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Community wants more input into NZAF

Fri 6 Aug 2004 In: New Zealand Daily News

The community has spoken – it wants more input into the AIDS Foundation's prevention and education campaigns, and the Foundation says it will work harder to ensure this happens. Feedback from public forums held around the country at the end of June showed a nationwide consensus on this issue, indicating the Foundation needs to listen to the community more, as well as increasing publicity surrounding its existing activities. "What was clear was that our communities had a lot of very useful information to tell us about why they thought there was a rise in HIV in New Zealand and what could be done about it," says executive director Rachael Le Mesurier. "We also learned that many of the activities the NZ AIDS Foundation already carries out on behalf of its communities are not well known to the people they are intended to benefit." Safe sex resources aimed at older men, greater use of mainstream media for HIV education, an investigation into making HIV testing faster and easier, and programmes aimed at combating sexuality and gender-based discrimination were some of the key subjects that the forums asked the Foundation to address and report back on. Ms LeMesurier says there will be further forums and focus groups in the coming months to continue the consultation process as new programmes are developed.    

Credit: News Staff

First published: Friday, 6th August 2004 - 12:00pm

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