Houet/Fight against AIDS and STIs: The informal sector gets involved

Bobo-Dioulasso: The National Council for the Informal Economy of Burkina Faso (CNEI-BF), has developed a 2023 action plan to combat HIV/AIDS and STIs in three regions of the country. This program, which aims to achieve zero new contamination among informal workers, was launched on Friday February 9, 2024 in Bobo-Dioulasso. With a view to preventing new contaminations in the Centre, Hauts Bassins and Centre-Est regions, the National Council for the Informal Economy of Burkina Faso (CNEI-BF) has launched the fight against HIV/AIDS, his hobby horse. To this end, he developed an action plan. In the implementation of this plan, 150 educator peers were trained. They will visit markets, train stations and public places to raise awareness among informal sector stakeholders through educational talks, screenings or the distribution of condoms. All these activities to combat HIV/AIDS are contained in a plan developed by the CNEI-BF with the support of the Permanent Secretariat of the National Council for the Fight a gainst AIDS and STIs (SP/CNLS-IST). The action plan was officially launched on Friday February 9, 2024 in Bobo-Dioulasso. The president of the CNEI-BF, Salif Nikièma, suggested that the informal sector is a source of job creation and wealth in Burkina Faso and occupies 93.9% of the active population. But this sector, according to him, is driven by actors, 88.90% of whom are uneducated. This, he noted, has consequences on the propagation of preconceived ideas that are not favorable to the dynamic of the fight against HIV/AIDS and STIs in this environment. Salif Nikièma then invited traders to be receptive to the message of peer educators because the survival of informal economic units, in his words, inevitably depends on our own health. The representatives of the educator peers, Seydou Zongo, and that of the sponsor Al Hassane Sienou, president of the Bobo Chamber of Commerce, welcomed this initiative and thanked the SP/CNLS-IST which supports the action plan. Its permanent secretary, Seydou Ouattara, s tressed that the relevance of the initiative and the mobilization of stakeholders around this project led his structure to sign an agreement with the CNEI-BF in order to fight against HIV/AIDS in this sector. important' for the country's economy. He called on stakeholders to join this initiative which aims to improve the efficiency of their economic units. Source: Burkina Information Agency

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