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Committee: 3 Committee, Social, Humanitarian and Cultural
Topic: HIV/AIDS Education and Prevention in Sub-Saharan Africa
Delegation: Greece
School: Badger High School
Delegate: Michelle LaCosse

        Greece believes the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Sub-Saharan Africa needs to addressed
immediately in order to prevent a future global crisis. We view the 22 million people infected
with HIV in this region as the reason to start educating the African people. Controlling this
epidemic could lead to significant economic progress for these developing nations. Greece will
continue to support partnerships between United Nation members to fund programs and
organizations that stop the spread of these diseases. In the past Greece has financially
contributed to organizations such as the Global Fund. During the years 2005-2008, Greece
donated over $2.1 million to the Global Fund to fight AIDS. Unfortunately, in light of the recent
economic crisis in Greece, our country will be unable to continue to donate to these
organizations. We will continue to support our fellow nations that continue to aid HIV/AIDS
education and prevention for the African region.
        Greece supports the World Bankÿs Global AIDS Programmeÿs belief that HIV/AIDS
education should begin at the primary age level. Children should be the first ones educated in
order to reduce the number of future victims of HIV/AIDS. Information about behaviors that
spread the disease, such as unprotected sexual intercourse or the use of unsanitary needles,
should be addressed and be added to the curriculum. Schools should be the ones to empower the
young people of Africa to have the knowledge to prevent the virus from spreading. This
education should be especially directed to young women, who contribute to over 60% of the
victims, to reduce the number of future mother-to-children transmissions. Schooling would also
put the youth in contact with responsible adults that would discourage irresponsible sexual
practices. Education also causes literacy rates to increases. This would lead to effective
communication of HIV/AIDS campaign messages.
        Greece applauds the efforts that have already been done to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS.
We believe that UN sponsored programs will give Sub-Saharan Africa the tools that are
necessary to fix this problem independently. As Greeceÿs prime minister George Papandreou
stated at an African Development Summit, developed countries should play an important role in
raising African conditions but ÿthe Africans themselves are resolutely determined to take
courageous steps to get rid of these problems.ÿ

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