Since the 1980s when the first cases of AIDS were registered, the rate of sero-prevalence has not stopped increasing. More than 5% of the adult population of Haiti is infected. Surveys have revealed a lack of information, linked to the characteristics of people who are rooted in superstitions.
Having established this fact, the persons in charge of Public Health, in partnership with numerous national and international organizations have set up the Caravan project for the year 2000. In this initiative, which will take place in various cities of Haiti, certain artist and many youth participate. The Caravan is a campaign which disseminates information related to AIDS and sensitizes the population about this epidemic.
After Jacmel, St-Marc, Gonaives and Port-de-Paix, during 18-20 August, Les Cayes and Miragoane have hosted the Caravan of Artists and Youth against AIDS.
The procession of the Caravan consisted, among other, of representatives of the ministry of Public Health, including its Minister Michaelle Amédée Gédéon, Dr Joelle Deas Van Onacker in charge of the STD/AIDS unit, the youth of Volunteers for the Development of Haiti (VDH), representatives of the Association for National Solidarity (ASON), UNAIDS, FOSREF and the Panos Institute. It made its first stop in Miragoane.
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