Education as a Vehicle for Combating HIV/AIDS





Mr. Anirudha Alam was born in Rangpur ( not Gaibandha) in Bangladesh, 30 September 1972. His father was a famous social worker Mr. Abu Alam. Mr. Anirudha Alam has written many articles, essays, biographies, novels, stories, poems, rhymes etc. which has been published in the most prominent national and international newspapers. He has written about fifty books in several social issue of Bangladesh, his some famous books are Tomader Janeya Bangla Banan, Robot Omnibus, Akash Kusum, Pinpray, Orion. He was awarded by Rainbow Nari O Shishu Kallyan Foundation for his best research feature of HIV/AIDS on 2006. This research feature is “Gender Awareness, Stepping Stone to HIV Prevention”




















Gender Knowledge Would Prevent HIV/AIDS

Women Empowerment, Cornerstone of HIV Prevention

Risky Behaviors Fuels AIDS Epidemic in Low Prevalence Country

AIDS ingesting - a major health issue of Adolescents

Teens and Risky Behavior

HIV/AIDS – A Challenge for Women in Bangladesh

Helping Adolescents to Become Sexually Responsible Adults

Stamping out Gender Discrimination to Prevent HIV/AIDS

Community based strategic plan to curb spread of HIV/AIDS

Education as a Vehicle for Combating HIV/AIDS

AIDS, adolescents and preventive education

Building Life Skill through Reproductive Health Literacy -Reduces Vulnerability to HIV/AIDS

HIV/AIDS Prevention through- Qualitative Adolescent Reproductive Health Literacy

Gender Equality, Beacon of Hope for AIDS Prevention

Undermining the possibility of STIs, reproductive health literacy creates a safe and supportive environment for adolescents in a world with HIV/AIDS. It ensures their protection from sexual abuse, ill-believes and so-called dogmas. With particular attention to HIV/AIDS mitigation, flexible non-formal approaches for making sure reproductive health literacy should be adopted by the curriculum in which sustainable development and poverty alleviation would have the highest priority. In all aspects of planning and policy making, a comprehensive curriculum should be launched essentially internalizing demand driven steps to reduce stigma, discrimination and poverty brought about by HIV/AIDS. Bringing in and upgrading life skill education as well as making HIV/AIDS awareness an inbuilt chapter of the text-curriculum, qualitative reproductive health literacy promotes the culture of preventing stigma, denial and discrimination. Nowadays in the name of qualitative reproductive health literacy, it is very much necessary to incorporate HIV/AIDS into a broader health education approach and into other subjects. Adolescents are very much threatened in the aspect of HIV/AIDS due to their tremendous curiosity and immaturity. So the qualitative reproductive health literacy, first and foremost, should be ensured for adolescents any how.

More than one third of all new infections – about 4600 every day – occurs among adolescents. But in changing the course of HIV/AIDS epidemic, adolescents may play prime role. At first they have to be empowered through reproductive health literacy in light of life skill education. Then they will be able to increase awareness of the particular vulnerabilities curbing harassment, violence and sexual abuse. They may organize committed and dexterous leadership capitalizing on social mobilization.

Adolescents girls are physiologically, socially, culturally and economically more vulnerable to HIV/AIDS. Sexual behavior guided by ill-believes, dogmatic social attitudes, lack of economic empowerment and equal accesses to livelihood education promote vulnerability of adolescent girls to HIV/AIDS as a whole. Gender-related social norms may diversify adolescent girls’ vulnerability to HIV/AIDS. Cultural and social factors confine their choices and opportunities to get information regarding reproductive health and how to practice safe sex.

Intending to come up with a spontaneous and effective response to HIV/AIDS, it is very much necessary to have key knowledge about reproductive health and how to confront the epidemic. According to the findings of recent research works, if prevention programs are not successful as per the desired outcome, China alone will have more than 3 million adolescents with HIV/AIDS as well as India undoubtedly will have 5 million adolescents by 2010. Only far-reaching and comprehensive program integrated by reproductive health packages can foil the spread of vulnerability to HIV/AIDS.

Promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment leads to extensive awareness maintaining linkage between sexual and reproductive health (SRH), existing social issues and HIV/AIDS. Having it in mind, adolescents should be made strengthen their voices receiving skill development training to be a successful social advocate. For that reason they will be able to arrange and conduct focus group discussion, courtyard meeting, colloquium, workshop, and in-depth interview with peer group to get their views on how to protect themselves. With the help of local level implementers, adolescents’ group can take steps collectively to understand the interplay of challenging economic and social factors that brings about vulnerability to HIV/AIDS. These kinds of study oriented initiatives have to be done in a way guided by text-curriculum under the local educational institute that would make possible to generate findings consistently. In the course of exchanging views and interaction with target community people, the adolescents having reproductive health literacy may share their exclusive findings and result of message dissemination among the local policy makers and relevant stakeholders to reduce vulnerability in the community as a whole.       

A poor knowledge of HIV-AIDS in Bangladesh by the population at large contributes to the tenuous situation. Education and information on HIV prevention, especially for youth, is often limited and inaccessible. According to recent survey by Rainbow Nari O Shishu Kallyan Foundation, 80% of those surveyed believe that adolescent need more information about HIV/AIDS. As a result of the lack of accessible and appropriate information, fear and stigma are common reactions surrounding the virus and infected persons.


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