CUs Help Educate Members and Communities on HIV/AIDS
Madison, WI—World AIDS Day, held on December 1,
serves to focus global attention on the
devastating impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Observance of this day provides an opportunity
for governments, national AIDS programs,
churches, community organizations and
individuals to demonstrate the importance of the
fight against HIV/AIDS.
credit union development program the World
Council of Credit Unions is conducting a pilot
peer educator program with Mwalimu Savings and
Credit Co-Operative Societies (SACCO) in
The Mwalimu SACCO (credit union)was a natural
participate in the Peer to Peer education
program, with its membership being made up of
secondary teachers throughout Kenya. Catherine
Ford, World Council's Cooperative Development
Program manager, shared, "Who better than
teachers to educate credit union members and
Upon completion of the course, participants
be required to train a minimum of five
colleagues before becoming certified in HIV/AIDS
peer education by JHPIEGO, the non-profit health
organization affiliated with Johns Hopkins
University that is implementing the program in
partnership with World Council. The training
course includes segments on presentation skills,
as well as basic facts about HIV/AIDS,
comprehensive HIV/AIDS care and prevention,
assessing HIV/AIDS risk and behavior change.
Funding for this pilot program comes from the
Cooperative Development Program administered by
the U.S. Agency for International Development
Ford continued, "Credit unions by their very
nature have the potential to help their
they have the ability to reach out to their
members, to educate them and change behavior.
This program is a crucial first step towards
making that vision a reality."
With an estimated 38.6 million people worldwide
living with HIV at the end of 2005, and more
than 25 million people having died of AIDS since
1981, December 1st serves to remind everyone
that action makes a difference in the fight
World Council of Credit Unions is the global trade association and development agency for credit unions. World Council promotes the sustainable development of credit unions and other financial cooperatives around the world to empower people through access to high quality and affordable financial services. World Council advocates on behalf of the global credit union system before international organizations and works with national governments to improve legislation and regulation. Its technical assistance programs introduce new tools and technologies to strengthen credit unions' financial performance and increase their outreach.
World Council has implemented more than 290 technical assistance programs in 71 countries. Worldwide, 57,000 credit unions in 105 countries serve 217 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at www.woccu.org.