So it’s a wonderful Saturday afternoon, the sun is out and not a gray cloud…
OROL has received support for our AIDS 2012 Conference hub held in Nigeria from AHF Nigeria in the year 2012. OROL partnered with AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Nigeria, to host a series of events geared at marking the globally celebrated World AIDS Day (WAD), 2012. Another partnership occurred during the Abuja +12 Summit. AHF funded our project (Mitigating the Impact of HIV/AIDS in Federal Capital Territory Abuja: Holistic Action against HIV/AIDS) in the year 2014. The project aimed to reduce the spread and mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS among in-school and out-of-school youths in Abuja, through information sharing, capacity building and behavior change messaging in line with HIV/AIDS prevention. A total of 80 young people was trained as peer educators, 900 in and out of school youth were reached with peer education on HIV/AIDS using nationally recognized curriculum and 851 people were tested of HIV during community awareness events
Project name: Mitigating the Impact of HIV/AIDS in Federal Capital Territory Abuja: Holistic Action Against HIV/AIDS
Program Goal, Objectives and Methodology
The overall Goal of this project is to contribute towards reducing the spread and mitigation of the impact of HIV/AIDS among adolescent young people in BWARI Area Council of Federal Capital Territory Abuja, through information sharing, capacity building and behavior change messaging in line with HIV/AIDS prevention reaching out to at least 4000 people within a period of one year. The project will involve Advocacy, Open Community meetings, Community mobilization, HIV monthly review meeting with PEs, Counseling and Testing, Selection and Training of community members and Peer Educators (PEs), Conduct of Peer Session using Minimum Prevention Package Intervention Strategies (MPPI). The interventions would establish a behavioral change strategy that would seek to promote positive attitudes, safer and responsible sexual behavior and practices among in and out of school young people
The quantitative and qualitative data of the pilot project show that the project has produced several positive multiplier effects on the knowledge and behavior of youths in Kpaduma I, II and Karu of Abuja Municipal Area Council of FCT Abuja. The data shows that Peer education is one of the best approaches to providing comprehensive knowledge on HIV/AIDS/STIs and related issues, as it provides an excellent environment for effective peer-to-peer learning. This project will target two communities in BWARI Area Council of FCT Abuja and will adopt prevention strategies such awareness, HIV counseling and testing and will also incorporate peer learning and behavioral change communication as we recognize that environments influence people’s decisions.
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