DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: SOMETHING NEW ON THE EASTERN FRONT

Tuesday 11 June 2013
Last technical preparation before the concert © SOS-Sida
Last technical preparation before the concert © SOS-Sida
Over 1500 people gathered to attend the Black Power concert © AAD
Over 1500 people gathered to attend the Black Power concert © AAD
More than 400 copies of the comic the Diamonds of Kamituga has been handed out during the concert © AAD
More than 400 copies of the comic the Diamonds of Kamituga has been handed out during the concert © AAD
The new Voluntary Counseling and Testing center in Bukavu © SOS-Sida
The new Voluntary Counseling and Testing center in Bukavu © SOS-Sida
A contest on the different preventive methods of HIV/AIDS was organized. Each correct answer was worth one comic strip © SOS-Sida
A contest on the different preventive methods of HIV/AIDS was organized. Each correct answer was worth one comic strip © SOS-Sida
The VCT of Bukavu © SOS-Sida
The VCT of Bukavu © SOS-Sida
The new VCT is situated right on the main road linking the city center to the poorer district of Essence © SOS-Sida
The new VCT is situated right on the main road linking the city center to the poorer district of Essence © SOS-Sida

May 2013 was the scene of great strides for Congolese association SOS-Sida and AAD, its partner in the fight against HIV/SIDA, through the launching of a new Voluntary Counseling and Testing center in Bukavu and through the organization of an awareness raising concert in Kavumu ( DRC).

 

Located at 600 meters from the CIAPS, managed by SOS-Sida, this innovative VTC offers a preventive and a fighting measure both more available to the patient and confidential against VIH/SIDA. Three multi-purpose counseling and testing rooms ensure the patient’s peace and tranquility thereby improving the efficiency of HIV prevention. It is worth noting that each medical consultation is organized through a series of 3 tests and 1 hour personal interview. Through funding this center, AAD reasserts its continued commitment in DRC.

 

On May 10 th, as part of its program Rap against Aid, AAD and SOS-Sida took their awareness raising to the community of Kavumu (DRC) by organizing a concert on the esplanade of Hostel Lushamba. In all, 1500 individuals were present to this rally of HIV prevention and information, the majority of them children and women.

 

For the occasion and for the second time this year AAD mobilized the emerging talent of the Black Power band, to perform their last songs communicating AIDS awareness messages ad encouraging local population to get tested between songs. Moreover, AAD financed the production of 5 Black Power’s records and will ensure the broadcasting of these songs on radio stations all across the DRC.

 

Besides, the concert also provided an opportunity for SOS-Sida coordinator Gratien Chibungiri to organize a contest on the different preventive methods of HIV/AIDS. Each correct answer was worth one comic strip entitled the Diamonds of Kamituga, comics produced by AAD and marking the largest print run ever in Francophone Africa with more than 100 000 copies released. In total, it is no less than 400 copies that have been handed out on this day.

 

Tremendous impacts from the concert can already be seen in DRC: the attendance volume in Bukavu’s VTC rose by a large 50%, figures having doubled up from 250 to 500 visitors per month. And this is with the aim of pushing forward with even greater determination and speeding up the implementation of the care needed that AAD is already working on the expansion of its program.