HIV/AIDS Commission in full force for Grand Kadooment
Created : 6 August 2017
Scores of trained HIV volunteers will descend on Black Rock, Grand Kadooment day, Monday, August 7th, to sensitize revellers and bystanders alike, about HIV, other sexually transmitted infections and how they can protect themselves.
It will be another year where the volunteers, along with members of the National HIV/AIDS Commission’s (NHAC) Secretariat and advisory board, set up “mass camp” at the Carlton & A1 car park.
The NHAC intervention, now in its third year, will culminate successive Crop Over interventions which have not been limited to Kadooment Day alone.
Over the years several Foreday morning and Grand Kadooment bands have received annual donations of condoms and other paraphernalia from the NHAC to enhance their packages for revellers. The NHAC has also, from its existence, been an active partner with the National Cultural Foundation, supporting all elements of Crop Over.
Sensitization of how not to contract HIV and STI’s over the Crop Over period is crucial to the NHAC because during this time it is evident that alcohol consumption significantly increases. This in turn can lead to some partygoers making irresponsible sexual choices.
The NHAC is therefore inviting all Barbadians in the environs of Black Rock on Grand Kadooment Day to visit the mass camp at the Carlton & A1 supermarket car park.