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Education as ‘a social vaccine’ in the fight against HIV/AIDS: Is Uganda meeting the challenge?

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Noel Rodney Komunda
University of Oslo
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There is potential evidence of the link between Education and behaviour change in HIV/AIDS prevention efforts. Provision of clear information about the sources of HIV/AIDS infection and, indeed, improved general levels of literacy, will allow those at risk to understand and judge their options better. The education sector in Uganda has taken long strides to utilise education as a ‘social vaccine’ in the prevention of HIV/AIDS. Knowledge and risk reducing skills are provided through a complex network of formal, informal and non-formal channels of education. But a lot of gaps still exist in these efforts. Nevertheless, the cognitive skills required for informed choices in respect of HIV/AIDS risk – and for behavioural change – appear to be substantively dependent on the ability to understand and apply the messages, quality and competence of teachers, community support as well as recognition of socio-economic and demographic diversities in which HIV/AIDS education programs are implemented and should Uganda realise this, the spread of the epidemic will be significantly reduced.