Hiv/Aids Prevention

Enhancing the Community Resources to Promote Sustainable HIV/AIDS Prevention Among in and out of School Youths in Ado Ekiti and Ikere Ekiti Local Government Area of Ekiti State.

Historically, in 1986, the first case of HIV/AID was reported in Nigeria, alarmingly the epidemic has continued to increase, most especially among the youths due to inadequate correct information. Evidence have shown that young people are ill-prepared to face the challenges of sex and sexuality issues, and as such, have little or no understanding of how infections and conception occur (even among those that are sexually active), because parents are embarrassed to discuss sexuality issue with their wards due to cultural and religious believes. Others lack information, or the skills necessary for sharing sexuality information with their children, as a result they are at risk of HIV infection.

The project have completed the first and second tranche activities as proposed and met the set target for the ISY secondary and OSY in Ado and Ikere local government area. At the end of the project, series of activities was carried out namely Advocacy visits/meetings to relevant stakeholders in the project sites, open community meeting, trained 130 peer educators who have currently reached 4,188 youths with MPPI as against the stipulated targeted of 3, 800 given to the Organization.

The project have completed the first and second tranche activities as proposed and met the set target for the ISY secondary and OSY in Ado and Ikere local government area. At the end of the project, series of activities was carried out namely Advocacy visits/meetings to relevant stakeholders in the project sites, open community meeting, trained 130 peer educators who have currently reached 4,188 youths with MPPI as against the stipulated targeted of 3, 800 given to the Organization.

During course of the implementing the project, EDFHO partnered and collaborated with other major stakeholders which include Ekiti State AIDS Control Agency EKSACA, LACA, health facilities, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health for successful implementation of the project through sharing of information and resource.

       

      PROJECT GOALS

      Reduce the spread and mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS among in school (secondary and tertiary) aged 10 to 35 years and out of school youth aged 15 to 35 years in 2 local governments of Ekiti through HIV/AIDS information and capacity building that promotes behaviour change and HIV/AIDS prevention within a period of 24 months.

      Specific objectives

        • To increase community collaboration and participation among stakeholders through advocacy and sensitization to create an enabling environment for community response to HIV/AIDS prevention in the 2 communities of Ado and Ikere Ekiti LGAs.
        • To build and strengthen the capacity of 130 ISY secondary, tertiary and out of school youths as peer educators to provide HIV/AIDS and sexual reproductive health issues.
        • To improve knowledge amongst 4000 ISY secondary, tertiary and out of school youths on life skills and behavioural change messages to make informed decisions.
        • To increase from 25.9% to 30.9% the proportion of young adult (tertiary and out of school youths who report having one sex partner and/or using condom correctly and consistently at the end of 2 years.
        • To increase access to existing HIV prevention services like STIs, condom, HCT, among youth aged 10-35 years old by building linkages for referral between participating youth groups and health services facilities.
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