Championing healthy relationships

and sexual wellbeing

ACET Russia

ACET Russia is an informal network of 25 volunteer trainers, working in local communities on behalf of small NGOs across Russia, to promote healthy choices, positive relationships and prevention of HIV infection amongst young people. The network’s vision is to equip, support and build the professional capacity of these trainers to deliver their preventative work and mobilise the growth of the ministry into new cities.

The trainers offer relationships and sex education and counselling in schools, prisons and rehabilitation centres on topics such as self-esteem and alcoholism, all based on Christian values. This preventative work, which aims to reach 16,000 students in 70 educational institutions every year, is key in stopping new transmissions and reducing the HIV pandemic in Russia - because many young people are currently not aware of the consequences of risky behaviour.

This preventative work is crucial to helping young people build healthy futures as Russia is one of the only countries where the HIV epidemic is growing, with the rate of new infections rising by between 10 and 15% each year.

ACET Russia’s work in schools fills a much-needed gap as there are no nationally implemented relationships and sex education life skills programmes in school for children and adolescents.

Projects:

  • Lecturing, education and conducting mass preventive meetings on HIV prevention and healthy relationships.
  • Individual counselling work with teenagers.
  • Sharing best practices of preventive work in cities across Russia.
  • Providing training seminars for the leadership team.
  • A conference to equip, support and connect ACET Russia’s volunteer trainers, who often live very long distances away from each other.
  • Development and distribution of preventive literature and other prevention resources.
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