Culminating a month-long promotion centred on raising awareness on Sexual Reproductive Health Rights and sexually transmitted infections like HIV, the ‘CONDOMIZE’ campaign will be stationed at the Uni Café of the University of Seychelles in Anse Royale on Friday 21st September 2018, as from 10 am to promote safe sexual behaviours to postsecondary students.
The Health Promotion Unit of the Ministry of Health, HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Programme of the Public Health Authority and the HIV/AIDS Prevention Task Force (HAPTF), leaders of the campaign, will showcase the theme ‘Sexual Health and Sexual Rights are FUNDAMENTAL for well-being’ with an array of activities targeted towards the youth.
In 2015, the Seychelles Global School‐based Student Health Survey conducted amongst students aged 11 to 17 years of age showcased a high level of sexual activity. 40% of students stated that they had sexual intercourse.
However, amongst those who engaged in sexual intercourse, only 50% used a condom during their last sexual interaction. Additionally, a substantial proportion reported sexual abuse.
The organisers will be present in multi-coloured stalls dispersed around the café to talk to the students about reproductive health in all aspects, the practice of safe sex with a focus on consent and the importance of using condoms.
These will be done through exchanges and mini demonstrations/presentations. They will also distribute several promotional materials aimed at reinforcing the messages shared on the day. Included are campaign t-shirts with interactive slogans, usb drives, keyrings and others.
Students will also be encouraged to stop by the photo-booth packed with props and frames to take photos of the day and share on social media and other platforms to further spread the campaign and what they learn.
The Anse Royale Campus has several institutions. The School of Advanced Level Studies, Seychelles Business Studies and Accounting and Seychelles Institute of Art and Design.
Other activities are being organised around the campaign. These include several outreach programmes. One outreach to promote female condoms will take place on Monday 17th September from 10am to 2pm on Market Street and at Orion Mall.