Past Program: HIV/AIDS prevention and education

Young adults performing in El Salvador

About the program

CONTRASIDA is a HIV/AIDS prevention and education program in San Salvador, El Salvador, which Caritas Australia previously supported. The project aimed to prevent the spread of HIV through education programs while also supporting those living with the virus.

The initiative included a number of community education programs that used innovative techniques to educate the public about HIV/AIDS, including street theatre, workshops and public forums. The street theatre was performed during town fiestas, making the most of existing cultural celebrations to spread the word about HIV/AIDS.

The program also provided clinical assistance and medical attention for those living with HIV/AIDS, and counselling services for individuals and their families.

Teresa from El Salvador

Teresa's story

In 2006, Teresa de Jesus’ husband left her to raise four boys aged between 13 and 20 years old. With no financial or emotional support, Teresa turned to CONTRASIDA for help. Thanks to the program, and to funds raised in Caritas Australia's Project Compassion 2010, Teresa was able to turn her life around.

Program details

  • Issues: Women and development; HIV/AIDS; Education; Health
  • Partner Agency: CONTRASIDA
  • Geographic location: San Salvador, El Salvador
  • When established: 1997
  • This program was supported by Australian Aid.