Lunch and Learn: Batswana students think AIDS is no more

WUSC invites you to this lunch & learn with former Uniterra volunteer Melissa Godwaldt will be presenting the findings of a national survey conducted in Botswana and showing what College and University youth from this country think of HIV, risks, behaviours, needs and interventions.

When:                  Wednesday August 1st, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Where:                 WUSC – 1404, Scott St, Ottawa, Kennedy Room

Please bring a lunch. Coffee, tea and deserts will be provided.

Please RSVP at before Friday July 27th, 2012


Botswana is deeply affected by HIV and AIDS.  Born in the 1990s, the generation of university and college aged-youth is the first of its kind infected by HIV and AIDS, heavily affected and message-fatigued. A whole generation of young people, the so-called “Window of Hope”, have never known a day without AIDS. Now in great part at the tertiary sector, these youth represent a critical group who can play a key role in the prevention, treatment and support necessary for Botswana to overcome HIV and AIDS.

During her volunteer mandate with the Tertiary Education Council, Canadian volunteer Melissa Godwaldt helped implement the “Tertiary Education HIV and AIDS Project” (teAIDS) – the first ever nation-wide survey that shed light upon student behaviours as well as structural challenges at the national and institutional HIV response level that are still keeping students at risk for HIV transmission.

Meet Melissa Godwaldt to learn more about this research project and how this initiative successfully secured funding from the World Bank to roll out a tertiary level HIV and AIDS strategy that is more relevant to students needs and challenges, more coordinated and better funded for this and future generations.

About Melissa Godwaldt

Melissa Godwaldt was a participant in WUSC’s 1998 International Seminar to Botswana. Later, she did two long-term volunteer mandates with the Uniterra program in Botswana, as an HIV Specialist to the Department of Tertiary and Vocational Education and Training, and as Advisor and Project Manager to the Tertiary Education Council. Melissa is now a WUSC staff member in Botswana, working as the Organizational Development Manager on the USAID-funded Maatla project.

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