Al Akhawayn's Azrou Center to Create New Center Focusing on HIV/AIDS
Ifrane, March 9, 2011 -- Al Akhawayn University has signed a partnership agreement with the Association de Lutte Contre le Sida in Morocco (ALCS), under which the University's Azrou Center for Community Development will host a center providing information, free, anonymous HIV/AIDS testing, diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, as well as awareness sessions on family planning.
"This new center will be very important and successful in the region, as a major effort to reach out to the local population and increase awareness about sexual and reproductive health, and we are very happy to be able to work with Al Akhawayn University on this initiative," said the President of the ALCS, Ms. Hakima Himmich, at the signing ceremony.
The ALCS is the first association of its kind in the North Africa and Middle East region. Created in 1988, it is committed to preventing HIV/AIDS infection, and providing treatment, care, and advocacy for people living with the disease, with full respect for human rights and ethical principles of neutrality and confidentiality.
The Al Akhawayn University Azrou Center for Community Development was established in 2002 in order to contribute to the socioeconomic development of the Ifrane-Azrou region.