PNG HOSPITALS SPREAD HIV/AIDS MESSAGE THROUGH DRAMA

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (November 17, 2000 - Papua New Guinea Post-Courier/PINA Nius Online)---Villages from Kikori to Ihu in Gulf province gave an enthusiastic welcome to Kapuna and Kikori hospital teams, who visited to conduct awareness on the HIV/AIDS disease.

The AIDS message was conveyed through dramas relevant to the village scene, acted by staff and nursing students.

AusAID supported the teams’ tour.

In one drama, staff acted out a scene where the person with AIDS has small children. His wife had already died and he goes from house to house in his village asking for a family to look after his children when he dies. But the adults in his village were already burdened with orphaned children whose parents had died from AIDS and could not take in any more children.

The father throws his arms around two children and says: "Who will look after you when I am dead? You’ll have to eat off the streets."

He acted the part so well that many in the audience started to cry.

The awareness teams visited logging camps, government stations and villages, drawing large crowds.

They also talked about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse to young people.

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Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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