The National AIDS Council (NAC) has rolled out a programme to interact with young girls, mentor and equip them with life skills as a way of preventing early pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections as well as HIV.

The programme covers the hotspot districts of Matabeleland North Province that is Hwange, Lupane, Nkayi as well as Umguza and is being supported by the Global Fund.

“We have since rolled out a programme in which we are getting support from the Global Fund to interact and mentor the vulnerable girls in these districts to make sure that they get life skills so that they prevent early pregnancies, prevent themselves from getting STIs and prevent themselves from getting HIV as well as they are kept in schools,” said NAC provincial coordinator Matabeleland North, Mr Dingani Ncube.

Being in schools will keep them away from getting involved in mischievous activities.

NAC is working with church institutions, schools and community leaders who refer these vulnerable girls to go for lessons.

The girls undergo intensive lessons during their spare time and they are being trained by well trained mentors that have been put in place in those districts.

This programme kicked of this year and is running for three years with the National AIDS Trust Fund also supporting other districts.