Restless Development (Zimbabwe) exhibited at this year’s World AIDS Day belated commemorations held at Harare grounds on 28 May 2010. This year’s theme was "Universal Access and Human Rights”.
The main aim of the commemoration was to deepen the understanding of communities on the need for universal access to information on HIV and AIDS prevention, treatment care and support. Restless Development also took this as an opportunity to talk about partnerships and create a platform to exchange ideas.
About 200 people visited the Restless Development stand ranging from in-school and out-of school youth as well as adults. They were given information on various Restless Development programmes and taken through a typical Join In Circuit run, a non formal highly engaging tool used to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS, STIs, condom use and other related issues Harare Metropolitan Governor, Dr David Karimanzira, Restless Development Board Member Reverend Dr Murombedzi Chikanga Kuchera and other government officials also attended the Restless Development stand. Dr David Karimanzira commented:
“Your youth empowerment programmes are very powerful, not only are they highly engaging, fun and entertaining, but they are also very educational and are greatly contributing to behaviour change to the young people of Zimbabwe.”
As a result of the exhibition Restless Development managed to deepen the community’s understanding of HIV and AIDS related issues including prevention, treatment care and support.
Other organisations that exhibited included Girl Child Network, National Aids Council, OK Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe AIDS Network, ACT, Youth Against AIDS, Red Cross, Traditional Herbalists amongst many others.