The African Pulse works to break the vicious cycle of HIV&AIDS infection transference by offering life choice education. The reality of continuing HIV prevalence in South Africa highlights the need for more effective HIV&AIDS prevention efforts targetted at adolescents.
While current estimates suggest over 33 million people are infected with HIV globally, more than 10% are South African, including a disproportionate number of women. Young adolescents are particularly vulnerable and it is therefore critical for prevention programmes to reach them before they become sexually active.
The African Pulse reaches out to teenagers because 97% of South Africans between the ages of 8-14 attend school and research has confirmed this as the best channel of information on HIV&AIDS for children. HIV&AIDS education is fully integrated into South Africa’s schooling through the Life Orientation curriculum, part of the outcome-based education system (OBE), which provides a sustainable channel for prevention. It promotes good health in the broadest sense to develop physical, mental, and social well-being.
Our flagship product, Feroza’s Story, has been developed to take this message to the youth of southern Africa. The African Pulse distributes such resources to schools and organisations working with children, adolescents and students across South Africa. Our team trains teachers and facilitators in the use of the materials and builds their confidence and competence in finding new, creative ways of addressing HIV&AIDS education.