Rural communities are often excluded from the opportunities open to urbanites. But Rolling Positive, an initiative by theQuadriplegic Association of South Africa (QASA) is changing all of that. Rolling Positive is QASA's project to address the issue of reproductive health and HIV/Aids prevention among people with disabilities and is reaching out to rural communities as well. They have presented training and capacity building sessions in areas that have, tillnow, been overlooked.

Bethlehem in the Eastern Free State, Lephalale in Limpopo and Mthatha and Zithulele in the Eastern Cape now boast a fully trained team of assistant facilitators. "These facilitators are themselves people with disabilities reaching out to their peers," says national programme leader, Dr Philip Coetzer. "Rolling Positive has achieved several milestones in the nine months of its existence," he says,"but all of this has been made possible through close cooperation with strategic partners."

More than 80 people with disabilities, 26 of whom have visual impairments, have received intensive ten-day training and are now available to be used as assistant facilitators. Four hundred and eleven people with disabilities have also been trained as peer educators.

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