Association For The Control Of Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Address: c/o National Public Health Lab., 21 Slipe Pen Road, Kingston and St. Andrew
Telephone: (876) 967-0169; 976-2234
Fax: (876) 967-0169
Web Site: http://www.nacjamaica.com
ACOSTRAD is a private voluntary, nonprofit, non-governmental organization (NGO) which aims to educate the Jamaican public on Sexually Transmitted Diseases and their prevention. It operates in cooperation with the Ministries of Health, Education Youth and Culture, but is not directly funded by either. One of the early outreach programs was a successful Schools' Poster Competition in 1980, and a Schools' Literacy competition in 1983 in High Schools. Another major accomplishment was the development of a Teacher Training Manual on STDs, developed for Teachers' Training Colleges, to equip teachers with the knowledge and hopefully the attitude to teach the subject. The Project was entitled “Educational Mechanisms for the Reduction and Control of STDs" and was funded by USAID, through the National Family Planning Board. The project was continued successfully for many years in the High, Secondary and Upper grades of All Age Schools through the same funding sources.
ACOSTRAD has successfully concluded a Project for Peer Group Counseling and Community Education on HIV/STD Risk Reduction and Referral. ACOSTRAD has embarked on an HIV/STD intervention project for commercial Sex Workers in Kingston. The intervention took the form of a drop-in center for medical screening, group interaction, peer group counseling and clinic services.
ACOSTRAD has been involved in authoring over 50 bulletins on various aspects of STDs/HIV, which have been distributed in schools, clinics, teacher training colleges and the workplace; participated in media events, given oral presentations, and co-produced a video entitled " AIDS in the COMMUNITY'. ACOSTRAD produced another video, this time for children ages 7-18 entitled "HUMAN SEXUALITY'.
It consists of seven segments dealing with the following topics:
1. To show how to use the correct names for the body part;
2. To train parents how to teach their children about good and bad touch;
3. To create a healthy approach in talking about where babies come from;
4. To create a healthy approach to talking about wet dreams during puberty;
5. How to create an opening for talking about sex ( masturbation);
6. How to create an opening for talking about sex ( sexual behavior); and
7. To create a healthy approach to talking about menstruation during puberty.
The video should be viewed by children in the presence of a knowledgeable and responsible adult, who can answer any questions that may arise, and guide the discussion that usually follows the viewing of the film.
ACOSTRAD uses the sale of its brochures and videos as its main income earner.