them to excel in their studies and reminded them that sometimes it is not the smartest people that get ahead in life, but the most hardworking.”

Date: 
Friday, July 22, 2016
for Month: 
July, 2016

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