HIV/AIDS Training

Kinshasa, Lumbumbashi, Goma, DRC

Journalists across the Democratic Republic of Congo learnt about the HIV/AIDS epidemic in a series of workshops organized by VOA’s French-to-Africa Service. The workshops included a mix of information about the HIV/AIDS epidemic in DRC, along with practical information about covering health issues. The workshops were supported the U.S. Department of State through its embassy in Kinshasa.

The two-day workshops were held in Kinshasa, Goma, Bukavu and Kisangani.VOA will organize future workshops in Mbuji-Mayi, Kananga and Matadi. The United Nations estimates between 400,000 and 500,000 people in DRC are living with HIV/AIDS. There is a 1.3 percent prevalence among adults at the end of 2007, and recent studies suggest the prevalence may be increasing. More than 40,000 children are born with HIV/AIDS each year.