Implementation of community
project to provide social, psychological and nursing
support, Khartoum IDPs camps, April 2003 - March 2004
While UNICEF is supporting the
ERWs risk awareness, JASMAR extends the activities - at its
own cost - to include public health, first aid and HIV/AIDS.
The institutional memory of the organization of risk
education (staff, targets and areas) remains to be an
important asset for HIV/AIDS control measures.
During the period April 2003 -
March 2004 through JASMAR implemented this project through
support from the Netherlands Embassy in Khartoum, JASMAR
implemented this community project to provide social,
psychological and nursing support to PLWHA
in Wad Elbashir, Mayo, Jabal
Awlia, Haj Yousif and Alizba camps. The project specific
This component included home
nursing for 100 participants, drug administration as training
has been carried out for (50) Community Health Workers CHW.
Furthermore counseling training for (100) volunteers and CHW
were part of the project. Apart from that spiritual support
conducted for (45) beneficiaries from the main faith groups
(Muslims, Christians and Kujour).
The local communities’ groups
performed traditional dances and played local music at the
targeted camps where the messages managed to distribute
through it. Also the volunteers and PLWHA delivered
HIV/AIDS awareness messages.
A total of 17 community drama
shows were performed. Regarding group discussion, targets of
multi-disciplinary formation of groups were selected (each
group is comprised of volunteers, CHW, community leaders,
PLWHA and family members). 20 groups were formed, each of 20
individuals. For ICE materials 10 billboards were fixed at
prominent positions in the target locations. Also 500
T-shirts were distributed to the youth and school children.
8000 posters wee pasted in the class rooms, public
transport, poster boards, shops and public places.
Universalization of testing of
pregnant ladies: Volunteers and CHW registered the pregnant
ladies. The community informants and peripheral clinics’
records helped them. They contacted almost pregnant and
suspected pregnant ladies. They explained to the targets the
importance and implications of the HIV/AIDS testing during
About 200 individuals who were
infected or affected by the HIV/AIDS were registered. An NGO
whose members were PLWHA was registered in the Humanitarian
Aid Commission (HAC). Meetings and discussions took place
with the executive organ of the NGO to explore the best way
of empowering the PLWHA NGO. Training sessions were
conducted on networking and organizational management. Video
films, lectures and leaflets distribution were some of the
empowerment means used. PLWHA have come in the open and
participated in the open events for the first time.