SOUTH AFRICA: VWSA makes AIDS education child's play
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JOHANNESBURG, 2 September (PLUSNEWS) - A South African subsidiary of German carmaker Volkswagen (VWSA) is using a new board game to educate its workers and local children about HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and sexual assault.
Children aged 11 to 13 years are playing the game, which also aims to dispel AIDS-related myths and stigma, at five schools in the Eastern Cape Province town of Uitenhage, where the company's headquarters are located.
Reuters quoted Alex Govender, head of the company's health services department, as saying, "The game is very similar to Trivial Pursuit, with questions about HIV/AIDS, rape, TB and pregnancy, but pertinent to that age group without being pornographic."
The company said it had spent about US $619,200 on the AIDS workplace programme since its inception four years ago. An estimated 300 of VWSA's 6,000 local employees are HIV-positive.
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