Actor Djimon Hounsou Speaks Out For GBV, AIDS, and Entrepreneurship (Dec. 3, 2015)

On december 3, 2015, before a crowd of nearly 1,000 students, Mission’s Public Affairs Officer, Paco Perez, award-winning actor, Djimon Hounsou, USAID/BENIN HIV-AIDS specialist Tom Van Boven, and Vice Prime Minister of Benin, Professor Francois Abiola all provided passionate remarks commemorating world AIDS day. Students from seven private universities who participated in a “campus without AIDS” competition received awards for successfully informing peers about safe sex, and how to prevent HIV/AIDS on educational environment.

In addition to supporting this event,  the Embassy has contributed nearly $7,500 in grant funding to university projects combatting HIV-AIDS in Benin.