Jibilika Starts A 15 Day HIV & AIDS Awareness Program
By CtO Banks
Jibilika has embarked on a 15 day HIV / AIDS awareness program as part of the Step Up 2 HIV project which uses element of youth culture to speak to young people of sexual reproductive health in the fight against HIV. It is running from the 10th to the 23rd of December 2018.
The 15 day outreach program happening in several places around the capital will include flashmobs, poetry / hip hop slams, a dance with celebrities, a skate event, free distribution of stickers with messages, free distribution of CDs and DVDs (at combies and the public) of the recently released Positivity song and music video that features 12 artists.
The music relaese features predominantly fresh artists and some rising names the song brings together pop songbird Tamy, dancehall star Nutty O, Jazz artists Masa, Mwenje Mathole, beatboxer Probeatz, female rapper D-Blok, Afropop sensation from Masvingo Alchemy, Bulawayo hip hop muso Maestro IV and raw talent of Biscky Likho, Nargee, Ding’o.
Other activities lined up include a basketball, skateboarding, a street cypher and the painting of a human size grafitti mural that will serve as part of the legacy project in appreciation of The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)’s 15 years of work and support towards Zimbabwe’s helath sector and the goal to end HIV/AIDS in the country.
The outreach will take place in places like Epworth, GlenView, Highfield, Chitungwiza and the City Centre involving tens of artists and influences. A number of other PEPFAR supported organisations will also joing the campaign providing onsight testing and counselling services.
The goal is to amplify the message in the fight, renew people’s minds on the need to get tested, use protection, get on treatment and stay on treatment once positive. Also for an end to stigma associated with the disease.
This friday we have a Poetry and Hip Hop slam where artists will come and recite poems and songs carrying a positive message on HIV.
Step Up 2 HIV is Jibilika project that has been running for six years in several schools and communities around the country. It mobilizes and engages young people through popular youth music, dance and related elements in HIV prevention, Sexual Reproductive Health, Gender, Drug abuse and advocacy campaigns in schools and communities. Popular culture is one of the key tools Jibilika uses to engage with young people. In 2013 the initiative won the Best Social Impact Award at the Zim Hip Hop Awards.
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