UNHCO believes that there is no chance for human development without education. Above all, the organization is committed to training medical specialists as well as qualified medical staff. For that reason mainly, the promotion of education constitutes a special development objective.
Education in the health sciences contributes to health development and funding for this can influence public health. But health education is a also a combination of learning experiences designed to help individuals and communities improve their health, by increasing their knowledge about diseases or influencing their attitudes.
Within sub-Saharan Africa, more developed countries and sub-populations appear to have higher levels of HIV prevalence. UNHCO considers the evidence and possible reasons for this, by focussing on the relationships between education and the spread of HIV at the macro and micro levels. UNHCO believes that less educated populations are particularly vulnerable to HIV.
Effective HIV and AIDS education can help prevent new infections by providing people with information about HIV and how it is passed on, and in doing so equip individuals with the knowledge to protect themselves from becoming infected with the virus.