Spread Trees, Not AIDS Cover showing a tree in Kwazulu-Natal that was planted 14 years ago
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Addressing 2 Key Issues: HIV Awareness & Climate Change

Launch Year


Tackling HIV transmission and deforestation one step at a time.

In 2008, LetsStopAIDS started a programme in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa called “Spread Trees, Not AIDS.” Kwazulu-Natal is a province in South Africa that has consistently had one of the highest HIV prevalence rates in the world, attributed to various factors: high levels of poverty, limited access to healthcare and education, gender inequality, migration patterns, and a lack of awareness and preventative measures. These factors contribute to the spread of the virus and hinder efforts to control the epidemic.

The programme's purpose is to work to help young people address two key issues: HIV awareness and climate change.

Young individuals participate in workshops while also planting trees to combat environmental conservation. Spread Trees, Not AIDS isn't solely an educational initiative; it's a platform showcasing how young leaders within the program actively generate meaningful changes in their communities. By actively participating, they're making things better and laying the groundwork for a future where everyone prioritizes taking care of the environment and staying healthy.