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Join-In-Circuit in Bishkek, Kirgizstan

The Join-In-Circuit is an interactive mobile information service especially designed for young people. The circuit was developed in 1994 by the Federal Centre for Health Education (Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung – BZgA) and has been adapted in cooperation with the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) for various countries since 2002.

Furthermore, for the first time, an HIV/AIDS and drug prevention Join-In-Circuit was conceptualised for adults in addition to the circuit for school children. The course consists of four stations dealing with topics such as HIV / AIDS, other sexually transmitted diseases, their contraction, contraception, love, responsibility, and drug use. The aim is, on the one hand, to promote the acceptance of sexual health education and preventive measures amongst grownups like parents and teachers who are in direct contact with youth. On the other hand the aim is to sensitise and educate the adults on topics concerning HIV/AIDS prevention and reproductive health in order to achieve positive changes in their own behaviour.

From 04-07 June 2012, ten staff of the Republican Centre for Health Promotion (RCHP) took part in a Join-In-Circuit training module for grownups in Bishkak, Kirgizstan (taught by master trainer Paola Frattola Gebherdt). During the training, a test run was carried out at the GIZ general education Pilot School (No.66). Participants consisted of 14 teachers from the school as well as the newly trained Kirgiz master trainers and facilitators from the RCHP. The four stations (Ways of HIV Transmission, Love and Responsibility, Contraception, and the World of Teenagers) were diligently tested by the group. In autumn, 12 more teachers are expected to receive coaching from the recently taught master trainers. These are expected to carry out the Join-In-Circuit for grownups in early September with parents in their schools (general education schools and vocational schools).