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Foundation Targets Young People For Safe Campaign

Foundation Targets Young People For Safe Campaign
POSE DOWN... The King contestants of the 2018 Vodafone Fiji Hibiscus Festival at the Vodafone Fiji headquarters in Tamavua, Suva. The crowning of the 2018 King will be held tonight. Photo: Ashna Kumar
August 18
11:00 2018

The Rainbow Pride Foundation (RFP) launched the 2018 Vodafone Fiji Hi­biscus Festival Safe Campaign to encourage and empower young people, in­cluding the LGBTQI+ community, to pro­tect themselves from HIV, sexually trans­mitted infections (STIs), and unwanted pregnancies.

Current statistics reveal that teenage preg­nancy and STIs are two major issues, among others, affecting young people in Fiji today.

The foundation has a booth at the festival and has a team of 14 peer educators who are raising awareness on sexual and reproduc­tive health and wellbeing among young peo­ple at the Valelevu Grounds through:

Foundation executive director Isikeli Vu­lavou said the 2018 Safe Hibiscus Festival Campaign aimed to reduce the rising preva­lence of STIs and teen pregnancy among the young people in Fiji

“The target beneficiaries of this campaign are young people from the ages of 16-39 years of age with a particular focus on young key affected populations, including gay men, bisexual men and other men who have sex with men, transgender people and sex work­ers, youth in and out of schools and youths from rural/urban areas,” Mr Vulavou said.

The 2018 Safe Hibiscus Festival is support­ed by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services.

Mr Vulavou said: The Safe Hibiscus Festival campaign would help improve knowledge, awareness and a greater under­standing among young people of the risk associated with sexually transmitted infec­tions (STIs), HIV and teenage pregnancy and also create an understanding on the as­sociated contributing factors and root caus­es of STIs and teenage pregnancy such as drugs, substance abuse and mental health issues.”

Source: Rainbow Pride Foundation

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