Students lead World AIDS Day awareness drive

Students learned valuable skills for raising awareness about HIV/AIDS at an informative and fun event at Paragon House on Friday.

As part of World AIDS day, the College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare (CNMH) staged a series of activities for public health students and members of staff, dedicated to busting myths about the disease and highlighting methods healthcare professionals can employ to reduce the risk of infection.

Speakers at the University of West London's (UWL) campus in Brentford addressed students on a variety of important topics such as infection prevention and control, while there was also a cake sale to raise vital cash for two charities in the area of HIV/AIDS, the Terrence Higgins Trust and NAZ.

But the undoubted highlight was a rousing flash mob by up to 20 students, who danced along to the song ‘I want to break free,’ by classic rock band Queen. Student Jerry Mgwena showed his commitment to the good cause by dressing up in a wig and pushing around a vacuum cleaner to the music, like Freddie Mercury in the famous video. Iconic vocalist Mercury was an alumnus of UWL.

Helen Graham, a second year Health Promotion and Public health student, said: ‘We’re raising awareness about HIV/AIDS and it’s great to be involved in raising money for a very worthy cause too. The World AIDS Day event also links nicely with a module we’re studying about delivering health promotion interventions, so it’s really beneficial for our education.’

Chiedza D’Kudita, Public Involvement Coordinator at CNMH, helped organise the activities. She said: ‘It was fantastic to see how much everyone contributed to this event. The public health team and the mental health team have along with their students worked tirelessly to make it both informative and enjoyable.’

Flash mob of students raised the roof with a fun version of hit Queen song

Find out more about World AIDS Day. Check out the College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare. Check out the College on Twitter: @UWL_CNMH