“Banda Mole” is also prevention!


By: Jeferson Fonseca Carvalho, Luciana Branco Gravito, Lucas Emanuel Braz, Marciley “Max” Nunes de Andrade Ferreira, Belo Horizonte CRS, Brazil

Banda Mole is a traditional carnival parade that takes place in the city of Belo Horizonte, in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. The traditional Banda Mole brightened Avenida Afonso Pena, one of the main streets of the city, on February 15, 2020. The theme of the parade was “educação” (education), satirizing the last acts of Minister Abraham Weintraub, the current Minister of Education, and also marking the celebration of the 45th anniversary of the event. Taking advantage of pre-carnival festivities, it was also the ideal time for preventive educational activities about STIs, AIDS, and HIV.

Team of Community Educators
Team of Community Educators of the Mosaico Study, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, working on an educational action for HIV prevention during a pre-carnival event, February 2020. Left to Right: Max Nunes (CER), Jeferson Fonseca (CER), Luciana Gravito (CAB member), and Lucas Emanuel (CER.)

Joining forces with diverse partners such as Família+ and BH de mãos dadas among other groups, together with the support of the City Hall of the City of Belo Horizonte - Prefeitura de Belo Horizonte (PBH), it was possible to promote the distribution of condoms, lubricants and information pamphlets.

Team of Community Educators
Team of Community Educators of the Mosaico Study, based in the city of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, working in an educational action on HIV prevention during a pre-carnival event, February 2020. Left to Right: Lucas Emanuel (CER), Jeferson Fonseca (CER), Luciana Gravito (CAB member), and Max Nunes (CER).

A tent was set up in front of the PBH, serving as a shelter for the team of volunteers to assemble kits to facilitate the distribution of condoms among the revelers. In addition to the distribution in front of the tent, the volunteers circulated along the block, approaching the revelers to distribute preventive informational material and also clarifying doubts and myths.

It was a successful festive event, and an appropriate environment for the dissemination of information about healthy practices.

Jeferson Fonseca is the Community Engagement Coordinator, Marciley “Max” Nunes de Andrade Ferreira and Lucas Emanuel are the Community Educators, and Luciana Gravito is a CAB Member of the Belo Horizonte CRS in Brazil.