A PLYMOUTH University graduate is preparing to travel to Zimbabwe to take part in a HIV and AIDS prevention project.

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Ashley Giles, aged 21, will join up with Progressio and the Diocese of Mutare Community Care Programme, which oversees HIV and AIDS prevention and awareness programmes around the city of Mutare in eastern Zimbabwe.

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The region has been specifically highlighted by the UN AIDS programme as an area which has an worsening HIV infection rate.

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“Zimbabwe has been one of the worst effected nations and continues to deal with a deep epidemic,” Ashley said.

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“However, due to work by organisations like Progressio, Zimbabwe is one of the few countries where new incidences have declined overall.

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“I will be observing and taking part in the operations already under way there, and I, with a group of UK and Zimbabwean volunteers, will take over from another group when we arrive in October.

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“We will all have different roles from organising events through to monitoring and evaluating the impact of projects.”

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Ashley studied politics and international relations at university and spent his final year researching food and health security in Zimbabwe.

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He needs to raise £800 before he leaves on October 2. To donate, visit justgiving.com/ashgiles. – The Herald (UK)

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