Namibia: Taking AIDS Prevention on the Road (April 2007)

December 1, 2006, marked the launch of NamibiAlive!, a compilation of popular Namibian music featuring HIV/AIDS prevention messages. The CDs will be distributed free of charge to bus and truck drivers operating in Namibia. Truck and bus drivers are at risk for HIV infection, due to their mobility and expendable income.

Developed with support from PEPFAR, NamibiAlive! offers an innovative approach to HIV prevention - bringing the message to this at-risk group by taking AIDS prevention on the road. The CD provides information on HIV prevention using the ABC approach - Abstain, Be faithful, and correct and consistent use of Condoms. The ABC approach, developed in Africa, is an evidence-based, public health approach that provides information to people, so they can decide how to best protect themselves. The musical compilation also provides information on accessing confidential HIV counseling and testing services, and promotes gender equity in relationships.

NamibiAlive! was the brainchild of two Peace Corps Education Volunteers working in northern Namibia who persuaded 14 of the country's most popular musicians to donate songs and messages for the compilation.

Namibia's Ministry of Works, Transport, and Communication has pledged to distribute the CDs through its HIV/AIDS workplace programs, as well as at border crossings and checkpoints. A PEPFAR partner organization helped to promote the album by designing and distributing NamibiAlive! posters and stickers. The partner will also use its outreach network to distribute the CDs to the more remote regions of the country. U.S. Government interagency website managed by the Office of U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator
and the Bureau of Public Affairs, U.S. State Department.
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